5 Day Page Lamberts Writing River Trip - Sheri Griffith Expeditions

Page Lambert's 21st Annual
Creative Adventure for Women


Highlights

• River Writing with Page Lambert
• River Sculpting with Roxanne Swentzell
• Desolation Canyon on the Green River
• Fun and Splashy Rapids
• Great History

 

Trip Rates

Adults: $1,865.00
*Does not include taxes & government user fees

Trip Length:

6 Days/ 5 Nights

Host City:

Moab, Utah 

Minimum Age:

18 Yrs Old

Rapids:

II-III (Depending on Water Levels)

2018 Dates:

August 27

Boats

Oarboats

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On the River of Discovery with author Page Lambert and world-renowned sculptor Roxanne Swentzell

 Deosolation Canyon on the Green River

  

PAGE LAMBERT returns to celebrate her 21st river-writing journey for women in Utah's beautiful Majestic Canyons on the Green River. Joining Page again as her special guest (back by popular demand!) is ROXANNE SWENTZELL, world renowned Santa Clara Pueblo sculptor, author, and co-founder of the Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute.

THIS SPECIAL TRIP will explore writing and sculpting as complementary forms of creative expression. Whether journaling or writing professionally, an established artist or just beginning, the natural world unleashes powerful creative energy. During this six day trip, Roxanne will guide us in sculpting, using river clay and materials gathered from the land, Page will guide us in sculpting with words, and the professional SGE women guides will ensure that our journey is safe, delicious, and well-equipped! The women who participate in these trips have diversified backgrounds; some are experienced writers and artists, many are not. Some have rafted before, many have not. But all share the desire for a creative adventure in the wilderness with other women. We've purposely selected this late-summer trip date to synchronize the pace of the creative journey with the river's more relaxed, late season rhythm. This will be the perfect time and place to rediscover the story of your life!

PERSONAL JOURNALING AND SCULPTING TIME is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, hiking at your leisure, or relaxing on shore. Although this is not a workshop, creative discussions about sculpting and writing will take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars. "Women rediscover a unique part of themselves in the natural world," Page says, “and we inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways."

WHY THE RIVER? Women have always gathered at the river. It is where we traditionally have come to greet the sun, to bathe our children and wash our clothes and fill our cooking pots. It is where we cleansed and purified ourselves. It is where we told our stories. The river has always nourished us.

ENJOY 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS ON THE GREEN RIVER, which flows from the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming to its confluence with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. The trip is led by the West’s premier outfitter Sheri Griffith Expeditions out of Moab, Utah. 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. And they do all the cooking!

 

 

ABOUT PAGE’S SPECIAL GUEST ROXANNE SWENTZELL

Roxanne’s sculptures demonstrate an astounding universality, speaking to people of all cultures.  Nationally acclaimed and world renowned, her award-winning art is on display and in permanent collections around the world, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the White House in Washington, D.C., the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, Cartier in Paris, Santa Fe Convention Center in NM, Museum of Wellington in New Zealand, and the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.  Her figures represent a full range of emotions and irrepressible moods, and focus on interpretative female portraits attempting to bring back the balance of power between the male and female inherently recognized in her own Pueblo culture.

 

THE NATURAL WORLD UNLEASES POWERFUL CREATIVE ENERGY. This is not a workshop but it is a great place for journaling and contemplation. Creative discussions take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars. “We re-discover unique parts of ourselves in the natural world. We inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways." Previous writing experience is not necessary. Journals will be provided as well as written material for you to take home. Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, optional hiking, relaxing on shore, and “circling up” with Page and the other river women and guides.

 

 

 

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"“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,  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 C, August 2012

"This is a fantastic trip! I have experienced this women-only trip twice now and it is terrific. The Sheri Griffith company is excellent, the guides were super and both times the trip brought together amazing women. Rafting, hiking, camping, great food... a fabulous trip start to finish!"
Julie S, August 2013

 “Lynne and I agreed that the river trip was the greatest and most memorable experience either one of us had ever had in our lives! It will be in our hearts forever and we are so happy that you came into our lives, Thank you, Page!”
Sue, River Writing & Sculpting guest, 2017 

“I am grateful for this canyon retreat as it became much more than a river trip for me. I have been searching for a way to return to the land since I was 17 and left the Yampa Valley. Now, thanks to you, I have found a place to feed the primeval need to literally hold ancient dirt and mud and clay in the bowl of my hands, to see how the basic elements of earth, water, and fire come together during creation, to see stars after the moon goes down at night, and watch the canyon walls by day.”
Kaye Roll, River Writing & Sculpting guest, 2017

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Dates

Trip Rate

Adult.....................$1865.00

Trip Date 2018

August 27

2 day Cataract Canyon booking

 What This Rate Includes:

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Full Days on the River:

Camping Gear: Clean Sleeping Bag, Pad, & Tent

Oarboats

All Camping Equipment

Great Hikes in Cataract Canyon

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.

Professional women guides on every raft

Optional one-on-one consultations with Page

Water resistant journals and pouches

Writing time, personal time, group facilitation, and fun!

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

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Minimum Age: 18 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.)


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Itinerary

Arrival Day: River orientation is held at 5:00 PM the evening before departure, Sunday, August 26,
2018, at the SGE office. The creative adventure begins with a “no-host” dinner with Page and
Roxanne following orientation.

Days 1 & 2: We’ll meet very early at the SGE office and take a company van to the Moab airport for
our flight to the top of a mesa above the Green River, where we’ll put in. While your gear is
transported to the river, we’ll take a leisurely hike down to the river. We’ll load our gear on the rafts
and head downstream. Camp is on a remote beach with more time to reflect, journal and visit with
Page and Roxanne. The guides prepare hearty breakfasts, buffet lunches, and healthy delicious
dinners each evening.

Days 3 & 4: We have a “layover” camp where we stay in the same camp for 2 nights. There’ll be
ample time for writing, resting, hiking, swimming, visits with Page and Roxanne, then dinner and
circling up to share stories under the stars.

Day 5: After a hearty breakfast, we push-off. Each day, the rapids have grown from small ripples to
fun and splashy. The guides will take time to teach you how to enjoy the rapids safely. The fun
continues as we play in the rapids, our journals safely stowed in waterproof boxes.

Day 6: We will view beautiful desert scenery and take on the final rapids. We will then have time to
relive the memories as we pull off the river and head back to Moab. We will return to the SGE office between
6:00 PM and 6:30 PM. 
*Note: This is an example itinerary and may change due to weather, water
levels, camp availability etc.
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Map

Green River Desolation Canyon River Map


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The Majestic Canyons of the Green River lie between the towns of Duchesne and Green River in, east central Utah. These canyons are intertwined with history of the Fremont Indians, John Wesley Powell, ranchers and outlaws and are a registered National Historic site. In 1869, after traveling through "a region of wildest desolation", John Wesley Powell named Desolation Canyon. Gray Canyon also received its name from Major Powell after considering the names Lignite and Coal Canyons.


Majestic Canyons Information:

River: The Green River

Rapid Rating: Class III-III

Put in: Sand Wash, Utah.

Take-out location:Swaseys boat ramp.

River Miles: 84 miles

Number of rapids 50+

First to run Gates of Lodore: John Wesley Powell in 1869.


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Resources

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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:

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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