Ronald E. "Ron" Smith
This Spring ARO is again offering a March Madness Special! We are offering a $10/person discount on Sunday raft trips in April and May through the the Hudson River Gorge. In addition we are now including wetsuits on these exciting Spring trips, at no additional charge. That's a total savings of $30/person
If you make your reservation before the end of March your trip is only $74 (can not be combined with other discounts)
The High Peaks of the Adirondacks are still snow covered, which to us looks like future whitewater. We expect great "Adventure Class" rafting on the Hudson this April and May. With our March Madness special, ARO is offering the lowest price of the year for a Hudson River trip every Sunday through the end of May.
and it was beyond anything I could have asked for!! We were lucky to have great weather and warm waters and I would put everything I have on our experienced guide, Matt. Strong, intuitive and innately humorous, he put us all at ease while making sure we were always safe working together in tandem.
The instructions starting out were communicated well and we were drilled with the basics to get an idea before we started out. What was special about ARO was the way they always had a safety spotter ahead of us and made sure being safe was paramount while still having a great time. All the guides were very approachable. We even had a small snack break (insanely yummy rolls, water and juice) mid way through the ride and free swim time in the river for those interested. At the end of the trip, we were treated to delicious food and came out with great pictures too!!
The whole trip was professional, neatly planned and clean. I would definitely suggest doing a trip with these guys (especially with Matt. He's awesome!) We will definitely be back!
Thank you guys, once again!
Q - What is more fun than going on a whitewater rafting trip with ARO?
A- Guiding the raft.
Q- Do I have to pay extra to be the guide?
A - Believe it or not if you are the guide not only don't you have to pay, but you get paid for having all that extra fun.
Q - So how do I get in on the fun?
A - Contact ARO and see if you are qualified to enter our Guide Training Program.
Q - What are the necessary qualifications?
A - Along with the guiding skills which we will help develop, the most important aspect of being a river guide is being a ‘people person’. You have to enjoy being with people, and be sensitive to their concerns and fears, while inpiring them to meet the challenge. The quality of our staff and their ability to relate to our rafting guests is what makes people choose ARO and refer us to their friends.
It’s also important to be a team player. Working at ARO is a group effort, you will be assessed on your willingness to lend a helping hand, and your ability to be maintain a positive atitude and support your team mates.
Please note that completion of our guide training does not guarantee employment. trainees are assessed on their rafting skills and personality. Be genuine, be friendly and be caring.
Q - How much does the training cost?
A - The only cost is your time and efforts. On days when you are joining us for training trips, you will be expected to arrive with the guides and assist in the trip preparations, inflating and transporting rafts, etc.
Q - What are the employment prospects?
A - ARO will be hiring additional guides for the the 2017 season for both our Black River and Hudson River operations.
For most guides it is a labor of love with the added benefit of being paid to guide when needed, plus tips from appreciative guests.
On the Black, the majority of the newly licensed guides that are hired, will work part time. Weekends being the most likely days for work, with some weekday possibilities. Top candidates may be offered additional non-guiding work, to help increase their work days. People with great cooking and BBQ skills, or a CDL to drive a bus, in particular, may have additional opportunities.
On the Hudson, trips are Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (when the dam releases occur). New guides often get three or four days of guiding per week in July and August. New this year we have an Aerial Ropes and ZiplineCourse and and a Paintball area which will provide additional employment opportunities. We are also developing additional Adirondack activities that may provide.
Q - How long will it take me to become a guide?
After you have passed your state written exam, got certified in first aid, CPR and water safety, and completed your five documented training runs on a river, you can obtain your license. However, that is only the minimum required by New York State. ARO has much more stringent requirements, depending on your background experience, and aptitude for guiding, you will need anywhere from the state mandated six training trips on a river, to twenty or more. Our traners and staff will determine if and when a trainee is ready to guide a group of ARO guests. Many trainees that started with little or no river experience and took longer to develop their skills went on to be outstanding guides.
We are looking for people who love outdoor adventures and enjoy sharing this passion with others. Employment opportunities exist for part time guides from April to October. It is a great summer job for teachers, college students, and people working in the ski industry.
The Central Adirondacks including Old Forge, Inlet, Indian Lake, and North Creek, offer mountain biking opportunities for all skill levels.
The following descriptions come from Pedals and Petals, a great mountain biking shop in Inlet NY. They are a nationally rated as one of America's best bike shops and offer sales, service and rentals. A great place to get advice on area trails as well as help in learning what bike is best for you.
Fern Park Trails (Inlet NY) These trails are for adventurous bikers. Double and single-track trails loop up,
down and around Fern Mountain with lots of elevation change.
The Old Forge Mountain bike trail system are mostly easy trails, flat and some small rolling hills with a few Steep Climbs. There is easy access directly from Old Forge or Eagle Bay. You can also get on the train in Thendara and they will take you to Carter Station in the middle of the trail system. There are a few single-track trails that shoot off the main trail system. These trails are a great family fun trail system.
ARO has again won the TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence.
The rains have come and gone leaving great water levels on the Black River and summer weather. There is still time to make a reservation for this weekend on the Black River. The rivers is back up to adventure class levels and the weather should be in the 80s.
ARO has once again teamed up with other rafting and outdoor companies to offer $1,300 in gift cards as prizes in a "Dreaming of Summer" sweepstakes. All you have to do to enter is sign up with your email address and agree to receive at least one email, which will be discussing outdoor activities that you are interested in. When you sign up you get to immediately "Scratch to Win" to see if you win a $100 card, and you will be signed up for a chance to win the $1,000 Visa Gift card on June 14.
This isn't like the NYS lottery with millions of entrants, the only people in the drawing will be people who have signed up through the outdoor companies involved. A great chance to win $1,000 to spend on outdoor activities or gear, or anything else you may want. Lou L who has been rafting with ARO for twenty years won the $1,000 in the January sweepstakes.
If you want to combine sunny beaches, spectacular mountain scenery, a stunning diversity of wildlife, with a whitewater adventure, I know just the place. Our friends at Rios Tropicales pioneered rafting in Costa Rica almost thirty years ago and have been running some of the best trips in the world ever since. I have traveled extensively in Costa Rica and Panama and will be posting a series of articles throughout the winter to help you plan some warm weather adventures.
Fall rafting on the Hudson is spectacular! Combine Adirondack fall colors, considered by many to be the best in the world, with a 17 mile whitewater rafting trip through the Adirondack wilderness. In addition Adirondack River Outfitters has a Fall Sunday Special for only $69 from September 14 October 12.
The water is still warm, the scenery is breath taking, and the crowds are gone. Fall rafting is a great way to extend your outdoor season.
Rain in the Adirondacks and Tug Hill Region has brought the Black River up to an exciting level not often seen in August. As summer crowds wind down rafting the high water on the Black with ARO is a great way to end the summer with a surge of adrenaline.