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“river rafting”

High Mountain Expeditions
Ranked #2 of 25 Outdoor Activities in Boone
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to High Mountain Expeditions. We are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with two locations to serve you in Boone and Banner Elk, North Carolina. High Mountain Expeditions offers outdoor activities, such as whitewater rafting, caving, and hiking for every member of your group or family.The team at High Mountain Expeditions invites you to join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our many outdoor adventures.
Reviewed June 28, 2012

The staff , river, experience all truely beautiful! you will certainly not be disappointed. party of 10 had an absolute blast @ HIgn Mountain Adventures~

Thank justsue05
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

High Mountain Expeditions is a very nice place, everyone is friendly and helpful. Nick was an awesome guide, Big Steve seemed like he would be fun too! They are great with kids, ours were 13 and 9, we went on the more exciting upper Nolichucky which was a blast. If you are nervous about whitewater rafting either because it's your first time or you have kids, don't be....it's a fun, exciting, safe trip! Go and enjoy.

Thank Jenna B
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

THE HIGHLIGHTS - THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE UGLY:
GOOD: Somewhat professional operation, decent buses, experienced staff, well organized.
BAD: Lunch is over-hyped and swarming with yellow jackets, insufficient info on website, ill advised to "not take anything with you on the raft", no warning about ramifications of low water levels, inattentive bus driver, TOO MANY water vessels in our party, packing too many people on a raft, guide swearing and complaining, buses are not A/C.
UGLY: We spent roughly 85% of our day either waiting for other water craft in our party to "catch up" or trying to free our raft from being stuck on rocks.

DETAILS:
1. When we arrived to check in, the guy told us not to carry ANYTHING with us so I left my baggie containing sunscreen, etc., in the car. (Big mistake. We were FRIED by the time the trip was over...Not sure why we couldn't carry sunscreen and when I mentioned this to our guide, he said, "Well, it's common sense to carry sunscreen". Well, yes but not if someone specifically tells you to leave EVERYTHING in the bus.
2. We didn't have tight-fitting shoes and had to buy them at the ski center. (Our fault but a friendly reminder on the website would've been helpful. Also, remember to take a dry change of clothes for the ride home and $$$ if you wish to buy anything at the convenience store on the way home. You can buy a beer at the store but you MUST have your ID - another detail they omitted.)
3. The guy that was driving was hauling butt up and down the mountains - going entirely too fast IMO. He was also tremendously distracted as one of the guides "hung out" at the front, standing next to the driver and carrying on a very animated conversation the entire time.
4. They made NO mention of the river being low and how that would affect our experience. They also didn't take that into account when determining how many people to put in a raft, so our raft barely made it over the rocks, if at all, due to the weight. People showed up at the last minute and they squeezed them in which was a huge mistake and ruined our trip. At one point, we had to leave our raft and walk about 1/3 mile through the woods to meet our guide with the raft farther down river because we couldn't get past all the rocks due to the weight of 6 people. TERRIBLE PLANNING ON THEIR PART!!!! Even the guide said we should complain because, quote, "They know better".
5. There were SO MANY "funyaks" and rafts in our party (I counted 16) that we never gained any momentum on the water....It was, "Paddle 3 forward. Paddle 1 back." Then wait, wait, wait...sometimes for 20 minutes before we received another "Paddle 3 forward". Not exactly a 3/4 rapids pace!!! If we'd known this, we'd have taken the leisurely tubing ride or the 1/2 day kiddie raft ride instead. Also, keep in mind that while we were either sitting still or getting unstuck, we were getting FRIED because the nitwit at the counter had instructed us to leave "EVERYTHING" on the bus or in our car. Another gal on our raft named Debbie and I kept lamenting, "Are we almost done yet?" "Is it almost over?"
6. Now, let's talk about lunch....It's fine but is certainly not "gourmet". It's basically loaf bread with pre-packaged, sliced ham and turkey, pre-packaged sliced cheese, potato salad and a cookie. Not bad but let's don't get carried away calling it a "gourmet buffet". Also, the yellow jackets descended as soon as the food came out and several of the rafters were stung. Come on, people, how much does it cost to hang a couple of yellow jacket traps out there????? You obviously know this is an issue.
7. The buses are clean and fairly late model. There was no A/C on ours so it was smelling ripe by the time we loaded up to return back to the ski shop.

I am debating whether to use this company again. I believe they are probably a fairly decent operation but they got greedy on us and it ruined our experience. My husband and I waited 3 weeks for our trip - couldn't wait to go - and then it totally stunk on ice. All because someone overloaded the rafts and put too many craft in the water, trying to make an extra buck. Needless to say, we are SO EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED in HME and wish we could do everything over again with different results.

7  Thank jobradwa
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

First time whitewater rafting. The water level was a little low making trip slower and rockier, but being a beginner that was ok. I couldnt have had better guidance than Bradley. He was calm, cool, and collected even as he was pulling swimmers out of their predicaments. All day fun, lunch, excellent guides. Excellent day!

1  Thank JenniferRN
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

Our tour guide was great (Bill). The ride, lunch, view, water rafting and pleasant people was the bomb. I would like to do this again. A must and I this was my very first expeirence.

Thank eparker137
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