OARS Receives Top Honors from Distinguished Media Outlets

Angels Camp, California – October 23, 2007 – OARS (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists) has been setting the standard in first-class rafting, sea-kayaking and multi-sport vacations for nearly 40 years.  This eco-friendly organization caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide.  OARS guests routinely experience world-class adventures with first-class treatment.

With journeys ranging from half-days on classic California rivers and gourmet wine tasting trips to sea kayaking in exotic locations such as the Galapagos, it is no surprise that National Geographic Adventure Magazine recently honored OARS as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth for 2008”.  The award was based on the company’s reputation for outstanding customer service, their sustainable practices – they were the first, and only, North American rafting outfitter to be 100% carbon neutral – and their adventures that emphasize heightened attentiveness to human impact on the environment.  The decision-making process involved the writers and editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine, as well as industry specialists, travel agents and past OARS guests.

For 39 years OARS, has led travelers of all ages and abilities to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, never losing sight of one of their foremost goals:  to make the joys of the wilderness accessible to everyone – no matter how experienced.  This adventure travel outfitter offers timeless trips to such places as the Grand Canyon and Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in addition to continually seeking out new and exciting journeys.

A recent addition to the OARS line-up, “Mystical Peru:  From the Source of the Amazon to the Heights of Machu Picchu,” was recently named by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one the “25 Best New Trips in the World” for 2008.  The trip combines an epic four-day rafting trip through the Black Canyon of the Apurimac River at the source of the Amazon and a ground breaking six-day lodge-to-lodge trek from Salkantay to the incomparable Machu Picchu along the Camino Salcantay.  A chance to witness the Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun, is a featured highlight.

OARS was the first exclusively oar-powered rafting outfitter permitted to run the Colorado through the Grand Canyon back in 1969.  For four decades they have provided superior personal service, hired the best guides and maintained the highest quality equipment.  Because of their unparalleled reputation, Outside Magazine recognized the OARS full Grand Canyon rafting trip “The Ultimate Grand Canyon” with one of their “Trip of the Year” awards for 2007.

The company also hosts a cornucopia of outdoor experiences including (but certainly not limited to) Wilderness Gourmet Culinary Adventures with renowned chefs, Adventure Spa on the River with yoga, massage and meditation, and Wine on the River Adventures in which vintners share their award-winning wines over gourmet meals.  One such adventure, the “Tuolumne Wine on the River Trip” was recently given NBC’s Golden Grape Award as their “Best Wine Adventure for 2007.”

If it takes a village to raise a child, it definitely takes a phenomenal staff to consistently enable outstanding trips.  OARS. Adventure Consultants have a combined experience of more than 100 years in the adventure travel industry.   As testament to their wisdom, Condé Nast awarded OARS. Reservations Manager, Mindy Gleason, as one of its  “2007 Top Travel Specialists.

For more information on OARS eco-friendly adventures, including a free 84-page color catalog, call OARS at

1-800-346-6277, email the company at info@oars.com or visit www.oars.com ~ http://blog.oars.com