The most amazing trip!!! From start to finish GCEX is a top notch company. Sign up was easy, pre-trip info gave you all the information you needed to be prepared, and hotel accommodations were great. Now for the trip. Our guides, Jim and Trevin, did everything they could to make our trip the trip of a lifetime. They had thorough knowledge of the river, gave us daily geology lessons, and worked their butts off to provide us the best breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that would rival many restaurants. It was obvious from day 1 that they have a passion for their jobs and the river/canyon! Rick and Tammy, our swampers, were also a big part of making us feel comfortable in the canyon environment. I was unsure about 8 days off the grid prior to the trip, but once you leave Lee's Ferry you get immersed in the canyon. The views of the canyon walls, the river, the rapids, hikes, and your river "family" quickly make you forget about the outside world. A day on the river is like no other. I couldn't believe how quick the days went as you spent the time enjoying the views, hitting the rapids, learning some history, hiking, eating, packing and unpacking the boats, and having time at night to have a few drinks and visit with your family! Our weather was perfect so we had the opportunity for 7 nights to fall asleep looking at the stars and Milky Way!! The trip can be a somewhat tiring. It does take some effort to help load and unload the boats (it's a team effort), get your camp set up at night and taken down in the morning, and pack and unpack at the start and end of each day, but all that is forgotten as you proceed on your journey! There was some apprehension about the "groover" (toilet) situation before the trip, but you get a thorough explanation of the process on day 1 and in all honesty it wasn't as bad as expected. It gets located in a fairly remote part of your evening camp site and the entrance easily marked. Everyone on our trip followed the explained "process" and we had no issues. For the most part you are private and after the first day or so you become fairly comfortable with it! As for the food, you can not believe the amount and quality of the food that we had. Breakfasts included eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausages, along with many breads and accompaniments, and coffee. Lunches, once set up, looked like you walked into a deli with cold cuts, cheeses, breads, lettuce, tomatoes, veggies, chips, pickles, etc etc etc! Dinners were unbelievable! Chicken parm/pasta, mahi mahi, shrimp, pork chops, steaks, and more, and dessert each night! They actually baked a birthday cake for one of our rafters, including candles!!! You won't go hungry!!! Finally, and most importantly, is being prepared for the trip. I found that following the checklist and optional checklist they provided pre-trip gets you at 99.9% prepared. I read many reviews before the trip and got some additional tips from previous rafters that took care of the .1%. Many of those additions were personal recommendations, but some did come in handy. We found we somewhat overpacked, so I would recommend packing a little lighter. Rainsuits are a must!! All in all this was a fantastic trip. GCEX does everything it can to make it an experience of a lifetime. I know there are other outfitters that run the river, but I would highly recommend this company for your rafting adventure. Thank you GCEX, Jim, Trevin, Tammy, and Rick!!!
Rochester / New York