Outside Magazine - July 2008

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RIVERS GONE WILD

The West’s water shortage may get a year’s reprieve. Last winter’s epic snowpack—in some places the biggest since the 1960s—is fueling the best whitewater season since the invention of self-bailing rafts. The timing couldn’t be better: 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers act. The once-obscure bill, which was signed into law by war-tainted, outgoing President Johnson in1968, has protected 165 Americans rivers from damming and development. To celebrate, we sifted through the country’s top Wild & Scenic River trips and picked the best.

Tuolumne River, California

O.A.R.S. three-day raft outing down California’s 18-mile Class III-IV Tuolumne starts at the northern border of Yosemite National Park and descends pounding rapids through a granite gorge. The Tuolumne flows mostly over bedrock, creating an effect similar to that of a theme-park inner-tube ride with much wilder water—this year especially.


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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.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com 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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