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O.A.R.S. Launches “Livin’ the Dream” Contest To Become Honorary River Guide On No-Cost Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

ANGELS CAMP, CA – Veteran river outfitter and nature-based adventure travel company, O.A.R.S., has partnered up with outdoor industry leaders The Clymb, Northwest River Supply (NRS), and Teva for an online contest that gives contestants a chance to “live the dream” as a guide apprentice on an O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon rafting trip.

The technical term for a guide apprentice is “swamper.” As a swamper, the winner will be a bonafide member of the O.A.R.S. crew. They will help load the boats, spend some time on the oars, help prepare the daily meals and mingle with clients. Although this might not qualify as a true vacation, a guide slot on a Grand Canyon trip is considered a dream job by people in the know.

“The winner just has to show up ready to pitch in and help and be awed by what the Canyon has to offer,” said Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. spokesperson. The 14- to 18-day trip will take the winner 280 miles through one of the Seven Wonders of the World, running legendary rapids and exploring hidden side canyons on one of the most popular adventure travel experiences on the planet. The winner will also receive a guide gear package that includes a personal flotation device (PFD), apparel and footwear provided by NRS and Teva.

Just one week into the contest, more than 2000 hopeful outdoor enthusiasts from around the country have already submitted an entry. The contest runs July 15th through August 19th. To enter, participants must sign up via a custom app on the O.A.R.S. Facebook Page by submitting their name, email address, an adventurous photo of themselves, and a short essay on why they’re the best candidate for the job. Between August 25th and September 8th, the O.A.R.S. Facebook community will cast their vote for the winner from 10 finalists selected by O.A.R.S. staff.

In addition to the grand prize, one contestant per day will be selected at random to win a copy of the book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon, by Kevin Fedarko, and a weekly winner will be selected to receive a free pair of Teva Original sandals.

The campaign is being promoted via O.A.R.S. and The Clymb’s digital channels, with support from Teva and NRS. To enter the contest applicants are asked to visit: http://bit.ly/GrandCanyonRafting

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2013 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog, call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: http://www.oars.com/.

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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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