Monday, February 8, 2010

Find A Rafting Outfitter

Posted by: Colorado River Rafting

We're not taking about seeking out a fashionista to hook you up with some fine threads. By "outfitter," we mean a company that offers whitewater rafting expeditions.

Here's a tip: Almost any river rafting outfitter that has been in existence for over a year and has nice, little glossy brochures (or a nice, little website) is probably a safe bet. Unlike telemarketing and credit card scams - which can exist on a fly-by-night basis - producing a fly-by-night (or would that be float-by-night?) whitewater rafting scam is not nearly as easy or profitable.

Here are a few places to find a reputable outfitter:

  • Visit's paddling page, which has links to outfitters all over the country.

  • Check out RiverSearch's listings of whitewater rafting vacations. They have tons; most likely at least one in your area too.

  • Seek out local adventure organizations, or, more specifically, whitewater, canoe, raft or kayak clubs. You can always try the Yellow Pages under "rafts," "rafting," or "expeditions."

  • If you're in college, there are often school clubs and organizations that offer discount Colorado whitewater rafting trips. Check it out, sign up, make friends.

  • Check out sporting and adventure magazines such as Whitewater Paddling, Men's Journal, Outdoor and Paddler.

  • You can always do a simple Internet search on a search engine. For instance, Yahoo lists over 100 potential outfitters here.

  • Lastly, contact your local or state game and forestry commissions. They know a lot about rivers. They know a lot about squirrels too, but you probably don't care.

When shopping around for an outfitter, keep the following in mind:

River guides
Special needs

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1 comment:

  1. There are actually a lot of rafting outfitters nowadays but only few are known to be reliable. Here in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, Great White Water Tours Corp. is one of the top Cagayan de Oro whitewater rafting outfitters that offers safe and professional rafting tours packages to rafting enthusiasts.