April 13, 2004 |
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 |
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.
December 2, 2001 |
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 |
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 |
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.
November 8, 1998 |
You don't really wake up in Queenstown. You leap up, tingling from a combination of excitement, fear, adrenaline and a little more fear. When you get up in this town, a beautiful, mountain- and lake-lined city on New Zealand's South Island, chances are you're about to do something you've never done before or ever thought you'd do. There's even a chance you'll do something you never knew existed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1998 |
The railroad, once the engine that drove the economy around here, is on a collision course with the new money machine: tourism. Despite a railroad history so rich that the ski runs have names like Rail Bender, Derailer and Cannonball, this resort community high in the Rocky Mountains has passed an ordinance threatening engineers with a $300 fine or 90 days in jail if they blow their horns while traveling through town.
June 24, 1998 |
A belated but ferocious Sierra Nevada snowmelt has turned California's popular white water rivers into lethal lures for river rafters, claiming 11 lives so far this season--including nine in the past week alone. Some rivers have yet to reach peak flow, causing officials to brace for a death count that could far exceed the record number of white water deaths--12--that occurred in 1993.