question Thanks all! I open to all suggestions not just boating if anyone else wants to chime in. Current plan is below.
So far rough plan is: Drive from Chicago to the needles. Do a couple of big climbs there and at Devils tower, then head south through Colorado. In CO bag a fourteener (thanks for the suggestion), check out some whitewater in Gorge Canyon (Thanks again for the suggestion), then boat/ climb with a friend in Durango. After CO hit Moab (climbing/ canyoneering), and a hot spring on the way to Yosemite. Climb/ boat in Yosemite. Then head to Phoenix for the new gig.

Still have time to fill if anyone has any other suggestions for rivers, climbs, or other cool things I should hit on the way.