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The Green Life: Green Your Rafting Trip -- Choosing a Guide

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July 16, 2008

Green Your Rafting Trip -- Choosing a Guide

Few experiences create a closer bond with nature than being manhandled by an icy wave beneath majestic peaks. With a good guide, you can run rapids far more challenging and fun than anything you could do on your own (and let someone else worry about equipment and other details).

Whether dealing with a local independent outfit or a national one like Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership School, asking a few questions will help you find guides who share your environmental ethos and go well beyond minimum impact guidelines. These three will help get the conversation started:

  1. How do you manage waste? Recyclable materials can be separated from other solid waste during a trip for recycling back at the company’s warehouse.
  2. Where does your food come from? Organic, locally-grown, and bulk foods make for lower-impact snacks and meals than those shipped long distances or packaged individually.
  1. What kind of motors do you use? All motorized crafts operating in the Grand Canyon use four-stroke motors, which are more efficient and quieter than conventional two-stroke options. Elsewhere, ask about the company's motors if your river run will involve anything but muscle and water power.

--J.S.

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