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Uncertain waters

I would like to make a clarification with regards to the March 8 article about the sale of Colorado Riff Raft. I am going to withhold all personal commentary on the sale, but wanted to address a piece of misleading information.

The article notes, “Harris said that the name Colorado Riff Raft will remain, and he plans on keeping all of Hicks’ employees in their current positions.”

I was one of Hicks’ employees for seven years, and have not been contacted by Bob Harris or anyone else from Blazing Adventures. I also know that the two Riff Raft managers and the majority of the senior guides are, to date, undecided about where they will work next summer.

For the seven years that I worked for Riff Raft, the company had a reputation throughout town for having decrepit and less than top-notch equipment. The company also had a reputation, however, for their outstanding guides.

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Many people in town didn’t mind recommending Riff Raft and sending their friends or guests out in a 1985 beat-up Ford van because they knew that the superb quality of customer service and elite level of guiding would more than make up for the bumpy ride.

These people, local hotels and other businesses throughout town should know that this exceptional staff may not necessarily be returning to work for “Riff Raft as Blazing.” There are other whitewater employment possibilities that many of these people are considering. Stay tuned.

Darcy Gaechter

Woody Creek


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