Once you have hiked to the top of Half Dome, the question is: do you become obsessed with it and hike it…oh, say, 40 times? Probably not. Try rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
Tours are VERY hard to get – so plan at least a year in advance. I’ve gone 3 times with Canyon Explorations – all last century. There are only a limited number allowed and in February a lottery is held to assign launch dates for river trips occurring the next year. Lottery applications are accepted online for the first three weeks of February. Lottery results are emailed to applicants as well as available online by the end of February.
A list operators is shown <HERE>.
Sign up now with a commercial company. They will take care of the permitting. It’s fun as heck and you will see few people. You do not need to wear a helmet but the water is deep and cold.
The rapids are classed 1-10, not the normal I – V as most rivers. Things do happen.
On April 21, a commercial river trip stuck one of its 37-foot rafts on rocks in Badger Rapids. This is the first set of rapids 8-miles downstream from Lee’s Ferry. Bummer.
The Grand Canyon’s helicopter crew removed 10 people from the raft. With less weight on the raft, guides were able to free the raft.
See a video highlight.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ol’ man river. Dat ol’ man river. He mus’ know sumpin’ …But don’t say nuthin’, He jes’ keeps rollin’ – He keeps on rollin’ along.” – Showboat
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com