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5 questions to ask before white-water rafting

what to ask before white-water rafting

Mark Hammer, river guide and owner of The Adventure Co. in Colorado, suggests asking these questions to ensure a white-water rafting trip is fun, safe, and memorable. 800-487-RAFT, www.theadventurecompany.com

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TELL ME ABOUT YOUR GUIDES.

Experienced guides make a world of difference. It takes years to master the skill of guiding commercial rafts in white water.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?

Longevity comes from satisfied customers. Travel review websites can provide firsthand reports and helpful advice.

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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT?

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Clean, well-kept rafts, life jackets, helmets, and paddles make a rafting excursion safer and more enjoyable.

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WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Look for a company with raft trips on multiple rivers and of varying length, for experience levels ranging from beginner to expert, with lodging and activity packages.

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WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY DIFFERENT?

All outfitters are not the same; give them a chance to explain what makes their outfit special.

Necee Regis can be reached at nregis@gis.net.

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