Saturday, November 13, 2010
by Luke Harris
Gramps and I recently floated the Klamath River with guide Ken Ratihn. Ken's been all over the world on foot and by raft. He's pioneered many rafting expeditions in Asia and was the first to float many of them. He's guided tricky stretches on the Colorado and several other places that only the most elite and skilled navigators go. Ken also orchestrates journeys to primitive places where the modern world has no influence such as New Guinea. His picture albums are fascinating, filled with pictures of his adventures and the tribal people he has hung out with in order to learn more about the art he likes to produce. In short he's California's version of an actual Indiana Jones.
Did I mention he's also a fishing guide. He's had his drift boat since 1984 and spent a season guiding in Alaska before "settling" near Sommes Bar, Ca. His place overlooks the river and I swear most of the fish on this section of the Klamath hang out in his backyard. If you're looking for a day on the river or maybe want to purchase some primitive art or (if you dare) fly across the world to meet some folks that are still living like Adam and Eve, I highly recommend looking him up. At the very least check out his website:
Thanks again Ken we really had a blast.
Crystal Clear Day on the Klamath
The Coolest Drift Boat Ever
Ken the steelhead master shows how its done right from his own backyard