To offer the best possible outdoor experience and responsibly share the beauty of the Northwest. To educate about this extremely fragile ecosystem. Through the motions of whitewater rafting, mountain biking, scenic tours and educational programs, we can do our part in sustaining this pristine environment for future generations to enjoy and love as we do.
When Jessica and I first started High Country Expeditions, we lived in a
beautiful cabin along the McKenzie river. We were working for other
outfitters at the time, and would come home and talk about what it might
take to run a top notch outfitting business.
One of the beams in our cabin had the words "Laugh, Love and Live Longer" carved into it, and as we talked, the words reminded us to keep what is most important in life in mind for our business. Those words, "Laugh, Love and Live Longer", are now carved into our psyche, and became one of the cornerstones of High Country Expeditions. Thank you to the person who gave us those great words to live by. Join us for a whitewater rafting adventure. High Country Expeditions offers rafting trips on some of the most beautiful rivers in Oregon and Northern California.
Over the years we have contemplated what equipment to provide, which rivers to run, what to teach, and of course, what to charge for our whitewater river trips, guide schools and workshops.
What to teach and provide became evident right off the bat: we provide the necessary equipment to allow someone to experience whitewater rivers comfortably, while not hindering their learning process. As far as what to teach, well… we teach everything we know about whitewater, and everything that we expect our guides to know. We include not only the obvious guiding and safety skills, but client considerations, logistics, and the many finer points of being a true river guide.
Costs were a bit harder to figure out, but we think we found a good middle ground. We won’t lose money offering a course or trip, but we want to be realistic in understanding that this is likely a major undertaking for most of our students & guests. We remember the sacrifices we made to go to our first guide school. We have come up with extremely competitive prices for some of the finest river rafting trips, schools and workshops in the industry.
Outfitting has an unimagineable amount of overhead associated with it. It often seems that corners must be cut to offset the costs. We have always had a problem with that. For our students and clients, we crave the latest and safest equipment in our industry, and we take pride in sharing it with you. Over the years we have chosen to put money and effort into new gear and guide training as opposed to complex marketing strategies. We have done this hoping that these will strengthen our company and bring us success. We believed that the word would get out that we set a very high standard of quality in every aspect of our operation.
Today, I can honestly say that I believe our trips and schools are some of the most complete, comprehensive, exciting, educational, unique, and most of all, fun adventures in the industry. I invite anyone to come and experience our whitewater raft trips, schools, workshops or extended expeditions with a personal guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Guide/President- Georg Adelt