New Wave Rafting Co. recently provided three days of rafting for “Awake 2013″, a gathering of church youth from Houston, who were attending the bi-annual summer camp at the Sagebrush Inn, in Taos. They rafted the Racecourse section on the Rio Grande river. This is the second Sagebrush Inn summer camp that we have participated in, and we look forward to many more in future years. This event again proved that rafting is just about the most fun thing a group of youngsters can do in the summer! Do you belong to a church that would profit from such a youth activity? Then tell them to go rafting with New Wave!
The southwest is land of distant views, violent thunderstorms, cold wind-blown winter days, and above all ‘light’. For a hundred years the southwest has pulled in some of the great talent in painting and photography simply with the quality of its light. Some of the friends of New Wave Rafting have had the pleasure of watching Britt emerge as a leader in landscape photography and to start his journey documenting this remarkable plateau. We are extremely proud to feature a few of Britt’s photographs in a new “full page” gallery. Here in Britt’s gallery you can wander the plains of Taos in the dead of winter or delight in the golden colors the Grand Canyon.
Come enjoy Britt’s photography gallery and don’t forget to zoom the gallery to full page. Some of our friends just put Britt’s gallery on the screen and let it run as background.
NWRCo. today commenced the 30th iteration of it’s well-regarded Guide Training Program, with 6 carefully selected attendees. In his opening remarks, Steve Miller, VP of NWRCo, promised the attendees a life-changing experience. The group includes two ski instructors, two snowboard instructors, a massage therapist and a young lady who last year completed a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. NWRCo. looks forward to profiting from the energy and enthusiasm that these apprentice guide candidates will bring to the organization.
The Río Grande del Norte National Monument was established on March 25, 2013 by Presidential Proclamation. The monument includes approximately 242,500 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The landscape is comprised of rugged, wide open plains at an average elevation of 7,000 feet, dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths. The Río Grande carves an 800 foot deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash. Among the volcanic cones in the Monument, Ute Mountain is the highest, reaching to 10,093 feet.
Britt Runyon (New Wave Operations Manager and Official Photographer) just can’t stay indoors. Even in the dead of winter, like Thoreau, he’s out and about, “inspecting” the winter scene.
Notice that the river in the background is frozen over. This is just a few miles downstream of the New Wave Rafting World Headquarters.
New Wave staff do the Grand Canyon! Many of our guests ask what we do in the off-season. This year, on September 5th., we pushed off the beach at Lees Ferry, AZ, at the start of a 21-day trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. Included in the roster of New Wave participants were: Kathy Miller, Pres.; Steve Miller, VP; Britt Runyon, Operations Manager; Neil Oberheide, guide; CJ Robison, guide; Orlando Torres, guide; Karen House, guide; Jordan Cashman, guide and the permit holder (who waited 17 years for her number to come up!!) Maria Weinrich, former guide. Do you think we had a GREAT time? You bet! There’s just no place like the Grand Canyon, and the trip we took down the Colorado River through the entirety of the Canyon is, simply, the best river trip in the world.
Take a look (photos by Britt Runyon and Steve Miller)
This pretty much sums it up for our 2012 season. We are continuing to have a “splash” of a good time till the end of this month (August), so come see us soon.
Britts 2012 Race Course video.
New Wave was hired to provide river safety for the production of the film “Sweetwater”, being shot on the banks of the Rio Chama, below Abiquiu Dam. The location manager that had hired us the year before, for the filming of an NBC pilot shot along the Rio Grande, called me up for this shoot.
Here’s a new fun photo by Britt Runyon