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Momentum River Expeditions Rafting News

December 28th, 2015 pete

The last three weeks have brought A TON of snow and rain to our area – we have not had a storm cycle like this in a few years! I wanted to write this a while back but the storms kept coming. We finally are looking at a short break and some sun and a good time to see where we are at.

The snow (and rain at lower elevations) started around December 3rd and since then there has not been a meaningful break in the action. During that time we have had some giant storms, 100+ inches in 2 days on Mt Shasta (a 14,000’ volcano to the south of us) and flows over 100,000 cfs on the Smith River, as well as round after round of smaller storms. Mt Ashland went from pockets of snow on the north facing slopes to a 95 inch base at the top and Crater Lake has a base of over 100 inches.

Some of the flows on our coastal rivers were impressive too – in some cases record breaking. The Illinois peaked out at 24,000cfs on December 13th. For those who have done the Illi, the gage is above put-in so I would estimate the flows at Greenwall Rapid to be close to 40,000 cfs! The Rogue, despite the flood control provided by Lost Creek reservoir peaked out above 59,000 (check out the picture below!). And the Smith, the queen of giant storm flows, peaked out at 118,000 cfs!

Today’s view on the Crater Lake visitor center webcam.

That is the top of the bathrooms at the Grave Creek put-in on the Rogue:) We float by here at the beginning of most of our trips and begin here on our trail running trips.

 

So where are we at and what does it mean?

In a really good place. Here are the current snowpack amounts:

The Owyhee:  216% of normal snowpack for this date.
What it means: We are excited about this one – it is an amazing start! However, the Owyhee snowpack is the most finicky one we have and a lot depends on the weather in March.  But, this is by far the best start in years! The Owhyee is on a lot of peoples must do lists and the season is always short so we only have a few spring dates left with space. On the Lower Owyhee we have April 14th (reserve) and the Middle we have April 17th (reserve)

The Cal Salmon: 140% of normal (estimate).
What it means: Another one we are really excited about. This is a great start and El Nino years tend to continue to bring huge amounts of snow to the Salmon. I am very confident of a good Salmon season and some of the best class V in the world! Once again it is a short season though and May is the best time for the Salmon – here are all the dates >>

The Rogue: 179% of normal.
What it means: Snowpack does not affect us as much on the Rogue but it is great to have all the snow! The Rogue does book up faster than any trip we do though – so now is the time to look at dates, especially if you are looking at a group trip.

The Klamath: 175% of normal.
What it means: Great water on the lower section later in the summer and maybe a period of two turbine flows on the Upper! For those who have not checked it out our Upper Klamath 2-Day Safari trip continues to get better and better >>

Idaho Salmon: 204% of normal.
What it means: Like the Rogue snowpack does not affect us too much on the Salmon. But big snow years do mean more exciting flows in late June and early July. Like the Rogue the Salmon books fast though.  

 

Long Term Outlook:

It is an El Nino year for sure and the 3 month forecast is still calling for high chances of higher than normal precipitation in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

 

Momentum guide Erik Sol skinning to the top of Mt Ashland with the rime encrusted Ariel Chair above. We have been doing a lot of this the last few weeks!

The Mt Ashland Road on a particularly snowy afternoon.

 

Things are looking great for an amazing spring and summer!!!

 

 





November 25th, 2015 pete

Give an experience not a thing and get someone outside! 

It’s a unique gift for the adventurous, for those that like to take vacations, and for those that really need to take vacations. It is also a great way to invite someone on a trip with you!

Experience over things – Its scientifically proven:

“Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/buy-experiences/381132/

Types of Gift Certificates:
1. You can give one for a specific dollar amount (kind of like “Momentum Bucks”).
2. You can give one for a specific river (and the recipient can choose the date).
3. Or you give one for a specific trip and date.

The recipients will receive the gift certificate, a Momentum brochure, and if it is for a river or specific trip a sample confirmation pack with trip information, packing list, etc.


To order


Give us a call (541-488-2525) or send an email to info@momentumriverexpeditions.com with:

- Your name
- Your phone number
- The recipients name
- The amount or trip
- Where you want it sent to (you or the recipient) and the address.
- Which photo you would like on your Gift Certificate (see below)

We will then send you an invoice and get your gift mailed out!

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines…. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
– Mark Twain

 

Gift Certificate Photo Choices

 

Wilderness


Big Whitewater

Family Adventure

Off The Beaten Path

Small Craft

Fishing

To order


Give us a call (541-488-2525) or send an email to info@momentumriverexpeditions.com with:

- Your name
- Your phone number
- The recipients name
- The amount or trip
- Where you want it sent to (you or the recipient) and the address.
- Which photo you would like on your Gift Certificate (see below)

We will then send you an invoice and get your gift mailed out!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

 





October 27th, 2015 pete

THIS

+ THIS

+ THIS

+ A LITTLE MORE OF THIS

Our Upper Klamath Rafting and Multi-Sport Safari 2-day (or 3-day!) = big summer flows down rapids that are over a football field long, an ultra-comfortable ‘safari style’ backcountry camp (think glamping), and options for mountain biking, running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing.

The next group of 10 or more that signs up gets 15% off and… we have an extra locally designed UK staff hat for the group leader.

The hat looks like this:

Getting a group together is easy! We hold as many spots as you think you might fill for 10 days or so. Then we send you a link and trip info and people can join the group online or by phone. This means you don’t have to deal with collecting money, and it gives people a deadline. At the end of the 10 days we see where we are at and decide if you want to hold the spaces a little longer and invite others.

Check out the trip:
for the next group 15% off for all and the hat for the organizer >>

 

 





October 7th, 2015 pete

Every year around this time I sit down and go through all the photos, ‘thank you’s’, and testimonials from the season. As I sort through the emails and the photos it never fails to give me goose bumps, it never fails to make me happy (and a little sad), and it never fails to remind me of the power and beauty of our wild places and, even more importantly, of the unique and remarkable people we are lucky enough to spend time with on the river every season. For every time you all have learned something from us on the river we have learned something from you – from you lives, experiences, and opinions.

Once again, I truly want to thank you all!

Below are a few of the testimonials from the 2015 season.

Kind Regards,
Pete and the Staff of Momentum River Expeditions

 

If you’ve never been on a rafting trip, go to MOMENTUM. If you have gone with another company and you thought you had a good time, try MOMENTUM. For those of you who have rafted with them, you already know. Alan, Celine and Tyler made everything so EASY, SAFE, and CONVENIENT. My 9 year old son had a blast. No IPADS, no TV, no Phones. It really resets your body and mind. I’m already planning my next trip. Thank you MOMENTUM!!

There are a ton of companies offering river trips in Oregon, and it can be easy to become overwhelmed by promises, prices and hype.  Look no further, we’ve done the research, we’ve gone on two Momentum trips in the past few years and this is hands’ down the best.  I am not paid by Momentum!  I’m just a middle-aged LA working mom who loves to travel and eat!  My vacations need to be good, and this one was right at the top of the list.

Pete, Thank you and your group putting on an awesome display of customer service. I have chosen your organization for about 6 years now, and each year gets better. No doubt, I will return for this great adventure in the future. My group of people were extremely impressed and are also very interested at 2 day trip. Definitely will be back and keep the great work. Thank So Much!

Orea, We really had a very special time,  made all the more special by your expertise and patience. You were fab and made the trip just brilliant for each and every one of us. Please do keep in touch and let us know if you plan a trip to Ireland at any stage as we would love to repay your hospitality. Please pass on our thanks again to Tyler and Courtney. We thought we spotted Tyler in Gold Beach and chased this man in a van but to our great disappointment, it wasn’t him. The man must have been terrified at 4 mad irish flagging him down in a car park!!

