Men’s Journal – June 2008


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Thanks to spring runoff, June is the perfect time to get several rivers for the price of one outfitted trip.


Trip: California Dreaming

Duration: Three rivers, seven days

So the trip’s name is as trite as such a winter’s day, but there’s nothing else stale about a week navigating some of North America’s premier rapids while plunging through remote canyons and boulder gardens of the Sierra foothills. Highlights on any other river, nasty sections like Satan’s cesspool and Chipped Tooth here serve as mere practice runs before the world-infamous Clavey Falls on the Tuolumne River, a Class V series of stair steps that begins with the inevitable You mean we’re not gonna portage here? protests from rookies who howl through more whitewater than a Clinton investigation.

Almost as impressive as the rivers are the surrounding they wind through. Starting on the South Fork of the American River, the trip hairpins through Cali’s ‘49er gold country, with water-level-dependent swings through the Middle Fork’s Tunnel Chute, a steep rapid that drops into a 90-foot-long hole blasted in the rock by miners. From there the Merced provides consistent Class III-IV rapids amid pine forests. The curtain closer is two days on the Tuolumne, arguably the finest rafting river in the country, which has flows into September. The pull-out near Sacramento leaves you in perfect position to add another week (or six) of vacation in nearby Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, or San Francisco.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
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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