Zach Collier

Zach is an avid whitewater boater who enjoys seeing new rivers for the first time. He's also the owner of Northwest Rafting Company, a river outfitter that offers trips in the Pacific Northwest and a few select international destinations.

Recent Posts from zach

Repair, First Aid, and Safety Kit for Winter Boating

Friday, November 24, 2023

If you're considering some winter boating it's crucial that you have solid kits with you along with some extra items for cold weather and shorter days. This article contains the...

River Safety: California Rowing Progression

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Here's a whitewater rower's progression from gentle Class II to adrenaline-pumping Class V California rivers. These whitewater runs are at listed from easiest to hardest recognizing that the exact order...

Pro Tip: Gear For Rafting the Grand Canyon

Friday, January 27, 2023

Before rafting through the Grand Canyon I was provided many gear suggestions from fellow boaters. Since I flew to Flagstaff for the trip, what I could bring was somewhat limited...

Gear Garage Ultimate River Runner Contest

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Join our first ever Ultimate River Runner Contest! You'll need to submit videos for review by the judges to show off your abilities. Grand Prize: Immersion Research $1000 gift certificate...

Gear Reviews: Five Good Products Made by NRS

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Our friends at NRS generally make the lowest priced river gear on the market. Even though most of their stuff is designed to be low cost, some items are really...

Remembering Vladimir Kovalik

Monday, February 24, 2020

This week we said goodbye to an industry legend. Vladimir Kovalik made an impact in the world of rafting through his gear innovations, tenacity, and passion for rivers.  The following...

Top 6 Whitewater Runs on California's Smith River

Friday, January 31, 2020

BoatSmith is a few weeks away, which means whitewater paddlers from across the west will be migrating to Northern California’s Smith River. This is the only watershed in California with...

The 10 Best Rafting Trips

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Writing any “best” list is tough and certainly an opinion skewed by the motivations, personal likes, and experiences of the author. Here is my own personal top 10, my fave...

Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Monday, January 21, 2019

Baking a pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven is a classic dessert among river guides and other dutch oven chefs. Most dutch oven cakes are actually quite easy,...

Hypalon Inflatable Boat Repair

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Make sure you know what type of material you are repairing, as there are different techniques for repairing different raft materials. This article is for repairing hypalon rafts. What You...

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