Rapid Blitz – Class III Rafting
This one hour, one run trip is fun for all abilities and perfect for the pocket book. Getting drenched on Big Daddy, Twisted Sister, Little Las Vegas, and Ewing’s Rapid puts the icing on the cake, or water on the lap.
MEETING PLACE: (Time located on Reservation Confirmation– PLEASE ARRIVE AT YOUR DESIGNATED TIME FOR CHECK IN SO ALL PARTICIPANTS CAN LEAVE ON TIME) AT OUR Kernville Store, 11113 Kernville Road. OUR PHONE NUMBER IS (760) 376-6553. RESERVATIONS: 1-800-861-6553.
DIRECTIONS TO MOUNTAIN & RIVER ADVENTURES STORE IN KERNVILLE
From Southern or Northern California, take Hwy 99 to Bakersfield. Once in Bakersfield exit Hwy 178 East to Lake Isabella. At Lake Isabella, exit the off ramp which reads “Highway 155-Kernville”, go left to Kernville. Follow this road fro about 15 minutes and do not make any turns follow this road into Kernville and our store is located on the right side of the road.
From Hwy 395, take Hwy 178 West. As you approach Lake Isabella from the East, look for the Kernville sign, turn right on Sierra Way and travel around the lake for approximately 10 miles and Turn left on Kernville road. Once you go over the bridge our store is on the left hand side of the road.
WHAT TO BRING
River attire is casual. Footwear is a must. Plan to get wet and bring a change of clothing.
- On-river you can wear wetsuit booties, Water Sandals with secure back straps, or even Tennis Shoes with no socks and good traction soles. NO FLIP FLOPS OR CROCS!
- Visor or hat • Sunglasses •Strap to secure sunglasses
- Sunblock • Lip Balm • Swimsuit or shorts • Windbreaker • Clothing made from poly-pro,
- Polyester, quick drying materials are ideal for rafting (avoid cotton materials)
- Please do not bring radios, firearms, pets or valuables. Sun-sensitive persons should bring a hat and light weight long-sleeve shirt.
On certain early season trips when water and weather conditions dictate, we may require all passengers to wear wetsuits. If needed, wetsuits can be rented.
The minimum age on our Power House Section trips is 5 years old (must weigh at least 50 pounds) while in rafts & 9 years old while in Inflatable Kayaks. This age limit is in place for the safety of your child, the safety of our other guests and our guides & can be changed to an older age restriction during high water levels.
Please do not bring alcohol on your trip. If we believe a guest is under the influence of alcohol or drugs they will not be allowed on the trip and will not be given a refund.
Guests sometimes ask whether gratuities are appropriate. If you enjoyed your trip, please feel free to leave a tip with your guide, the trip leader, or office/store personnel. Thanks!
Our guides are experienced, skilled whitewater boaters. They are knowledgeable about canyon ecology and natural history. Should the need arise they are trained to administer First Aid. Guides can also provide information on organizations that work to preserve and protect rivers and river canyons.
We furnish rugged inflatable rafts, 12 to 16 feet in length. We provide accessory river equipment, life vests, first aid and safety supplies. Do not bring your own life vest. Ours are approved for rafting and we require that they be worn by all guests. On most trips, the majority of passengers ride in paddleboats. A paddleboat is piloted by a guide, assisted by four to six passengers.
Safety helmets are available at no additional charge to guests joining us on any stretch of river that we run. Helmets are REQUIRED for our Class V trips and are strongly recommended on all stretches of the Kern, when rafting on water flows below 1,000 cubic feet per second. Clients expressly assume all risks associated with their refusal to use or properly use helmets or other safety equipment.
Our trips are conducted under permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service, Sequoia National Forest. Our permit is your assurance that Mountain & River Adventures is legally operating on the river. Our operations and facilities are operated on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Trip participants should understand that river trips involve known and unknown risks. Mountain & River Adventures assumes no responsibility for injuries, death or loss-damage to client’s property while on the river. All clients must sign a Participation Agreement, Release and Assumption of Risk expressly acknowledging these points. Mountain & River Adventures assumes no responsibility for vehicles and/or the contents of vehicles parked during the trip. Because of the risks associated with river trips, including personal injury, death, property loss or damage or financial loss in the event of trip cancellation, we urge all trip participants to supplement their own insurance with vacation/travel insurance.
Our Kern River trips are fun, fast and challenging. To participate, you should be in good health. You may also need to perform certain physical activities. These include basic swimming; hiking in rugged or uneven terrain, climbing in or out of rafts and assisting in your rescue, if that becomes necessary. Please let us know when you return your Participant Agreement, if you have any health or dietary restrictions. We will gladly accommodate reasonable dietary restrictions with advanced notice.
It is sometimes necessary to cancel or modify a trip because of unusual circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying expenses other than refunding all or part of the fees paid to Mountain & River Adventures. Determination of refunds (if any) will be made after reviewing trip details. Guides and other personnel employed by Mountain & River Adventures are not authorized to make or promise trip refunds or trip credits. Such determinations can only be made by company officers.
If you cancel, for any reason, less than 30 days prior to your trip date, you are not eligible for a refund or store credit. Written cancellation notice received by our office more than 30 days prior to the trip date will result in a refund of your deposit paid less a $15 per person processing fee. If you must cancel at the last minute, try to find a friend to take your place. Please read our Cancellation Policy that you received with your reservation confirmation.
We strongly recommend investing in this affordable coverage, which provides accident, illness, baggage, and trip cancellation protection. Contact your insurance agent for more information.
FOR ACCOMMODATIONS AND OTHER KERN RIVER VALLEY SERVICES CHECK OUR WEBSITE, WWW.MTNRIVER.COM OR CONTACT US AT 800-861-6553