8:45 am: You will meet your guides at the Routte Access where they will check you in and give you a pre-trip briefing. Given the remote location of this wilderness trip, we may ask that your driver follow our van to the take-out, about a 45 minute round trip drive. This will place our van at the “take-out”, so it will be waiting for us at the trip’s end. Next, the guides will outfit you in a Coast Guard approved life jacket and paddle. Your trip leader will give you a comprehensive orientation and safety talk with plenty of time for questions. You will have the confidence needed to handle anything that comes up during the trip.
9:30 am: You will have some mildwater time to practice before getting into the Class IV Windy Hole Rapid. This is a great warm up rapid for the more continuous whitewater section to come after lunch.
11:00 am: Depending on the nesting habits of the local bald eagles in this section, we may be able to stop and take a short, but very steep wildflower lined hike up to the remains of and Indian “wickiup”. Dating from the 1800’s this teepee shaped log structure will remind you of the long history of human habitation we often forget about in our modern world.
12:00 pm: After our hike, you’ll be ready for a well-deserved lunch break. Enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres while the guides prepare a hearty deli-style lunch.
1:00 pm: After you have filled your belly, we’re off to the whitewater maelstrom that includes Cowpie, the Narrows and Stovepipe. These rapids are steep with a boulder choked channel requiring aggressive maneuvering.
2:00 pm: We will arrive Six-Mile Gap where we bundle up our equipment and carry it a short distance to the edge of the vehicle-free wilderness area. Guides and the stronger folks on the trip will carry the rolled up rafts. Everyone else can carry the lighter equipment.
3:30 pm: From there, we will make the short drive back to Routte Access where your vehicle awaits.
4:00 pm: Back at the put-in you can change out of your river clothes and say good-bye to new found friends and reflect on this rapid-filled wilderness canyon trip. You may also choose to remember your trip with a T-shirt, hat or pair of shorts. There is no better way to spend a day!
Adult Price - $106.00;
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