Markle went on to say, “Sales for dory trips in the Grand Canyon are exceptionally strong and are actually outpacing demand for our Grand Canyon rafting trips for the first time in the history of the company. We attribute some of that increased demand to the success of Kevin Fedarko’s book, The Emerald Mile, which highlights the dories prominently.”
Dories are small, wooden and fiberglass boats popularized by the late Martin Litton, the legendary environmental crusader and founder of Grand Canyon Dories, who died peacefully at age 97 on November 30, 2014. As Fedarko detailed in his book, Litton “inaugurated a tradition of naming every craft after a natural wonder that, in his view, had heedlessly been destroyed by the hand of man—‘to remind us of places we’ve destroyed without any necessity,’ he would bark to anyone who inquired, ‘so that maybe we’ll think twice before we do it again.’”
In 1969, O.A.R.S. became the first exclusively oar-powered rafting outfitter permitted to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Today, O.A.R.S. & Grand Canyon Dories offer 5- to 18-day trips between Lees Ferry and Lake Mead, floating up to 277 river miles through billions of years of geological time reflected in the Canyon’s steep, vibrant colored cliffs. All O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon trips incorporate daily hikes to Native American sites and interpretive discussions of everything from archaeology and geology to the night sky and harrowing tales of Colorado River runners.
Markle reminded groups who may have tight travel windows to book as soon as possible because the most popular dates are filling quickly for 2016.
“Although our Grand Canyon trips are already mostly sold out for 2015 at this point, we have limited space available for one or two people here and there and we do have a waiting list we turn to in the event of cancellations,” he added.
Only 16 commercial outfitters are permitted to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and O.A.R.S. offers more than 30 unique itineraries from April into November each year.
Since 1969, O.A.R.S. has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport vacations, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. For more information on O.A.R.S. eco-friendly adventures visit www.oars.com, email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-346-6277.