Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon

Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon, 7/29/17

“On Wednesday Susan and I took the most wonderful raft trip down the Rio Grande south of Taos. Our guide, for the second time, was our friend Britt Runyon, with New Wave Rafting. Britt has such a great love for this area, along with deep knowledge of the plants, animals and the river itself (and is such a great guy), that the trip was a total joy! We highly recommend him and the river itself.”

Britt Runyon

Britt is our Operations Manager. Every once in a while we try to figure out how long he has been with us – it’s been SO long! He started in 1985 or earlier!!

And he is our video and  photography producer. You’ll see his work on the website.

Past the drop, with a big smile on her face!

Here, he photographed Kathy Miller, NWRCo. Pres., running Powerline Falls in the Taos Box this season.

Bighorn sheep and channel fill

and Bighorn sheep in the Taos Box, also this season.

Come rafting with us, and request Britt. He represents our vision of providing the most valuable river experience possible. And … help us save the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument (which includes the Taos Box) from the clutches of the current administration, which wants to downsize or eliminate National Monuments completely. Drop a line to:  @SecretaryZinke.

Thanks!

 

 

(Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon)

(Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon)

Guide Testimonial About Neil Oberheide, AM Racecourse July 18

Guide Testimonial About Neil Oberheide: “Our rafting experience was AMAZING due in part to the expert guide we had.  I can’t remember his name but his aunt & uncle have ownership in the rafting company.  We rafted in the AM trip on July 18th and had a blast.  I had rafted before but my significant other had not.  He being from Chicago and me from Montana made the difference.  I am recommending your company to others and will continue to do so.  Thank you for a wonderful morning.  Chris Danner and Bob fisher”

Neil had been away for a few years (in school in California), but came back to guide again this summer. He brought his dog, Lenny, and, after work, they go out together on a stand up paddle board. While Lenny doesn’t confide much to anyone, we know that he’s having a great time. Neil is too, and you can tell that from the testimonial above.

What distinguishes us from other companies? It’s our guides, who always give our guests the best time possible. They love the outdoor life and love sharing it. Ask for Neil for your next trip. And you can do it online, while at the same time getting the “Online Special” (that’s the promo code) 10% discount. There’s still plenty of summer to go, and there is no better place to spend a summer morning or afternoon than on a river – the Rio Grande, I mean!

Neil and Lenny on SUP

Testimonials Keep Coming In

Testimonials Keep Coming. What can I say? Our guests love us!
Here are some of this season’s testimonials:
Lauren Kylee Buttrey reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star
15 hrs

My family rafted and camped with New Wave over three days. Our guides feel like family after this trip! They went above and beyond, not to mention they were just amazing people to be around in general. My favorite rafting trip thus far and we owe it all to new wave. 10/10 recommend. Cathy and Karen were the best!

Michelle Murphy reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star
19 hrs

What an amazing and awesome rafting trip down the racecourse. Our guide, Orlando was knowledgeable about the local history as well as instructing us on surfing the wave. Great fun! 

Katt Sanders reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star

My family and I went rafting today with New Wave Rafting company. Orlando was our guide and we had an absolute blast!! He provided geology, NM, and Rio Grande history to make the trip interesting and to provide knowledge of the local Gorge. We attended the full day Rio Grande Gorge adventure and was provided a delicious lunch at half day. Thanks Orlando for making our trip memorable!! We will definitely be back and will request Orlando for our guide again!! For future rafters, my family and I would highly recommend this rafting company!! 

Elizabeth Lindsey reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star

We love Orlando and Britt! The most awesome guides ever! Thank you, Orlando, for an amazing experience rafting The Box! You need to name our rock! Will never forget, “HIGH SIDE!!!! Let us know if you make it to Charleston, SC 

Matt Crye reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star

Great trip with Britt on The Racecourse. It was the first whitewater experience for Hank (age 12) and Gip (age 9). They’re hooked and can’t wait to come back!

Gail B. Werbach reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star
May 13

Great day on the Chana with Brit and Joe. Expert guides lovely scenery and great lunch!

Jennifer Pittman reviewed New Wave Rafting Co.5 star

Orlando was an absolutely fantastic tour guide — an area native, he had so much knowledge to share with me and my family. The racecourse was a safe, easy, and sometimes exciting ride for us all.

Testimonials Keep Coming  … New Wave Rafting Co is very proud of our tradition of giving our guests all we got! Kathy is mentioned in the top testimonial. Who is Kathy? She is the President of NWRCo, she is 66 yrs old and still at it! And, she just loves the Rio Chama. Here she is, on the Rio Chama.

Testimonials Keep Coming!

Kathy, on the river

 

Testimonial July 20 2017 No Wave Float

Testimonial July 20 2017 New Wave No Wave Float:

“To Whom it May Concern:

Today our daughter and our 2 grandchildren went on your New Wave No Wave Float Trip.

It was a wonderful experience.  The kids LOVED it.  Our guide, Jessie, was delightful.  We would ask for him again.  The lunch was delicious, and the presentation was picture perfect.  We felt like we were the Rockefeller’s. Thank you for offering this option for younger children.  We will spread the word.

Vanette and David Harris”

 

When potential customers ask what distinguishes us from other companies, there’s just one answer: our customer service, which really means our guides. Jessie continues to get rave reviews and requests. Come and meet him!

The New Wave No Wave Scenic Float in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area

The gentle New Wave No Wave Float trip traverses the scenic Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument of northern New Mexico, and is perfect for kids of 4 or 5 years of age and for those who prefer a float to whitewater. Currently, we are trying to protect this National Monument from misguided attempts by the administration in in Washington to either eliminate it completely or alter its present configuration. This Monument is the product of years of advocacy by New Mexicans from every walk of life, and went through the designation process unopposed. Help us save it, so that you too can bring your grandkids to this beautiful place. Please tell your Congressional representatives to leave the Monument as is. Thanks!

