For your next spring break, experience the southwest desert environment from the cockpit of a kayak. Join the ORC for this paddling adventure of a lifetime as we explore one of the premier flatwater kayaking destinations in the American West – Arizona and Utah’s Lake Powell (AKA Glen Canyon National Recreation Area).
Early bird pricing for members effective until January 13th, so sign-up soon!
“The huge upside of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, nexus of an environmental battle lost a generation ago, is the emergence of its progeny, Lake Powell, as a supreme freshwater kayaking destination.” – National Geographic
Sandwiched between two classic NW-SW road trips with camping gear and kayaks in tow, and a likely stopover at a national park such as Zion or Bryce Canyon, spend five days touring a slice of the narrow canyons and big open waters that span Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Without the summertime swarms of speedboats, spring is an ideal time to paddle Lake Powell, so long as you can handle some cold desert nights. In the heart of Southwest canyon country, this is a land of extremes. We will prepare ourselves for cold weather, water, wind, and waves, and paddle 10-15 miles each day as we search for a new beach to call home each night. But we won’t spend all of our time sitting in our self-propelled boats – Glen Canyon hosts a myriad of opportunities to set out on foot. Imagine paddling to the end of a narrow slot canyon, securing our boats, and hiking deep in canyon country.
Given the duration and remoteness of this expedition, this trip is rated level 4, and is reserved for intermediate level paddlers (participants with previous kayak touring experience). If you have never kayaked before, please consider joining the ORC for any of our beginner-friendly kayak tours and/or clinics. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good physical condition is required, specific experience is required, and technical proficiency is highly recommended.
• We will be paddling on a massive and remote, cold lake with conditions that can change quickly. As such, previous kayaking experience is required.
• This trip requires that participants are in good physical condition and are able to paddle 15 miles/day, hike, camp, and live in a cold weather environment for 5 consecutive days. If you have any questions, please consult your physician.
• Participants must be able to demonstrate proficiency (after instruction and practice) in wet exits, re-entry, and T-rescues at mandatory pool session/pre-trip meeting.
There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting and pool session on March 1, 2018 from 5pm-10pm.
Trip cost includes: kayaking and camping gear, transportation, permits/campsite fees, and adventure facilitators (food is NOT included).
In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs.
• Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund.
• Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund.
• Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.