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  • OARS has been routinely recognized for our commitment to excellence and innovation in travel. In 2000 Paddler Magazine named OARS President and Founder, George Wendt, one of their “Paddlers of the Century.” In 2006 he was honored by the Adventure Travel Trade Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Later, in 2012, Friends of the River honored George with the prestigious Mark Dubois Award for his significant contributions to river conservation, preservation and protection.
  • In 2015, Outside honored OARS with “Best River Trip” and “Best River Guide” as part of its annual Best of Travel awards. Previously, the magazine named OARS runner up for “Best Outfitter” in its annual Active Travel Awards.
  • National Geographic Adventure has selected OARS as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” for consecutive years based on education, sustainability, quality of service, and spirit of adventure.
  • Since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin has recognized our Reservations Manager, Mindy Gleason, as the “Top Travel Specialist” in the River Rafting category for her unique ability to offer OARS travelers “the best blend of expertise, access, and good value.” In 2012, the publication also selected OARS’ Grand Canyon trip as one of the “Best 32 Trips in the World.”
  • Year after year, other magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Sunset, and San Francisco Magazine along with NBC, CNBC, Forbes Traveler and SmarterTravel.com have all recognized OARS for serving up some of the “Best Trips on the Planet.” Most recently,our Main Salmon: River of No Return adventure in Idaho was selected as the “Best Guided Outdoor Trip” in Sunset’s inaugural Travel Awards.
  • OARS was the official outfitter for MacGillivray Freeman’s Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk, a film for IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters. Featuring songs and music by the Dave Matthews Band and a 3D experience, Grand Canyon Adventure premiered in 2008 at IMAX theaters worldwide.

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