• The Problem Of Sinking: An Abbreviated History of the PFD

    If you’ve ever been rafting, kayaking, or really any-thing on the river, then you’re—hopefully—familiar with PFDs, that is, Personal Flotation Devices, A.K.A., lifejackets, life preservers, Mae Wests, life vests, life savers, cork jackets, buoyancy aids or flotation suits. (For those of you who may not be familiar with PFDs, they’re basically kind-of-puffy, vest-ish things filled with enough floaty stuff to help keep their wearers afloat when they wear them.) Once you’ve spent enough time on, around, and especially in the river, you know not to take PFDs for granted. Well, you know n... Keep reading ›

  • Where's Your River Guide? | N.G.

    Looking for your river guide? If you’ve been following along, you’ll have noticed that the previous (and only) two installments of this--the OTT Where’s Your Guide--series have followed the more faraway members of our family. So we thought we’d bring it home for a change. This week we’re stalking the the only member of the OTT First Estate (or if you’re in need of a more contemporary reference, the OTT 1%): Orange Torpedo Trips’ General Manager, Erik Weiseth (affectionately, N.G.). If you’ve gone on or booked an OTT trip in the past 10+ years, chances are that yo... Keep reading ›

  • Want to make your phone a waterproof camera? Now you can | OTT Gear Guide

      Waterproof Camera Phone Case | OTT Gear Guide Product Spotlight: The Watershot With built in camera phones rapidly replacing conventional point-and-shoots, it was only a matter of time before something like the Watershot (~$90) showed up. This cutting edge removable camera housing (with models available for the iPhone 4 & 5 and the Galaxy S3 & S4) is designed for those who want to take their phone around, on and in the water. With a listed effective depth of ~130 feet, this housing was born to serve and protect.   The phone fits snuggly into the case, features two large interchang... Keep reading ›

  • Summer Is Coming Video Series - Snow | Orange Torpedo Trips

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | Joanne Harris

    It's like the Riverguide's version of tapping ruby slippers. Keep reading ›

  • The River of No Return (1954) - OTT and the Arts

    The River of No ReturnAmong other things, the offseason means finding other ways to slake our river-need, and one of the best ways to get that fix is through the magical world of film.Now, there are a number of great river-running-related films out there. A River Runs Through It (1992) is an obvious--and choice--example. Likewise, The River Wild (1994). Both are great films (from the river enthusiasts’ perspective, if not the film critics’), and if you haven’t seen them, we’d strongly recommend doing so.But while both of these films have and continue to enjoy relative notoriety (at least in th... Keep reading ›

  • Is kayaking in Oregon in the winter cold? Maybe. But it's awesome!

    From Left to Right: Josh Makepeace (P.B.), Geoff Stewart (D-Dubs), Richard Alves (Pretty Richard), and Aaron Lieberman (Highside)A story of wintertime kayaking on the rivers of OregonRecently, Me and three close friends--including OTT guides Josh Makepeace (photo left) and Richard Alves (center right), and OTT honorary fellow Geoff Stewart--set out to run an upper stretch of the North Santiam river, located outside of Detroit, Oregon.For guides in the offseason, the need to get out and paddle can become borderline pathological. This bears mentioning, because it helps to explain why four non-ra... Keep reading ›

  • OTT On the Press: Thoughts on “Battling A Sense of Lost Time”

    The chorus of voices out there calling for people to “unplug and reconnect” is growing. The significance of that fact depends entirely on where you stand on the stance, so to speak. On the one hand, it’s clearly not always possible to “cut the cords,” and doing or not doing so ultimately comes down to personal value judgements. On the other hand, though, I think it good to be pressured to disconnect. Believe me, the irony of posting about taking time to not post is not lost to me. But hypocrisy would be a bad reason not to do a good thing. Because the thing is, there’s a whole world... Keep reading ›

  • OTT Outdoor Adventure Reads: Anything Worth Doing by Jo Deurbrouck

    OTT Outdoor Adventure ReadsAnything Worth Doing:A True Story of Adventure, Friendship and Tragedy on the incredible Salmon River In her 2012 National Outdoor Book Award winner Anything Worth Doing, Jo Deurbrouck tells the story of the famed Idahoan boatman Clancy Reece and his protégé Jon Barker, “two men who share a love of wild rivers and an unbending will to live life on their terms, no matter the cost.” (Deurbrouck, Preface, Anything Worth Doing) Beginning with what the two called the “Source to Sea” (a 900 mile descent from the headwaters of the Salmon down the Snake and the Columbia to t... Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday - Sir William Francis Butler

    The Great One, Mike Slagle, running #18 on the Illinois River - 2013   Without Challenge, the Spirit Atrophies.    Feed Your Soul.    Seek Adventure.     Keep reading ›