Thank YOU, Pete! It was a fabulous trip, and Orea and Jane were amazing excellent guides (and chefs and photographers). This was a first for the little kids, though they are all experienced campers, and it was a huge success. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron will never be quite the same for them, and I’m sure they’ll be eager to go again. My husband and I will be, too. I’d rather have a retirement of active adventures than sitting in a rocking chair!

Hi Tyler, Arden, and Simon, You all are the greatest! We had an absolutely fantastic time and I was so impressed with you all! Our trip wildly exceeded my expectations (even though this was my first ever rafting trip!), and each of you was responsible for helping make it one of the most enjoyable adventures I’ve ever been on! Thank you again for everything and we look forward to seeing you all on another adventure!

This is a top-notch rafting company. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Amazing attention to detail, fun but safe, guides are AMAZING.  And the food rocks too.

We met our 2 adult children in Oregon for a family reunion and spent 4 days rafting the Rogue River with Momentum River Expeditions. What an incredible trip! Our guides were unbelievable—knowledgeable, professional, skilled and so fun to be around. We consider ourselves a little bit “foodies” and were so impressed with the food! They took into account food preferences and every day we were amazed at the choices and how delicious it all was – we felt very spoiled.

This got to be one of the best rafting trips in the world for non-professionals like my group. It is absolutely amazing how the crew of Momentum River Expeditions enabled me and my two friends to enjoy the challenging Class IV rapids with ease and comfort. Yes, we all got drenched, and we all fell into the water (during our solo kayaking portion). But at no time did we feel threatened or our safety at risk. This included one of my friends who does not even know how to swim. For two days we rafted, kayaked, hiked and mountain biked. At night, I fell asleep gazing the sierra stars. Momentum ferried our gears, guided our tours and prepared our meals. The low-keyed but ultra-experienced crew treated us like friends. We swapped stories over dinner, and shared drinks over dessert of strawberry chocolate Fondue. What a trip! Thank you, Momentum, for an exhilarating experience that will forever be etched in our memories.

Just so you know, it was an extraordinary trip. Perfect, really, from my and my sons’ point of views. I can’t say enough about Jane, Tyler and Anthony. Professional, competent, funny. I’ll be sure to send the survey, and I put a few things in the mail for Jane to distribute. Really great company you’ve built. This trip was amazing, superb. (Hi Beth!)

Thanks again to you, Wonder Woman and The Lorax….we couldn’t have hoped for better guides. You’re collective experience, easy-going manner and focus on fun (not to mention great culinary skills) really made the trip a memorable one.

Many sincere thanks to you from all of us.  We had such an amazing time.  I so greatly appreciate the care and integrity with which you, Simon and Taylor shepherded us down the river.  We always felt safe and inspired.  As a parent it was especially rewarding to see the confidence build in Harper and Angus.  Were it not for such professional attention they would not have been nearly as bold as they were.  Again, thank you so much.

Hi Tyler, Arden, and Simon, You all are the greatest!  We had an absolutely fantastic time and I was so impressed with you all!  Our trip wildly exceeded my expectations (even though this was my first ever rafting trip!), and each of you was responsible for helping make it one of the most enjoyable adventures I’ve ever been on!

Pete, My husband and I just came back from the Upper Klamath rafting trip that we won in this year’s Willow Wind auction. Wow! What a fabulous trip! We were so impressed with the guides, the food, the camp, the food, the organization and attention to detail, the food, the river itself – oh, and the food! (There was even chocolate birthday cake with strawberries, delectable!). It was all amazing and we both feel so lucky that we got to go. Thanks for making it possible!

Hello! The trip was way beyond our wildest expectations–mainly due to your team:>) You were so skilled, encouraging, knowledgeable, etc. and we literally have not stopped talking about the trip!  We feel SO lucky with the makeup of the group (and, of course, the weather).  We are sorting through the pictures and will make sure you get them. So happy to have met you!

Hi Master Guides! We had a wonderful time with you on the river. It was an unforgettable experience and we will be seen on other rivers for sure. Thank you for the wonderful experience it was the highlight of our US trip. Hope to see you again soon.

Hi Erik!  We really want to thank you, as well as Allen and Arden,  for a most enjoyable and fun trip with all the family .. Your enthusiasm and knowledge made all the difference, and our sons are still talking about “the best trip they ever had”, and how glad they are to have had you lead our trip. We all second that!

Pete, Just a note regarding the wonderful time we had on the Rogue this week (Wednesday thru yesterday, Saturday  7/11)…of the course the river is the star, BUT the Momentum crew:  Simon, Jane, and Anthony, are amazing human beings…competent, strong, patient, diplomatic, interesting…you put good teams together, for sure.  They make the trip that much better. Thanks again & we look forward to another remarkable adventure with you guys.

Sam, Sol, and Alan – I want to thank you all for making our trip down the Rogue a wonderful lifetime memory.  To be able to share such a quality experience with our daughters was really priceless.  Your professional, friendly, relaxed and attention to all of our needs made it a super easy vacation for us. Plus the food was amazing.  Great job!





March 24th, 2015 pete


- The Rogue and Klamath Rivers will have great water this summer  -

 

As river runners and river lovers we are so lucky to live in Southern Oregon – especially in years like this one. I have been guiding for over 20 years. I love rivers. I grew up in Vermont but started my guiding career in Colorado.  As I learned to guide places like the Rogue and the Upper Klamath were always these mythical rivers.  Because no matter what happened they were river oasis’ every year – offering, not just raft-able flows, but fun raft-able flows all summer long.  No matter what is going on with the weather they are constants in a river world that is used to year to year change.

This is one of the main reasons I started Momentum River Expeditions in Southern Oregon.  We have an insane amount of amazing rivers on a good snow year and in a low snow year we have rivers that – through a mix of geology, climate, and man-made intervention – are just as great as they always are. It is a rare thing and this place is truly a river runner’s paradise.

The Rogue, along with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, is one of the country’s most famous wilderness trips. It is everything people imagine a wilderness river trip to be with its lush canyon, water falls streaming in everywhere, sandy beaches, abundant whitewater, and staggering amount of wildlife. And the Rogue – because of its volcanic geology (springs everywhere), rapid style, very wet drainage (even in a low snowpack year), and Lost Creek Reservoir’s mandate to protect fish with high base flows – never gets too low for great rafting trips.

The Upper Klamath has the same big flows all season for rafting – it is one of the country’s premier, but still mostly unknown, summer stretches of whitewater. The river has continuous Class 3 to 4+ ‘big water’ whitewater with several rapids that are over 150 yards long.  I would argue that it is one of the most exciting summer rafting experiences in the country – definitely one of the wettest. The flows are dam released and the only thing that changes with the year is the amount of time the faucet is on full blast. For river runners that is amazing – we just pick the times the faucet is on full blast and push off!

In the last few weeks we have been getting some calls from guests worried about water levels.  Newspapers have been plastered with stories of drought – some accurate, and some not – and California is bordering us and in its 4th year of drought.  However we have a very different climate here and the water situation in Southern Oregon is not easy to explain in a single photo, a three word headline, or in Facebook post titles designed to collect clicks.

We have had a low snowpack winter, but we also have had a wet winter – lots of rain. We are at ‘average’ when it comes to total precipitation this winter. And, for those who have not spent a winter here, it is really wet here. It’s the west side of Oregon! Even on a relatively dry year, like the winter before last, we get our fair share of rain (although for many soggy native Oregonians it is not considered ‘wet’ unless it has been a rainy season of biblical proportions). And for our summer rivers with sponge like volcanic drainages, lakes and springs, and full reservoirs, that means a great water year for river trips.