Orilla Verde Recreation Area, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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Funyak Season Arrives on the Rio Grande, July 1, 2017

When the Rio Grande drops below 600 cfs (cubic feet per second) we pull out our smaller rafts and our funyaks. While we will miss the Taos Box, which. because it is so steep and rocky, requires more than 600 cfs, we look forward to the fun of funyaks and our sport fleet. “Does the lower water level make the river easier?”, you may ask. Well … yes and no. The lower water is safer, in that you are not being rushed pell-mell downstream if you fall in. The water is warm and clear now , as well – 65 degrees warm as of 7-1-17 – making it much more fun for swimming. Yes, we do a lot of swimming during this part of our season.  But the “no” part of the answer is that, while we have fewer big waves in the Rio, the lower water has allowed more rocks to break the surface – and we now have to maneuver around those exposed rocks. This makes the river more “technical” – meaning more rafting/funyakking technique is required. Either on the part of the guide, who may be shouting paddling commands at you, one after the other, or on your part, as you dodge between the rocks. Of course, everything else being equal, a funyak can thread the passages with greater ease than a raft. And, funyaks are more much stable and user-friendly than regular hard kayaks. We rent funyaks for 4 hr. unguided trips on the Class 2 Orilla Verde stretch, with shuttle included, and we provide funyaks on our regular trips at no extra cost, but you have to request them beforehand. Are you handy? Then you can likely handle a funyak.

Funyak, on the Racecourse in typical mid-summer conditions

Funyakking the Racecourse

One of our smaller rafts, on the Racecourse

Double funyak on the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande

Swimming a little fast water at After Five, photo by Jeff Heveron

Allison and her dad in a double funyak

Funyak negotiates Big Rocks Rapid, on the Racecourse

A gaggle of funyakers?

Out of the Raft at Sunset Rapid (Movie), Rio Grande

Out of the Raft at Sunset Rapid, Taos Box, Rio Grande, New Mexico

Taos Junction Rapid (aka Sunset Rapid) ends the Taos Box run on the Rio Grande, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. It’s called Taos Junction Rapid because it’s just upstream of Taos Junction Bridge – this bridge having been named for the reason that it connected Taos and the Taos Junction station on the Chili Line, a narrow-gauge railway that once ran west of the gorge. Also, it’s located at the “junction” of a major tributary – Taos Creek – and the Rio Grande, Taos Creek being the source of the boulders that make the rapid.

In this high-water scene, Taos Creek enters the Rio Grande from the left. The big wave seen right of center is created by a large boulder that was deposited into the river by  flooding in Taos Creek. This is the big wave  seen in the movie that follows. Kathy Miller photo.

Taos Junction Rapid (aka Sunset Rapid), after a flood in Taos Creek that narrowed the Rio Grande. Taos Junction Bridge is seen downstream. Steve Miller photo.

Taos Junction Bridge

Sunset Rapid of the Taos Box.

Taos Junction Rapid (aka Sunset Rapid). Photo courtesy of Southern Exposure Photography

Many folks ask about what happens if you fall out of the raft. My typical answer is that we usually find you. But, to be serious, the following movie shows a good example of how we get you back. Points to notice: the guest did not let go of her paddle, which she could extend back to the raft to help pull her over; she got on her back with feet up to fend off rocks; she positioned herself next to the boat so that she could be pulled back in on her back, which is much easier than trying to pull her in on her stomach; it didn’t take long to get to her and get her back in – usually the water calms down after a rapid making it easier to chase after a “swimmer”. Watch it now!

For reservations visit: http://www.newwaverafting.com/

Or call: 800-984-1444

Bighorn Sheep and Channel Fill

Bighorn Sheep and a “channel fill” are seen in this arresting photo by Britt Runyon (below), taken in the Taos Box portion of the Rio Grande Gorge. “What’s a channel fill?”, you say?

OK, I’ll explain. But first, I need to discuss the geologic history of the Rio Grande Gorge. In this part of gorge, the Rio Grande is incised into a succession of lava flows, one sitting atop the other, like a layer cake – and I’ve counted as many as 7 different layers in that cake. Before these lava flows began, let’s suppose that the Rio Grande was running through a valley, as rivers do. The first lava flow into that valley dammed up the river, causing a lake to form behind the dam. When the lake rose to the height of the lava dam, its waters began to spill out and meander over the surface of the lava flow. Depending on the amount of time that elapsed between the over-topping of the lava dam and the arrival of the second flow, the Rio Grande would (with less time) have  cut a channel into the flow, and (with more time) cut a gorge. This same process would have repeated with the arrival of each new lava flow. The Rio finally had the opportunity to cut down more fully through that stack of layers once the lava flows stopped coming.

So, what about that channel fill? In the upper part of the photo, four Bighorn sheep are seen standing on a tan layer of rock, that looks nothing like the basalt rocks seen above and to the side (when hardened, this kind of lava is called basalt). That tan rock is, in fact, hardly rock at all. It’s dirt! And how did it get there? It’s sediment that collected in a stream channel that ran across the surface of a lava flow. The part of the channel seen in the photo narrows to the right side, being a partial cross-section of the entire channel. And then what happened? Down came another lava flow, which capped that channel fill, preserving it for all time. Additionally, the molten lava that covered over the channel fill baked that material, giving it a reddish cast.

Channel fills like the one seen here are seen elsewhere, and at different levels, in the walls of the gorge, being situated upon the top of one flow or another. They really stick out, and once you know what you’re looking for, you begin to recognize them.

Bighorn sheep and channel fill

Channel fill at the base of a basalt cliff

Channel fill at top of cliff (“X”), staining the rocks below

Channel fill (“X”)