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How to Stay Cool on a Colorado River Rafting Trip

Heat on any Colorado River rafting trip can almost be guaranteed especially during the summer months. Temperatures can average over one hundred degrees during the daytime – which is usual for desert climates like those found in Grand Canyon. The warm temperatures paired with the cool and refreshing waters that make up the Colorado River can be the perfect combination. Guests often look for tips to help them stay cool while floating along on the raft in between rapids. Below find a few ideas to help keep the hot at bay.

Wear layers. Some guests need the layering for sun protection. Another plus to long sleeved shirts is that they can be dunked in the water and aid in evaporative cooling during those hot months. Sarah Hatch recommends bringing a men’s cotton button up shirt and using that to dunk and wear as cooling assistance.
Swim at every opportunity. [...]

August 29th, 2014|0 Comments|

Canyon Heroes on Wilderness River Adventures

Hatch River Expeditions believes in maximizing wilderness river adventures to benefit a wide variety of guests. Experiencing the Canyon on a whitewater rafting trip is advantageous to people from all walks of life. Having diverse groups on our canyon trips not only adds value to our guest’s experiences but to our employees as well. Reaching out and contributing to the community is an incredibly important goal and we truly enjoy sharing Grand Canyon with a vast array of guests.

This year Hatch was fortunate to work with a group called Canyon Heroes for the third year in a row. This organization helps “wounded veterans by providing them with an opportunity to help recover from their combat experiences while rafting through the spectacular Grand Canyon on the Colorado River”. The trip launched in late July and was an overwhelming success. With great people and great scenery, anything is possible!

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August 27th, 2014|0 Comments|

Keepin’ It Classy with Hatch Expeditions

Ever been in need of a simple yet elegant appetizer for a fancy dinner party? What about for a backyard barbecue? Entertaining proves extremely easy for those that take some times from Hatch Expeditions in Grand Canyon!

After an exciting day of exploring hidden slot canyons or hiking up to enjoy the relaxation of a pristine waterfall, an evening in camp offers the promise of relaxation and recuperation before the next day’s escapades. Set up camp and change into some comfy camp clothes then meander on down to the kitchen area. Often time’s guests congregate around this area and set up a semi-circle of chairs to watch the show.

Our guides know that those smells arising from their setup are enticing as they prepare the feast for dinnertime. To combat excessive mouthwatering, an appetizer is prepared to enhance evening conversations and allow for gourmet feast cooking. Considering the wilderness essence [...]

August 25th, 2014|1 Comment|

The River Beyond the Exit from Colorado River Raft Trips

On the last day of Full and Lower trips, guests board the helicopter and depart from their Colorado River raft trips. Flying up and over the Canyon provides a magnificent perspective of Grand Canyon stretching into the distance. Being enveloped within the canyon walls for days can often make guests and guides alike forget what lies beyond. Though it is undeniable the impact that the Colorado River has had on Grand Canyon specifically also note that this river has a dramatic impact on landscapes elsewhere in the Southwest.

The Southwest has a major appetite for water for both personal and agricultural uses. This has lead populations to divert flows to specific communities and regions. Due to these changes in the natural flow of the river, the nature of the Colorado has changed as well. As it flows south the river narrows and eventually dries out before ever reaching its [...]

August 22nd, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Impressive Evaluations from White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Impressive Evaluations from White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon

It is no secret that Hatch River Expeditions believes that guest input may be the most important factor in our continued success white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. Guides and staff alike enjoy reading the wonderful reviews received from our rafting clients as we can continue to learn and grow with the input. Review below some of these impressive evaluations we have received from recent rafting trips.

 

“The amount of effort and logistics involved in this trip, in retrospect, was truly impressive. That the entire trip went as smoothly as it did is a testament to the people that work at Hatch.” ~Kenneth K. of Michigan, August 3 Motorized

 

“This is a Must do trip for Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors I can’t thank you guys enough , the food was fantastic And the service was great. , only thing that could of been better would of been [...]

