FOLLOW YOUR DESIRES - RAFTING
Rafting – adrenalin sport, combination of adventure and relaxation
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is rated Class 4 with a few Class 5 rapids and numerous Class 1 – 3 rapids as well. For that reason The Grand Canyon is a great rafting trip for people of all ages and abilities. Rafting vacations in The Grand Canyon, considered to be the adventure trip of a lifetime, are so popular that most commercial trips are sold out an entire year in advance. A typical Grand Canyon River rafting trip is 15 – 18 days long and 280 miles long. Commercial trips typically run from April through October.
Along the way of the Upper Canyon you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take side hikes in Paradise Canyon, Nautiloid Canyon and Nankoweap Canyon (one of the Canyon’s most popular side hikes).
Lower Grand Canyon is 192 miles long and experiences some of the biggest rapids on the river… Crystal Rapid and Lava Falls.
Hudson River, New York
The Adirondack Mountains create a stunning landscape for Hudson River rafting trips. The Hudson River, which source is high in the Adirondacks, features crystal clear water and five hundred foot granite walls that will awe and inspire New York river rafters in between thrilling white water (Class 3 -5, Intermediate – Advanced). The most popular run is the Upper Hudson River Gorge, and the Middle Gorge is a great white water experience when water levels allow. During the summer it's creating the perfect class 3 white water rafting experience for families and beginner rafting trips. Rafting season is from April through October. Always look for licensed guides!
Located 4 hours north of New York City and 4 and half hours west of Boston, the Hudson River Gorge is easy to access from major metropolitan areas.
An exciting, wild, restless and breathtaking river. Intact nature, pure emerald green water, a game of water and light, waterfalls and spectacular gorges, rapids...ideal conditions for an adventure!
Rafting categorisation - Rafting is divided in six groups (or "classes") by the level of difficulty:
Class 1: Calm river with an easy flow.
Class 2: A few rapids or stones, but still not a dangerous rafting.
Class 3: Rapids, small waves, small waterfalls, but without major risks. Tourist rafting falls into this class.
Class 4: Rapids, bigger waves, rocks, bigger waterfalls and downs, concentration and greater responsiveness required. Only for experienced rafters.
Class 5: Rapids, big waves, rocks, huge waterfalls, precision and concentration required. The final class of competitive rafting.
Class 6: Rapids, enormous waves, huge and extremely dangerous rocks and cliffs, numerous traps and downs, extremely skilful management without error required. This class is extremely dangerous and there are frequent deaths.
There are usually 4-10 participants plus the coxswain participating in the descent down the river. For personal protection the following are primarily used: protective suit made of neoprene, unsinkable vest, helmet, diving boots. Goggles can also be used because of the waves, as well as the elastic cord attached to the boat.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility and all rafting participants must be good swimmers.Each participant must leave a signature prior to rafting that confirms participation in rafting on one’s own responsibility.
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