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July 6, 2004 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
When some two dozen rafts barrel down the Salmon River on Wednesday, New York investment banker Herbert Allen will be in his ceremonial post at the head of the caravan. Guides accompanying the other 200 or so captains of industry and their families will be under strict orders not to pass the 64-year-old billionaire host and the handpicked favorites on his raft.
June 6, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Richard BANGS does not follow orders. As a boy, he went camping with his father, who briefly left him by a river, telling him, "Don't go in the water." Bangs recounts the incident in his book "The Lost River: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Transformation on Wild Water." As the title suggests, he didn't obey his dad.
May 11, 2004 | Jordan Rane, Special to The Times
It was arrest No. 2 on the 3,250-mile, 114-day expedition, and the latest in a series of detours that threatened to abruptly sink it in its interminable tracks. "They'd been waiting for us for four days. They knew we were coming," recounts expedition leader Pasquale Scaturro. "They'd spread out across the river, and the moment we crossed the 20th parallel, they started up their motors, came right toward us, and one guy goes, 'Welcome to Egypt. Get out of your boat.'
April 13, 2004 | Charles Duhigg
A lot of people think the swim test is going to kill them. Not Anthony Lehman. The 18-year-old was supposed to die over a year ago. Now he's waist deep in the Kern River, and its arctic-cold snowmelt is flushing his face with life. At a signal from the shoreline, Lehman and the 22 other young job seekers fling themselves into the current, and churning whitewater sweeps them downstream. The frigid shock disables breathing for a beat. Sooner or later, most of the swimmers get panicky.
March 14, 2004 | Beth Pinsker, Special to The Times
As Robb Moss approached 50, living a quiet life as a Harvard film professor with his wife and three daughters, his version of a midlife crisis involved more than the usual introspection. As he went through the nostalgic process of looking back over his misspent youth, he had a film to watch: his first short, an artistic 16-millimeter naturalistic documentary that captured him and his friends as they rafted, naked, down the Colorado River in summer 1978.
My shirt and shorts were stiff with sweat and dirt. My hair felt like strands of straw and was standing up at odd angles. I wore no makeup. My face felt as if it had been sandblasted, and bits of grit stuck to it. I was gross, grotty and grimy, and I loved every minute of getting to this state. Our family of four came from Los Angeles to explore the wild side of Vegas. No, not the casinos, but the wilderness that lies about 25 miles east of the flashing neon of the Strip.
October 22, 2000
A California-based outfitter is selling a river-rafting season pass for California's American River. The outfitter, Outdoor Adventure River Specialists in Angels Camp, in business since 1969 with trips throughout the West, thinks the O.A.R.S. All American River Pass is an industry first. It costs $350 if bought by Dec. 31, $500 if bought Jan. 1 to March 31 and $650 after April 1. The rafting season usually runs from April to October, said spokeswoman Andrea Lagomarsino.
July 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
Willie Odem signed up to go on a private whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon in February 1990 and right away knew it would be a while. "When I got on a list, my number was 3,220. And it took me almost 10 years," said Odem, president of the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Assn. His trip came in September, and he and others think that's too long.
May 31, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Two women were thrown from a raft and drowned near Alaska's Denali National Park, and nine other people who tried to rescue them were treated for hypothermia. The women, both 75, were in a raft with five people on a 13-mile scenic tour of the Nenana River, state Trooper Bill Tyler said. "They hit a swell in the water and then went into a whirlpool," Tyler said. "The raft was literally just sucked down." The women were the only ones thrown from the raft.
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