Hatch River Expeditions

An aerial view of our warehouse on Easter Sunday, during the GTS (This is only a fraction of the cars that were there on Saturday!) Photo courtesy of John Dillon

On Easter weekend this year a few hundred guides, National Park Service officials, and Grand Canyon river outfitters descended upon our warehouse in Marble Canyon. Cars lined the drive, and a small village of tents was erected near the food pack building. No, it wasn’t the largest Easter egg hunt in Northern Arizona, it was the annual Guides Training Seminar, or GTS. For the past 25 years we have had the pleasure of hosting this gathering that has become the event of the year for Grand Canyon river guides.

Breakfast in front of the warehouse before the morning session starts.

Breakfast in front of the warehouse before the morning session starts.

The event is organized by Grand Canyon River Guides and is one of the primary means of continuing education for river guides. Attendees are treated to updates on current NPS policy, geological seminars, wildlife and biology presentations, Native American history lectures, and briefed on current and on-going research and science projects happening within the river corridor. You can view this year’s packed agenda here.

Guides pack the warehouse to learn on Saturday and Sunday.

Guides pack the warehouse to learn on Saturday and Sunday.

After a Saturday packed with information, guides are treated to a delicious river-style dinner, and then it’s time for a great party. The evening begins with movies, slideshows, and some organized fun before a band takes over the warehouse.

This year's entertainment was provided by BlammityBlam, a bluegrass band made up of river guides.

This year’s entertainment was provided by BlammityBlam, a bluegrass band made up of river guides.

This year’s event was a huge success. In fact, in all the years we have been hosting the GTS, I think this was the largest turn out ever. I am guessing that nearly 450 people attended this gathering in the middle of nowhere. You may be wondering if clients are welcome to attend, and the answer is a resounding YES! In fact, we had a few of our Hatch River alumni in attendance this year.

I must say, that the GTS is one of the best organized, well-run, and FUN events I have ever had the pleasure of attending. If you are interested in coming next year, give us a call and we will keep you updated with dates and information.

25th Annual Guides Training Seminar was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by admin

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