K.M. Collins

Hailing from the Oregon Territory, K.M. Collins is a geologist-gone-writer. Five generations deep in PNW hydrology, her Grandmothers were daughters of the White Salmon, Clackamas and Willamette Rivers. Though rafting is her favorite whitewater pastime, she doesn't discriminate. For more paddle prose and stories, see her work on NRSs Duct Tape Diaries, Aquaglide's Common Waters, the Source Weekly News and Travel Oregon.

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Recent Posts from kmcollins

Rookie of the Year: Magic Tricks for Your First Season Guiding

Monday, October 2, 2023

My first season officially guiding was a real sink or swim, thrown to the wolves kind of situation. Although I was lucky enough to work under my mentor and learn...

Wild and Scenic Multi-day Whitewater: A River Guides Rafting and Reading List

Thursday, July 20, 2023

In 1968, congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Through this legislation, protections were outlined (however not guaranteed in perpetuity) to preserve key rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and...

River Raft Guide Certifications: Rescue, First Aid, and IRF

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Top commercial river companies want to hire top performing guides. And one of the best ways to demonstrate you are a top performer is whitewater credentials. On a side note,...

Events: BoatSmith

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

BoatSmith is a beloved whitewater festival and race held happens annually on the Smith River near Gasquet, CA. As a mid-February season opener to whitewater races, it’s a home-town throwdown...

PNW Paddle Profile: Nicole Smedegaard

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Southern Oregon local and decade deep river guide Nicole Smedegaard has launched a new business Nature Nicole Whitewater (NNWW) LLC which serves in educating the river community (both private boaters...

Gear Reviews: NRS Otter Expedition Raft

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Could any boater ask for a better birthday present than a mint condition, brand new raft? This article explores how my new raft compares to my old, beater raft, favorite...

Gear Reviews: Women's Guide Shorts

Thursday, November 4, 2021

KM Collins of Guerrilla Media Bend gives us her thoughts on a few shorts options for guiding and being on the river. Of course, there are many companies producing women's...

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