Ellie Friedmann

Ellie is a New Mexico native and discovered whitewater by canoeing the Rio Grande. Working as a guide for Northwest Rafting Company she is also interested in freshwater biology and water quality, combining science and river running whenever possible.

Recent Posts from Ellie

Multi-Day Rafting Trip Sanitation Strategies

Thursday, June 25, 2020

River life is quite different from the 9-5 city workday style, but good sanitation practices do not change between the two. No one wants to remember the trip as “that...

The Six Most Common River Hazards

Friday, May 22, 2020

Beyond basic water reading, paddlers must be able to recognize river hazards. These features add consequence but are an inescapable part of running rivers. That being said, the best way...

What are the Different Types of River Currents?

River water does not flow in a straight line but must meander, fall, swirl, and collect according to its environment. We call these movements currents. As whitewater boaters, we must...

What Should I Wear Rafting? - Pro Tips for Day Trips

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Whitewater rafting is one of the more exhilarating family outdoor activities and requires some planning to bring the right gear for your trip. Preparing well will set you and your...

How to Determine Proper Oar Size

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Properly sized oars can make all the difference when seeking a comfortable rowing experience and good lines. Below is a guide for determining the right oar size given a variety...

The Best PFD for Boating

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is a necessary piece of safety equipment for any paddler or passenger. While nearly all PFDs have a similar general design, each boater looks for...

Frequently Asked Questions About PFDs

A Personal Flotation Device, also called a PFD, helps you stay on the surface of the water. However, there are so many questions, so lets dive in. What is the...

The Five Different Types of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A Personal Flotation Device, also called a PFD, helps you stay on the surface of the water. They can help keep you safe during a variety of recreational activities and...

Zipper Repair

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Zippers are an often overlooked piece of equipment but need maintenance and repair to work properly in whitewater settings. An integral part of drysuits, wetsuits, tents, boats, and gear bags,...

Rowing From A Woman's Perspective

Friday, April 24, 2020

When I first learned to row I came from a soccer background with arms the size of angel hair pasta. A few years later I was playing a lot less...

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