By Martin Hollander,
STAFF WRITER for Newsday TRAVEL
Sunday, April 6, 2003 River etiquette, minimum impact camping technique, Dutch oven baking and rigging and de-rigging rafts are among the lessons taught to teenagers at the Whitewater Skills Camp operated by Dvorak’s Kayak course—June 13-July 5—costs $1765 per person. The rendezvous point is at Grand Junction. After orientation, the group will spend about six days rafting and kayaking on the Green or San Miguel River. After “clean up and re-supply,” participants head for the Gunnison River while learning to travel with pack horses on the Chukar trail. There’s additional rafting-kayaking on the Gunnison, followed by training on the Arkansas River and a two-day break for biking, hiking, fishing and swimming. The course concludes with swiftwater rescue training and concluding river sessions aboard rafts, kayaks, inflatables or canoes. The price includes boats, life Jackets, helmets, sleeping bags, backpacking tents, etc., and all meals during the course. Airfare is additional. The company also offers other instructional courses and river trips in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas, Nepal and New Zealand. Call 800-824-3795.
Instruction in whitewater rafting and family trips are available on several rivers in the American West.