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Whitewater rafting presentation for the Loveland, CO Sertoma Club. By Ben Costello.

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  1. 1. Whitewater Rafting<br />Let’s get ready to get wet!<br />
  2. 2. A Brief History <br />Liquid highways for millennia by native people and early American explorers.<br />1842 – John Freemont took the first rafting expedition exploring the Platte River (army surplus rubber raft).<br />1869 – John Wesley Powell first explores the Grand Canyon (wooden oar boats).<br />1896 – Nathaniel Galloway was the first to turn his seat to face forward for rowing rapids.<br />Post WWII – Neoprene Rafts run by Bus Hatch.<br />Georgie White & Jack Smith run G-rigs & Smith Rigs in big water.<br />1980’s – Russian & other global influences to the sport. Large increases in use and participants. Greatest growth in the industry and growth in popularity with the public.<br />Present – Self-bailing rafts, I-beams & almost unlimited progression of the sport.<br />Source: The Complete Whitewater Rafter by Jeff Bennett<br />
  3. 3. A Brief History<br />
  4. 4. Rafting 101<br />Paddle Rafting<br />Oar Rigs<br />Kayaks, IK’s & Cats<br />Class I – VI<br />Commercial vs. Private<br />Rafting Equipment<br />Training<br />Safety & Rescue<br />
  5. 5. Why should I go rafting?<br />Excitement & adventure, teambuilding, family time, time in the outdoors, relaxation, esteem building, opportunity for something new, exercise and more!<br />Rafting is a sport that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people including age, size, ability and level of physical condition.<br />You do not have to own all of the equipment to participate in a rafting trip.<br />There are many different types of trips which allows for both affordable and deluxe rafting trip options.<br />
  6. 6. Rafting in Colorado <br />Economic Impact<br />Between 460,000 & 540,000 user days per year<br />In 2009, $142 million economic impact<br />Arkansas River<br />Most commercially traveled section of river in the entire world<br />205,876 users in 2009<br />$60,083,805 economic impact to CO <br />Poudre River<br />4th in user days/year at just under 37,000 users<br />Economic impact on the state of CO is over $10 million<br />Colorado River (Glenwood Springs)<br />52,737 users in 2009 <br />$15,391,010 economic impact<br />User Day: A paying guest on a river for any part of a day.<br />Economic Impact: Direct Expenditures x User Days x Economic Multiplier<br />Source: Colorado River Outfitters Association,<br />
  7. 7. The Grand Canyon<br />
  8. 8. The Grand Canyon<br />
  9. 9. Grand Canyon 2010<br />
  10. 10. Grand Canyon 2010<br />
  11. 11. Grand Canyon 2010<br />
  12. 12. Idaho Salmon River<br />
  13. 13. Idaho Salmon River<br />
  14. 14. Mountain Whitewater Descents<br />Whitewater rafting, kayaking and ducky trip outfitter based out of Fort Collins, CO.<br />“Our Guides Make the Difference”<br />Rafting season is May 15 to August 31 every year<br />Half-day, full-day and multi-day trips<br />Rentals & Lessons<br />Teambuilding, BBQ, Weddings, Reunions, Groups<br />
  15. 15. Why Choose MWD?<br />Footcones & Thwart Handles<br />Outstanding rating from USFS for 5 years<br />Most experienced guides<br />Free fleece & splash jackets<br />Safety boats at high-water<br />Longest, continuous trips<br />Special packages<br />
  16. 16. MWD & the Community<br />Sustainability is at the core of our business<br />Environmental<br />Social<br />Economic<br />ClimateWise<br />Donate over 2% of gross receipts to local charities<br />Special Packages keep things local<br />Authenticity<br />
  17. 17. MWD Photos<br />
  18. 18. MWD Photos<br />
  19. 19. MWD Photos<br />
  20. 20. Pine View Falls Video<br />
  21. 21. The End<br />Questions & Comments<br />