First Snowboard Trip Checklist

Your first snowboard trip can be both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. The anticipation of trying a new and immensely fun activity should not be diminished by your potential anxiousness. Taking some time to make sure you are ready for everything will guarantee that your first time snowboarding will be a great experience and leave you wanting more. This checklist for your first snowboard trip will ensure that you are prepared to go snowboarding. Remember, despite this being a numerical list, all of the items are equally important. Also of note, although many of these items can be … continued

Five cool things to look out for on our Roaring Fork River trip:

If you’ve visited any Colorado town from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, you’ve probably spotted parts of the Roaring Fork River. Just over 70 miles long, it drops over 6,000 feet in elevation and is a hot commodity among fishermen, standup paddle boarders and rafters. There’s a few reasons why this trip is one of the most popular bookings for Glenwood Adventure Company, even into the late season. What makes it so unique from our Colorado River trip? Here’s some things you’re likely to spot when joining us on the Roaring Fork: Mount Sopris. At 12,953 feet, this iconic peak looms … continued

Whitewater Rafting: The Ultimate Family Getaway

08/05/16 Somehow it’s August already, and you know what that means: back to school for the kiddos (and some adults). In the chaos of school supply shopping and bracing yourself for the last few weeks of summer, it can be difficult planning last minute family trips. What’s something that will pacify your seven-year-old’s energy, entertain your 60-year-old father, and will still be cool enough for your high school senior? More importantly, what’s something that will be nice to your wallet? How about….(c’mon you know it’s coming)….whitewater rafting!!! If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since being a guide, it’s that families thrive … continued

Team-building on the River and Paragliding Over Glenwood

7/18/16 There’s something spectacular about running off of a cliff without plummeting to your doom. The first time I tried paragliding about two years ago, I couldn’t blink. I think it must have been like the time I got a toy kitchen for Christmas when I was five—complete shock, then awe, then never, ever wanting to walk away from it. Five minutes in the air was simply not enough, and I knew I’d have to do it again. When I found out Glenwood Adventure Company offers booking for Adventure Paragliding, I immediately scratched another trip onto my summer bucket list. … continued

Playtime for Guides at Glenwood Adventure Company

7/10/16 For many jobs, work and play time are separated. You know when you work, and you know when you play. Lately at GAC, I haven’t been able to tell a difference. First off, we’ve begun commercially running the adrenaline-filled class III-IV Shoshone rapids through the beautiful Glenwood Canyon. With the water level dropping, we’re able to raft more of the Colorado while still offering relaxing and scenic trips on the Roaring Fork River. On the Colorado River, there’s nothing better than getting to shriek commands to a group of people you’ve just met while immediately maneuvering yourself through 20 minutes of … continued

Rafting, hiking and camping with the Scouts

06/27/16 “My water bottle, my water bottle! Somebody, GRAB IT!” My week began with a mouthful of river water, a paddle crack to the back of the head, and a pirate ship full of eight Boy Scouts. On a beautiful day in a calm section of the Roaring Fork River, I was peacefully guiding a crew of eight- to thirteen-year-olds and preparing myself for a class III section of rapids ahead. A moment later I was ambushed by three pairs of hands from an enemy ship and dumped sideways into the water, where my head became a floating golf ball … continued

Paddle Tan Lines and Dirt Mustaches

It’s official: after two weeks of nonstop shivering, vicious sunburn and dodging giant rocks, trees and suck-holes, I am now a certified whitewater raft guide! After taking a week to visit family and friends back on the east coast, I returned to complete my check-out run and guide my first trips. It was definitely a bit nerve-wracking jumping into the heat of things after a week off, but the senior guides did a great job of loosening the tension, mostly by making fun of me. Or by making me do 10 push-ups every time I said the word “mine” (for … continued

Another Week of Adventures for the Raft Rookies

Glenwood Adventure Company’s (GAC) raft rookies just finished week two of training and are even more excited to be part of the GAC team! This past week, we explored more of the Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, as well as the Lower Eagle River and Arkansas River. We also had a seventh member join the rookie team—all the way from Ireland! Meet Fionn, 21, from Dublin, who found out about GAC through his uncle while looking for an outdoor summer job. He’s currently studying engineering in Ireland, hoping to one day be a biomedical engineer and work with prosthetics. He … continued

Meet the New Raft Guides in Training

May 22, 2016 Summer is almost here and Glenwood Adventure Company (GAC) is back in action for whitewater rafting! To prepare for another fantastic season, GAC is adding new faces to the crew, myself (Jenn) included. We rookies are from all different backgrounds but have one strong quality in common: our love for the outdoors, and we’re excited for the chance to share our passion with you! On May 18th we had our first taste of what it was like to be a raft guide, and for the past few days we’ve been training under some of the best guides this valley has to offer. We’ve found that hands-on … continued