Arrive at our Rafting Center at 8:30 AM and check-in with our staff. Once everyone has arrived the Trip Leader will give an orientation talk and the guides will hand out and fit personal flotation devices (PFDs) and helmets. Once we’re ready to go, we load up on the bus and head to our put-in. After we walk down to the launch point, guests meet their river guide and the guide then gives a Paddle Talk. Immediately following the Paddle Talk, we push off and each raft practices their paddling technique making sure their boat is ready for the whitewater. By this point, the trip is officially underway!
The Big Five jumps quickly into Class III whitewater with Surprise Rapid. The Lower Kern is pool-drop meaning we’ll have long calm pools broken up with Class II, III or IV rapids. We’ll raft four miles through this pool-drop canyon, tackling five rapids and then arrive at Democrat boat ramp.
This is our halfway point for the trip. We’ll load the boats up, drive to our lunch spot, eat lunch, and then go back to the Big Five put-in.