All of this does not change the fact that the low snowpack is a serious concern for a lot of people in our area. For farmers and communities that depend on snowpack for water it could be a very difficult year. That cannot be highlighted enough and, like climate change in general, it is something that needs to be talked about and grappled with. But river runners and wilderness lovers are lucky and we are excited for another summer of amazing river running.

So for those wanting big summer whitewater, a classic wilderness river trip, and wet summer fun join us this year on the Rogue or Upper Klamath – whether it is with us, one of the many other great outfitters, or on a private trip with friends. There will be tumbling side creeks, moss covered trees, ferns in the cool grottos, green canyons and vistas, chances to see bear, bald eagles, and otter, and a beautiful vibrant river to float.

Cheers and we hope to see you all in the river this summer!

Pete Wallstrom
Momentum River Expeditions

More Info on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River >>
And Spring High Adventure trips in the Rogue >> 

More info on the Wild and Scenic Upper Klamath >>

 

‘Old Bushwacker Wave’ on the Upper Klamath

 

Part way down Caldera Rapid – the Upper Klamath

 

Inflatable Kayaks on the Rogue

 

One of the many side creeks of the Rogue




February 16th, 2015 pete

The next 10 people to sign for one of our Lower Owyhee 6-day Kayak Expeditions get their own pair of fleece-hoody-footy-drop-seat pajamas (with duckies on them).

 

Have you been thinking about an adventure? The Owyhee maybe? Something challenging, out there, a true back-of-beyond adventure (but a comfortable one)? Now could be the time…  Can you think of anything better than fleece-hoody-footy-drop-seat pajamas (with duckies on them) mixed with a high adventure kayak trip down the Grand Canyon of Oregon?

 

Join us for six days of high adventure paddling and exploring the “Grand Canyon” of Oregon at a time and in a way that few have ever enjoyed it. Our Lower Owyhee Inflatable Kayaking Expedition immerses you in one of the most remote, wild, and beautiful areas of the United States. During April and May the river is one of the most beautiful and remote rafting trips in the country. We are very excited to offer trips in June when the weather is consistently beautiful, the water is warm, we are generally the only people on the river, and there is world class small mouth bass fishing. This is a true high adventure off the beaten path trip.

If you are one of the next 10 people to sign up you will arrive to the river knowing that your own pair of fleece-hoody-footy-drop-seat pajamas (with duckies on them) will be packed safely away in one of the guides boats – probably next to (but not touching) Anthony’s famous bunny costume pj’s.  That evening as the temperature starts to get cooler we will break them out and you will not only be comfortable, but ‘wilderness camp’ dapper.

While you do need to be in good physical condition (you will be paddling your own boat) you do not need to have any previous rafting, kayaking, or camping experience. This is an expedition style trip and the gear and supplies are packed in our kayaks. However it is emphatically not roughing it or a backpacking style trip. We have spent hours working with chef’s to create lightweight meals that, like our rafting trips, are still three courses, delicious (grilled halibut, steak, etc.), and feature local and organic produce and products. And we have worked with our guides and gear suppliers to design camp items that are lightweight enough for trips like these but still make camping way more comfortable than people would expect. It’s a lightweight, high adventure trip that should not scare away those who are not used to spending nights out under the stars. Like our rafting trips you just need to bring your cloths, a toothbrush, and a big sense of adventure.

AND, if you are one of the next 10 people to sign up you will own pair of fleece-hoody-footy-drop-seat pajamas (with duckies on them). AND they will also have a Momentum ‘Owyhee IK Expedition 2015’ patch on them….

Find out more about the trip here >>

 

MORE ABOUT THE PJ’S:
(fleece-hoody-footy-drop-seat pajamas (with duckies on them))


- Warm and breathable, soft polar fleece
- Durable, and machine washable
- Hooded
- Footed
- Pocketed
- Drop Seated
- Wilderness Dapper

Find out more and join us on one of our favorite high adventure trips >>

 

 





October 7th, 2014 pete

 

 

Celebrate 50 Years of American Wilderness with us!

The American Wilderness Act is one of the most unique laws in the world because of the size of the areas it protects (over 100 million acres and counting!) and its overall mission to protect “areas where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors.”

It is something to be very proud of – nobody does ‘wilderness’ quite like we do – it’s wild, remote, roadless, vast, mind bogglingly diverse, achingly beautiful and, with vigilance, protected for generations to come.

To celebrate and to get the word out about the birthday of one of our country’s greatest accomplishments we have made our end of season t-shirt an ‘American Wilderness Tee’.

Details:
- We have 2 Items: A heathered short sleeve tee (unisex), and a woman’s version of the same tee.
- Shipping is $4 per order.
- We will make one order on Oct 26th so all purchases need to be made by Oct 24th. Orders will be shipped the third week in November.

Once again we are doing one print on Oct 26th so we need orders by Oct 24th
You can order online, by phone, or email.

 

“Wilderness is a necessity…There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” 
- John Muir

 

 

Econscious Unisex Blended Eco Tee

- Fabric: 60% certified organic cotton, 40% polyester; 4.25 oz
- Color: heathered grey
- Fit: A little small – go a size up
- Unisex Sizes: SM – XXL  >> Unisex Fit Chart >>
- Women’s Sizes: SM – XXL  >> Women’s Fit Chart >>

Price: $25

ORDER ONLINE by Oct 24th >>
OR
call (541-488-2525) / email (info@momentumriverexpeditions.com)

 

 





October 7th, 2014 pete

 

Every year around this time I sit down and go through all the photos, ‘thank you’s’, and testimonials from the season. As I sort through the emails and the photos it never fails to give me goose bumps, it never fails to make me happy (and a little sad), and it never fails to remind me of the power and beauty of our wild places and, even more importantly, of the unique and remarkable people we are lucky enough to spend time with on the river every season. For every time you all have learned something from us on the river we have learned something from you – from you lives, experiences, and opinions.

Once again, I truly want to thank you all!

Below are a few of the testimonials from the 2014 season.

Kind Regards,
Pete and the Staff of Momentum River Expeditions

 

“The guys are still buzzing about the trip, and I think I speak for everyone when I say it was the finest whitewater river that we’ve ever done – John

“The kids and I had the most amazing time experiencing that beautiful stretch of country with you, Justin and Arden. To say it simply, it was THE BEST! Fond memories were made that will last a lifetime” – Lisa

Best trip ever! We all had an amazing time, it was a beautiful location and a memorable trip. You guys where constantly working, setting up camp, preparing fabulous food and getting us down the river, you made it feel like you really cared and enjoyed the job.” – Pete

 “Mike and I returned last week from our Salmon River trip.  I just wanted to let you know that we found it absolutely fantastic!  It was a little bit hard to wrap my mind around the idea of “camping” in the same sentence as “luxury”—I’m not really used to having my gear packed off, my tent set up, and appetizers waiting—but it was fantastic in every way.  Great staff, great food, very well planned and organized in the many details such as transportation to and from the ends of the river, amounts and variety of food,  timing of the details of each day (sending the gear boats off, having meals and appetizers prepared on a schedule).  The Salmon River canyon is also a fantastically beautiful area.” – Ann

“Tom and I had the trip of a lifetime with Erik and Alan on the Wild and Scenic Rogue July 10 – 12th.  We thank you all for the great food, preparations and information that you shared before and during our fabulous trip.  We are Momentum fans, forever!” – Nan

