September 29 marked the end of the season for Grand Canyon raft trips here at Hatch River Expeditions. The last guests have returned home. All of the rafts are off of the water and back at the warehouse in Marble Canyon. Guides have begun to drift on to their next adventures whether that’s just relaxing and enjoying the off season, heading back to school or waiting for the snow fall for their winter jobs to begin.
Just because the rafting season has concluded does not mean that work does not abound. A tremendous amount of work is necessary to keep all of the equipment in tip top shape. This means that what we call “winter work” approaches almost immediately following the season. Hatch employees de-rig all both the oar boats and the S-Rig rafts and comb through the parts to ensure high quality before the next season. The rafts [...]