August 20th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    What’s the Best Way to Bathe while Colorado River Rafting?

What’s the Best Way to Bathe while Colorado River Rafting?

On any back country trip bathing becomes a popular concern. Colorado River rafting poses the same difficulty though we don’t like to think of it as such. Once guests depart their motel rooms, showers become more than scarce until the duration of the expedition. But remember that while amenities may be in short supply, water is not.

The Colorado River itself offers guests ample opportunities for bathing. The use of biodegradable soap (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc) is only allowed in the main channel of the river. This water only reaches about 50 or so degrees Fahrenheit so it can be a bit chilly. A great guest recommendation is to put all toiletries on a lanyard to be easily warn down to the river then only submersing a bit and using splashing to assist in these undertakings.

Although soap may not be used in the side streams, guests often take [...]

August 18th, 2014|1 Comment|

Ringtail Cats on Wilderness River Adventures

As humans embarking on wilderness river adventures it is important to note that we are outsiders entering a pristine environment. The Grand Canyon provides homes to a number of animals that have been dwelling here for centuries and beyond. That being said, guests on our rafting trips might have the opportunity to see and experience wildlife firsthand. This often serves as a highlight and spotting animals can be exciting but guests also tend to enjoy finding evidence of them as well even if they can’t be seen.

An extremely elusive animal that makes its residence in the desert southwest is the ringtail cat. These are nocturnal animals meaning that they usually only come out at night. Discernible by their long, straight tail with rings on it, these mammals are distant relatives of raccoons. They use their long tail to help them in balancing along cliffs and ledges – what [...]

August 15th, 2014|1 Comment|

Wonderful Words from a True Arizona River Runner

Today we had a wonderful visit in the office with some of our Arizona river runners. Bill Quigg and his daughter Leslie stopped in to visit with us here in Flagstaff. After visiting with them we felt compelled to share some wonderful words from a wonderful lady. Veteran river runner, Sue Quigg, passed away this summer and to say she will be sorely missed is an understatement. In her spirit we wanted to share her wonderful thoughts about her river trip this summer.  

 

“Kelly Wagner, our guide and Chelsea DeWeese, our swamper were by far the best we have ever had. They worked so well together which made for a memorable trip. I cannot say enough about Kelly who was the best boatperson out of our nine trips. From the beginning of the trip to the end she took on the leadership role and provided us with information about [...]

August 14th, 2014|1 Comment|

Ride the Side Tubes while Rafting the Grand Canyon

The best way to experience the rapids while rafting the Grand Canyon is to get up close and personal. Imagine dropping through the rapids with all of the excitement and exhilaration that whitewater rafting has to offer. The side tubes prove the perfect vantage point to view the grandiose Grand Canyon and splash through the tremendous whitewater.

 

A Hatch Motorized raft is called an S-Rig. The term S-Rig describes the way the raft is rigged together. These rafts are 35’ long and 16’ wide which provides ample room for passengers. Notice on a Hatch Motorized raft that the boat consists of the “donut” or oval shaped tube along with adjacent two side tubes acting as pontoons. There are other components to the raft as well but let’s not get too complicated.

 

Through many of the rapids, Hatch guides provide guests with the opportunity to sit out on the side tubes. [...]

August 11th, 2014|0 Comments|

River Clarity on Grand Canyon Expeditions

The natural state of the Colorado River happens to be a bit (or more than a bit) muddy. In fact, that silt and sand was and is a major factor in the health of the river. When the Glen Canyon Dam was completed in 1966, much of the sediment from tributaries such as the Green River and the San Juan River became trapped behind the concrete. That’s why guests on Grand Canyon expeditions often see photos of the river running clear or greenish in color – the sediment has been “filtered” out as the cool green water entering Glen Canyon and on to Grand Canyon has come from the depths of Lake Powell.

John Wesley Powell stated, “The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse”. Earth and water combining over millions of years created the Canyon. Removing [...]

August 8th, 2014|1 Comment|