6 Day: Page's Crazy Brave Westwater Canyon Writing Journey


Highlights

• Personal Writing Instruction
• Fun Female Guides
• Colorado River Experince
• Wildly Fun Rapids
• Great History

Trip Rates

Adults: $TBD
*Does not include taxes & government user fees

Trip Length:

6 Day/ 5 Night

Host City:

Moab, Utah 

Minimum Age:

12 Yrs Old

Rapids:

III-IV (Depending on Water Levels)

2013 Dates:

TBD

Boats

Oarboats

Women Only River Trips-page

Page Lambert returns to facilitate a 6-day river-writing journey for women in Utah's beautiful Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River. Read more about Page Lambert and this trip.


Joy HarjoEnjoy 6 days and 5 nights on the famous Colorado River through scenic Cataract Canyon. All the comforts are included and the Sheri Griffith Expeditions women guides are some of the best in the world: fun, talented, professional and inspiring. Spectacular scenery, a writing adventure, and playful whitewater in warm and sunny southern Utah. Isolated from modern civilization, the red cliff walls tower 2000 feet overhead, touching that flawless western blue sky.

The trip begins and ends in scenic Moab, Utah. This year’s trip honors Creek musician and writer Joy Harjo, and her new memoir Crazy Brave. Joy Harjo, is a nationally renowned poet and entertainer with thousands of followers, member of the Mvskoke Nation.


What is our relationship to “the spin of the world?”


Page LambertThe natural world unleashes powerful creative energy and although this is not a writing workshop, it is a great place for thoughtful journaling and conversation. Creative discussions will take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars. "I’ve been leading outdoor retreats for women for 16 years,” Page says, “and it’s true, we do re-discover a unique part of ourselves in the natural world. We inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways."


This special trip will explore writing as creative expression, but it is not necessary to have any previous writing experience. Journals will be provided as well as abundant written material for you to take home and read at your leisure. Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, optional hiking, or relaxing on shore. And Page is always available for one-on-one visits—the back of the raft is a great place for “free floating consultations.”


Here the famous Colorado River flows freely, undammed and untamed. The majority of the trip is spent floating on calm water, giving us time to explore the natural creative rhythm of writing and for optional, moderate hikes. Free-flowing facilitation occurs throughout the trip as the rafts float between canyon walls, as we stop and hike to scenic lookouts and through secret canyons, and in the evenings and mornings while we relax at camp and enjoy the natural beauty and rhythm of the canyon. As we approach the rapids we'll be eager for some whitewater adventure. Campsites on beautiful beaches along the riverbank are remote so we carry with us all the comforts we'll need for our stay in the natural world. Every camp is pristine with only a few footprints of birds, animals or other travelers who pass this way.

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking Page


"“Page, thank you so much for making the rafting trip possible—and wonderful. I've imagined a river trip for years and this exceeded my expectations!”

Libby, Washington, August 2012

"“This is truly a wonderful adventure—physically, mentally, spiritually. Was so great that our focus was nature, poetry, writing. In spite of sand-in-the-hair, I didn't hear complaints! I will certainly recommend your trips to others. Our co-rafter/writer, my traveling partner, made a number of calls in the car as we drove home, praising the trip to the skies, telling everyone they needed to do it.”

Carol Carder, Colorado, August 2012

Dates

Trip Rates

Adult.....................$1199*


Trip Dates

Sep 10

2 day Cataract Canyon booking

 What This Rate Includes:

More Information

Full Days on the River:

Camping Gear: Clean Sleeping Bag, Pad, & Tent

Oarboats

All Camping Equipment

Great Hikes  on the Colorado River

Quality Guides: Highly Experienced, Professional, & Licensed

High Quality and Quantity Meals:

Iced Coolers on boats

Lemonade, Iced Water, and Gatorade: Coffee, teas, hot cocoa, and juice available in camp.

 

Trip Deposit: $300 per person deposit required upon reservation. Full balance due 45 days prior to departure.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Minimum Age: 10 years old

What is not included in trip fares:

Guide Gratuities by no means required but always appreciated by our guides. We recommend 10-20% of the cost of the river portion of the trip.

Transportation to Moab Utah.

Lodging and meals prior to or following your expedition (except where noted.) Click to see list of quality places to stay in Moab Utah.

Government user fees and taxes (about 6% of trip cost.)

Itinerary

Westwater Canyon: Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Starting on the Colorado River

We meet early the morning of departure at the Sheri Griffith Expeditions office. We then drive two hours to Colorado to the launch site on the Colorado River, load the boats and head down stream. Once on the Colorado River, you will receive a river orientation and meet your other guides and fellow guests. The first part of this adventure places you in the midst of stark and dramatic desert landscapes.

