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Amazing trip of a lifetime
Jan and Dale
Great trip through Cataract Canyon
Our trip include hiking most days, including 8-10 miles hikes to the overlook of the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers one afternoon and a full day to explore the Doll House. We were able to enjoy the canyons from the water and the rim, which really added to our experience.
We’ll certainly use CRATE again our next rafting trip.
40 years of CRATE experiences.
If you are thinking of a river trip, these guys are the best.
Will never forget this trip…
Thanks CRATE for a trip of a lifetime. I have nothing but awesome things to say about this company and how they made this trip of the Grand Canyon just phenomenal. Walker and crew were very experienced professional guides, thanks for taking care of me and myRead more “Will never forget this trip…”
Amazing. Exhilarating. Exhausting.
Trip of a lifetime… or trips thanks to CRATE
From the extremely friendly and professional communication with the McKays at the CRATE main office to the expansive knowledge and friendliness of the guides on the trips, everyone I have done the 8 day trip with is overwhelmed with gratitude and adamantly impressed with the service, knowledge and overall execution of the trip… even the most seasoned explorers and adventure seekers I know. I simply can’t say enough about how special this trip is, but I think a large majority of that is because of their company, staff and hands-on, personal touch from beginning to end.
Amazing Life time experience!
Your crew were so professional! So organized! So helpful and I can’t stress that one enough.
They were thoughtful, kind, told us stories…always kept us engaged and occupied while meals were prepared..
Honestly the best trip we’ve ever had, even though we had to pee in the river and sleep with clothes on, it beats out our annual 5 star resort in Cozumel that we do every February.
And the Bar 10 Ranch!! ?? So amazing too, great kids running that place!
Thank you Thank you Thank you! Such a life changing experience!
Much Love to you and your family for running your business so perfectly!
Dana and Shad
CRATE The Best way to experience the Grand Canyon
So we started out 11 day trip in Las Vegas at the Best Western McCarran Inn (Needs a Big Facelift) that’s where I met up with some of the crew Craig, Todd, Beth and Sam. Bonnie gave us our bags and briefing and off we go to pack our dry bags and boat bags. The boat bags were new as before we had ammo cans to store some of our stuff. Up early and get a grab and go breakfast from the Inn and met the bus for the ride to Fredonia Arizona (aka the warehouse) and the onto Lees ferry to launch the boats. The bus ride was nice we all chatted and started to become a group, Casey and Carter rode the bus with us and gave a history lesson as we heading to the boat ramp.
We arrived at Lees Ferry and that was where we met Kim and Andrew the other travelers.
We loaded our bags and booze onto the Big boat (The Mother ship) we got into our rafts and off we went to do our flip drill yikes the water is really cold its about 46 degrees, we climbed back in the boats, hoping to not flip or fall out of the raft and away we go.
First day was an easy day floating along and learning to paddle all together and hitting our first taste of the rapids ahead with some class III rapids.
Our first camp was Hot Na Na Wash just about house rock rapid. We unloaded the Boat and got our bags and cots and set up our camps (you pick your own spot on the beach.) Then it was time to socialize with the crew and other paddlers. We had drinks and appetizers while the crew cooked us a fabulous dinner. Dinner call came and we all went to wash our hands it’s an important part of staying safe in the canyon .Two hand washing stations in every camp was setup. We sat in a big circle and had dinner chatted and learn about each other. Being that I had been before I was asked a lot of questions and gave out some of my best tips and tricks for the trip. We stopped at Red wall cavern (aka Powel’s amphitheater and played on the beach there for a while.
The next night we stopped at Redbud Alcove for a special night for Kim and Andrew as they were getting married in the Grand Canyon by Ben our trip leader. Phoebe provided the music by playing her violin and the rest of us took pictures and were witness to the ceremony. It was a moving moment on the trip for all of us lots of pictures and then back to camp for wedding cake.
We packed up the boat and our gear next morning and off we went to the next part of the adventure. We stopped at the Little Colorado on our way to Crash Canyon camp. The LCR was Aqua Blue and warm, we swam and floated for a while. We took lots of pictures and stayed a while to let the blazing sun retreat behind the canyon rim before heading to camp for the night.
The next day we headed out to face the rapids Unkar, Tanner, Hance and on to Sockdolager. Passing thru furnace flats and hitting Grapevine rapid before making camp at Clear Creek. Tomorrow we would be at below pipe beach to drop off Kim and Andrew for their hike out to the south rim and wait for the new arrivals from above. We did a short hike across silver bridge and back around to pipe beach. The new rafters arrived and helped get them situated in their boat, Craig and I moved to the other boat with Aimee, Beth Emma and Todd with Casey as our boatman. We push off and head out to face some Big rapids today, Horn Creek, Hermit (my nemesis, I flipped in 2015) and Granite. We ran them all with great success and had a fun time doing them all.
