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Are You Prepared For A Grand Canyon Rafting Trip With Class V Rapids?

Author : Stephen Daniels

There are many different ways to quench your thirst for outdoor adventure, but there are few that give you the combination of sheer thrills and natural beauty like white water rafting the Grand Canyon. Riding the Colorado River through this national treasure, you will be treated to spectacular views of sheer red rock canyons as well as some of the most exciting, rolling river rapids this planet has to offer. With its abundance of Class III to V rapids (more than 70 named rapids along the 296 mile full river run through the Canyon), Grand Canyon rafting may not be for everyone, but if you're a true thrill-seeker, there is simply no other place like it.

River rapids are generally classified from I - V - with V being for only the most experienced rafters and kayakers. Because most rafters in the Grand Canyon are in very large rafts led by expeditioners, there is a different numbering system in the Canyon with rapids rated from I - X. This is a brief outline of what each classification means for a visitor.

Class I: The pleasure cruise. Perfect for taking in the scenery and dipping your toes in the water. This is pretty calm water suitable for anyone.

Class II: A little bit of white water. Still at the basic level, but some fun, rolling bumps to be had.

Class III: Intermediate rowing or motoring skills are best, as there are some stronger currents and smaller channels involved.

Class IV: More exiting rapids that will require some experience and skill on the part of the oarsman or motorboat captain.

Class V: For motorboats, rowers, and riders alike, huge excitement is to be had on these even more challenging rapids. If you are not very experienced and in good physical shape, you shouldn't attempt these rapids without being on a guided tour where experts will be controlling the raft.

Class VI - Class X: Guides are not likely to take visitors on rapids of this level. Class VI is best for those who are very skilled and experienced, and would be best for smaller, more maneuverable crafts like kayaks. Above class VI, there will be small to large waterfalls and obstacles best left to experts. Level X, like Level VI on other rivers, is considered undoable, until it is actually done by many athletes into extremes. Once these have been safely navigated many times, this location could be dropped down into a Level IX.

Depending on the Grand Canyon trip you choose, you could be riding through several fun and intense Class III to V rapids in a typical day on the upper part of the canyon, but the really thrilling and more intense part of the river is the lower end of the canyon, where the days will be filled with thrills and great scenery before it empties in to Lake Mead on the lower end. Of course, no matter which end of the canyon you decide to explore, safety will always be the number one concern, and you can rest assured that your boat will be rowed and/or captained by only the best and most experienced guides.

Other than the thrills and the scenery, some of the best things about a typical guided Grand Canyon trip are day hikes of the beautiful oasis-like side canyons, and evenings spent being served gourmet dinners while you relax under the stars with your toes in the sand. Either way, for thrilling beauty and beautiful thrills, rafting the Grand Canyon is the best the world has to offer.

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If you are interested in booking a unique Grand Canyon rafting trip along the mighty Colorado, S. Daniels, a noted internet marketing strategist, highly recommends Hatch River Expeditions. Their guides are trained, skilled and very competent, and will pamper, educate and entertain as they share with you the grandeur of the Grand Canyon.

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