This has been a rough time for the world. We are one small business among many that is struggling to keep our guides employed and continue to do what we love to do. Below are some quick updates followed by longer updates about how this is affecting our guides and staff.
- Our office is open so please call or email with any questions.
- We are looking at trip cancellations on a trip by trip basis and are waiting for stay at home orders to be lifted before considering running any trips.
- Our guides are actively working on guidelines for (1) ethical considerations and (2) adherence to CDC guidelines so that we can run our trips responsibly when that time comes.
- Since we offer small group trips in the outdoors we feel good about being able to run our trips in late spring and summer.
Our business is at its core a collection of wonderful people who love rivers and sharing it with others. Like many people around the world they are beginning to feel the effects of a hurting economy and the lack of work. River guides are particularly hard hit due to the seasonal nature of the work.
Our guides and staff are currently working on the following projects to funds from trip cancellation fees and the Payment Protection Program (PPP):
- Articles about rivers, conservation, and natural history. A few examples are a blog post about Osprey by Nick, a blog post about being "Kalmiopsised" by Emily, and a presentation about the Kalmiopsis Wilderness by Ellie.
- Webinars about river conservation and whitewater training.
- Thinning out the forest surrounding our warehouse in Grants Pass. A handful of guides are hard at work making our property more fire safe.
River Guide Support
Finally, although we are expecting to run trips sometime soon we are considering how to keep guides employed and financially stable if we see a drastic reduction in trips. We have launched a Go Fund Me campaign for anyone that would like to help keep guides working on writing more articles and doing more presentations after the Payroll Protection Program funds run out.
Minimizing Risk on Our Trips
We're getting ready to run our trips this summer on both the Middle Fork and the Rogue. The great thing about river trips is that they are outdoors in small groups dispersed over a large area. To minimize risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 we're finalizing an operating plan that focuses on:
- Pre-trip screening of guests and guides
- Screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during the trip
- Extra guides and staff to allow for proper social distancing
- Guidelines for handling anyone displaying signs of COVID-19
- Enhanced sanitation guidelines
- Post-trip communication with guests about their continued health and evaluation of our managing the trip for social distancing and sanitation
We are adding new trips this summer that are truly adventurous and embrace social distancing. Our guides love inflatable kayak trips as well as rowing schools and we are working to add more of those types of trips. Here are some details:
- Inflatable Kayaking on the Upper Middle Fork of the Salmon River (August 28)
- Class IV+ Rowing Schools on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (More details coming soon)
- Private Instruction
- Virtual Rafting Instruction
And we are all ears! If there is something you'd like to do or try this summer please let us know. We have the guides and equipment ready to organize all kinds of unique adventures!
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