A friend and I wanted to take a multi-day whitewater trip somewhere out west, and decided to book Wet Planet's trip on the Lower Salmon River. I am a kayaker, but my buddy isn't, so we booked one of the rafting trips then coordinated with Wet Planet to set up a kayak guide / instructor for me, while my buddy rode the rafts.
The trip was incredible. The guides were cheerful and helpful, and overall customer service was superb. The meals were fantastic, and tasted even better enjoyed in the wilderness. The descriptions on the Wet Planet website of the area are right on - a spectacularly beautiful river with great campsites on white sandy beaches. Late on the third afternoon, after we were set up at our campsite next to a calm water section of the river, I took the stand up paddleboard that they had brought along and paddled a few hundred yards back upstream into Blue Canyon, and just listened to the silence. At night I used my tent to stow my stuff, but slept on a sleeping pad outside under the stars. Life should be like this more often....
I had an absolute blast kayaking the rapids - big, fun water that was mostly without big consequences to worry about if I screwed up. Day two was a particular highlight. Snow Hole was the first legitimate Class IV rapid that I had seen in a kayak. After scouting and talking about the line, my instructor let me lead the way through; I hit the line that I wanted and came out the bottom of the rapid grinning like an idiot. That was one of my best days on a river yet, and every day on the Salmon was a great one.
The kayak instruction that I received from the Wet Planet instructor was particulary outstanding. I found him to be a superb teacher - cheerful and enthusiastic about the sport, extremely knowledgeable, patient with his instruction, and always striking the right balance between pushing limits and conservatively keeping safety in mind. Thanks to him, I am a significantly better paddler than I was at when we put in at Pine Bar.
This is a fantastic trip that I would recommend to anyone - rafter or kayaker, expert or novice - and Wet Planet did such a great job putting it together that I would confidently book any of their trips that I could find time to take in the future. I hope that I can find that time soon.
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