Warriors and Rafting

Aug 28-31, 2017
Launch at Gates of Lodore, Green River, north of Vernal, Utah
White Water Rafting company O.A.R.S

Warriors and Rodeo 2016 rafting trip was an enormous success, beyond what any of us ever imagined.  We are so thankful to be the recipient of another donated trip by O.A.R.S.

Warriors and Rodeo would like to thank the O.A.R.S. family for continuing the vision started by founder, the late George Wendt.

What better venue for exploring the “super natural” desert southwest than on a Green River rafting trip? Float down Class III whitewater with your kids, relax at camp among deep green juniper and piƱon pines and view petroglyphs at Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument.
After launching from Vernal, Utah a trip through the Gates of Lodore will wind you down with breathtaking canyons providing incredible once in a lifetime moments for you, your family, or your friends. You’ll get to experience Dinosaur National Monument and petroglyphs left by Native Americans, scenic overlooks and hikes to remote waterfalls. You’ll see the confluence with the Yampa River, Echo Park, and a float through Split Mountain Canyon.
The Gates Of Lodore is an unforgettable 4-day trip through fantastic scenery, great Class II-III rapids, stunning hikes, and pristine campsites.


Night before the trip meet at O.A.R.S. office for pre-trip meeting on Aug 27th, 7pm. O.A.R.S. / Don Hatch Warehouse - 221 North 400 East, Vernal, Utah

You will receive instructions and info about the trip as well as your dry bags to stow your gear.  These bags are the following:

sealed size: Two 13" diameter x 25" tall - with maximum capacity of 2 cubic feet.  Your sleeping bag and pad must fit into one bag and your remaining gear will fit into the other bag.  If you rent O.A.R.S. sleeping gear, it will come pre-packed for you.  

sealed small bag for day use: 17" tall x 9" diameter for camera and other small items.

You can rent a sleep kit and tent.  There will be  more info after you fill out O.A.R.S. paperwork and receive your confirmation email.

It is required you watch this video before attending. https://www.oars.com/experience/safety/

  1. Read the pre-trip literature and arrive at the meeting place on time.
  2. Understand the risks: your safety is ultimately your responsibility.
  3. Wear the O.A.R.S.-issued and properly–fitted Personal Floatation Device (PFD) at all times when in the boats or swimming.
  4. Wear clothing suitable for the current conditions.
  5. Listen to and follow the guides’ instructions.
  6. Abide by the managing agency’s rules.
  7. No drugs or alcohol prior to, or during your trip.
  8. Minimize your impact on the environment.
  9. Treat your fellow guests and guides with respect.
No Firearms. We realize we are in a National Park and people can use firearms in a National Park, but all of our trips, even in Bear country are sans firearms. It is an insurance policy issue more than anything.

No alcohol. We do not know what people on the trip are going through and find that alcohol on a trip like this meant to support healthy living can often times be problematic, so we have opted for a no alcohol, no drugs rule unless there are prescription medications involved, then that is something worked out between the guide and the participant to ensure proper medical care is received if someone gets hurt while on medication.

Expedition Behavior. A term coined by the founder of NOLS (and a WW2 veteran) Paul Petzold. A quick read: 

Since Paul Petzoldt coined the term in NOLS’ infancy, “Expedition Behavior” has evolved into a catchphrase—and an even shorter acronym, “EB”—that carries with it endless implications. In1965 they were just two words Paul used to explain a suite of behavioral concepts, as simple as using the word “teamwork” on a football squad EB is taught in the backcountry, yet its principles are transferable to everyday life.Being able to live with a group of people 24/7 and to get along even when you have a bad day. After a few days away from civilization, everyone starts to change. Values change. The veneer,the bluffing, artificiality, and crutch of family wealth or prestige are no longer valid in the natural environment of camping. Suddenly, people must make their place in a new society based upon what they can actually do and what they really are.
Expedition Behavior
Serve the mission and goals of the group.
Be as concerned for others as you are for yourself.
Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Support leadership and growth in everyone.
Respect the cultures you contact.
Be kind and open-hearted.
Do your share and stay organized.
Help others, but don't routinely do their work.
Model integrity by being honest and accountable.
Admit and correct your mistakes.

There is a $100 fee to attend. 100% of that money will be going to the trip expenses.
A $250 refundable deposit will need to be made and $150 will be returned at the end of the trip.  O.A.R.S. has to hire guides for the trip.  They have to pay them regardless. So if people cancel - they are out that money. This deposit will not be refunded if you cancel.

This payment goes directly to OARS when you fill out the paperwork.  Call Becky at O.A.R.S. to pay the deposit. 800-346-6277.  

