The Taos Box, July 5, 2015

Robert Cornell and friends. Photo by Britt Runyon.

Rhino Rock, near the end of the Taos Box

Rhino Rock, near the end of the Taos Box

Testimonials! 2015 Season

 

Daniel Burkhart —
5 star
Best experience ever! Britt was beyond a great guide on the box trip! Will be back soon!! A++++++

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Steve

Can not tell you what a great time we had!!!!  I personally never thought I could White Water raft but did, HURRAH!!!!  Our guide, Joe, was exceptional.  He encouraged us to do The Box next year, I am already in training. What more could we ask for and of course Joe will be our guide.

Thanks so much for this wonderful experience

Chris and Everett Darnielle

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Steve,

We had a great time.  The river guides were outstanding.  I hope we can do it again with you next year.

Bodie Davis

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Hello, This rafting trip is one we will never forget!!!!  We had fun and it was trully an adventure we can brag about.
Thanks, Pat

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Cholla Time At New Wave

Steve Miller —  June 29, 2015

Cholla Time At New Wave

The cholla cactus is now in bloom, here in northern New Mexico. Here’s a cholla blooming alongside our sign.

Blooming cholla cactus at New Wave Rafting Co. headquarters

Blooming cholla cactus at New Wave Rafting Co. headquarters

One of the Oldest Guides on the River

Britt Runyon (aka Britt Huggins) has been with New Wave since the end of the last ice age. He attended our Guide Training Program in 1984, and never looked back. As he likes to say, he has the best job in the world. He has been our Operations Manager for quite a while as well. And, he’s the one that contributes most of the photos you see here on our website/blog. Without Britt, this whole show would likely grind to a halt. So, we’re very happy that he is still with us, and look forward to another few decades (at least ) with Britt. Here’s a couple of mug shots.

Britt, modeling our staff shirt

Britt, modeling our staff shirt

Britt, in our staff shirt

Britt, in our staff shirt

We found ourselves, on June 16, suddenly short of a guide! To deal with this extremity, I was released from my cubicle (where I take reservations practically everyday of the summer), and guided a Racecourse trip that afternoon. Why is this worthy of mention, you may ask? It’s because I am 75 years old (and hadn’t guided for a while). This makes me the oldest guide on the river, having begun my career on the Rio Grande in the 70s. In my boat were an 80 yr. old gentleman and his 9r. old grandson.  He’s come with us multiple times. We all had a very good time.

Who is this mystery boatman? It's that old guy, Steve, the VP of New Wave Rafting Co.

Who is this mystery boatman? It’s that old guy, Steve, the VP of New Wave Rafting Co.

Taos Box at 1555 cfs

Steve Miller —  June 16, 2015

My wife Kathy graciously offered to take over the office for the day so that I could do the Box. It would be a pity to miss out on this level, because it’s just so much fun, without being very hard. And, I (being 75 years of age) need the practice and exercise, since Kathy, myself, Britt and CJ are going to Peru in the Fall to run over 300 miles of the Rio Marañón (http://www.sierrarios.org/GuidedTrips/RaftTripInfo_Maranon.html).  We’ll be boating from the foothills of the Andes down to the jungle, and the trip includes Class IV and V rapids!

The Rio Hondo enters the Rio Grande just below the put-in at John Dunn Bridge

The Rio Hondo enters the Rio Grande just below the put-in at John Dunn Bridge

60 mph Rapid, in the Playground section. It got this name because a "60 MPH" speed limit sign had been propped (for a while) against a rock alongside the rapid.

60 mph Rapid, in the Playground section. It got this name because a “60 MPH” speed limit sign had been propped (for a while) against a rock alongside the rapid.

The flat-topped mid-stream rock  in the Playground section

The flat-topped mid-stream rock in the Playground section

The "Dead Car"

The “Dead Car”

The approach to the right run of Dead Car Rapid

The approach to the right run of Dead Car Rapid

Dead Car rapid

Dead Car rapid

The approach to Rock Garden rapid, known as "Rocky 1"

The approach to Rock Garden rapid, known as “Rocky 1″

Below Rock Garden is Kathy's Cleaver, named for my wife Kathy

Below Rock Garden is Kathy’s Cleaver, named for my wife Kathy

These photos were taken with a point and shoot waterproof Panasonic Lumix camera.

