May 2019 (Exact dates will be available in late Summer 2018)
|Travel Dates||May 2019 (Exact dates will be available in late Summer 2018)|
|Description||The Yampa River is the only major tributary of the Colorado River system that still runs wild and free, It starts in Colorado and joins the Green River at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Easily manageable Class III and IV whitewater rafting carry us down the river with frequent stops to hike and explore the side canyons with their native American pteroglyphs dwelling and pioneer remains. Three fine meals a day will be prepared by the guides. We will travel in rafts and a paddle boat, Inflatable two person kayaks will also be available .We will sleep on the river banks under the brightest stars most of us will ever see. Our group of fifteen ADK members will be expertly and safely led by professional guides during our five days on the river.|
|Payment Policy||Schedule of Payments: $600 deposit is due on registration. Final payment of $1179 is due no later than February 1, 2019.|
|Cancellation Policy||If you withdraw from the trip before December 1, 2018, you will be refunded $500 dollars. Up to February 1, 2019, you will receive $400. After February 1 2019, your payment is not refundable unless it is possible to fill your place with another participant. You would then receive all but $100. If the trip does not take place, or the leader decides the trip is not for you, full refund including the $100.|
|What to Bring||Be prepared for early spring hiking conditions at high elevations. Avoid cotton while hiking, dress in layers, and be prepared for sudden weather changes. Plan to carry liquids in your pack, and allow for additional water due to the high elevation and low humidity. Be prepared for significant sun exposure at high elevation on several hikes. Further details will be provided to participants prior to the trip.|
|Trip Insurance||It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.
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|Daily Itinerary||Day One:
We meet for the first time and go out to dinner in Vernal.
After dinner, we will have a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 PM at the O.A.R.S./ Don Hatch warehouse in Vernal. We meet our guides, as well as ask any last-minute questions. We receive a trip orientation, and the guides give us our waterproof river bags so we can pack our belongings that evening.
We’ll begin our trip with a two-hour drive from Vernal to our put-in at Deer lodge Park.. After a safety orientation, we begin our journey.
The Yampa starts out going through wide open flat desert We soon enter the Yampa River canyon,a nd rock walls loom above us, rising to heights of 1000 feet.. Today we pass class II-III whitewater and Disappointment Draw, Thanksgiving Gorge and Teepee rapid . We may stop to hike to the 100 year old Stubs cabin or the White cabin. As we will do every day, we stop mid- morning and afternoon for a food break prepared by the guides.
Campsite: Ponderosa or Teepee Campsite. Distance:11-13 miles.
On our second day on the river,, we pass Little Joe Rapid, Five Springs Rapid, we pass Starvation Valley and Johnson Canyon.
Campsite: Harding Hole. Distance 17 miles.
The canyon walls become bigger and deeper as we float past some of the most astounding rock marvels of all Grand Overhang, Cleopatra’s Couch, and Tiger Wall, a sheer cliff wall of pale sandstone, streaked with jet-black stripes of manganese oxide, or “desert varnish.”We have hikes up Hells Canyon and to Mantle Cave. On this day we go down our only Class IV rapid, Warm Springs which was formed in 1965 when heavy floods strewed boulders into the river creating the Yampa’s biggest rapid
Campsite: Box Elder. Distance: 18 miles.
Today we reach the confluence with the Green River
We round Steamboat Rock and continue into Echo Park. Here we may stop to visit the Fremont rock art near the side of the river. We may also hike to Whispering Cave, passing magnificent sandstone formations along the way. In Whirlpool Canyon, we might take the longest hike of our trip, following beautiful Jones Hole Creek to panels of pictographs and petroglyphs made by native Americans hundreds of years ago. We pass Greasy Pliers and Whirlpool Canyon rapids,
Campsite: Island Park. Distance: 13 miles.
Our last day starts out with flat water but we pick up speed as we go down four major rapids, Moonshine ,S.O.B., Schoolboy and Inglesby. We pass Rainbow Park and Moonshine Draw and finally reach our our take-out point at Split Mountain, We’ll take a short ride back to Vernal, returning to the Don Hatch/O.A.R.S. warehouse between 3:30 and 5:30
Distance: 10 miles
(We do not know the campsites in advance as they are allocated by the National Park Service, just before the launch date, The named campsites above are the one we aim for but are not guaranteed. Distances and potential hikes are also estimates and depend on water level, weather, other groups on the water and group interests. There are a number of Class II un-named rapids on the trip.)
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|Registration Procedure||Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S. Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.|
|Trip Leader||Roman Laba
22 Front Street, Schenectady, NY 12305