“Happy to tell you this is 4th or 5th time with your company and we won’t raft with anyone else!  Anthony was great, as are all your guides – I appreciate the level of skill and experience that they all have, so thanks for running a great company and having a great crew!” – Lorraine

“We just got back from our Rogue camping trip with Simon, Jane, and Cooper. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the journey and these three marvelous guides. We had the absolute best time and can’t wait to do it again. The guides were AMAZING-truly gifts. They were positive, professional, enormously fun, and just plain old wonderful to spend time with. They really made the trip unforgettable.” – Lisa

“Thank you Pete for providing a first class business.  Each trip with Momentum proves again what a high quality service you provide.  Your guides, Anthony, Jeff and, of course Beth are excellent representatives of your company.  Safety, service, adventure and attention to detail are trademarks for you and your company.  I admit I was out of my element the first couple of days, but, I always felt safe with your crew.  Thanks Pete for lifetime memories.” – Bill

“I’d like to give a big shout out to our trip leader, Erik.  A consummate professional, hardworking and with tremendous patience to boot.   At the end of the trip, an ‘outdoor challenged’ individual like myself who had to be rescued multiple times was truly convinced that Erik could get me out of any sticky situation on a river run with his tremendous skills. A great asset for Momentum – and a personal thanks from me.” – Mehul

“Thank you very much for a great time on the Owyhee River a few weeks ago. Your service was excellent and each guide worked extremely hard making a low water run super fun and a memorable experience.  Jack and I are already thinking about the Salmon in the near future.  When we decide a date you guys can bet we’ll be giving you a call. With your outstanding service how could we refuse? I’ve been on several multi-day private trips and know to a certain extent the work and planning that goes into making a trip successful.  This past trip fits the bill as far as I can see and then some.” – Wade

“My 11 year old son and I recently did the 3 day lodge trip down the Rogue River.  Where to begin? Our guides, Eric and Alan, made us feel immediately comfortable and well taken care of from everything to the clear instructions on safety, to intensive knowledge and interesting stories from Rogue River’s past, to amazing happy hours, and those meals – fresh fruits/veggies, local cheese and wine, and crazy good cooked and prepared dishes! There was never a moment that we didn’t feel well attended to. Even more amazing was watching my son develop from a tentative rafter to an avid self-confident kayaker in the space of three days! This, even after becoming a “swimmer” on day two, he couldn’t wait to jump back in to the inflatable kayak with a big grin. Really great to watch! I can’t recommend this trip enough. It was so much fun, and yet, really peaceful.  One of the families that joined us have done a number of rafting tours and confirmed that Momentum is their number one raft group of choice for all the reasons I also mention. I am already printing out next year’s potential choices! So what are you waiting for, GO NOW!” – Vicki

“We had an EPIC trip rafting down the Rogue!! Our guides Tyler, Cooper and Arden made the trip for myself, my husband and our three boys aged 8,12 and 15 so much fun and far exceeded our expectations. Their confidence level made you feel so safe, they cooked the most amazing food and the views of the Rogue River were so beautiful and spectacular. My husband loved the more thrilling experience of the inflatable kayaking. Our guides also knew the best places for our two youngest boys to try their kayak skills and they only wished they had down it earlier on in the trip. My mother and her husband who traveled with us who are almost seventy years old had a wonderful time. All the wildlife you see is awesome and swimming in the side waterfalls was renewing. If you want a true family experience with you and your family go rafting down the Rogue with Momentum!” – Karmen

“Our group of 4 went with Erik and Beth down the Rogue River for 3 days. It was a combo white water raft/kayak trip. The guides were excellent, the food and accommodations were superb, and the trip was one of the best I have ever been on. I have booked trips in Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, and many other locales. Momentum is by far has the best guides and service. The Rogue River trip is great for families, friends, and people of all ages. I highly recommend this adventure!”

This was the best river rafting experience ever and we completely enjoyed our trip with Momentum: it was a perfect combo of excitement and comfort. Very, very, organized, great food, great equipment and an awesome rafting experience. A super trip indeed!! So good that we plan to return for overnight trip soon (I can’t wait to go again). Special Thanks to Alan for making our trip memorable.” – Kreya

I just cannot say enough great things about this team! From pick up to drop off, it was 5 star service! Alex, Orea & Arden could NOT have been any better! Not to mention you could tell they all love what they do. They are simply the BEST! My husband and I will be talking about this run for years to come. THANK YOU to Momentum for making this such a memorable experience.” -  Kristen

“Best memory of our 2 week road trip! Our Momentum White Water Rafting Trip exceeded our expectations in ways you can’t imagine! Waterside lunch, wetsuits (all the other rafting companies let their clients FREEZE!) gregarious guides, and informed history of the river made this experience our favorite memory on our 2 week West Coast trip. Thank you!!!!” – Ariel

“Thank you for all you did in order to give us such an amazing adventure on your Rogue River trip. Everything  you did, from Beth’s remembering  to check in with us in January and helping us plan, to the outstanding guides, Tyler, Cooper and Arden, each one outstanding in their own unique way.. to the  fabulous food and the gourmet way in which the guides prepared and served it, to the great equipment for everyone and the super professional way in which your organization works together so well was enjoyed and appreciated by all in my family.” – Bettye

2 words…beyond expectation!  With so many ‘tourist’ type companies operating these days, we were hoping the experience would live up to the blurb.  It was better!  Special thanks to Arden who is an amazing lady….one of a kind.  Within minutes of meeting, we felt relaxed, safe and knew we were in good hands.  Our 2 girls (aged 7 and 8) loved their first ever rafting experience as did Mummy and Daddy.  Arden could not have done more to make it a lifelong memorable experience for us all.  Thank you again…Maria, Richard and the girls.” – Maria

“I will add to the chorus of great reviews.  We did a family trip on the Rogue (lodge trip).  We had a wonderful time, the food was great, the guides were great, and we are ready to sign up with Momentum again.  They are a class act.” – Kathleen





September 8th, 2014 pete

Join us this winter for summer in Chile – a journey into the heart of wild and remote Patagonia to the Rio Futaleufu Valley!
One of the greatest river trips on earth!

Rafting on Chile’s Futaleufu River





August 21st, 2014 pete

Most of our 2016 schedule is out.  Now is the time to find the dates that work best for you.
Some of the most popular trips like the Rogue, Idaho Salmon, Owyhee, Illinois, and Cal Salmon are starting to fill.





August 20th, 2014 pete

You choose the river… You choose the dates… You choose your companions… And we make it happen!
We specialize in putting together custom trips on our regularly run rivers, on rarely rafted rivers, and on combinations of rivers – it is one of our Passion’s.
Now is a great time to look at the possibilities for 2016!





July 5th, 2014 pete

Idaho’s Legendary Salmon River, the Grand Canyon of Idaho, is a journey through the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states on a river with a timelessness and mountain grandeur that is matched by few. It is a rafting trip of a lifetime, a multi-sport adventure, one of the world’s premier wilderness rivers.
Offered June – September  >>





July 3rd, 2014 pete

The Rogue is an iconic American classic, a wilderness playground. One of the world’s great summer wilderness trips complete with remote riverside lodges. Varied craft choices satisfy a wide range of tastes and skill levels. These trips sell out quickly – now is the time to get your best choice of dates or to plan a custom or charter trip.
Check it out this summer – June – September





July 1st, 2014 pete

Class V, back of beyond remoteness, expedition style, small craft, multi-sport, challenging logistics – all trips for the adventurous spirit!  These trips are our roots and we love them.

