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  Yes, that’s me in the photo sporting my 12-year old Kokatat front-entry Gore-tex drysuit. I LOVE this suit and the company that makes it. You should too! About 5 years ago, I had the neck and wrist gaskets replaced along with the booties swapped out for Gore-tex socks. All […]

I Love Kokatat

We just finished a 7-day trip down the Rio Verde/Rio Sirupa near Madera in the state of Chihuahua. What started out as creeking on the Rio Verde (estimated 200 cfs) was Grand Canyon style boating on the Sirupa with all the rain! Check out the pictures below for a comparison. […]

From Creeking to Canyon Style!

Just a sampling of the awesome scenery in Mexican river canyons. This is from the upper Rio Bavispe, where Lacey and I just completed what may be the first cataraft descent. Certainly it is one of the few times this section of river has been boated. With low water there […]

Mexican Adventures

From a work colleague upon learning that I was taking a personal “leave of absence.”  Basically becoming voluntarily unemployed for the next six months: Best of luck in your big adventure! You are an inspiration. I really enjoyed the film about your Guatemala trip when you showed it in Sacramento, […]

Yes, We’re on the Right Track

Well, we finally did it this time! The staff at Go Light Outdoors (Neil and Lacey) are off on another grand adventure. We will be heading into northern Mexico to run some rivers in the Copper Canyon area before heading south in search of other rivers on our way to […]

Off to Mexico and …

Finally got to get the new custom Sotar “Rockette” cataraft on the water. What a shakedown cruise, the Class IV-V Illinois River in southern Oregon. Green Wall (Class V) is definitely a good test of both the boat and the rower’s ability. Overall, the boat is fantastic and does everything […]

New Rockette Design is Awesome

When: April 27, 2013 starting around 5:30 p.m. Where: The River Store at 1032 Lotus Road in Coloma, California          RIOS Guatemala – The Preservation of Wild Rivers An expedition to film and bring attention to endangered rivers becomes a national crisis when angry Mayan villagers kidnap […]

Another RIOS Guatemala Film Screening

Henderson Frame for cataraft
Henderson Precision and Go Light Outdoors are proud to have donated one of our revolutionary new aluminum cataraft frames to the auction to benefit Cheryl. The auction frame will be one of our Heavy Duty Rowing modules for smaller (11 to 14 foot) catarafts with 18 to 22 inch diameter […]

Donation to the Celebrate Cheryl Auction

Hello Good Friends, We seek your help for a very important and worthy cause: saving the life of a fellow boater. Your help is requested and your generosity sought. Please read the post below and share it with all your club members and friends. ~ Thank you. Cheryl Sanders, Sales […]

Open Letter to all River People

Sotar took my drawing and made a special pattern for the Go Light Outdoors “Rockette.” They even got this set of completely custom tubes made earlier than expected! The tubes are my latest design, a modification of our mini-Legend with more kick and rocker. At 12′ 6″ they are a great […]

Sneak Preview of our new cataraft design!

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh! and local grown! Chilies, peppers of all variety, limes, mangoes, papayas, oranges, cantaloupe. The gourmet cook will love the amazing variety of spices and frijoles. A nina bonita selling her families produce direct from the family farm. And my favorite – mangoes – they are in season […]

Mexico Mercado

Here is a picture of our latest aluminum break-down day frame packed for travel. It really is quite small and probably weighs about 35 pounds. Very easy to deal with.  Full featured with scout rails, adjustable seat bar and yokes, adjustable oar towers, and obviously full break-down fittings. Please Share With […]

See how small our frames break-down

Sotar ATV Kayak
I decided to get back into using an inflatable kayak for ease of transport to our out-of-country destinations and for extended trips. Our friend Zach Collier of Northwest Rafting Company designed a special inflatable kayak for pack-in extended trips that is now offered through Sotar as the ATV Kayak. Since […]

Setting Up the New Kayak

In 2009 I was laid off from my teaching job for the last time. I decided to say goodbye to that old career and not look back. Instead of looking for another teaching job I returned to a lifestyle I love. I moved into my trusty 4×4 Toyota Tundra and […]

Sweet Obsession

Yep, that’s me on the cover of the RiverMaps Guide to the Cherry Creek/Upper and Main Tuolumne River. Duwain Whitis apparently shot a bunch of photos in 2009 and selected this one for the cover.   I heard from a friend of mine that I might be on the cover. […]

I Made the Cover!

Spent the morning at an open house at the Cal-Earth Institute learning about the very cool Eco-Domes and other housing made from the earth. We then visited with some alumni of their workshops that are building a complex near us in Joshua Tree called Bonita Domes.  I think we will volunteer […]