Today is a lazy day on the river as you adjust to the relaxed pace. You'll stop to hike as well as for lunch where you'll create your own deli masterpiece.

You will reach camp by early evening and enjoy a generous, delicious dinner prepared fresh by your guides. The camps on this stretch are large and offer a variety of great hikes.

Potential Hiking Opportunities: Rattlesnake Canyon, Mee Canyon

Note: Meals are served from a set daily menu, but you are welcome to request, in advance, special dishes or tell us if there are particular things you would prefer not to have.

Day 2: Layover

Wake each morning to fresh brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast. Soon, you are back on the river for another day staring at the handiwork of nature. You can feel yourself relaxing and slipping into 'river time.'

Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, hiking at your leisure, or relaxing on shore. Beginning with breakfast, seminar material is presented at the river's edge and continues throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars. Material includes fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir and poetry. "Women rediscover an important part of themselves in the natural world," Page says. "We move and inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways."

Although plans can change, we have a “layover” camp planned where we stay in the same camp for 2 nights. There’ll be ample time for writing, resting, hiking, swimming, journaling, one-on-one sessions with Page, and dinner and sharing stories under the stars.

Potential Hiking Opportunities: Blackrocks, Knowles Canyon, McDonald Canyon, and Miners Cabin

Day 3: Hiking the Colorado River

After a hearty breakfast, we push-off. After checking in with the Westwater Ranger, we head into the black granite gorge. Red sandstone cliffs change to shiny black granite walls. Here is where you start your whitewater experience. The guides take time to teach you how to enjoy the big rapids safely. Then the fun really begins. The focus is on the rapids, our journals stowed in waterproof boxes for now. Here are the incredible rapids you’ve heard so much about, but a bit tamer late in the season. After running a few of the 'warm up' rapids we pull over for camp on a secluded beach.

This evening you will get to hear stories about the rapids you will challenge in the morning. After watching the sun slip over the canyon rims you will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves downstream. Traditionally, the last night of the river trip is "Dress-up" night. Anything goes if you would like to participate. It is up to your imagination! This is a great way to celebrate the trip, the new friends you have made, and the near completion of your Mighty Colorado River adventure.

Potential Hiking Opportunities: Blackrocks, Knowles Canyon, McDonald Canyon, and Miners Cabin

Day 4: Whitewater Day

You will wake with anticipation of the rapids downstream. After a healthy breakfast the guides take time to teach you how to enjoy the big rapids safely. Then the fun really begins. Here are the incredible rapids you have been waiting for: Little Hummer, Funnel Falls, Last Chance Rapid, and of course, the infamous Skull Rapid. Lunch is a fresh buffet on the riverbank.


There will be chance to swim and enjoy the river as you float out of Westwater Canyon. The ride back to Moab will be filled with stories of the hole in 'Sock-It-To-Me' and the beautiful sunset the night before. The van returns you to Moab around 6-6:30 PM (MDT).

Potential Hiking Opportunities: Little Dolores Creek, Little Hole Canyon, and Outlaw Cave

Map

Maps of Westwater Canyon Rafting

Westwater Canyon lies between Grand Junction, Colorado and Moab, Utah on the Colorado River. This canyon has become one of the most popular whitewater destinations in the American West.

National Geographic called it "the best short whitewater trip in the west." Westwater Canyon has a colorful history of miners, outlaws, cowboys, engineers, and river enthusiasts. Westwater's unique geology creates awe inspiring vistas and exciting whitewater.

View Westwater Canyon on The Colorado River in a larger map


Westwater Canyon Information:

River: The Colorado River
Rapid Rating: Class III-IV(Depending on Water Levels)
Put in: Loma or Westwater Ranger Station
Take-out location: Cisco
River Miles: 17 or 31
Number of rapids 16
First to run Westwater Canyon: Bert Loper and Ellsworth Kolb in 1916



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Map of Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River

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Resources

River Trip Resources

Required Forms:

Please print, sign and return the required forms (for each person in your party) to our office by email, fax or mail at least 45 days prior to your trip.

Trip Risk Forms

Guest Registration

 

Trip Document in PDF's

Moab Trip Planner

Packing List

Trip Itinerary


Travel Insurance:

Transportation to Moab

Preferred Lodging Guide

Tips for Women in the Outdors

Beverage Request Form

Faxed Reservation Form

Helpful Links

Canyonlands National Park: Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Arches National Park: Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

Dinosaur National Monument: Dinosaur National Monument protects a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones--remains of the so-called "terrible lizards" that lived millions of years ago.