Check them out >>





June 29th, 2014 pete

Combine rafting big summer flows down rapids that are over a football field long, an ultra-comfortable ‘safari style’ backcountry camp (think glamping), and options for mountain biking, running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing. This is a uniquely, action packed, and comfortable 2-day adventure – there is no other trip like it in the United States!
Suggested minimum age 12.
Offered late June to September





April 21st, 2014 pete

Support Your Local Natural Wonder And Enjoy An Amazing Spring Adventure

 

The Rogue is a Charter Member of the National Wild and Scenic River System and one of the most beautiful (and famous) river trips in the country – it is a true natural wonder. The mission of Rogue Riverkeeper is to protect and restore clean water and fish populations in the Rogue River Basin. A mission we enthusiastically support.

This spring you can support Rogue Riverkeeper and see the Rogue River Canyon during one of its most spectacular seasons. Donate $25 or more (deleted or become a new member because they will automatically) and get 25% off any of our spring Rogue Wilderness trips – over $200 off!


Details:

- This is good for any Rogue trip beginning before June 20th 2014.
- It is first come first serve – once we fill up the discount is over (one of the great things about the Rogue is the number of people floating it is regulated to protect its wilderness character).
- We have 3-day High Adventure Inflatable kayaking trips almost every weekend in May and early June. You can read more here >>
- We have one standard 4-day Rafting and Camping trip on June 18th. You can read more about that here>>
- Just donate $25 or more to Rogue Riverkeeper  and give us a call or an email and we will get you all set up!

 

Rogue Riverkeeper is a member of the national Waterkeeper Alliance which is an integral part of protecting wild rivers across the country. The Rogue River in the spring is one of the most beautiful canyons in the world. Support your local natural wonder, your local Riverkeeper and enjoy an amazing spring adventure all at the same time!

 

To Donate to Rogue Riverkeeper:
www.rogueriverkeeper.org
 

 

Then contact us:
Call: 541 488 2525
email: info@momentumriverexpeditions.com

 

And join us on The Wild and Scenic Rogue River this spring!

 

 





April 5th, 2014 pete

Cooper is a San Francisco Bay Area native where growing up he was lucky to call the nearby Pacific Ocean and Sierra Nevada Mountains his playground. While attending UC Santa Barbara as an Environmental History major and drummer of the UCSB Jazz Orchestra, Cooper began his guiding career on the rivers of California.

A Whitewater Voyages alumni and former manager on the Tuolumne River Cooper has now guided and led trips on four different continents around the globe, chasing summers in India, Chile, Zambia, Swaziland, and South Africa. He is a guide’s guide who takes his craft seriously and has a passion for bringing out the best in people.

He is currently splitting his time between here, Africa, Patagonia, and British Columbia. 

 





February 5th, 2014 pete

Jenn is a professional runner and writer and helped develop our raft supported Rogue River Trail Running Trips. She is a Patagonia athlete and ambassador and one of the most well-known ultra-runners in the world.

She may be known best for setting the record for the fastest female 100 mile trail race and her part in the bestselling book ‘Born to Run’. But she is also an extremely talented writer (she is currently working on a book), can whip up any recipe that includes cheese, Yum Sauce, or full fat sour cream, and is an expert at skiing’s hallowed snowplow turn.

Jenn has a passion for life and adventure that is infectious and that comes out on every trip that she is a part of.





November 20th, 2013 pete

We are not sure, but a river trip is pretty cool!
And it is a very unique gift for the adventurous, for those that like to take vacations, and for those that really need to take vacations. It is also a great way to invite someone on a trip with you!

Types of Gift Certificates:
1. You can give one for a specific dollar amount (kind of like “Momentum Bucks”).
2. You can give one for a specific river (and the recipient can choose the date).
3. Or you give one for a specific trip and date.

The recipients will receive the gift certificate, a Momentum brochure, and if it is for a river or specific trip a sample confirmation pack with trip information, packing list, etc.


To order

Give us a call (541-488-2525) or send an email to info@momentumriverexpeditions.com with:

- Your name
- Your phone number
- The recipients name
- The amount or trip
- Where you want it sent to (you or the recipient) and the address.
We will then send you an invoice and get your gift mailed out!

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines…. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
– Mark Twain

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

 





September 29th, 2013 pete


2016 Rogue River Trail Running Trips


Join Momentum River Expeditions and ultra-runners Jenn Shelton, Hal Koerner, or Ryan Ghelfi on a 3-Day raft supported Trail Running Trip along Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River.  Combine the world famous Rogue River Trail with comfortable raft supported river side camping or lodging and gourmet meals.

Trip Dates – Book Online |  About The TripItinerary – Trail Map

(these links are for Jenn – she was having trouble remembering the dates)

 

 

 

Jenn Shelton hitting the Southern Oregon Trails

 

“A flawless experience – the trip of a lifetime! … I could not have imagined the trip better. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. An experience that will certainly stick with me for a long time.” – Henry – after our first Rogue Running Trip

Join Momentum River Expeditions and ultra-running hosts Jenn Shelton, Hal Koerner, David Laney or Ryan Ghelfi  for a 3-Day raft supported Trail Running Trip along Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River.  Started 3 years ago by Jenn and Pete these have become some of our most popular trips and they sell out fast!  Combine the world famous Rogue River Trail with comfortable raft supported river side camping or lodging and gourmet meals. We are so excited for 2016 – an amazing trail with an amazing group of runners!

The Rogue River is an iconic American classic; one of the world’s great wilderness rivers, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “The Canyon”. The Rogue River National Recreation Trail from Grave Creek to Foster Bar cuts through the heart of the canyon and offers stunning views of the river and unique access to a wilderness playground that is home to a staggering amount of wildlife.  The trail is 42 miles of wilderness single-track that is only accessed from the start, the finish, or by river.

These trips are a unique and amazing way to explore the world famous Rogue River and do a multi-day wilderness run without all the gear or planning.  We are very excited for 2016!

 

TRIP DETAILS AND OPTIONS:
We offer three Rogue Running itineraries and each day includes around 11 to 19 miles of running with options for more.  All itineraries do the full trail and they are all raft supported – meaning runners do not need to carry anything except for water and snacks (all personal overnight clothing will be transported by raft). 

3-Day Camp Running Trips:
This is our original itinerary (conceived late one night over Lima Rita’s and Jenn’s meatloaf) and we will offer these trips in the late spring and early fall. Each afternoon the groups will arrive at a fully set-up and very comfortable wilderness river side camp where you can swim and float the river, play beach games, or just relax, have a beverage, and take it all in. Appetizers and diner will be served under the stars followed by an evening around the campfire and a good night’s sleep. All camping gear is included and there is always the option to jump in a raft for the day or part of the day.
Price:
$825 ($835 with tax)

3-Day Lodge Running Trips:
This trip is perfect for later fall when the weather is ideal for trail running, but not always perfect for camping. It is also a great way to experience the extremely unique lodge system on the Rogue. There are very few places in the world with a system of remote riverside lodges only accessible by boat (or trail!). It allows for the amazing experience of a true wilderness adventure capped off by comfortable and cozy evenings in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history.  This is also the perfect itinerary to learn some of Hal’s legendary grooming tips…
Price:
$1095 ($1105 with tax)

3-Day Camp/Lodge Running Trips:
A little bit of both – night one at one our comfortable (and beautiful!) river side camps and night two at the famous Paradise Lodge.  This is also known as the ‘Shelton Special’ because the lodge has a deck with beer and always serves at least one extremely cheesy menu option…
Price:
$995 ($1005 with tax)


2016 DATES:

April 23-25th Camp/Lodge (Ryan Ghelfi hosted) –   book online >>
April 29-1st Camp/Lodge (Jenn Shelton hosted) –   book online >>
May 6-8th Camp (Private)
May 7-9th Camp/Lodge (Jenn Shelton hosted) -   book online >>
Sept 16-18th Camp (Ryan Ghelfi hosted) -   book online >>
Sept 30-2nd  Lodge (Ryan Ghelfi hosted) -   book online >>
Oct 6-8th  Lodge (Hal Koerner hosted) -  book online >>

(Please note, these trips will be limited to 12 to 17 runners)


Who is it For:
Runners of all speeds, from the front to the back of the pack, who can comfortably run 12 to 15 miles per day. The group can split up according to fitness level and how people feel that day (and there is always the option to spend some time floating in a raft and do shorter days).

