Archive for May, 2014

Meet Our 2014 Guiding Team Part 2: Heidar Heidari

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Badger Chute Rafting - August 2, 2013 119_thumb[1]Seasons on the Exploits River: 1

Age: 30

Hometown/Country: Esfahan,Iran

Years Rafting Experience: 14 years whitewater kayaking and 6 years rafting

Favourite River: Zambezi River in Zambia.

Favourite Quote: "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It Goes On." – Robert Frost

Favourite Music: Pharrell Williams – Happy

Favourite Movie: "The Notebook" and "A Separation"

Top Item on Bucket List: Travel all over the world

Status: Single

Hobbies: Tennis, playing harmonica and guitar

Win A FREE Badger Chute Rafting Adventure!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

top30_01_preview
Click here to see our favourite 30 pictures from 2010!

01-a11-july27
Click here to see our favourite 75 pictures from 2011!

02_preview
Click here to see our favourite 30 pictures from 2012!

Back by popular demand is our Favourite Rafting Pictures contest! Our 2013 season had so many amazing moments that we have had to increase the contest to include the Top 50 pictures! We’ll be publishing two new Top 50 rafting pictures to our Facebook page every day!

On Monday this week we started with picture #50 showing a rare snowball fight on a rafting trip!

50_preview
Picture taken on June 1, 2013

Click here to see all the pictures posted so far for 2013!

All you need to do to enter the contest is to either "like", comment on, or be tagged in any of the Top 50 pictures. You can enter the contest up to 50 times and increase your odds of winning just by clicking the "Like" button on Facebook for each picture; it’s that easy!

The prize is a free Badger Chute rafting adventure valued at $109, so make sure you visit our Facebook page and join in the fun!

Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to join in the fun!

Sincerely,

Paul Rose
709-486-0892

Meet Our 2014 Guiding Team Part 1: Geoff Orendorff

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

392199_10151016369523640_750679943_n

Seasons on the Exploits River: 3

Age: 31

Hometown/Country: London, Ontario, Canada

Years Rafting Experience: 5

Favourite River: French River in Northern Ontario

Favourite Quote: "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" – Carl Sagan

Favourite Music: Anything and everything!

Favourite Movie: I have two young kids, so… the Lego Movie? (I forget what grown-up movies are like!)

Top Item on Bucket List: Travel Europe

Status: Married

Hobbies: Rock climbing, biking, camping

We received TripAdvisor.com’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Print_Logo_COE2014_en_UK

We are proud to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row! The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Please visit TripAdvisor.com and read our customer reviews to learn more about what you can expect from us at Riverfront Chalets. One customer wrote "I have been on a lot of trips all over the world ,but my stay at Riverfront Chalets was far more enjoyable then any southern vacation"

Another writes "Book with Riverfront and you won’t be disappointed. The accommodations and view of the river and nature are stunning. The adventures are endless and the people are awesome."

Based on the reviews of our customers, we have been rated Newfoundland & Labrador’s #1 specialty lodging destination on TripAdvisor.com for over three years! A HUGE THANK YOU to all our customers who took the time to share their experience with TripAdvisor! We are glad you all enjoyed your stay, and hope to see you again soon!

Last Trip to the Gaff

Monday, May 5th, 2014

DSC_4853[1]DSC_4856[1]DSC_4864[1]DSC_4858[1]DSC_4874[1]DSC_4887[1]DSC_4925[1]DSC_4891[1]

I must say we all had a great day yesterday but it might have been my last day on sled.  Still lots of great riding to be had in certain areas and still some good hill climbing too.  However getting there is getting a little difficult, although still possible for the few diehards that want to get in a last ride for the season.  We had a big crew out too…..ten I believe.  The bulk were from the East coast (Sledcore) and central.  The bare road sections had some fairly long bare sections but once you get past Joe Glodes most of the bare spots can be bypassed by riding on the marsh.  Once again we saw lots of caribou and geese.  Although the snow took a good cut on Thursday the areas where the snow is deep is still excellent riding.  If you stick it out and pick your way along as far as the arch bridge on Mary March you will ride right into winter.  Don’t bother with the main top or anything on that side once you reach the summit.  There is some excellent hill climbing on the slopes of the Mizzen and Hinds.  Just make sure you check your carbides before you leave.  If you lose a carbide and have to ride out you will also wear your ski to the point of replacement.  I didn’t see any difference in my skegs or skis after the trip.  One poor fella lost both carbides on the way in though so he will need new skis.  All in all, an awesome day by all but I have been riding since November….time to put the sled away and focus on the summer season.  Thanks to everyone who came out this winter to ride Hodges and the Gaff.  Hopefully, I will see you on the river this summer!  Thanks to Tom Caines and Keith Peyton, two excellent riders whom I will be riding with as long as I am riding I am sure!  For many more pics of this past trip have a look at Tom Caines and Andrew Goldsworthy’s FB page.    Its seems this blog has become a valuable resource for many people riding in Central this past few seasons.  For this I am very proud.   I will be continuing to post up to date and accurate riding conditions next year.     Until then, enjoy your summer and hope for an early winter.  Funny thing though…..as I write this blog there is a snow storm happening outside my window!

What a day on the Gaff!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

DSC_4784[1]DSC_4788[1]DSC_4789[1]DSC_4794[1]DSC_4799[1]DSC_4803[1]DSC_4805[1]DSC_4807[1]DSC_4810[1]DSC_4818[1]DSC_4831[1]

Very large on the Gaff today.  Large comes to mind because of the expanse of the country up there.  It stretches out in all directions farther than you can see, especially on a day like today.  The day started off with about 60 caribou and 30 geese, plus a few stragglers here and there.  The dirt patches along the road and tracks are getting longer but nothing to hurt your skis.  Conditions on the open country are much the same as two weeks ago….really good riding.  We went to Hinds, Lobster House, Gaff and the Main today.  Lots of high marking, side hilling and climbing, especially at Hinds.  We were on the snow nearly 11 hours and the day still wasn’t long enough!  Back again on Sunday with Sledcore!