The Fun After Rafting
Whitewater Rafting River Games
What happens when guides and guests are no longer rafting for the day? Well, at the end of the day, once all the rafting is over, it is time to break out the games. As river guides, we have an ample amount of ways to keep guests entertained. However, we have discovered that there are three games that are a consistent group favorite.
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Similar to washers, cornhole, chess, and horseshoes, this game involves aim and strategy. In order to begin, set up two rows of Kubb blocks approximately 20 feet apart. Once this is accomplished, place the king in the middle of the two rows. The objective of this game is to ultimately knock over all of your opponent’s Kubbs by throwing dowels across the playing field. Once you have knocked over all the kubbs, it is time to conquer the king and win the game. This is a group favorite due to the fact that it is something new for many people. However, once you get the hang of it, it is easy to dominate the opponent.
A classic but loved game to bring on the river. Strap down two cornhole boards to your raft and head to the nearest campsite! To layout the court, create a rectangular area that is 8-10 feet wide and a minimum of 40 feet long. Once this is established, layout the cornhole boards at both ends of the 40-foot area. Now that the court is set up, it is time to establish the thrower’s box. This is the area next to each cornhole board. The thrower’s box is a space in which you must stand while throwing the cornhole bags. If you exit this area, your throw does not count.
Now that you have the court set up, it is time to start playing. If playing doubles, you will have one teammate on each end of the court. One side of the court will throw their bags, and once this is done, the other side will collect the bags and take their turn throwing. In order to score this game, there are a couple of things to take into consideration. First, if the bag lands anywhere on top of the board, the bag is worth one point. However, if any bag is thrown through the hole, this is worth three points. Ultimately, you will play the game until one of the teams gets to 21 points to determine the winner.
Although this game has been given the name “beersbee” it can be played with any drink that comes in a can and is fun for the whole family. In order to play this game, all you need are two ski poles and a frisbee. To set up the playing area, place two ski poles in the ground approximately 36 feet apart and place a drink on top of each pole. Once this is done, one player from each team will go to either side of the playing field.
The rules are as follows:
- Players must remain behind their poles at all times
- Each player/team takes turns trying to knock the target off the pole on the opposite side
- Once the target is hit, or the frisbee hits the pole, the opposing team has the opportunity to catch the frisbee. Or, if the target is knocked off, try to catch the drink that is flying through the air.
In order to win the game, you must win by two points. Commonly, this game is played to eleven or twenty-one. Now, you may be wondering how the scoring of this game works. If you hit the pole and the defending team does not catch the frisbee, the throwing team is awarded one point. Similarly, if the target is knocked down and is not caught by the defending team, you are awarded three points. If the pole is missed and the target is not displaced, there are no points given.
We love to play these games on the river, and can not wait to share them with you the next time you take a trip with Rocky!