What is Included:
-   Running hosts with a unique knowledge of the area and the world of long distance running.
-   Raft support for food, gear, and personal items.
-   For camping and camp/lodge trips all camping gear (including ultra-comfortable 3″ sleeping pads).
-   For lodge trips – lodging in comfortable wilderness lodges.
-   Return transportation back to Galice, Oregon. Transportation can also be arranged from Ashland, Oregon.
-   Gourmet 3 course meals featuring local and organic produce & products.  Find out more >> -    World-Class guides with a minimum 8 years experience leading trips around the globe - Find out more >>
-    An adventure run down one of the world’s great wilderness river corridors!

 

Book Trip Online
(Or give us a call – 541-488-2525)

ITINERARY / TRAIL MAP:

Please Note: Our trips take place in the wonderfully unpredictable natural environment. Because of this our itineraries are always flexible to accommodate weather, guest needs, abilities, and interests.

Day 1:
The trip starts near Grants Pass, Oregon at the Galice Resort, located along the banks of the Rogue River. Here we will help you pack your dry bags and get any last minute “must haves” at the resort. We then head to the river, meet the crew, and do an orientation talk. After loading our overnight gear into a raft we will head down the trail into the heart of the Rogue River Canyon.  For three days we will follow the Rogue as it cuts through the remote and wild Siskiyou Mountain Range.  Each afternoon we will arrive at a wilderness Lodge or a fully set-up and very comfortable wilderness river side camp where you can swim and float the river, play beach games, or just relax, have a beverage, and take it all in. Appetizers and dinner (we used to say ‘diner’ but because Jenn is an anal retentive writer we fixed it) will be served under the stars or on the deck followed by an evening in one of the most famous wilderness river corridors in the world.

Day one will be between 10 and 15 miles depending on the trip (it will end between Black Bar and somewhere around Kelsey Creek).  It will include views of the Famous Rainey Falls and Whiskey Creek Cabin.

Day 2:
Day two will be between 15 and 19 miles with options to add 4 to 12 more miles (the group can be split depending on what runners are interested in).  The day will end around Half Moon Bar. Day 2 is spectacular and includes the amazing Mule Creek Canyon section and views of Blossom Bar rapid.

Day 3:
Day 3 will be around 12 miles with options to add 4 to 10 more (the group can be split depending on what runners are interested in).  The day will include Huggins Canyon and some of the best opportunities to see Black Bear. We reach the end of our river trip in the early afternoon and load up in our van to make the drive back over beautiful Bear Camp road to Galice Resort.

 

Click image for larger map

 

 

REVIEWS FROM OUR FIRST RUNNING TRIP:

“A flawless experience – the trip of a lifetime.

I did the 3 day trail run along the Upper Rogue River Trail – a perfect trip idea for runners of all ability levels. We camped out for two nights right along the water – arriving each day after a scenic 12 mile run to a camp that was already set up by the guides. The guides were super friendly, exciting, and funny, despite the fact that they busted their asses to tend to everyones individual needs. The camps had EVERYTHING you can imagine (you could hardly call it ‘roughing it’). They prepared gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners which were better than any restaurants I ate at in Ashland. They also provided coffee/tea, fresh fruit, and inflatable kayaks and paddle boards. Each night was spent around a campfire with plates piled high with delicious hot food followed by an amazing, freshly made dessert and a great nights sleep inside insanely comfortable sleeping bags. The guides were incredibly accommodating – there was no need that wasn’t met with enthusiasm. If you’re considering the trail running trip but are nervous about the distance – DON’T WORRY. If you get tired, Pete (Our guide), will flag down an equipment raft and you can spend the rest of the day floating down the river.

I could not have imagined the trip better myself. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. An experience that will certainly stick with me for a long time.”

 

“AMAZING! I’ll be back next year! Seamless execution of guided tours, food and camp set up, and good times! Guides were knowledgeable, compassionate, and simply awesome! I’m already looking on the site for my next trip!”

Riverside Camping on the Rogue

Book Trip Online
(Or give us a call – 541-488-2525)





September 9th, 2013 pete

 

This was our 10th year on the water and boy it was not boring! From a spring heat wave to fires on the Rogue it definitely kept us on our toes.  But through it all the trips and the people were amazing! And, every year around this time I sit down and go through all the photos, ‘thank you’s’, and testimonials from the season. As I sort through the emails and the photos it never fails to give me goose bumps, it never fails to make me happy (and a little sad), and it never fails to remind me of the power and beauty of our wild places and, even more importantly, of the unique and remarkable people we are lucky enough to spend time with on the river every season. For every time you all have learned something from us on the river we have learned something from you – from you lives, experiences, and opinions.

I truly want to thank you all.

Below are a few of the testimonials from the 2013 season.

Kind Regards,
Pete and the Staff of Momentum River Expeditions

 

 

“Never before have I had every expectation met, and, once met, utterly surpassed to the point of obliteration.  Maybe someday I’ll get to slide down the gravity well of a black hole.  Until then, there’s Momentum…
The guides on our trip embodied a quiet confidence and calm competence that was infectious.  Never once did I feel endangered, even beneath my kayak in the middle of a rapid– it happens, and I enjoyed the ride…  Momentum guides could lead a one-way expedition to Mars, and I’d sign up tomorrow.  They also have some great late-night stories– and the night skies have never been so clear to my jaded eyes.
The other guests on our trip were equally amazing.  Between the guides and the guests, I have never been surrounded by so many kindred spirits.  We were all there for a true time-of-our-lives, guides and guests alike.  Once our child is barely old enough, we’re absolutely inflicting him on some folks.
The brochure proclaims gourmet meals in the wilds of, in our case, Idaho.  ”Gourmet” does not adequately describe the effort and attention given to these meals.  To get off an already amazing day on the river to an already prepared spread of brie and crackers was mind-blowing.  Every single meal, breakfast lunch or dinner, was nutritious and deeply soul-satisfying.  I was enabled to make the best sandwich I have ever made for myself beside a creek across from an abandoned mine trail.  I took photos of that sandwich.  These guides truly do love food and sharing their love of cooking as much as they love sharing their love of nature.
I cannot recommend Momentum River Expeditions more highly.  I’m not naive enough to believe that I’ve made friends for life on this trip, but I can honestly say that I met people with whom I would want to be friends with for the rest of my life.”

 

 

“This was our 6th trip with Pete and Momentum! The quality of the guides remains stellar! Thank you Rebecca, Jeff and Jane, it was great to be in your company. I have been rafting with my friends for 30 years and Momentum always takes EVERYTHING up a notch. The food is gourmet, in fact no desire to go out to dinner after 6 days on the river because we knew nothing would compare in quality!!”

 

“A bucket list dream come true! This was our first trip with Momentum, a three-day lodge trip down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River. Three generations of my family were able to take the trip thanks to the thoughtful and thorough support of our guides….By the end of the trip, it was as if we had three new members of the family—our guides were joining in the teasing and joking like they’d known us for years. Oh, and the river and the scenery were spectacular too! There were plenty of thrills, plenty of beautiful quiet spots, and fabulous wildlife (river otters, turtles, herons, bald eagles, deer).”

