Thursday, May 8, 2014

April Showers Brings May Rafters!

Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours is happy to see May roll in with great weather, great river levels and great rafting trips.  This past Saturday, May 3rd, found us with a full 7 boat trip on the Upper Yough at a great, fluffy, 2.4 on the gauge.  For a few of the guides, it was their first ice-breaker run of the year but they styled it with the confidence of the seasoned veterans they are.

Smashing Gap

Zinging through Zinger

Proof that our champion kayaker, Ian Wingert, can guide a raft

Back in Ohiopyle, things are starting to pick up to summer speed.  The Kickstand is now fully operational with 32 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream.  Come on down and get yourself a scoop of one of our new flavors like Candy Bar Overload or Carmel Cheesecake or stick with an old stand-by such as Chocolate or Vanilla if your taste buds aren't feeling too adventurous.  Our ice cream seems to taste exceptionally good after renting one of our Trek bicycles and taking a ride on the Great Allegheny Passage.  Speaking of bicycles, one of our guide candidates just so happens to be an excellent bicycle mechanic and he has been taking time through the week to make sure our fleet is well maintained for your ride.

The new trainees have been progressing very well, with them learning new skills every weekend.  They have covered R-1ing, rope throwing, swimming in rapids, and getting back into a raft, just to name a few.  We are glad to have an 8 member training class, which provides us with the new staff that we need, and allows our head trainers, Joel Geesey and Ian Wingert, to spend more time with each individual trainee in order to give them the skills they need to become a top-notch, professional  Ohioyle Trading Post and River Tours river guide.  Our entire guide staff, less 2, will be returning this year so we are looking to add only a handful of new, quality people to our guide roster.

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