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A Selection of Recent Audiocasts on O.A.R.S.

  • Amateur Traveler | George Wendt | Rafting the Grand Canyon | March 2010
  • KNBR | George Wendt | The Business of Rafting | March 2010
  • Rick Steves: An Interview with O.A.R.S. Guide Jeffe Aronson
    Airdate: July 24, 2010 Program 214
  • Rick Steves: An Interview with O.A.R.S. Guide Jeffe Aronson
    Airdate: September 4, 2010 Program 218

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Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager
Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013
(River Rafting)

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Forbes Online Best River Trip

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ATTA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Best River Trip

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Best for Conservation of Cultural Heritage


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Don’t Just Take Our Word for It

O.A.R.S. has been routinely recognized for our commitment to excellence and innovation in travel. In 2006 President and Founder, George Wendt was honored by the Adventure Travel Trade Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award and National Geographic Adventure magazine selected O.A.R.S. as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” for consecutive years based on education, sustainability, quality of service, spirit of adventure and references. In 2013 Outside magazine named O.A.R.S. runner up for “Best Outfitter” in its annual Active Travel Awards.

Since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin has recognized our Reservations Manager, Mindy Gleason, as the “Top Travel Specialist” in the River Rafting category for her unique ability to offer O.A.R.S. travelers “the best blend of expertise, access, and good value.” In 2012, Condé Nast Traveler also selected O.A.R.S.' Grand Canyon trip as one of the "Best 32 Trips in the World." Additionally, year after year magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Men’s Journal and Sunset along with NBC, CNBC, Forbes Traveler and SmarterTravel.com have all recognized O.A.R.S. for serving up some of the “Best Trips on the Planet.”

O.A.R.S. was also selected as the official outfitter for MacGillivray Freeman's Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, a film for IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters. Featuring songs and music by the Dave Matthews Band and a 3D experience unmatched on the giant screen, Grand Canyon Adventure premiered on March 14, 2008 at IMAX theaters worldwide. Click here to view the film trailer.

More recently, Outside Television has featured O.A.R.S.' Middle Fork of the Salmon and Grand Canyon trips on their hit series, “Dispatches,” while NBC selected our Tuolumne Wine on the River trip as "Best Wine Country Adventure" on the nationally-syndicated series, "In Wine Country.”

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

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