 

“Just got back from a four day trip down the Illinois River with Momentum. Obviously, the scenery and rapids were amazing. But going with Momentum took the experience to the next level. Our guides – Anthony, Alan, and Mike – were three of the most professional river guides I’ve ever traveled with. In fact, I learned that the MOST junior guide at Momentum has eight years of experience! These guys worked their buns off to give us a fun and safe trip down the river. I always felt that the guides were in control – even when our boat joined the Illinois “swim team!”… I have now become a lifelong customer and fan of Momentum, and I fully intend on doing their entire menu of trips over the next few years (Cal Salmon next year!).”

 

“These guys are amazing. I did the running trip in mid-May and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The scenery was absolutely stunning and the guides took amazing care of the group. The all-you-can-eat buffets were full of gourmet food prepared fresh along the river. Comfortable tents and sleeping bags were already set up upon arrival to the camp sites. I will surely be scheduling another trip with momentum in the near future. I cannot recommend these guys enough.”

 

“Oywhee River 2013! This trip rates among the most wonderful experiences I have ever had, which is saying a lot! It was physically exhilarating, provided astonishing geology, and the guides were exceptional in every way. One of the things that made it terrific was that I have food allergies, and the guides took excellent care to assure I had no problem.”

 

“A huge Thank You!! We absolutely loved the trip and I can truly say that you guys at Momentum are the best guides and crew I’ve ever worked with. And thanks for letting me row! :) !”

 

“Momentum was amazing! We have done many guided rafting and fishing trips and Arden, Orea and Tyler were simply the best. We had such a good time!”

 

“Beyond! I had hoped that my kids first river experience would be a good one and Momentum far exceeded just “good”! From the first interactions via email for reservations…to our guide picking us up at our lodging, everything was excellent. Our guide was friendly, informative, compassionate, and understanding regarding the needs of not only my younger kids, but also the older couple who was on our trip. The whole operation was so dialed in that it ran without a hitch and without a lot of hoopla. Arden was out guide…fantastic…and she effortlessly took care of everything. I can’t recommend Momentum enough. I’d love to come back and do and multi-day trip!”

 

“We just returned from an amazing 4-day trip on the unspoiled and seldom rafted Illinois River. We enjoyed a very small group of 7 guests and 4 guides on this trip which made for a very personalized vacation. Excellent food, great company, plenty of action as well as time to appreciate the untamed beauty of this wilderness river. As always, Momentum provided a first-class adventure experience and some of the very best river guides we have ever traveled with. This is our 2nd trip with Momentum and we will most certainly be booking again next season. Looking forward to conquering the next ‘Fluffy Box of Kittens’!”

 

“With the privilege of being frequent guests of Momentum and for “lucking out” to have Pete once again on our trip..what could be better, right? Well, let me tell you..
Every year we search for a new river to experience, preferably at high water. This year’s choice for the main fork of the Salmon a “no brainer” for us serious white water enthusiasts.  The fun started the morning we met up as a group to transit to a spot closer to put in by small plane with a stunning view of the Idaho Sawtooth mountain wilderness.  If one had reservations about being in a small plane, they were quickly replaced by the skill of the pilots and the scenic flight over some gorgeous scenery of the Northwest.  We touched down to board a super comfy bus which would transport us to put in.  Our elite group of 10 guests settling quickly and getting to know each other as the bus passed at ground level that same scenic beauty we had just viewed from the air.
We arrived at put in to meet the rest of our guides who would shepherd us safely over the next 6 days.  Here’s the “what could be better” part..Pete has an amazing way about him and inspires equally amazing people to work with him.  This year we met guides Jeff, Rebecca and Jane for the first time and with Jenn in “guest helper slot”.  Every year we seem to meet someone new and awesome, this year no different 4 new “awesome someone’s”.  It’s always a blast for us to be on the river, we know we will have a good time and that our safety will be the crew’s TOP priority.  We know that Pete and his crew will cook up some incredible meals and we will NOT be losing weight on the trip the food is all “that good”.  What we don’t know is who we will get to meet each year and that’s as much a part of being on the river as anything else.  This year’s cozy group of 10 guests and 5 crew was as good as any, ever.  We were spoiled beyond words, fed like royalty, had many good laughs and have lifelong stories to recall and relate to those who are listening.
There’s just too much to say about such a trip, a group of relative strangers and the unifying focus we love and share for 6 days of the best kind of “time out”. Thank you again Pete and crew for a fabulous trip and for sharing so much of yourselves with all of us.  I can’t say enough about the luxury and joy experienced, except that it happens every time we raft with Momentum..this year as well.”

 

“We had a great time, certainly a lifetime memory for my son and I.”

 

“We had a really good time. Duncan had one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen on his face (top 3, for sure, and one of those was when he first stood, up 13 years ago, around 1 year old).”


“Just wanted to let you know that Jeanne, Molly, Casey and I had a really great time on our Lower Klamath River adventure.  Mike, Jane and Rebecca were true professionals.  They kept us safe, cooked great meals and worked very hard to make the trip a huge success.  We especially appreciated how much they interacted with the children to make them feel special.

 We’ve got more grandchildren coming up to age 12 and we hope you keep doing this trip every year.  We’d take every trip with Mike, Jane and Rebecca but we know you’ve got other great guides too.  You have a great company and I tell all my friends about your river trips. 

Hope to see you soon on another river trip.”

 

“Rowen and I had such a super time on the Salmon in July (2-7).  All the guides were super at their job and great human beings, too. And the 19 of us as customers meshed really well together.  What a unique and life-affirming experience.  Thanks for all that you did and do, to make it possible. I can’t even imagine all that happens behind the scenes.”

“Hey Anthony, I don’t know if Linda ever got a chance to convey my appreciation but I told her you were the BEST river guide ever!  You made a great stretch of river even more enjoyable with your easy going demeanor and expert skill.  Above all, you carried a wonderful balance between respect and command, fun and work, humbleness and confidence.  I can’t speak highly enough of you! Alicia was expecting the trip to be way too cold and way too scary based on her husband’s previous trips down.  We’ll, you already know that wasn’t her experience since she’s already researching the Scott or Cal-Salmon.  Thanks Anthony for making it a really great trip.”

 

“Pam and I want thank ya’ll again from the bottom of our hearts for such a memorable Salmon River rafting trip.  We will remember this forever.
Your skill and organization was tops and you were always so ready to engage with all of us even when I suppose you had to be dog tired after a long day.
We can’t give enough superlatives to describe our experience.  I’ve been thinking all this week of being on the river and I was saying to Pam, ‘just think what we were doing last week at this time on the river.’”

 

“Absolutely amazing!
It was my fourth rafting trip and I will never go with another company!!”

 

 

And of course:
THE SONG OF THE KLAMATH

Dere’s a river in old nor Cal
Called Klamath by native son
Been the ruin of many a poor soul
But by God, we hears its fun

Dere came two clans from near and far
One Morrish and one Harling
Dey  run dat river like no one done seen
While at night, wit booze, dey sing

Dey thot to run the mighty Rogue
But fires had shut it down
Up speaks the Klamath “Well, how ‘bout me?”
“No finer can be found”

Dey weren’t so sure, dey had dere doubts
Dey thot it second best
But dey wuz dead wrong, and now dis song–
Well, it tell you all the rest

When dey scout old Rattlesnake
Dey each pick dere own routes
Well, no one run de way he plan
But dey comes tru with yells and shouts!

