Just So You Know
Since You Asked…
Family members, especially Moms, often have questions about different elements of our trips, particularly safety, meals, toilets, sanitation and other concerns. We’ll try to address these on this page, but contact us if you have any others. Rafting trips are vacations the entire family will enjoy. There is plenty to do and everyone can be as active as they want or just relax. Everyone will have a great time and come back with lifetime memories.
Safety is our biggest concern, and probably yours as well. Your family will be traveling in a remote area and doing things quite a bit different from their everyday routine. The primary elements for a safe, healthy trip are ALWAYS wear a lifevest on the water, be diligent about hand-washes and follow the directions of our guides. We will review safety in detail before heading down the river.
Everyone in our party, guests and guides, wear lifevests whenever we’re on the river. In the event of an emergency, there are airplane landing strips relatively nearby. Our guides are trained in First Aid and river rescue techniques and we carry a satellite phone for emergency communications.
Why do you stress the importance of Vacation Insurance?
Things happen and trip payments are non-refundable. Vacation insurance is an inexpensive way to protect your investment should unexpected events occur that require you to cancel your reservation. If your group or someone in your party needs to cancel, try to find others to take their place.
Where do we camp?
We camp at beautiful sites and provide one spacious, clean tent for every 2 people. Singles are given their own tent. On most days we’ll arrive at camp by 4:30 with plenty of time to explore the area or just sit back with a good book. We provide top-notch, clean equipment for use by guests, including freshly laundered sleeping bags, duffels for personal gear, comfortable ground mattresses, camp chairs and tables.
Can you describe your toilet set-up?
Toilets are set up in private places away from our camping and eating areas. They are heavy-duty, metal containers fitted with seats that seal tightly for transport. Our crew sets up a clean, fresh toilet at every camp.
You might be wondering about the paddle. We place a paddle near a handwash station on the trail away from the toilet. When someone uses the toilet, they take the paddle with them which serves as notice that the toilet is in use.
Who are your guides?
We have a great crew. Their ages range from 18 – 60 and they represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds. IRJ guides are fun people you will enjoy spending time with. They are terrific role models. Because most of our guests book as families, we take a cautious approach when it comes to conduct and appearance. Staff members do not use any tobacco products and are expected to adhere to conservative appearance standards.
What is your menu like?
Our Menu includes a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our guides are exceptional camp cooks and trained in food handling safety. If your party includes kids, please let us know their favorite foods. Juice and filtered water is always available and we provide complimentary beverages and lots of ice.
Can you accommodate special diets?
We can usually accommodate special diet requests with advance notice. Our home base, Salmon, has a variety of specialty food sources but we are a long way from a major city that would have stores with bigger selections. We will work with you to plan nutritional meals for those in your party with dietary concerns.
What is required before our trip?
Guests joining us are required to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form and fill out a questionnaire. The questionnaire includes information we use for sizing lifevests and includes information on dietary preferences. Download and print these forms and mail them to our office well in advance of your trip.
Just for Women
Bring facial cleansing items that don’t take up a lot of space and are quick to use. A wash cloth in a ziplock or a facial astringent and cotton cleaning pads in a ziplock work well. Bring along body and facial moisturizer. For a swimsuit, a sports type two-piece is convenient and easy to bathe in. For hiking and general bathing comfort, sports bras are recommended. As for personal hygiene, we have several women guides on our crew who can offer simple tips with disposal of feminine hygiene products.