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    Flashback Friday – The Hatch Family’s History with Wilderness River Adventures

Flashback Friday – The Hatch Family’s History with Wilderness River Adventures

In this installment of Flashback Friday, Ted gives Sowards some background about his family and their history running rivers in the Southwest

 

E. Sowards: Kind of give me a little bit of history on your family. Your mom and dad… how did they meet? Did they ever tell you the story about how they met? Or did they just meet each other at church?

Ted: Probably… they never said exactly how they met. Dad used to describe when he would go up into Dry Fork to see mom, up at the old Caldwell Homestead – where Matthew Caldwell lived. He had to let the air out of the tires on his car to drive through the sand, and then pump them up again to go on up. Usually when he went up to see them he had to stay all night. He would stay that day and then come back [...]

July 31st, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Hatch River Expeditions and Canyon Heroes Help Veterans Heal

Hatch River Expeditions and Canyon Heroes Help Veterans Heal

“Studies have shown that adaptive outdoor recreation, combined with professional counseling, can help veterans adjust, decompress and shed their complex responses that are related to everyday events. This process involves addressing memories that are triggered by fear and anxiety brought home from the war zone.” – CanyonHeroes.org
This morning, 18 veterans from different branches of the U.S. military and their therapists launched on a week-long rafting trip down the Colorado River. These vets, who served in eras that stretch from Vietnam all the way to Afghanistan, are participants in a therapy program known as Canyon Heroes, designed to assist with the psychological wounds incurred in combat including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hatch River Expeditions is proud to partner with Canyon Heroes for a fourth consecutive year, providing an opportunity for those who have served to participate in an “adventure therapy” experience in the Grand Canyon. According to owner, Steve Hatch, [...]

July 30th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 2 – Nankoweap)

Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 2 – Nankoweap)

I’m Jessica. I’m new to the Hatch River Expeditions team, and I just completed my first ever trip white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. Now, I find myself in the unique position of being able to tell you not only what a trip can be like, but what it’s like traveling 188 miles down the Colorado River as the most famous canyon in the world rises up and changes around you for the very first time. Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you exactly what my trip was like, rapid by rapid.
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NANKOWEAP

A swallow skims the surface of the river, riding the air currents our boat stirs just above the almost still water. I see another pass above our heads, and another. The tiny birds dart in and out of the nests they’ve tucked back in the hollows of the Redwall Limestone that we dropped [...]

July 29th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    River Rats: Four Types of People You’ll Meet on Hatch Expeditions

River Rats: Four Types of People You’ll Meet on Hatch Expeditions

Like any travel destination, the Grand Canyon has numerous appeals that draw visitors from around the world. History buffs can learn about the Canyon’s earliest Native American inhabitants and expeditions dating all the way back to Powell’s 1869 exploration. Scientists and naturalists alike will marvel at the all that the Canyon and River have to offer from, rock walls to wildlife to weather. For adventure seekers, the Canyon offers white water rides and rugged hikes. And for people who are most interested in people, the community drawn to and fostered by a trip down the river is like no other.

Here are four types of people you can look forward to meeting on the river.

1) Guests from around the world – The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You will hardly find a person in any country who hasn’t heard that such a [...]

July 27th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Flashback Friday – Ted Recalls a Trip of Artists Painting the Grand Canyon White Water

Flashback Friday – Ted Recalls a Trip of Artists Painting the Grand Canyon White Water

Not long before his 1984 interview, Ted Hatch arranged for a trip of artists to paint on the river. The result was an incredibly successful exhibit at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, the focus: Grand Canyon white water.

 

Ted: We took a bunch of artists two years ago. Some of them are exceptionally skilled, you know, really good!

But anyway, Merrill Mahaffey called me, and he arranged a trip for these artists to go. He said […] “take us through the canyon, because we want to do paintings and work in there.”

I said, “Sure!”

“You know,” he said, “I won’t have any turkeys, “they are all good skilled people.”

So we said, “O.K.”

They got to the river and they saw the boat and they painted it like this (on the back cover of R.A.F.T. – a booklet). (Laughs) That’s Bill’s boat – Bill Ellwanger’s – because they couldn’t go on just [...]

