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Top 10 Outdoor Adventures


SMART SPLURGE: Alsek River, Alaska
Part of the estimable Mountain Travel Sobek stable, Alaska Discovery has been running trips to the last frontier longer than anyone. At this end of the earth, where grizzlies and eagles are quite at home, you really need expert guidance – especially when running “God’s fastest scenic conveyor belt,” the Alsek River. One of many highlights on this 12-day outdoor adventure of magnificent scenery and thrilling rapids is the helicopter portage across the deadly Class VI whitewater of the aptly named Turnback Canyon. The Class III and IV runs you’ll actually be doing are quite exciting enough. From $3,795 for 12 days, all-inclusive

GREAT VALUE: Arkansas River, Colorado
One of the most proficient river-rafting operators in Colorado, Wilderness Aware treads lightly on the land. This 5-day Arkansas River trip covers 90 miles with Class III and IV – plus an optional Class V – every day. This package takes you far, far into the wild, with secluded sleep-outs and fresh multi-course meals cooked on the campfire. $814 for adults, $692 for children for 5 days, all-inclusive


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