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Tuolumne River Rafting Adventure
Designated in its entirety as "Wild & Scenic" in 1984, the Tuolumne is California's premier whitewater river. Join the Club's INFORUM division for a weekend river adventure, lively debates about California's water issues, and socializing by campfire. Experience heart-pounding Class IV rapids such as Run Rock Garden and Nemesis before reaching Clavey Falls, the biggest rapid on our 18-mile trip. Journey though remote canyon wilderness, steep hills forested with oak and pine, and witness May's magnificent wildflower display. Spot eagles, ring-tailed cats, river otter and other wildlife.
Our study leader, Dr. Sarah Null is a researcher for the Center for Watershed Sciences at the UC Davis and will lead discussions about California’s critical water issues. Her research on removing O'Shaughnessy Dam was the basis for the Pulitzer Prize winning series of editorials in the Sacramento Bee by Tom Philp. Learn the history of Hetch Hetchy reservoir (which currently provides water to 2.4 million people in Bay Area counties) and The Commonwealth Club's role in this contentious debate. Enjoy sumptuous wilderness picnics, relaxing by the river, and star gazing at night.
Limited to 18 people!