Whitewater Rafting

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We asked 13 testers to take the plunge on this year's newest fleet of watercraft. These boats floated to the top.

The epic winter of 2022–23 is still with us, with snowmelt causing flooding concerns in some national parks and in others roads and trails are closed for repairs. Here’s what you need to know for your summer trips.

A 2022 boating fatality could be a harbinger of more frequent whitewater disasters on a dwindling Colorado River

The gear designer thought her career was over was stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome. But a decade-plus of recovery work has resulted in her best creations yet.

As permits on western rivers become harder and harder to get, one reader wants to take matters into his own hands

“Since he’s never said anything explicitly romantic, wouldn’t it be presumptuous to tell him I’m not interested?”

Here are the shorts and features screening at annual celebration of outdoor books and movies that we think should be on your radar

When visiting West Virginia’s New River Gorge, you’ve got to go with the flow—and in the fall, during Gauley Season, that means Class V rapids

It’s time to settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Which sandal will be crowned king?

After her 25-year marriage ended in divorce, the Outside contributing editor turned to science—and a river trip—to navigate through the darkness. Register here for our Zoom book discussion on March 9.

Plan your next adventure on one of the nation’s most resplendent waterways with the help of Gaia GPS

Between sun, water, sand, and wind, river trips are hard on the skin. Here are six packable essentials to protect you from the elements.

Want to hit the rivers this summer?

Stowable craft that can handle whatever the water deals you

The Platypus GravityWorks 4.0 is the best filter of its kind

'Rio Rica' introduces us to Rica Fulton and the Little Snake River, a lesser known tributary of the West's renowned Yampa River

A fun trip can turn to crap fast if you don't come prepared

'River of Return' features river guides and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members Sammy and Jessica Matsaw

In praise of sand in your eyeballs, no cell service, and pooping in a box

'Powell 150' documents a thousand-mile rafting trip along the Colorado River Basin from Wyoming to Nevada

The author, a proud son of Nebraska, and his wife were in a funk after a move from the soothing heartland to the noisy canyons of Chicago. What better cure than a trip down a short, muddy stream that's often interrupted by dead trees and barbwire fences?

We hope you’ll enjoy your time here at Tequila Beach

In 2018, New Zealand–based photographer Mike Dawson and his two kayaking partners dodged crocodiles, land mines, and torrential rains to paddle wild rivers in a remote corner of Africa

This film will leave you seeking out your next adventure—and it just might be on the shores of Hawaii

A reformed raft guide writes a breakup letter to his favorite piece of gear as he upgrades to a (real) mattress

A short film about one woman’s experience downriver

When one of your best buds is getting married, it calls for something truly epic

Heather Hansman’s new book is a must-read for anyone who loves rivers or is concerned about the future of the West

Carson Storch recounts a near disastrous run-in with a bear in the Yukon during a mountain-bike and raft trip down the Tatshenshini River

'The River and the Wall' chronicles an intense journey down the Rio Grande, bearing witness to the ecosystems and livelihoods along the U.S.-Mexico border

‘Northern Arizona University Goes to the Yampa’ follows a collegiate group as they learn about the geology of the Colorado Plateau.

Return from Desolation from OARS and filmmaker Justin Clifton, highlights Eaton’s struggles as a veteran, river guide, and oil man. 

Chacos and NRS teamed up on these special-edition sandals in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Lava Falls is one of the most powerful rapids in the canyon and has long thwarted those trying to run it—especially those trying to make it down in record time.

Ski hills, even the small ones, are ramping up their offerings to entice you back in the warmer months

The author started her career just trying to fit in with the (many, many) guys, but eventually came to realize she'd become as misogynistic as the worst of them

The iconic boating sandal gets an upgrade

First screened at the National Paddling Film Festival, Heart of Dampness took home their best of award back in 1988. Enjoy a little throwback. 

An Outside investigation of sexual harassment in outdoor workplaces, where unwanted advances, discrimination, and assault are a frequent and destructive occurrence for far too many women

From OARS and the Sierra Club, Return From Desolation follows war veteran Garrett Eaton’s quest to conquer PTSD.

From Trout Unlimited, Smith River chronicles the importance of Montana’s most family-friendly river trip.

Bobby Kennedy Jr. has spent a lifetime protecting rivers, an ethos born on childhood expeditions

From Logan Bockrath of Thelonious Step, this video profiles U.S. Women's Raft Team member Julie Sutton as she makes her yearly migration from the Arkansas River to the Gauley.

Writer Kevin Fedarko went looking for meaning in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He ended up in charge of a boat full of poop.

As the largest federally maintained wilderness area in the lower 48, The Frank Church Wilderness holds a special place in the hearts of the rangers that protect it.

This basic piece of gear is a must-have for any adventure

Keep an eye out for these companies making some our favorite new gear

The Chinese government's interest in damming rivers for hydropower motivated Winn to open a rafting company in an attempt to bring people to see rivers before they disappear behind a dam.

Undisputedly, one of the most challenging rivers in the US, its famous Pillow Rock Rapid has been the catalyst for many flips and dumptrucks.

Four products I use all the time that were built here in the USA

Peter Grubb, founder of Row Adventures, talks about embracing the lifestyle, getting the certifications, and making it pay

From rafting trips to big-wall climbs, here's how to do it just about anywhere outdoors

I tested eight options to find out which will actually keep your stuff dry

Astral's high-performance Layla is specifically designed for big-breasted paddlers

We pitted a lightweight, teched-out camp towel against one you'd hang in a bathroom. Here's how it stacked up.

The Grand Canyon is a river trip above all other river trips. Normally done over the course of weeks or months, a few members of the U.S. Men's Rafting team decided to set a new speed record; 34 hours.

Big change may be coming to Africa’s fourth-largest river. While commercial outfitters have been running trips on the Zambezi since 1982, the river may soon be impassable, as the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe continue to discuss a proposed dam construction below Victoria Falls. Last October, I joined Brian McCutcheon and raft guide “Hippo” Moses Ngoma to see the river firsthand.

A film about the beauty and powerful draw of water

In 2015, Chuck Thompson set out on an epic rafting trip on the Klinaklini River, one of the most challenging, remote rivers in the world.

But it isn’t because of my dance moves: my life at the helm of a Colorado River latrine raft