National Geographic Adventure - February 2003


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National Geographic Adventure Magazine

A Rapid Every Mile

Author Norman Maclean once wrote that a river 'has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to each of us.' Whatever the message, one of the surest ways to hear it is to live in the wild presence of a river for at least a few days. O.A.R.S. runs six-day trips down Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon, which tumbles through a hundred rapids in a hundred miles. Water levels permitting, the group put in at 5,740-foot Boundary Creek and plunges a heart-stopping 41 feet a mile during the first 25 miles, then surfs and spins through dense forests, grassy meadows, and imposing canyons until the take-out at the Main Salmon.

WHY THIS TRIP: Instead of rushing down the river, this outfit allows plenty of time for hiking, exploring caves, and basking in hot springs.

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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.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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