The following days we spent running the Gems and hiking along the way camped at The Big Dunes, Stone Creek, and Hiked up to the patio at Deer Creek and lunched at Ponchos kitchen. Hike up Matkatamiba and built a body dam with the crew and laughed a giggled the whole time before watching Cater ride the cushion down the small rapid we created. We Rafted down to the Lower Ledges to camp there for the night. The next day we took our time and rafted down to National Camp. Hiked National Canyon came back to camp and received our briefing about the next day’s Rapids (Lava Falls)
The next day arrived and we packed up camp and heading down the river listening to tales of Great Runs thru Lava Fall and some not so Great. We hiked up to the Lava falls Over Look with much anticipation. The guides looked and pointed out different parts of the rapid and how each boat would try to run them. Off we go and hit Lava hard and we (our Boat) ended up going backwards thru most of Lava Falls first time for everything. We all made it thru with no swimmers and held paddles high in celebration. We finished off with lower Lava which is actually my favorite part. We pulled over for a snack and to talk about our run thru Lava. We sat and talked a while letting the sun fall below the rim as we drifted along to camp for our last night. We camped at Upper Chevron I had my cot right on the beach that night. We all stayed up late tell our stories about what we liked best about our experience on the river. Ben our lead guide gave us all river names and we laughed and joked about it. We talked into the night and one by one we went to our cots to sleep one last time under the stars.
The Coffee call came early and we transferred our gear into our duffel bags provided by CRATE to carry our gear back to Las Vegas. We boarded the boats one last time and it’s off to Whitmore wash for our helicopter ride to the Bar Ten Ranch where we catch our small turbo prop airplane back to civilization.
At Whitmore wash we meet up with Glen who gives us our instructions and place on the Helicopter. It takes a few trips to fly everyone out and I am on the last flight to the ranch.
I have a mixed bag of emotions as I am happy to be heading home but sad that I am saying farewell to my friends Cater, Phoebe, Ben Kai and Casey. So I say until next time because goodbye is too final.
So Until Next Time my Friends.
I wave as the helicopter lifts off I watch in wonder as we lift above the river and fly along the canyon wall as we rise above the rim of the canyon I can see Bar Ten Ranch off in the distance. We land and make our way up to the ranch to get our flight time to Las Vegas. Our adventure is almost over.
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CRATE is the best adventure and rafting company in the Grand Canyon area and do an AMAZING job making sure each person on the trip has a great time.
I can’t recommend this company or the 11 day paddle only trip enough!! If you’re into the outdoors: camping, hiking, and rafting this truly is one of the best trips you’ll ever take. Being in and surrounded by the Grand Canyon for 11 days will change your life.
Ben, Casey, Carter, Phoebe, and Kai were the best group of guides we could ask for!
Worth every penny!
Above and Beyond
Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing trip.
The opportunity to raft the Colorado, see the Grand Canyon from the ground up was literally breathtaking every single day.
Second, the trail expeditions were amazing. To be able to see the wonderful gems that the Canyon has to offer and see it’s real beauty and scenery and true soul was an unexpected surprise.
Third the accommodations, meals and customer service was top shelf
Last, Walker and Kai went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great experience. But the lengths they went to ensure our safety and make sure safety was job number one.
We love you guys, what a great team
Very professional company
amazing custom trip down the Grand Canyon
Epic River Trip with CRATE!
I’ve done a lot of rafting and kayaking in my days, and this was by far the most fascinating, enjoyable, and fun trip I’ve ever done.
A lot of the success of this trip has to do with the expertise, general awesome attitudes, and approach of the 6 guides (Sybrina, Carter, Able, Casie, Adam, and John). Carter Mills obviously has the river running through his veins, as he guided our 6 person paddle raft over all the large rapids without one spill. Sybrina and Able are two of the coolest people I’ve met in a long time, and I was surprised, and very moved, when they brought out their instruments and played for us twice. All of the guides were so friendly, and set the pace for how to treat each other with kindness, support, and respect, allowing two different groups to merge into one and become friends in the process. I was so sad to leave the river and these fine people and I cannot wait to do another trip with CRATE!!!
Great Grand Canyon Experience
Thanks to the CRATE crew for an excellent adventure along Colorado in the Grand Canyon.
Ben Reeder and his crew did an excellent job! They are excellent boatmen and handle the rapids with professionalism and all the while making it exciting for the travellers. They are very knowledgeable about the history and geology of the canyon and shared this information willingly. The hikes were equally enjoyable, food was excellent and equipment reliable and well cared for. A great experience!
Trip of a lifetime!!
8-Day Colorado River Trip Thru the Grand Canyon
Ben & Dewey both deserve a raise for what they do on these trips. The way they navigate the river…and the knowledge they share along the way is absolutely breath taking. How can they know so much!?!?!?!
You must go on a trip with these guys…it’s memorable for the rest of your days!
Thanks fellas! Hope to see you guys soon!
-Scott F. ~ Very Happy Customer!
Magical, grand adventure
Would I go again? Absolutely! Would there be a few things I would do differently? Absolutely! Less personal items (you won’t be shampooing as often as you think), less clothing, and a few more layering pieces. Overall, this was truly a trip of a lifetime.
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