ANGELS CAMP, CA, March 13, 2013 – Veteran river outfitter and nature-basedadventure travel company OARS is recognized as the runner up for the “Best Outfitter of the Year” by the editors of Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.

The awards are reported in the April 2013 issue along with a trip give-away called “What Trip Are You” that includes a prize of an OARS rafting trip down Idaho’s iconic Main Salmon River.

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The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside Magazine, available on newsstands March 12, 2013, and at Outside Online.

Here’s what the editors say about OARS—runner up for “Best Outfitter” this year:

“This California-based company runs more than 1,230 miles of U.S. rivers, plus many more in 14 foreign countries. And OARS (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists) does a lot of good in those areas. Thirteen years ago, in the highlands of Fiji, OARS worked with the local Mataqali people, a logging company, and a land trust to create the Upper Navua Conservation Area, which protects the region from logging and has raised more than $1 million for the community. OARS offers a free guide school for the Mataqali, hiring the top performers. But the biggest reason clients keep returning is that OARS produces unique, awe-inspiring trips, whether it’s craft-beer tasting on California’s Tuolumne River or floating past Bhutanese temples. Our recommendation: the 17-day epic on Bhutan’s Class IV-plus Drangme Chhu. $7,495;

In the recent past, OARS has also been recognized as offering some of the “Best Trips” on the planet by National Geographic Traveler,, MSNBC,Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset and Men’s Journal.

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2013 OARS. Adventures catalog, call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email, or visit:

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About OARS.
Some 500,000 guests later, OARS. has been providing whitewater rafting vacations since 1969. Over the decades the company has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventure, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. OARS caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. In 2012, for the sixth consecutive year, Condé Nast Travelerrecognized Mindy Gleason, OARS. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler’s standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.