The Box – High Water!

Steve Miller —  June 10, 2015

AS OF June 10: The big snowmelt, aided by the snows of May, has arrived, with flows in the Taos Box of 1472 cfs. This is an above average flow for this date, and we’re very excited to bring this information to you. We’ll be even MORE excited to get on the Box with you, and give you the ride of your life! There is no better one-day wilderness Class 4 stretch in the country. The Taos Box is also the whitewater centerpiece of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Come and enjoy YOUR public lands.

The steep drop into Powerline Falls

The steep drop into Powerline Falls

Geology Float

Steve Miller —  May 11, 2015

Another recurring feature of the Guide Rendezvous (which is held in conjunction with the Mothers’ Day Whitewater Festival) is the Geology Float, with Paul Bauer. Paul is a Professor of Geology at New Mexico Tech and author of the authoritative Rio Grande Guide. It is the aim of the New Mexico River Outfitters Association, the sponsor of the Guide Rendezvous, to educate our guides in all aspects of the river story, so that they can pass along to guests accurate and interesting information about the river. These photos are by Kathy Miller.

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the Quartzite put-in for the Rio Grande Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Paul Bauer lectures at the riverside, on the Racecourse run

Today, the world-famous Pilar Yacht Club hosted a benefit breakfast for the Rio Grande Whitewater Festival. Pilar is the gateway to the lower stretch of the Rio Grande that is contained in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, also known as the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Just look for the Pilar Yacht Club, which sits at the junction of State Hwy 68 and State Rd. 570, which leads you through the Monument. After yesterday’s rain, hail and snow, today is warm and beautiful.

Whitewater Festival and Rio Grande Rendezvous sign at the Pilar Yacht Club

Whitewater Festival and Rio Grande Rendezvous sign at the Pilar Yacht Club

Eva and Rico, our hosts at the Pilar Yacht Club

Eva and Rico, our hosts at the Pilar Yacht Club

Chuck Zemack, of Los Alamos. At 84 years of age, he is one of the esteemed river running pioneers of New Mexico

Chuck Zemack, of Los Alamos. At 84 years of age, he is one of the esteemed river running pioneers of New Mexico

Byron Sessions, former NWR guide, from Socorro and Steve Harris, of Rio Grande Restoration and Far flung Adventures

Byron Sessions, former NWR guide, from Socorro and Steve Harris, of Rio Grande Restoration and Far flung Adventures

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The rest of the Sessions family: Sharon, Sky (middle) and Rio. Sharon is a Professor of Physics at New Mexico Tech

 

Dutch Oven Cook-off

Steve Miller —  May 9, 2015

Dutch Oven Cook-off, May 8, 2015. A dutch oven is a large cast-iron pot that is heated with coals placed both below and on the cover, and has been a staple of river cooking forever. The Dutch Oven Cook-off segment of the annual Rio Grande Rendezvous provided some very good eating! The winning dinner was a completely authentic paella. The rice was flavored with saffron (without which no dish can be called paella) and was topped with mussels. Bravo to the cook, a kayaker participant by the name of Chad, from Santa Fe. Congrats to John Seiner, of Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, for organizing the Rio Grande Rendezvous, and thanks to our BLM partners for the use of the group shelter at the Rio Bravo campsite, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Stay tuned for additional posts from this year’s Rendezvous.

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

The Dutch Oven Cook-off contestants

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The food was soooo good, and went quick

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Former NWR guides Shannon and Paul Allen and their kids

Only the beans went unfinished

Only the beans went unfinished

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, or geologist presenter, was fashionably late to dinner and was  obliged to eat beans

Our geologist presenter, Paul Bauer, was fashionably late to dinner and was obliged to eat, you guessed it, beans

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Kathy Miller, Pres. of NWRCo, took home two ribbons!