As the snow we skied on all winter melts into the water we'll shred all summer, and we feel that great sense of connectivity to the earth's cycle and the wild outdoors and nature's cathedrals, we know it's time to go buy ourselves a very-used-well-loved-beat-up kayak for $65.
That's what the Idaho Whitewater Association's annual gear sale has been all about for more than 30 years. Known as the largest used boat swap in the Northwest, a paddler can find Class V deals on hardshell kayaks, play boats, creekers, rafts, river gear, canoes, paddle boards, inflatable kayaks, paddles, life jackets, helmets and gnar accessories. And this year, the sale goes beyond things that get wet. It's open to all kinds of outdoor gear, from tents and sleeping bags to bicycles.
Idaho River Sports owners expect to see their parking lot packed with more than 1,000 people from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, some looking to score a complete raft set-up (with frame and all) seaworthy for the Salmon, for $500. Folks line up three blocks away for the 9 a.m. opening, so show up early.
If you want to sell your old gear because you've moved on to this year's newest models, check in your equipment on Friday from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at IRS, or online at Idaho Whitewater Association's website. IWA takes 15 percent of all sales to help preserve rivers, build river put-ins and take-outs, and maintain outhouses.