Michael Hughes

Michael grew up in the small Minnesota town of Stewartville. He spent his days outside in the woods and riding a bike. The only thing that has changed is his location. Oregon is now home and he is still outside, riding a bike, and paddling where ever the water is.

Recent Posts from Michael

Gear Review: Ombraz Sunglasses

Thursday, May 2, 2024

I am sure some of you have seen the Ombraz armless sunglasses at some point. In case you haven’t seen them, think sunglasses with Chums attached but no arms that...

Pro Tips: Spring River Trip Packing

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Spring river trips can be the trickiest trips to plan. Of course you want nice weather, great flows, and be the only person on the river. However, that is rarely...

Best New Gear For 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024

Are you ready to unload your tax refund on some of the hottest river gear for 2024? Send-O-Vision Sick of having the pick a line through the rapids? Well, toss...

Pro Tips: First Trip of the Season

Thursday, March 21, 2024

The sun is shining, the snow is starting to melt, permits have been issued, and that means rafting season is almost here! Time to go through your gear, inflate your...

Pro Tips: Western River Festivals

Friday, March 1, 2024

Whitewater River Festivals are a joyous celebration of all things rivers and the outdoors. They range in size, river difficulty, and typically have a party for all to celebrate. From...

Gear Review: Aquaseal +UV

Friday, February 16, 2024

Holes in your soft gear doesn't mean it is time to retire that gear. There are a handful of ways to make repairs from duct tape to epoxy. Aquaseal +UV...

Pro Tips: Embarrassing Questions From The First Timer

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

We have all brought a friend on their first river adventure. Whether it be a quick mellow half-day float or a multi-day whitewater adventure, we have all been there. Next...

Pro Tips: River Permit Lottery

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Every January boating groups around the country (maybe the world) get together in person, video chats, or long email chains and formulate a plan to get the perfect season of...

Pro Trips: Blossom Bar

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Blossom Bar is possibly the most recognized and talked about rapid on the Rogue River. Maybe even on the top list of rapids talked about in the river community. It...

Pro Tips: River Slang Defined

Friday, December 15, 2023

Do you have a non-whitewater friend who has a hard time following the conversation around your boater friends? Or maybe even you are having a hard time with the conversation....

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