Moab Travel Council: A great resource on Moab area trails, hotels, and other great things to do in Moab.

Links to Area Information

Moab Weather

Water Levels

How to get to Moab

Where to staying Moab

What to do other than rafting

Questions about the trip:

Cancellation Policy and Trip Insurance:

Sheri Griffith Expeditions has a NO REFUND policy. Since you have reserved space for which we have a limited number of seats, our non-refundable policy applies in every instance. There are no exceptions for any reason, so we highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to protect your vacation investment. Please take some time to visit the following website www.travelinsure.com/affiliate/selecthigh.htm?32219, which contains information about Travel Insurance.

How to book a trip

There are several easy ways to make a reservation. Easiest is to click on the “book online” button on your trip or at the top of the screen. You can always give us a call at 800-332-2439. You can also download Reservation PDF and fax it in (435)-259-2226 or mail it to us at Po Box 1324 Moab UT 84532.

Deposits and Reservations

For 1 day trips full payment is required at time of booking. For multiday trips a non-refundable $300/person deposit is required at the time of reservation. The balance is due 45 days prior to departure. After making your reservation you will receive a reservation packet that will include a packing list, helpful travel hints, travel insurance information, a beverage request form, and a guest registration form. Please fill out the guest registration form and send or fax back quickly. If you find you are unable to participate in the trip that you booked, but would like to transfer your trip to the following year, there will be a charge of $300 per participant if the change is made at least 3 weeks prior to your departure date.

Non-Performance

We make every effort to follow through on our plans. However, we reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary or possibly cancel a trip if necessary including but not limited to weather conditions, water fluctuations, insufficient reservations, changes in international relations, or other factors beyond our control. If cancellation is necessary, your money will be refunded. Our financial liability shall be limited to the amount actually paid and shall not be extended to cover any other costs incurred by the trip member.

Orientation:

The evening before the trip we meet at our office (2231 South Highway 191) at 5 pm (MDT) in Moab for a trip orientation. Here you will learn what to expect and prepare for, receive your dry bags, sign the Assumption of Risk forms, and get a chance to ask any last questions. If you are not going to be able to make this please let us know ahead of time.

Beverages:

If you would like any personal beverages while on the river, i.e., sodas, beer, wine, etc., you can bring them with you the morning of departure and we will place them in iced coolers. We provide some sodas, water, lemonade and Gatorade mixes and tea, juice and coffee in the mornings.

Tipping:

Guests often ask whether gratuities are appropriate, and in what amount. If you feel your guides have provided a very special trip for you, a gratuity may be left with the trip leader and will be shared among the crew. Entirely discretionary, anything between 15% and 20% of the trip cost is a general tipping guideline. If you plan to tip, remember to bring a personal check or cash—ATM’s are hard to find in the backcountry! PLEASE, do not make out checks to Sheri Griffith Expeditions. If you are writing check please make it out to the Trip Leader.  NOTE: we cannot take credit card gratuities.

Hiking and Physical Requirements:

If you are of an adventurous spirit and in reasonably good health, you should have no problem enjoying any of our trips. It’s not necessary to be an athlete to participate in a river expedition. However, It is several hours to the nearest medical center. If you take medication you should bring a good supply and inform your guide of all medication that you are taking. When you meet your guide, you should discretely explain any medical conditions you may have or be concerned about including allergies to bee stings, etc. Each guide carries a first aid kit and will need to know if specific medicines should be stored. It’s also helpful to know about other health issues when planning activities for the day. Pregnant women and anyone with heart trouble should have their physician’s approval before taking a river trip.

Safety, and Assumption of Risk

We maintain an excellent safety record, since 1971. However, all outdoor experiences involve risk and we all must recognize that accidents or illnesses may occur. We cannot guarantee your safety. We place final responsibility for your safety firmly on your shoulders where it belongs. You have to pay attention to what you are doing. Mother Nature controls the water level, the weather and the elements, so there is a risk involved in rafting and camping. Before your trip departs, you will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release Form. We assume no responsibility for injury to trip members, their personal belongings or, for time and expense incurred. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance, which covers vacation losses and accidents and provides a refund if you have to cancel your trip.

Parking, luggage and valuables:

We have a gated parking lot at our office for your vehicles while you are on the river. We also have a safe room for luggage and valuables while you a re on the river.

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