Home is a relative term for globe trotting river guides. I am from Santa Cruz California, call my home river the Tuolomne, and live in Tahoe CA, when I am not in Alaska.
Multi-day trips on a river in the wilds of the world are so much more then a daring adventure or extraordinary journey. Although that is how we like to think about the trips we take, he essence of adventure comes around the fire on a vast river beach camp in Nepal, or a crisp Alpine morning drinking coffee in Morocco. Multi-day trips have the ability to peel back the layers of people, the river provides a portal for people to relax to enjoy to remember what is important in their lives. This is what I like the best about a good multi day trip. The people you meet at the top of the river are different than the people that come off the river.
In Morocco in 2010
Chicken Curry is always a hit and I can cook it almost anywhere.
Godshouse on the Karnali (Nepal) is an incredible rapid. I also love Mushroom and Toadstool on the famous Cherry Creek (California). And lets not forget Inferno Canyon on the Futa, (Chile) But my favorite of all time is “Wee Stinky” on the Ahansel river (Morocco) ask me about why on the river some time.
A good helmet, PFD, and headlamp. Everything else you can do without or find locally.
My wife Tessa and I are going on 10 years of marriage. She is VERY understanding and patient
After I got married I went straight to the river to work but was allowed to bring my new wife with! We very much enjoyed a 6 day trip down the Nizina and Chitna river in Alaska. I wish I could tell you the details! There was also that WBN Grand Canyon trip that probably has a story for all 16 days!
California Dreamin trip would probably take the cake for pure whitewater fun, look for a big winter snow pack in the Sierra Nevada and pull the trigger. The Grand trifecta in Nepal puts the ultimate mix of culture, whitewater, and adventure in one month. If your looking for a quick trip head over to Morocco. You wont be disappointed.
ZAMBEZI! And Papua New Guinea.