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    3 Reasons You’ll Want Rain Gear on Your Colorado River Rafting Trip

3 Reasons You’ll Want Rain Gear on Your Colorado River Rafting Trip

One of the most common questions we get from guests who have just finished reviewing the packing guide in our Trip Packets is, “Wait… why do I need rain gear?”

Most people figure if they’re going rafting on a river wetness is part of the package. They aren’t wrong. But, here are 3 reasons we strongly recommend you bring the gear anyway.

SHADE: Yesterday that hot sun beat down on you all day—in fact, you’re a little sunburned. But today, it’s been over an hour since you had more than a few seconds of sunshine, and you’re noticing the goosebumps rising, especially when you get sprayed a bit. Rain gear will keep those chills at bay until you reach a sunnier stretch.
MORNING: You wake up in camp, stumble from your cot, get a cup of coffee, and you notice it’s a little chilly. That warm coffee feels kind of [...]

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Flashback Friday: Flying—What comes after rafting the Grand Canyon

Flashback Friday: Flying—What comes after rafting the Grand Canyon

Don’t miss the view from the air at the end of your trip. It’s one of the coolest moments of rafting the Grand Canyon! In this Flashback Friday, Ted and Sowards discuss the flight out of the canyon and what it was like in 1984.

Ted: This is a brochure… you know, the pilots that flew you out… that they sent. I don’t know if you want that. Do you remember those guys?

E. Sowards: Yes, we could put something about them.

Ted: They take some unbelievable loads in those planes and just fly away…

E. Sowards: We were quite loaded. I thought after we got up over the rim I thought, “Now, we will be on level ground,” you know. But we flew up and got across the canyon, and then he took us so we could see up this little canyon, and then that little canyon. It was funny though… [...]

August 28th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Did you go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon? TELL US YOUR STORY!

Did you go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon? TELL US YOUR STORY!

Did you go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon? TELL US YOUR STORY!

At Hatch River Expeditions, we do what we do because we LOVE rafting! We love rapids. We love sand. We love rocks. And we love people who love the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon!

Show us your love. Tell us your story.

Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram highlights from your trip using #HatchRiver
Post a review of your Hatch River Trip on TripAdvisor or Yelp
Write about your trip and get published on our blog. (Details below!)

 

Get posting! We can’t wait to hear from you!
 

Blog submission guidelines: Email your stories from the river to info@hatchriverexpeditions.com, and you could appear on our blog. Include your name as you’d like it to appear if selected and type “Stories from the River” in your subject header. Optional: If you’d like to include an original photo with your piece, send that [...]

August 26th, 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 4 – Crystal)

Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 4 – Crystal)

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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CRYSTAL

This far down the canyon, granite seems to have gotten the better of schist, as there is much more pinkish brown than greyish black around us. We pass the bridge that connects Bright Angel trail on the south side of the canyon to the North Kaibab Trail across the river. Our eyes are drawn to [...]

August 24th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Flashback Friday: Guides and Guest Safety on Colorado River Rafting Trips

Flashback Friday: Guides and Guest Safety on Colorado River Rafting Trips

Hatch river guides have to be vigilant at all times during a Colorado River rafting trip. Guests are more likely to hurt themselves on land than on the boats, and those running the trip must be prepared to help them. In this Flashback Friday, Ted Hatch and Elizabeth Sowards discuss the guides on her 1984 river trip and the care they took to protect everyone on the river with them.

E. Sowards: They were really good, and you know, though boys… there were two times I particularly noticed… One time when one of the boys, he was 15 years old… he was giving his dad a bad time sort of… he wanted to be home with his friends and his girlfriend… but he climbed up on a wall at the place where the fall was coming down with great force. He got “walled up” there. Ace crawled up there [...]

