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M 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River

by Ryan Jordan

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Article Summary:

Rubber-boating expeditions, steelhead fishing, chukar hunting, and canyon backpacking in the Grande Ronde’s 90-mile “primitive” corridor was my saving grace of outdoor adventure while attending college in the middle of a wheat field.

So, when Brian, my long time friend from Pullman, invited me for an overnight float through some of its more remote and rugged canyons, my skin crawled with excitement. Some people relive their college years through alumni football tickets; others revisit their fraternities and try to show the young kids how to party. As for me, I’d do it with wet feet on the Grande Ronde River, which holds a special spot in my heart as one of earth’s most amazing places.


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