“Papi, up dere in our camp
What be that big brown pile?”
“Mama bear done got here first”
He answers with a smile.

At Dragons Tooth dey walk round
Bad luck could cause real harm
Den Orea and Zack dey shoot right tru
But Tyler, he buy the farm

Bettina, she lead down a run
Say Phil “Follow, where I am”
Den de big hole up and swallow him
And yep, he flip den swam

Dey explore up Ukonom Creek
Jus clingin to its edges
With swims and crawls dey makes de falls
Den dey dives from de stony ledges

Eagles, ospreys, beaver, crows
And a right handsome raven pair
Wild critters wuz dere travellin pards
An dat includes a bear

Yo points yo bow down dat green tongue
An yo stays tight in yo lane
Cause they aint no fancy sleepin car
On the Klamath wild wave train

If yo lucky, yo stays dry
Bad luck an yo gets wet
But wen yo looks up from way down deep
Dat swim, yo don’t forget!

When dey comes to Landslide run
Dey’s feelin pretty frisky
Jus payin no neva mind
To them who claim ‘twas risky

If yo holds de line, yo comes tru fine
But if a sloppy route yo picked
De river say “Oh no yo don’t”
And yo got yo fanny kicked

De guides wuz  pros, de camps wuz clean
Behind, we leaves no trace
Wen dem oter outfits quit de game
By God, we owns de place!

Wen we pulls up at de takeout beach
Wit high fives we says “Adieu”
We tells de guides dat dey’s been great
Dey says we has been too.  Oh Yeah!

WBM
8/5/13





September 9th, 2013 pete

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!
To celebrate our tenth season (it was an exciting one!) we are making one run of a ’10 Years of Momentum’ Hoody and two styles of T’s. We will eventually sell other Momentum gear, but this will be a onetime order for the 10 year versions.  Great for friends, family, Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving, Halloween, an early Groundhog Day gift, or for you…  just because you have been waiting for a Momentum T-Shirt for like 15 years.

Details:
- We have 4 Items: a Zip Hoody (unisex), an Organic Cotton T (unisex), a Vintage Style Track T (unisex), and the same Vintage Track T for Woman.   All have the ’10 Years of Momentum’ logo.
- Shipping  is $4 per item.
- All purchases need to be made by Sept 30th. We will make one order on Oct 1st and orders will be shipped the third week in October.

Once again we are doing one print on Oct 1st so orders need to be made by Sept 30th.
You can order online, by phone, or email.

 

Organic/Recycled Heathered Zip Hoody:


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Econscious Organic Cotton and Recycled Polyester heathered zip hoody
- Fabric: 55% organic cotton/45% recycled polyester; 7 oz heathered fleece.
- Color: Charcoal
- Pouch pockets in front and ‘10 Years of Momentum’ logo on back
- Fit: Regular (Unisex)
- Sizes: XS – 2XL
Fit Chart >>
Price: $55

ORDER ONLINE by Sept 30th >>
OR
call (541-488-2525) / email (info@momentumriverexpeditions.com)

 

 

Organic Cotton T-Shirt

 

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Econscious Organic Cotton T-Shirt
- Fabric: 100% Certified Organic Cotton ring-spun jersey
- Color: Navy
- ‘10 Years of Momentum’ logo on front
- Fit: Regular (Unisex)
- Sizes: S – 2XL
Fit Chart >>
Price: $25

ORDER ONLINE by Sept 30th >>
OR
call (541-488-2525) / email (info@momentumriverexpeditions.com)

 

Vintage Track Shirt


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American Apparel Tri-Blend Short Sleeve Track Shirt
- Fabric: Tri-Blend (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon)
- Color: Tri-Indigo
- ‘10 Years of Momentum’ logo on front
- Fit: Slim/Vintage (Unisex)
- Sizes: XS – 2XL
Fit Chart >>
Price: $25

ORDER ONLINE by Sept 30th >>
OR
call (541-488-2525) / email (info@momentumriverexpeditions.com)

 

 

Woman’s Vintage Track Shirt



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American Apparel Tri-Blend Womans Short Sleeve Track Shirt
- Fabric: Tri-Blend (50% Polyester / 25% Cotton / 25% Rayon)
- Color: Tri-Indigo
- ‘10 Years of Momentum’ logo on front
- Fit: Slim/Vintage/Form Fitting
- Sizes: S – XL
Fit Chart >>
Price: $25

ORDER ONLINE by Sept 30th >>
OR
call (541-488-2525) / email (info@momentumriverexpeditions.com)

 

 





August 7th, 2013 pete

 

Last week we had to cancel a Rogue trip very last minute right after the fire started. Our group (three generations of family) was hesitant about the Lower Klamath option we gave them. People in the family have a lot of connections to the Rogue and that is what they had their hearts set on. They did end up switching to the Klamath and this is the first few verses of the song they wrote about the trip:):

THE SONG OF THE KLAMATH
(Melody: The House of the Rising Sun (Leadbelly et al)

Dere’s a river in old nor Cal
Called Klamath by native son
Been the ruin of many a poor soul
But by God, we hears its fun

Dere came two clans from near and far
One Morrish and one Harling
Dey run dat river like no one done seen
While at night, wit booze, dey sing

Dey thot to run the mighty Rogue
But fires had shut it down
Up speaks the Klamath “Well, how ‘bout me?”
“No finer can be found”

Dey weren’t so sure, dey had dere doubts
Dey thot it second best
But dey wuz dead wrong, and now dis song–
Well, it tell you all the rest


WBM
8/5/13





August 6th, 2013 pete

The Fire on The Rogue – Info and photos

 

 Arial View of Rogue Fire

 

We have been getting many calls and emails about the fire on the Rogue.  The Wild and Scenic section is currently closed and it has definitely been a very difficult time for us, our guests with scheduled trips, other outfitters, and businesses in the area.

The fire crews are doing an amazing job and we are so thankful for their work. Our guides and other outfitters have been helping transport fire crews and gear into the canyon.  We are so happy to be helping and will continue to help in any way that can.

We want to make sure people know that the Rogue is not “burning down.”  Fire is a really important part of river corridors in the west and forests in general.  Many trees need the help of fire to have their seeds germinate and to clear out undergrowth and smaller trees that compete for water and nutrients.

The fire that is occurring on the Rogue is a very healthy fire – it is mostly burning the undergrowth, small trees, and occasional older trees. The term is a “creeping fire” – it is nothing like the raging pictures you see on TV of some fires.  This will make for a healthier forest for the old growth trees and the wild flowers in the burn area will be crazy for the next couple of years (the bears will also love the new plants that will pop up all over the place). So, no matter what, the Rogue will survive and flourish and continue to be one of the most amazing wilderness trips in the country!

The fire is only affecting the upper part of the river.  The rest of the river is unaffected by fire and smoke and we are working on getting it open as soon as possible.  The timing of the fire has just been bad and difficult for both us as a business and our guests.  We are so very sorry that this is affecting vacations.

For those of you on trips later this year we will have more information very soon and we will always have other options if the river does not re-open.  As mentioned the fire is only affecting the upper portion of the river and we hope to have the river opened soon.  There is also rain in the forecast – we are hopeful that materializes.

For those of you scheduled for a trip next year the canyon is going to be so cool to see!

Below are some pictures of the river and fire – enjoy:
You can see a full slideshow here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/momentum-oregon-rafting/sets/72157634963098358/show/

Floating the Fire crew down to their camps

 

Unloading Fire Gear at Black Bar Lodge

Floating Fire Fighters through part of the burning section

Floating Fire Fighters through a burning section

Some Active Fire

Guides Below the Fire – Clay Hill Lodge

Canyon Below the Fire