Its supposed to be a recreational activity for the people who love
adventure and sports.Its done on white water or different degress of rough
water or other water bodies.It has become popular since 1970s.!
Rafts were the original means of transportation on the oceans.Nowadays,
inflatable boats are used as rafts.It consists of very durable,
multi-layered rubberized or vinyl fabrics with several independent air
chambers. Its length varies between 3.5 m (11 ft) and 6 m (20 ft), the width
between 1.8 m (6 ft) and 2.5 m (8 ft). The exception to this size rule is
usually the packraft, which is designed as a portable single-person raft and
may be as small as 1.5m long and weigh as little as 4 lbs.
The concept of Rafting begun in 1842, with Lieutenant John Fremont of the
U.S. Army journalising his rafting expedition. In 1960s The Great Canyon was
routed by rafting. Then in 1970s, Rafting was included in Munich Olympic
Games.1990 s saw rafting in Barcelona Games (1992) and Atlanta Games (1996).
In addition to this, the International Federation of Rafting was instituted
in 1997 and in 1999 the first Official International Championship was held.
Levels Of Rafting
People vary in their choice of Camping -
» Class 1 : This is the easiest one as it requires no skills
and covers very small rough areas.
» Class 2 : In this Basic Paddling Skill is required.Covers
some rough water, small rocks and requires maneuvering.
» Class 3 : In this experienced Paddling Skills are required.
White water and small waves are involved in this, sharp maneuvours are
essential in this Class.
» Class 4 : In this Class White Water experience is a must.
Medium waves and small rocks and sharp manevours are involved in it.
» Class 5 : Advanced White Water Skills are rquired in this
class. White water, large waves, large rocks and hazards , large drops of
water and precise manevering are involved in this Class.
» Class 6 : Successful Completion of this Class is considered
a matter of Luck. Very high waves, cery large rocks substantial whitewater,
substantial drops that cause severe impactsbeyond the structural capacities
of rafting equpiments.There are chances of serious injury and even death in
this class of rafting.
Famous Rafting Places :
Danger Resides HereThough a famous
and popular sport, it can be a life taking venture at the Class 6 level
of RAFTING. One must be beware of the dangers that involves this light
Indus RaftingOne of
the most adveturous and exciting is the Indus River Rafting. Gushing at
a high speed, the Indus River attracts the professional rafters and the
The Rafting Pack
Life Jackets, Waterproof cases, inflatable hand pumps, river safety,
gear knots, ovens, griddles, stoves, tables, inflatable boat - the raft
are some of the basic requirements for rafting. Quality and durability
should be checked properly before purchasing any one of them.
Places For Camping India
Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Mussoorie, Manali,
Mumbai are some of the places which are best known Camping grounds in India.
Here is a list of the popular camping places in India.
Kali Riner - India Nepal
Zanzkar River Himachal Pradesh
Rishikesh Ganges River
Teesta River Gangtok
Kaudiyala Shivpuri Rishikesh
Garwhal Hills Uttaranchal
Beas River of Himachal Pradesh
Indus between Spituk and Saspol
Satluj River, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
What To Take
Though some of things mentioned here are provided by the raft campers,
still the professional rafters need to take care of the undermentioned
things. Life Jackets of about 10 to 12lbs, waterproof cases or plastic
dry boxes, Whitewater Rescue Safety River Gear Knots, Steel stoves, booties,
gloves, socks, life jackets, mesh containers
are some of the basic
There are certain things which one should remember while camping -
If you are an amateur rafter, take a guided rafting tour. Water can be
dangerous. dont play with it..
Before rafting learn the basics.
If you know how to swim, let your guide know before beganing the
Teenagers should always be accompnied with elders. As far as possible,
don't let the children in.
Check the lifejacket, it should be properly fixed.
Take professional rafters with you while rafting.