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What are these Spokane River rafters so happy about?

Volunteers listen to a safety talk from a Peak 7 Adventures guide-in-training before launching at the T.J. Meenach Bridge for a training float down the Spokane River on March 16, 2014. (Rich Landers)
Volunteers listen to a safety talk from a Peak 7 Adventures guide-in-training before launching at the T.J. Meenach Bridge for a training float down the Spokane River on March 16, 2014. (Rich Landers)

RIVER RAFTING — Talk about self-sacrifice.

Above you see some of the two-dozen people who selflessly volunteered to play the role of “clients” in a Peak 7 Adventures rafting guide training course on the Spokane River on Sunday.

The student guides (not shown) had less than two weeks of training, but as you can see, these “subjects” had nearly total faith on a dim, cloudy day that the fledgling skippers had just enough expertise to get them down the Spokane River — which was roaring at about 25,000 cfs — without any mishaps or frightening immersion in the frigid water.

They were right.

Bring on the real clients!




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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