National Geographic Adventure - March 2009


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Paddle Cataract with a Pulitzer Prize Winner

It’s not easy to improve upon the hundred-mile raft trip on the Colorado River through Utah’s Cataract Canyon, the Grand Canyon’s stately upstream sister. But O.A.R.S. has managed to do it, inviting Pulitzer Prize–winning canyon expert Philip Fradkin on its trip this summer. In wooden dories, paddlers bounce through Class III rapids, spot seasonal waterfalls, and gape at the buttes and mesas of Canyonlands National Park. Side hikes reveal ruins and inscriptions from expeditions past. "I always get more out of trips when there are books or guides who give me a sense of the context of the river, and that’s what I plan to do," says Fradkin, who wrote A River No More, the definitive work on the Colorado River. After dinner, Fradkin might read from his biography of novelist and activist Wallace Stegner or chat about the history and conservation of the West’s great plumbing system.

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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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