Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the raft, so you can have a leg up on your fellow rafters.
1. How deep is the river?
A more complicated question than it seems! The river is not measured in depth, but instead in volume. The depth is ever-changing, not only because of rocks on the bottom, but also how wide it is. We measure river volume with ‘CFS’ or cubic feet per second – best understood by thinking of how many basketballs roll by any given line in the river in one second. The Rogue river runs on average between one and three thousand cfs, but has been recorded at over one hundred thousand cfs in the past!
2. How do we get back?
A frequent variation on this question is: Do we finish where we started? The trip starts near Grants Pass, OR and follows the river in a westerly direction throughout the trip. At the end a RWA shuttle driver is there pick you up in a company vehicle and take you back to our starting point at the company. In the meantime, our parking lot is surrounded by a gate that is locked at night, and has someone at it 24/7, so you car is safe while you are on your adventure.
3. How do you classify rapids?
Rapids are classified on a I-V scale. Each river guide has a slightly different way of explaining the classification system to you. I like to describe the system as being rated on ‘difficulty and consequence’, in other words ‘How hard is it, and what happens if I do it wrong?’ The system starts with Class I, which is a wide open flowing area on the river, and increases exponentially to Class V- extreme difficulty and/or danger.
4. Is the river harder when it is higher or lower?
Well, both. When the river is lower, it flows much slower BUT has many more rocks to maneuver around. It might not be as fast and furious, but it is much harder to make it around all those pesky rocks that can get you stuck. When the river is high however, the rocks disappear creating a larger path for your boat to navigate through. Of course, you have about a third of the time and a bit more water in your eyes when you’re doing it, so it tends to be a bit more adrenaline charged. High water is often perceived as the more challenging of the two types of flow.
5. What if the boat pops?
It won’t. Well, most of it won’t. The boats are made of 8 air chambers. Any one (or two..) could go and the boat would still be fine to finish the trip with a remaining 7 (or 6) chambers to keep it afloat. Also, the boats are made out of a VERY strong rubber or plastic and are very difficult to pierce. A knifes edge or a piece of railroad rebar could do the trick, but would still need quite a bit of force. Overall, popping of boats is very unlikely and unusual and should be at the bottom of the list of concerns on a river trip.
I AM SMALL BUSINESS PROUD – What is that? It sounds like a cheesy tag line developed for a credit card company or something. Well, you’re actually right. Two weeks ago I was approached by a marketing team out of New York to work on a project highlighting small businesses around the country.
The format is for two documentary filmmakers to do a road trip across the country and document the small business owners they meet in their travels. At first I was apprehensive when they approached me, but quickly through some phone calls and emails it seemed like a pretty legit project.
This year has been a real eye opening experience for me in regards to recognizing the importance of small businesses in our country and our daily lives. I really didn’t pay much attention to where I shop or who I gave my money to. When I think back I’ve always favored the smaller mom and pop establishments compared to the big box mentality. However, now that I am a small business owner I have a much deeper appreciation for where dollars go and how that keeps our local economy moving forward.
Back in January, I was accepted to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative program at Babson College in Boston, MA. How I was accepted I’ll never know, but I basically was given a scholarship to go back to school and figure out how to run a successful company. I came out of the program absolutely blown away by what I learned and the amazing other business owners I got to meet during this three month experience. If anything I’ve become an evangelist for small business.
So when Capital One Spark Card approached me a few weeks ago to work on the “I am small business proud” project, I was already drinking the Kool Aid and wanted to get involved. I had a great time working with the film makers and I think they captured my sentiment well. Of course when you watch yourself on film it’s always a little distracting by what I say, but overall I’m really happy with the outcome. I hope to work more with this group and some upcoming features focusing on small businesses in our country.
Please watch the video and let me know your thoughts on being small business proud.
All the best, Brad Niva- Contagious Entrepreneur