Men's Journal - April 2004

The 100 Best Trips on the Planet - Whitewater Planet

O.A.R.S. While most rafting outfitters concentrate on one river, O.A.R.S. runs 30 throughout North America, plus Tibet, Fiji, Costa Rica, and Chile and continues to pioneer new trips each year. That variety, plus excellent guides, gear, and creature comforts like warm showers, keeps clients fiercely loyal: One fanatical 70-year-old has done every U.S. trip on their roster. If rapids aren't entertainment enough, tack on horseback riding, a ranch stay, wine tasting, or a yoga workshop. Or try one of their multisport or sea kayak trips.


The first descent of British Columbia's Klinaklini River was done by an O.A.R.S. guide and covered by Men's Journal. Today it includes glacier hikes, grizzly sightings, and a helicopter portage ($5,295 for six days). Client profile those looking to raft a new river, or who want a bit of pampering.