Guess who just got back from a super fun Guides Training Seminar! We did!! Our friends at Hatch River Expeditions host the GTS every year in beautiful Marble Canyon, Ariz. The GTS includes both a 2-day land session (which is open to the public and to office-type folks like Evan and me) and a river training trip (which is open to Grand Canyon raft guides).
Our favorite band, buckit, played at the GTS, which was hosted by Hatch River Expeditions in their warehouse.
The GTS always includes fascinating updates on Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, and this year was no exception. We heard from National Park Service employees, archaeologists, legendary river runners, Native American tribal members, and biologists, among others. We also hobnobbed with our friends from fellow rafting companies and caught up with some of our own guides, who are all pretty excited to get this season started!
One of my favorite take-aways from this year’s GTS was the incredible news about the Colorado River delta. You might have heard that the Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean. (Robert Redford and Will Ferrell recently created a wonderful video to bring attention to the matter.) At the GTS, we learned that some pulse flows have been approved and that water is — at this very moment! — inching its way across the long-dry delta. This is VERY exciting news! We encourage you to keep an eye on this and continue to support this cool endeavor. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see the Colorado make it home?