Climbing and rafting on the Kern...


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Joe Garibay · Jun 28, 2016 · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 30
A handful of us were suppose to sign up for an overnight rafting trip but not all of us were able to get in together. My question is this, are there decent sections of the river we can do our own rafting on with cheap inflatables? Are there any permits needed to do personal rafting? I'd like to be near Kern Slabs to get some climbing in. How about the name of a reservable campsite near the slabs or some short hike in sites?
I'll do some self research later but wanted to know what others thought and perhaps hear of your experiences. Thank you.

FrankPS · Jun 28, 2016 · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
Do you have any experience rafting on your own? A lot of people have lost their lives in the Kern, aka: The River of Death (that was meant to be overly dramatic)

Joe Garibay · Jun 28, 2016 · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 30
After some research I realize rafting may not be for us. I'm thinking that tubing would be more ideal for our group if there's an area around that would be gentle and more ideal.

George Wu · Jun 28, 2016 · Newport Beach, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 67
Erskine Fire

Joe Garibay · Jun 28, 2016 · Ventura, Ca · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 30
George Wu wrote:Erskine Fire
Gahh dammit! I was planning on going north of kernville. Smoke must be bad up there though. Bummer.

George Wu · Jun 28, 2016 · Newport Beach, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 67
JoeGaribay wrote: Gahh dammit! I was planning on going north of kernville. Smoke must be bad up there though. Bummer.
I just heard that the roads up to Kernville are now all open. Don't know about smoke, but at least you can get there now.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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