Travel and the Summer of 2020

Updates for Travel and the Summer of 2020

We are excited to share one of our many adventures with you this summer.  We delayed the start of our season due to local regulations and also to properly prepare and implement our COVID-19 protocols for your protection, as detailed below. Time in the outdoors is always rejuvenating, and now, may be more important than ever. Being with others to share the joys of nature, connection and camaraderie in a healthy, supportive atmosphere has always been central to what we do. 

While we are doing what we can in terms of creating additional precautions and procedures, the risk of exposure to, or contraction of, COVID-19 cannot be eliminated despite best efforts at mitigation. Participants of commercially outfitted trips must accept the inherent risk presented by the fact that it is not reasonable to expect the outfitter to effectively eliminate the virus from the environment.  Only you can decide whether those risks are acceptable to you or not. 

Hiking on the snake river in idaho

Arriving Healthy:

Your health has always been a priority on our trips, and so moving forward we’ll be implementing a guest pre-trip screening process based on new standard operating procedures. Please expect to have your temperature taken on arrival for your trip and understand that if you have an elevated temperature, travel with us will not be possible. 

Whitewater Rafter

Covid Code of Conduct:  

Since our trips are all group activities, we’ve always expected people to act with courtesy and respect towards others.  This year we are adding a Covid Code of Conduct that spells out the expectations of physical distancing and other precautions that are essential for all participants to follow and agree to.

Transportation

Transportation:

We have modified the transport we provide. On some trips this means running our bus or van at 50% capacity. We are also doing frequent cleaning and disinfecting of our vehicles. On some trips, in order to best protect your health, we encourage you to drive your own vehicle to the put-in point and then have it shuttled to the actual take-out point (for an additional fee), so it’s waiting at the end of the trip for you. On some of our trips we will ask guests to drive to the starting point and then we will shuttle drivers only at the end of the day back to their vehicles. 

Row river guides

Small Groups, More Guides:

For 2020 we anticipate the size of our trips to be below average in size, and we expect to add additional guides to each trip. 

Stern mount raft

Paddle Rafts & Boat Capacity:

Normally these rafts operate with 6-7 guests and a guide. However, this does not allow for physical distancing that is appropriate to current situations. Thus, our plan is to have no more than 4 guests and a guide, and the 4 guests would need to be a single Travel Party. For Travel Parties of 1-3 people, we will mix you with other paddlers and you may be less than 6’ apart. If you are not comfortable with this, take advantage of our “private raft” option whereby you pay for 4 spaces for your smaller group. Or see the option for kayaks below.

inflatable kayak

Inflatable Kayaks & Sit-on-Top Kayaks:

On the Spokane River float we recommend people paddle their own sit-on-top kayak. On the Clark Fork we have single and double inflatable kayaks available at no extra charge. These craft provide the ultimate in physical distancing.

Salmon and salad with broccoli

Meal Preparation & Outdoor Dining:  

Our guides will be trained to follow the recommended State and Federal guidelines for foodservice operations. For 2020 our guides will be wearing masks while handling food. Rather than serving food in our traditional buffet line method, we will be serving plated meals to all our guests. 

Cleaning

Additional Cleaning & Sanitation:  

Additional precautions have been implemented to further clean and disinfect all surfaces of the various equipment we use, including rafts, bicycles, paddles, helmets, PFDs (personal flotation devices), aircraft interiors, door handles, portable toilets, etc. Gloves, masks, and distancing according to current recommendations will be required of all staff.

Hand sanitizer

Hand Washing & Sanitizing:  

At camp hand wash stations will be set up and all guides will have hand sanitizer as well.  We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer too.

Face Covering

Bring a Face Covering:

Bring your preferred face covering, and we’ll supply a few extras on the trip in case you forget. Cloth masks, buffs, etc. are all good options. While we don’t anticipate needing to wear these frequently, there will be times when they are required such as during group transport. We believe that traveling responsibly during this time means having recommended resources at your disposal should the need arise.

kayaker

Traveling Solo:

If you are willing to paddle a kayak there is no single supplement fee.  If you want to ride in a raft, we will mix you with other people per “boat capacity” above.

Operations Plan

Operations Plan

If you would like to see additional details please read our full Covid-19 Mitigation & Operations Plan.

FULL PLAN

When You Are Ready – We Are Here

We know that we are not alone in our struggles, and we so appreciate everyone that has reached out to us during this time. For 41 years ROW Adventures and our sister companies, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures and River Dance Lodge, have been sharing the joy of meaningful, life-enriching travel. As an adventure travel company, we’re accustomed to being flexible and navigating difficult waters. However, like most people, we have never experienced anything that has impacted so many people in so many ways, all around the globe.

As a family owned and operated company, we are doing our best to make sound decisions that are fair, compassionate and in the best interest of everyone. We thank you for navigating these difficult times with us. 

We look forward to sharing the joys of nature and river canyons when the time is right for you.

As we find our path, I am reminded of the words of Henry Kissinger who said: “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”

May we all find the diamonds within us and our communities.

Yours Faithfully,

Signature
Peter Grubb
Founder & President
And the entire team at ROW Adventures