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  • Meet your guide - Melody

    Mel, as we call her, is one of those guides that every guest remembers. I regularly get e-mails from guests commenting on her incredible kindness, leadership, and un-parralled work ethic Keep reading ›

  • The Grand Canyon of the Salmon River

    The Grand Canyon of the Salmon River is one Keep reading ›

  • First Rivers | An OTT Guide Series | Initiated on the Stan by "Stich\

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers—and whether they be true or tall or somewhere in-between, 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 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 a story about that experience.  Initiated on the Stan by Stich Tichenor Stich on the Rogue in 1983 No shit, there I was... (T... Keep reading ›

  • Why Inflatable Kayak - Orange Torpedo Trips

    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 fun than that provided by the traditional raft as craft. Through the experience, they learned a little more about who they were and were given a glimpse into the great things they could do. Torpedos are flat out fun. In a torpedo (i.e., an IK), paddlers are closer to the river than is p... Keep reading ›

  • Photoshop Friday | 04.04.2014

      An OTT Themed Canyon Creek, WA     Keep reading ›

  • Throwback Thursday | April 3, 2014

      Where are the snow dens of yesteryear?     Keep reading ›

  • LEAP Into Summer 2014 | Amateur Variety Show

    Support Wilderness Experiences, Support Your Values For those of us with access--that is, with means, know-how and opportunity--the potential therapeutic effects wilderness and wilderness adventure are more or less apparent. So, too, is an understanding of the way in which these can serve as catalysts for an individuals' personal healing and growth--by finding calm in its solace, adaptability in its capriciousness, and strength in overcoming its challenges.But it can be easy to take for granted the access that such experiences presuppose. What's more, it is often the case that those individ... Keep reading ›

  • River Wisdom Wednesday | William G.T. Shedd

  • First Rivers | An OTT Guide Series | Tanner "Bub" Marvel | The River of No Return

    Guides' First Rivers Series River guides are notorious storytellers. And whether they be true or tall or somewhere in-between, 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 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 a story about that experience.  Return to the River of No Return  Corn Creek Launch Site I am not exactly sure when my fa... Keep reading ›

  • Rising Water Raising Hopes on the Rogue

    The Night Is Darkest Before Dawn A Look Downstream at the Wild & Scenic Rogue River Canyon Despite what can only be called an abnormally warm and dry Winter for Southern Oregon, recent assessments by officials charged with managing water in the Rogue Basin offer good reason for optimism, if not outright celebration. According to Jim Buck, operations project manger for the Army Corps of Engineer’s Rogue River Basin Project, "we’re pretty likely looking at filling Lost Creek," the dam that more or less controls the Rogue's water supply, and to put it simply: a full L... Keep reading ›