Please be sure to get your paperwork filled out and to O.A.R.S. as soon as you receive it. This helps them better plan the trip, what gear they will need, food allergies, etc. Call Becky at O.A.R.S. for payment. https://www.oars.com/contact/

If someone else is covering your expenses please let WAR know who. war@warriorsandrodeo.org

If you have to donate your $100 directly to WAR please do so here:

O.A.R.S. Packing List (
from O.A.R.S and edited by WAR Navy Veteran Eva Scofield)
Equipment and Personal Items:
☐ Sleeping bag, pad, sheet liner, small pillow, 5x7-foot tarp. Sleep kits including these items may be rented for $40.
☐ Two 1-liter water bottles: durable and reusable if you have one; an empty soft drink bottle works fine if you don’t.
☐ Headlamp or flashlight (consider bringing extra batteries)
☐ Sunglasses (preferably polarized) with securing strap (consider bringing a spare)
☐ Small, quick-drying towel
☐ Toiletries, including biodegradable soap (such as Campsuds or Dr. Bronner’s)
☐ Sunscreen and lip protection: waterproof & SPF 30 or higher (aerosol sprays not recommended)
☐ Moisturizing lotion or cream
☐ Insect repellent
☐ Personal first aid kit (Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, moleskin, eye drops, etc.)
☐ Spare pair of glasses and/or contacts

Sun Protection
Protecting yourself from the sun should be taken very seriously. A hat, sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses are a must. In many cases, a long-sleeve shirt is the best method for preventing sunburn on your upper body. Light-weight long pants may also be appropriate to protect your legs.

During the day—The best choice is an amphibious shoe that drains water, protects your toes and won’t come off in swirling current. A retired pair of athletic shoes can work well, too. “Aqua socks” are strongly discouraged.
☐ River shoes or sports sandals with a heel strap (such as those made by Chaco® chacos.com the official footwear sponsor of O.A.R.S. guides)

In camp—We recommend wearing shoes in camp due to risk of kicking a rock buried in the sand or stepping on a sharp stick. The athletic shoes or light hikers you bring for hiking can double as your camp shoes. It’s nice to put on dry socks and shoes after a day on the water. Flip flops or slip-on sandals are OK for wearing in camp only. Please note: If you buy new shoes or sandals for the trip, make sure you break them in first!
☐ Athletic Shoes or light hikers: for hikes or in camp
☐ Hiking socks

During the day—Start with a swimsuit and/or swim trunks and light shirt as a base layer.  Additional layers for sun protection or insulation can be added and subtracted
depending on the weather, temperature and how wet you’re getting in the rapids. To protect yourself from the sun’s rays, consider bringing long-sleeved cotton shirts and
In camp—Lightweight loose fitting cotton pants/skirt or shorts and shirt make great camp wear. They can be soaked in the water and worn in the raft or carried on a hike
for later use. This method of evaporative cooling is very effective. Bandanas are another useful item that can be used in this manner. In cooler weather a rain jacket and pants work better than a wetsuit, because the jacket and pants can be put on when it’s cold, or when you’re going through whitewater, then easily taken off when the sun comes out and it’s hot.
☐ Long-sleeved shirts: lightweight and light color for sun protection (old dress shirts work well)
☐ Long pants: lightweight and light color for sun protection
☐ Swimsuit/trunks: 2-piece suits recommended for women. Tankinis are a great option
☐ Underwear
☐ Shorts: 1-2 pair
☐ T-shirts/tops: 1-2
☐ Light jacket
☐ Camp clothes: comfortable and appropriate for season. Cotton recommended for hot weather trips

☐ Rain jacket & pants: waterproof (not water resistant) A hooded jacket with secure closures is recommended.
Rain gear protects you from rain, wind and the splash of the rapids. It is one of the essential items that all passengers should have no matter what time of year you are traveling. Look for jacket and pants that are 100% waterproof, not just water resistant. A hooded jacket is recommended as well as good secure closures around your head, neck, wrists and ankles. Do not bring a rain poncho as it cannot be worn under your PFD.

☐ Shade hat or visor with securing strap – flexible enough to fit under your helmet
Wide-brimmed hats are a good choice for sun protection. Ball caps are also useful since
they fit under helmets, which are required attire when paddling our whitewater rivers.

Optional Items:
☐ Camera or GoPro and accessories
☐ Sarong: useful for sun protection/changing clothes
☐ Walking sticks for hikes
☐ Small day pack, waist pack or hydration pack for side hikes
☐ Carabiner
☐ Bathing wipes: pre-moistened disposable towels
☐ Plastic bags: for separating dirty clothes from clean
☐ Ear plugs
☐ Binoculars
☐ Splash jacket and pants
☐ Lightweight cord and clothespins for drying clothes
☐ Sketchbook, notebook and pen, paperback book
☐ Bandana
☐ Neoprene paddling gloves
☐ Feminine Urinary Device (for women only)
☐ Ziploc type bags
☐ Fishing gear (must buy licenses for Colorado and/or Utah)

Find all the gear you need for your trip online in the OARStore and receive FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. + 15% of your purchase helps provide disadvantaged youth with outdoor adventure experiences. There is also a small OARS store located at the OARS site where the pre-trip meeting is held.

Packing Your Gear
At the pre-trip meeting each person will be given two large waterproof bags (approximate sealed size: 13” diameter x 25” tall). One bag will be for your clothing and
personal items; the other bag will be for your sleeping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, ground tarp, sheet and pillow). These two bags will be your “checked luggage” and will only be accessible in camp. Tents are stowed separately. Please note: if you rent our sleep kit, it will come already packed in one of the 2 waterproof bags issued to each passenger. We also provide a small waterproof bag for day use where you can keep items such as raingear, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter). The bags are cylindrical in shape and pack from the top. Please pack light, and keep in mind that river attire is casual: comfort, convenience and boat space take precedence over style. At the end of the trip, you will return to Vernal with your waterproof bags, where you will be able to unpack your gear before your trip home.

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