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George Wendt, founder and owner of OARS rafting company, recalls a day 48 years ago when a mud and rock slide changed Warm Springs Rapid (in the background) forever.

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The late spring flood has the power to nourish life and the potential to claim human lives

Any multiday float trip down a large Western river — even one involving naturalists, water policy experts and journalists — is first and foremost an adventure, one with a modicum of danger involved.

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