imgp0291During the spring, it is best to dress warmly on the river, and most outfitters require a wetsuit. Make sure to wear non-cotton, synthetic or wool clothing to keep warm. Last minute purchases for camping and river gear can be made either in Mariposa or in Yosemite National Park.

Local Gear Shops near the Mariposa

Blue Heron Sports – Camping and fishing equipment. Located on Hwy 140 in Mariposa. (209) 742-2300.

Local Gear Shops near Yosemite

Yosemite Mountain Shop – Backpacks, carabiners, tents, sleeping bags, and loads of technical outdoor gear are available. While the gear is not whitewater specific, they have a wide variety of outdoor clothing. Located in the Yosemite Village Store. (209) 372-8396.

Village Sports Shop – Another option for outdoor clothing and equipment. Located adjacent to the Yosemite Village Store.

Gear Tip

Helmets – wear one, and probably a wetsuit too. The Merced is next to Highway 140 and in many places the rapids push up against human-blasted rock walls. They are sharp, and it’s good to be wearing an extra layer and head protection just in case.

Online Retail Gear Shops Great named brand gear at affordable prices. Visit a retail store or shop online.

Altrec’s Outlet Warehouse: 30-60% Off : Huge discounts on named brand gear from Patagonia, The North Face, Marmot and more.

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