Erik Weiseth

As adventurers with kids we understand how difficult it can be to plan a full vacation with a variety of great activities. As Southern Oregon natives we are sharing some of our secret spots for family adventure.  This list is designed for families who want to get out and explore.  If you believe…

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Why Inflatable Kayak By Mike Slagle AKA – “the Great One” AKA – “Old Man River” When Jerry Bentley founded Orange Torpedo Trips in 1969, he pioneered a mode of river travel that would forever alter whitewater boating. Paddlers of his orange inflatable kayaks discovered an experience more rewarding and…

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In this weeks edition of a guides first rafting trip our General Manager and fellow river guide shares how the Rogue River and an old Willie boat live deep into the traditions of his family. The Generations of a Willie Boat By Erik Weiseth Nish and Rowan during Rowan’s first…

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So, How Do You Like the New Boats ? In July of 2011, Orange Torpedo Trips unveiled the new “torpedo”.  Several years in development, it represented a break from the past 40 years of using Sevylor Tahitis in our whitewater rafting adventures. Many of our returning guests are eager to know…

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Our non-profit partner LEAP operated 3 Wilderness Therapy Experiences this summer.  Two were operated on the Rogue River and one was operated on the Salmon River.  Working with partners, Oregon Burn Center, Friends of the Children, and New Avenues for Youth, these trips helped over 50 participants experience the transformational power of…

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When I think of summer, obviously rafting comes to the front of my mind.  However, summer also brings to mind barbecues with friends and nights sitting around the campfire.  It’s not summer without great food enjoyed with good friends, while enjoying a pint or three of some delicious ale.   So for…

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Jerry Bentley was an unlikely pioneer of whitewater rafting on the Rogue River. A California transplant, he worked in the financial industry before getting the vision to start Orange Torpedo Trips in 1969. Jerry had a great passion for OTT and our “uniqueness”.  His vision to create the first company…

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On a whitewater rafting trip with Orange Torpedo Trips, you are likely to hear the guides ( and returning guests) “cussing and discussing” rapids they have run. Here’s a short list of my personal favorites. Rogue River Wildcat Rapids (Class III): Wildcat is an enjoyable rapid at any flow. Long…

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