August 21st, 2015|0 Comments|
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    The GRAND Geology Surrounding You on a Colorado River Rafting Trip

The GRAND Geology Surrounding You on a Colorado River Rafting Trip

There are countless reasons to take a Colorado River rafting trip through the Grand Canyon; the amazing geology is only one of them. The Colorado River cuts through an uplifted portion of the Colorado Plateau, giving those who travel through it the opportunity to get an up close look at each rock layer they encounter—each deposited in a different geologic time. The oldest of these rocks are nearly 2 billion years old, which means that in this one relatively small sliver of canyon, rocks representing roughly 40% of earth’s history are exposed to human examination.

At the beginning of your Hatch river trip, you’ll be traveling through layer after layer of sedimentary rocks. These are rocks made of sand, silt, or other sediments that eventually compress under the weight of the layers above them and turn into solid rock. In the Grand Canyon (and other parts of the southwest), [...]

August 19th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 3 – Hance)

Rapid by Rapid: A Hatch staffer’s first experience with white water rafting in the Grand Canyon (Part 3 – Hance)

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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HANCE

In the morning we hike. We trudge through the sand, ducking tree branches, like ducklings behind our trip leader JP. In flip flops, he makes his way up the talus slope’s rocky trail at a pace most of us can barely keep in tennis shoes. One of our youngest who forgot her water bottle squawks, [...]

August 17th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    Flashback Friday: What to expect on a Grand Canyon raft trip – circa 1984

Flashback Friday: What to expect on a Grand Canyon raft trip – circa 1984

Shortly before her interview with Ted Hatch, Sowards went on a Grand Canyon raft trip with Hatch. She seems to have had a great time, and spends a portion of the interview showing Ted some drawings she made during the trip, including one of the sites for the portable toilet. She tells Ted she thought, “Boy, I’ve never been to the bathroom in such a grand place!”

In this section of the interview, Sowards shares her lead guide’s introductory speech.

E. Sowards: Yes. Glade read this. Are you in a hurry? This is just for a joke. He read it that night at the program. It says:

Welcome Folks, my name is Lace Mowrey. On behalf of Hatch River Expeditions, I’d like to welcome you to Lee’s Ferry. We’re going to have a great trip!

First, I will give you the good news! On this trip you will see… Majestic Cliffs, Bright [...]

August 14th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Great Guest Reviews of Hatch Colorado River Rafting Experiences

Great Guest Reviews of Hatch Colorado River Rafting Experiences

July brought more great reviews for the Grand Canyon, Hatch guides and staff, and the overall Colorado River Rafting experience. One thing that came up over and over again in this month’s reviews was a particular affinity for Hatch as a company and as a group of people who really care about our guests.

 

I’ve had 3 river trips with Hatch since 2001…each one a magnitude better than the last. You guys are GREAT! Thanks for the memories. – Ned R. July 15 Full Canyon Motorized

Can’t say enough good things about Tanner, Lena and Christa! They were amazing! Even the guys at the warehouse were so friendly to talk to when we returned to Cliff Dwellers after our trip. It’s obvious that everyone who works at Hatch loves what they do. – Dan H. July 18 Full Canyon Motorized

I really thought 7 days would be too long, but it [...]

August 12th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    Will I Be Rafting the Grand Canyon on Mustard-Colored Water?

Will I Be Rafting the Grand Canyon on Mustard-Colored Water?

Last Wednesday, the Animas river in southern Colorado turned mustard yellow as water breached through a dam that had formed inside a nearby mine and spilled into Cement Creek, one of the tributaries feeding the river. This spill was widely reported on the news and shared on social media, and our guests have all been asking themselves the same question:

“Will this spill have an impact on the Grand Canyon and my rafting trip?”

In short, NO.

Hatch River Expeditions has not canceled any river trips due to concerns about water quality, and we don’t expect to unless the situation changes significantly.

 

Here’s what we know so far:

Contaminants must travel down the Animas river, through the San Juan river, and then all the way from the east end of Lake Powell to Glen Canyon dam at the lake’s western end to affect the stretch of Grand Canyon below Lees Ferry (about 15 [...]

August 11th, 2015|1 Comment|