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Wisdom from River Guides
Wisdom from River Guides

Over the past few years I’ve done eight river trips on our grand western rivers: the Colorado, Green, and Salmon. The shortest trip was 6....

River Trips: Skip the Small Talk
River Trips: Skip the Small Talk

As you’re packing for the river trip you’ve been daydreaming about for weeks (maybe even months, or years), it suddenly dawns on you — you’re....

Social but Distanced
Social but Distanced

This past summer as COVID-19 travel restrictions began to ease up, we asked Portland-based writer Adam Edwards and photographer Kenny Hamlett to join us for....

How to Snag 10 of the Most Coveted Private River Permits
How to Snag 10 of the Most Coveted Private River Permits

In Edward Abbey’s book, Desert Solitaire, published in 1968, the author and a friend decided on a whim to float the Colorado River—a kind of....

This Dory Lover Has Done More Than 50 Trips with OARS
This Dory Lover Has Done More Than 50 Trips with OARS

You could say Jeff Gellert is an OARS super fan. Over a span of nearly three decades, he’s been on a total of 53 river....

The Art of Dutch Oven Cooking
The Art of Dutch Oven Cooking

Commotion at the prep table in the boathouse kitchen caught my attention. I drifted toward two fellow guides deep in the throes of problem-solving something....

5 Cool Astronomy Events and Where to See Them
5 Cool Astronomy Events and Where to See Them

There’s something so magical about seeing the night sky come alive, whether it’s watching a colorful harvest moon float above the horizon or noticing that....

6 of the West’s Best Swimming Holes You Can’t Get to by Car
6 of the West’s Best Swimming Holes You Can’t Get to by Car

Multi-day river trips are a unique experience, in part because they offer access to campsites and side hikes you’d ordinarily never get to see. Those....

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