July 24th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 1 – House Rock)

Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 1 – House Rock)

I’m Jessica. I’m new to the Hatch River Expeditions team, and I just completed my first ever trip white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. Now, I find myself in the unique position of being able to tell you not only what a trip can be like, but what it’s like traveling 188 miles down the Colorado River as the most famous canyon in the world rises up and changes around you for the very first time. Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you exactly what my trip was like, rapid by rapid.
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HOUSE ROCK

Sunflowers taller than I am stand stark against the blue sky. Their red cores pick up the red in the sandstone blocks of Cliff Dweller’s Restaurant, echoes of the Vermillion Cliffs beyond. These cliffs are the first taste of what the Canyon will be like—their layered rock beds exposed to the sunlight [...]

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments|

Reviews from Guests’ Arizona Raft Adventures

June is a busy month for Hatch, and that was reflected in the sheer number of reviews we received. We almost always receive positive comments about

the friendliness and knowledgeability of our guides
JP, Lars, and Leonard were amazing. They made the trip absolutely incredible. They were a credit to your company and to their profession. As a business owner myself in the transportation industry, I can only hope my staff is half as good as your team is. I will absolutely be back and will refer Hatch to others.  Michael R June 15 Full Canyon Motorized

the helpfulness of our office staff
Katy and Magnolia were superb. They handled every question we threw at them with intelligence and good humor. And there were lots of questions. Pat V. June 24 Full Canyon Motorized,

and the overall quality of our trips
You guys are THE BEST!  I have passed on [...]

July 13th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Flashback Friday – Ted Tells Us About White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon (and Above It!)

Flashback Friday – Ted Tells Us About White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon (and Above It!)

This week we continue our journey with Ted Hatch as he explains, in his 1984 interview with Elizabeth Sowards, just what white water rafting in the Grand Canyon used to be like. In this excerpt, Ted tells us about what rafting above the Grand Canyon was like before Glen Canyon Dam, and describes the lost Lava Canyon rapids.

Sowards: Un-huh. I read that the other day that he got out there.

Ted: I thought it was neat that Goldwater tell about his trip through there. Nevills ran after my father had gone through… Norm Nevills. He was a nice guy. He got killed in a plane crash. They have pictures of him in here. There is a little information about the trip and, you know, it all history of their trip.

At one spot they got into Hance Rapids where it was low and rocky, so they hired a helicopter to [...]

July 10th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    6 Ways to Cultivate an “Adventure Attitude” While Rafting the Grand Canyon

6 Ways to Cultivate an “Adventure Attitude” While Rafting the Grand Canyon

Rafting the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River is the kind of trip you will never forget. A river rafting trip is also active vacation in a wilderness environment. Being prepared for adventure will help you have the best possible trip!

 

So, how do you cultivate an adventure attitude? Here are six ways:

 

1 – Embrace the dirty

No showers? No problem. In the wilderness, be the person who doesn’t mind a little sand on your legs or grease in your hair. You don’t need to go to extremes—the river is a great place to rinse down or even soap up from time to time, but you won’t be going to any five star restaurants on the river. Don’t worry if you don’t look, smell, or feel quite as clean as you do at home. And remember, everyone around you is in the same boat—literally!

Hatch’s Hygiene Tip: Bring baby wipes. When [...]

July 8th, 2015|1 Comment|

Hatch River Expeditions Has a New Office Staffer

If you’re thinking of calling the Hatch River Expeditions office, don’t be surprised when you hear a new voice on the phone.

This year Hatch found itself in need of a bit more help around the office, and after undergoing a long and tedious hiring process, the Hatch office is pleased to welcome a new staff member.

Meet the new “Hatch-ling,” Jessica Clark.

Although she was born in Southern California, Jessica has been happy to call Flagstaff, Arizona her home for almost 23 years. She loves this mountain community and all the opportunities it provides her to get outside and enjoy the natural world of Northern Arizona and the greater Southwest.

A Northern Arizona University graduate (twice over), Jessica spent her professional life before Hatch working for a local non-profit and teaching English abroad in South Korea. Now, she’s looking forward to putting her love of the outdoors to good use helping people [...]

July 6th, 2015|1 Comment|