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AN INTERVIEW WITH NATHAN CLINE

DBP: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you hail from? What is your home stretch of river? Nathan Cline: My name is Nathan Cline. I’m 41 years young, and still a kid at heart. I paddle OC-1, C-1 and rafts. I’ve tried kayaking several times and I’ve even taken courses at the NOC, […]

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DBP: A Short History by “Chicago” Mike Toughill

The Dirt Bag Paddlers started with a bunch of us Kosir’s Rapid Raft river guides in northern Wisconsin in the summer of 2013. We had just had a crazy drunken batch of Chicago customers teach us how to Wallace…       The Wallace is roughly based on the legendary shot-blocking skills of former NBA player […]

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A DIRTBAG EDITORIAL by Kevin “Taz” Riggs

  A waiver form is not a bottom line defense against legal action. It is a front line obligation of companies and guides to inform the signers of the risks and physical demands of the activity; to perform to the best of our abilities; to minimize risk and avoid dangerous situations whenever possible.   All […]

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PUMPKIN EATER by Biz Allen

Everyone at some point has a “had my shorts ripped off in that rapid” story-  and if ya don’t, well, you’re not trying hard enough. I have led a pretty charmed life with regard to watching the excitement embroiled in this sport- suits me, I like to watch.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my […]

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INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION : RACING IN CHINA By Nadežda Matić

AllThe Chaotanhou River (translated as “one river and two mountain”) flows through Sleeping Buddha Mountain in Hubei province, 60 km from Yichang, China. The stretch is a total of 6 km long for drifting (what they call the rafting) with a vertical drop of 148 meters. This section of river is dam controlled, as a […]

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LOGICAL PROGRESSION by Daniel T Young

Growing up in Topton North Carolina I rode the school bus to the Nantahala School.  We would make the winding route up Wayah Road early in the morning. More often than not the river would have its natural base flow of around eighty cfs in it.  However, after enough trips on the bus every week […]

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ADVENTURE IS MADE OF ADVERSITY By Kevin “Taz” Riggs

“Life is an adventure,” I would tell my guests, “and true adventure is made of adversity.” I would like to tell folks that as rain soaked us in sheets and buckets. “Point in fact, we never sit around and tell stories about the vacation that went perfectly; there’s no adventure in it.”  Leaves, branches, bits […]

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A Dirt Bag Philosophy. by Mike Toughill

The very first article that got us started

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Bringing You World Wide Whitewater!

DBP Admins Alec Reeves and Rob Delgado sending it again!