whitewater books :: northwest us

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Western Whitewater

Western Whitewater

This book is the Bible of river running in the Western US. I have spent hours pouring over the hundreds of runs listed in the guide. Its also out of print and will cost you a pretty penny - but its worth it! There is talk of a new edition/printing but don't hold your breath.

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Alaska

Fast & Cold

Fast & Cold: A guide to Alaska Whitewater

Yet another Bible also out of print. Very detailed descriptions and history. The author, Andrew Embick was truly a hard man. Sadly he took his own life probably because he had run out of hard rivers to try.

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Montana

Montana Surf

Montana Surf

Not just for playboaters! This book covers all the great runs of Montana including the infamous Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Very slick!

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Idaho

Idaho the Whitewater State

Idaho the Whitewater State

Currently the best book for running Idaho rivers. Good graphs of gradient etc. Some things possibly a little dated.

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Washington

Guide to the Rivers of Washington

Guide to the Rivers of Washington

Best book for Washington runs. Jeff Bennett has kayaked, rafted and duckied all of these runs. This is a must own book!

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A Paddler's Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

A Paddler's Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

The only book describing the Grand Canyon of the Elwha and other choice runs in the area.

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Buy from REI

Oregon

Soggy Sneakers

Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon Rivers

Great book on Oregon rivers! I have met many of the contributers and they are very friendly people. In fact Northwest paddlers are some of the nicest around! Get this book and see what its all about.

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Paddling Oregon

Paddling Oregon

Covers some things not in Soggy Sneakers and a good companion book. I don't like how they organize rivers alphabetically - this is useless. By drainage would be a much better way to go.

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