• OTT Archives | River Rescue Squad | Blossom Bar Boat Retrieval Video

    During some recent tunneling through footage, we came across this video time-lapse of N.G. (Erik Weiseth, OTT GM) and Mike Slagle (A.K.A. The Great One), who, after having been called in to help, are here seen setting up a Z-Drag and ultimately retrieving one-unlucky-someones' boat (not ours!) from the Picket Fence--the crux move in Blossom Bar on the Lower Rogue River. From the time they arrived at the rapid, it took our team just over an hour and fifteen minutes to free the raft. Once free the raft ended up flowing into the sieve on river-left, from where the OTT rescue team re-in... Keep reading ›

  • First River Rafting Trips | An OTT Guide Series | Fukari | The Rogue and Chetco Rivers

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and who we will be (deep water, brother...). So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall a notable "first" paddling experience, broadly defined, and to tell the story of that experience.  For this, our first installment, OTT guide Priscilla Macy (A.K.A., Fukari) writes about first river/paddling experiences through a glob... Keep reading ›

  • 1st New SOTAR Orange Torpedo IK Descent | Sunset Falls, East Fork of the Lewis River, WA

    SOTAR Orange Torpedo IK First DescentSunset Falls, East Fork of the Lewis River, WA Sunset Falls on the East Fork of the Lewis River, WA, has been run any which way, by all sorts of watercraft, including the original Sevylor Orange Torpedo inflatable kayak. But not until this past weekend had it been run by one of Orange Torpedo's new SOTAR inflatable kayaks. Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | Tom Robbins

  • A Little Boat Finally Gets Respect | An Orange Torpedo Retrospective

    Like the tributaries that feed into the rivers we run, the history of Orange Torpedo Trips (OTT) is one of multiple beginnings. Key among those tributaries, the threads of our history, is the boat that started it all: the Sevylor Tahiti or the Orange Torpedo (as OTT founder, Jerry Bentley, would fatefully call them). The Original Orange Torpedo | Sevylor K-79 SB Connie Klimenko, who founded Sevylor U.S.A., recently sent us an article (or as he describes it, "a modern day fairy tale") that he wrote in 1994, titled, "A Little Boat Finally Gets Respect." In his story, Connie r... Keep reading ›

  • First River Rafting Trips | An OTT Guide Series | The Great One | International Special Edition: The Sun Kosi River, Nepal

    Guides' First Rivers Special International Edition River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and who we will be. So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall the first river they paddled and to tell the story of that experience. For this, our first installment, 43-year veteran OTT guide Mike Slagle (A.K.A., The Great One) recounts his experience traveling to Nepal and there running his firs... Keep reading ›

  • OTT Guides in the Offseason | SOTAR Inflatable Kayak | Breitenbush River, OR

    When the Summer's Away, Guides Still Play Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | David Brower

    Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River, WA In this quote, David Brower speaks perfectly to something we so often confront--both on the river and in our everyday lives. It is, it seems, a Call to Adventure, an exhortation to step outside of what is comfortable. He entreats, or reminds, us to be bold in how we live our lives--to abandon our fear of those things we cannot control, to accept risk as an inherent feature of life, to eschew our imagined limitations and hence realize our full measure. Keep reading ›

  • Where's Your River Guide? | Ben Murray, A.K.A., Murman

    Ben Digging Deep, Chetco River, Southwest Oregon Today is Ben's Birthday. Happy birthday, Ben! He is, therefore, a fitting guide to feature in this week's installment of our ongoing "Where's Your Guide" series. This time, we thought we'd break things down by prompt. First: Who's Ben? Ben Making Breakfast at the Always Excellent South Fork Salmon Confluence Camp Ben is a--temporarily elsewhere, and Southern--Oregonian, a River Guide (R.G.), a former Division One pitcher and a current Duke Medical student. Also, he's also a top-notch individual. (For ... Keep reading ›

  • First River Rafting Trips | An OTT Guide Series | Junebug | The Wild & Scenic Rogue River

    First River Rafting Trips - SeriesRiver guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall, the stories we tell about the river are a part and reflection of our own story. They are a part of who we are and who we will be. So, in this spirit of storytelling and in homage to rivers everywhere, we've asked our guides to recall the first river they paddled and to tell the story of that experience. For this, our first installment, OTT guide Jon Angstadt (A.K.A., Junebug) reminds us of the cyclical and transitive nature of rivers, connecting his earliest memories of rafting the Lowe... Keep reading ›