“I picked GCW because my father’s friend had done the trip a few years ago and had rave reviews of GCW, its operation and its staff. The staff was incredible in their respect for the river, and was clear in communicating that to the group. The staff was also friendly, earnest, genuine, humble and engaging. They were good people who cared about the river and the groups enjoyment of it, both of which came through strongly in their words and actions.
Some aspects I particularly appreciated:
-The person stories/poems told from books that the crew very clearly appreciate. Our trip leader (Brock) read a poem one morning, and a first hand account another night. Both moments were incredibly honest and engaging, and the group felt the gravity of Brock’s relationship and commitment to the river
– Music. Our swamper (Easy), as well as one of our boatmen (Chelsea), brought their guitars and played the group songs on one of our more subdued hikes. The effect of notes and lyrics reverberating off Canyon walls is warming and beautiful.
I really appreciated how the staff created individual connections with each of us on the trip. Personally, I enjoyed a very genuine set of conversations with the crew, and I’d like to believe the other group members had the same experience. The Grand Canyon – the Colorado – the setting in general is one of honesty. A genuine connection with nature and humanity. Having a staff that exuded that same vibe made the entire immersion into the world of the river a smooth, peaceful, and subtly transcendent experience.”
–Jonathan from Austin, TX Age 33
Passenger on an 8-day Grand Canyon Whitewater raft trip