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Whitewater! : the thrill and skill of running the world's great rivers
Blaine, Mark.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations color, maps ; 26 cm
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GV788 .B59 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The popular sports of whitewater rafting, boating and kayaking come to life in this practical yet lavishly visual survey, featuring detailed profiles of the world's greatest rivers.

Adventure travel of all kinds-and whitewater adventuring in particular-is growing in popularity every year, but there has never been a book like this one, covering all of the world's great rafting destinations in colorful detail. WHITEWATER! features vivid profiles of 35 rivers worldwide, along with detailed and enlightening information on equipment, safety, geology, technique and so much more. Illustrated in full color on every page with dramatic action photographs-and featuring inspiring excerpts from lore and literature-this is truly a book for everyone who feels the lure of the river, from family vacationers and Summer Olympics fans to hardcore river rats.

Author Notes

When he isn't running rivers, Mark Blaine is a writer and editor of Forest Magazine in Eugene, Oregon.

An award-winning former newspaper editor and reporter, he teaches writing at the University of Oregon School of Joutnalism and Communication and kayaking workshops on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Prefacep. 9
Section I Equipmentp. 12
Part I Boatsp. 14
Raftsp. 14
River Profile: Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Arizonap. 16
River Profile: Verdon River, Francep. 18
Kayaksp. 21
Inflatable Kayaksp. 26
Canoesp. 26
River Profile: Chattooga River, Georgia/South Carolinap. 30
River Profile: River Tryweryn, Walesp. 32
Part II Paddles and Oarsp. 34
Canoe and Kayak Paddlesp. 35
Rafting Paddles and Oarsp. 38
River Profile: Deschutes River, Oregonp. 42
River Profile: Motu River, New Zealandp. 44
Part III Clothingp. 46
Life Jacketsp. 46
Helmetsp. 49
River Profile: Ocoee River, Tennesseep. 50
River Profile: Rio Noguera Pallaresa, Spainp. 52
First Layerp. 54
Wetsuitsp. 56
Splashtops and Shortiesp. 57
Drytopsp. 58
Drysuits and Bibsp. 59
Shoesp. 61
Kayak Skirtsp. 61
Float Bagsp. 62
River Profile: Durance River, Francep. 64
River Profile: Payette River, Idahop. 66
Section II Waterp. 68
Part I River Featuresp. 70
The Vp. 71
River Profile: Nantahala River, North Carolinap. 74
River Profile: Rizzanese River, Corsicap. 76
Eddiesp. 79
Wavesp. 83
River Profile: Loisach River, Germanyp. 86
Holesp. 88
River Profile: Gauley River, West Virginiap. 92
Part II Hazardsp. 94
Rocks and Logsp. 94
River Profile: Middle Fork Salmon River, Idahop. 96
Ledges and Fallsp. 98
Slidesp. 101
Chutes and Sluicesp. 101
River Profile: Arkansas River, Coloradop. 104
River Profile: River Spey, Scotlandp. 106
River Profile: Kern River, Californiap. 108
Section III Techniquep. 110
Part I The Bodyp. 112
Arms and Handsp. 113
Shouldersp. 113
Torsop. 114
Hips and Legsp. 118
Headp. 118
Eyesp. 121
River Profile: New River, West Virginiap. 122
River Profile: Zambezi River, Zimbabwe/Zambiap. 124
Part II Rowing and Paddlingp. 126
Raft Rowing Strokesp. 126
Raft Paddle Strokesp. 130
Captain and Crewp. 132
River Profile: South Fork of the American River, Californiap. 132
Kayak Strokesp. 134
River Profile: Futaleufu River, Chilep. 138
Canoe Strokesp. 140
River Profile: Youghiogheny River, Maryland/Pennsylvaniap. 146
Part III The Movesp. 148
Eddy Turnsp. 148
Ferryingp. 151
Steering through a Rapidp. 153
Wave Surfingp. 153
Hole Surfingp. 154
River Profile: Ottawa River, Ontario/Quebecp. 156
Playp. 158
Kayak Rollp. 159
Canoe Roll and Self-Rescuep. 162
Inflatable Kayak Self-Rescuep. 163
River Profile: Fraser River, British Columbiap. 164
Section IV Safety and Rescuep. 166
Part I Swimmingp. 168
Defensive Swimmingp. 168
Saving Your Gearp. 172
Swimming out of Troublep. 173
Strainersp. 175
River Profile: Rogue River, Oregonp. 176
Part II Rescuep. 178
Rescue Boatersp. 178
Ropes and Throw Bagsp. 178
Strategy and Throwingp. 180
Retrieving and Belayingp. 181
Part III Rating Riversp. 184
Section V The River Tripp. 188
River Timep. 190
Shuttlep. 190
Day Tripp. 194
Overnightp. 195
Instructionp. 298
River Profile: Inn River, Switzerland/Austriap. 200
River Profile: Salza River, Austriap. 202
Section VI Resource Guidep. 204
Suggested Readingp. 249
Photo Creditsp. 251
Indexp. 253