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+ 1 June 19, 2014 BY JILL FITZSIMMONS editor@qvpr.com About 45 minutes away and less than an hour's drive from Quincy, the upper Wenatchee Valley is home to the most popular white-water rafting river in Washington. Ttiere are some 20 rivers in the state that commercial White-water rafting businesses run come spring and sum- mer, said D.J. Tuttle, owner of Action Rafting Company in Cashmere. But more than 20,000 people will raft the Wenatchee River, starting at Leavenworth and ending at Cashmere or Monitor, during the three-month rafting sea- son, Tuttle said. This makes the Wenatchee River the most popular riv- er in the state for white-water railing, said Tuttle, who runs about six rivers in Washington. If you're looking for a summer adventure to get the adrenaline pumping, there's still time to try your hand at a guided white-water rafting trip. The rafting season, which typically starts around Mother's Day each year, is about six weeks into the 2014 season. And this year's season is shaping up to be a good one. With snowpack levels at more than 100 percent and water levels nmning higher than this time last year, the season is expected tO last into early August, said Justine Bryant, manager of Wildwater River Guides, which also makes Cashmere its home base. The river was running at about 10,000 cubic feet per second up until a couple of weeks ago, Bryant said. To- day, it's running at about 7,000 to 8,000 cubic feet per second, she said. The Wenatchee River is rated a Class III and Class III-plus. Rivers are rated on a scale of one to six, with six being the most treacherous. A Class IH typically is an intermediate level, with moderate rapids and irregular waves.  Riders typically enjoy the Wenatchee River for its "great wave trains" and "big splashes," Bryant said. In the Wenatchee Valley, there are many rafting com- panies to choose from. Before booking a guided rafting trip, Bryant encourages people to read reviews of guide companies on such websites as Trip Adviser and Yelp. Then, when calling companies, make sure to ask if they are state certified, Tuttle said. You might also want to ask how much liability insurance a company carries, he said. The state also requires all guides to be certified in first aid and CPR. Another question to ask is what extra training a compa- See RAFTING, page 2 4: