Put It On Your List: Rafting The Colorado River

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Grand Canyon - a New Generation Pt. 1
from Paul Sharpe on Vimeo.

Few of us could deny that, when we were younger, we thought the ultimate job would be to work at a Summer camp.  Surely you also spent two insanely fun weeks at the grounds of some venerated mountain getaway under the tutelage of a 20-something camp counselor you came to admire.  I can only speak for the guys here, but as unwarranted as it was, we held said counselor no less than the status of a rock star. He was funny, knew how to pull off ultimate practical jokes, owned the coolest new Oakley sunglasses on the market, and - of course - had a very sweet and beautiful girlfriend who came to visit him every evening.

All of those fine details burned into our pre-adolescent heads that, if you wanted to be somebody one day, you had to earn your stripes working at a Summer camp.

Wrong on a number of levels. Camp counselor, if I'm going to continue with the delusion, actually holds second place to just one other awesome summer job: river guide. That's right. Picture the same 20-something hungry rock star, Oaklies and all, but instead of a relatively benign week or two playing group trust games in the pines, a boatman river guide gives you a lifejacket, a paddle, and a short lecture along the lines, "You're going to have a lot of fun as long as you do what I say and you don't screw up," and then leads you down a perilously fun river that's reporting a few thousand cubic feet of bonus water volume and therefore the rapids are going to be, in his words, "a little more interesting this week." At least that's his story.

In the end, that river guide gets you back safely, you had a blast, and when you're all done he too has a very sweet, friendly, and really, really beautiful girlfriend greeting him at the river bank. Here you have The Ultimate Summer Job defined. My parents took me and my brother on our first river trip in Wyoming when I was 8 years old. So you can imagine how delusional and misty-eyed I was at the end of that one. I wanna be a river guide when I grow up. I wanna be a river guide when I grow up. I wanna be a river guide when I grow up.

Now, if you're ready for all the ripping fun a river guide leads you to, go ahead and click play. Truthfully, this short film by Paul Sharpe has nothing to do with the (inaccurate) emblematic rowdy river guide. It's really about the sincere fun a family can have on a river trip, especially on the Colorado. Ride down the Colorado and see all angles of a super fun Grand Canyon River trip complete with several timelapses, some perspective clips, chow time, and just the right amount of rapid runs to make you think, "Hey, I'd like to do that."


Chris Holohan
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# Chris Holohan 2011-07-03 21:21
I thought working at a summer camp was so much fun that now I'm the Program Director at a camp in Arizona...plus, we get to guide trips through the Canyon, does that mean I have the ultimate job? Haha

I think the kids will like growing up in this environment.
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Mark Stephens
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# Mark Stephens 2011-07-05 16:08
Everybody, everybody! Gather around. Our long lost leader has arrived . . . :-)
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Chris Holohan
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# Chris Holohan 2011-07-03 21:23
I will also add, I'm out of the 20 something world, but I still have the beautiful wife and daughter waiting when I get off the river.
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