By Doug Tims
Stanley, Idaho – Floating chaos, the only way to describe Dale’s boat. “Where’s my damn four foot strap?” he cried. Scurrying from boat to tent site, what was supposed to be a relaxing time on a wilderness river was anything but for Dale. Angela watched, thinking, “We’ve still got work to do. As long as the Dales of the world are still running rivers there is opportunity.”
Relaxed with an adult beverage, watching the next generation of river runners, her kids, master the SUP in the eddy next to camp, Angela was right where she wanted to be. The pull into camp had started an organized, efficient effort to unload the raft, set up tents and the kitchen, then do what she came here to do – enjoy time close to nature’s wild heart on one of Idaho’s premiere wilderness rivers.
She should know how. At age two she climbed into her parent’s rented canoe and began what has stretched into more than four decades of river life. A degree from U C Boulder, Colorado, working part time as a buyer for a ski town clothing outlet, training as an Idaho guide at 17, and now the 20th year of work with Maravia Corporation and Cascade Outfitters. Angela was part of the team that managed the 1997 purchase and move of Cascade from its home in Springfield, Oregon to Boise. If it has to do with river running and making your time on the river enjoyable and easy, Angela and her crew at Cascade Outfitters have seen it.
Designing and selecting the best gear for extended river trips is Cascade’s specialty. It starts with a “package” – the boat and accessories that put you on the water – frames, oars, boxes, coolers, and straps. Next is camp – sleeping, eating, playing – a kitchen to produce meals better than home, tents and sleeping accommodations to put the old mummy bag to shame, and clothing designed to allow you to laugh at the changing weather.
Every whitewater river runner eventually comes to Idaho, the home of 50% more whitewater miles than any other state, and no trip to an Idaho river is complete without a stop at the Cascade Outfitters shop on the banks of the Boise River. Stop anyone on an Idaho river trip and they likely have a story to tell of the helpful crew in Boise who made their trip better. Decades of experience can solve any river running dilemma. And if you can’t stop by, the redesigned Cascade website is a shopper’s paradise. A trip to the site is worth it just for the stunning river images.
The Cascade crew can even help Dale. What he needed was a deluxe strap bag and a few other items to stop his scurrying and allow him to join the crew around the campfire living the river life. Rigging his boat in the morning would be a breeze with a Pacific river bag. To store the heavy items on board a Superman drop box is the ticket. Collecting firewood is a breeze with a tough mesh firewood carrier. To make garbage collection clean and worry free just slip the plastic bag into a Superman trash tote. And when all is said and done and the trip is sadly over, protect your raft investment with the ultimate boat case.
Looking for help with your next river adventure? Call Angela Sherman and the crew at Cascade Outfitters at 800-223 RAFT (7238). Or come by the shop at 602 E 45th Street in the Garden City section of Boise.