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High Mountain Expeditions
Ranked #1 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 July 25, 2012

We arrived at the put in for the gorge and the Nolichucky river level was 5ft and climbing,our guide Mike decided it was not save to run and planned to run the lower section instead.At first I thought this was not going to be nearly as much fun,having run the lower in a Kayak.What a surprise! It was a blast!we had a great time the waves were huge.
We found out later that one of the other rafting companies decided to go despite the high levels and all 3 rafts turned over
everyone went for a swim, all but 3 paddles were lost and the hapless paddlers had to hike out of the gorge.
Thanks Mike and High Mountain Expeditions for using good judgement and putting safety first.

Thank Sue S
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

With so many other white water rafting companies/guides out there, do yourself a huge favor and pass on HME. Our guide stuck so bad, like he had been on a 10-day drinking/puking binge and never showered. I threw up my breakfast when he raised his arms--then we were stuck smelling him all day long. Good grief. The itinerary is a joke. There are no lessons or briefing period. There is no "fitting of equipment". The trips are completely over booked and the rafts are over-filled with too many people and coolers for the gourmet lunch that is also a joke.

There is no mention as to what happens when the rafts are over loaded or if river is too low because it all boils down to the almighty buck to be made. There are great guides in the group, unfortunately we were not blessed with one of them. Mike, Bill, and small Ben were excellent. They really seem to know that they are doing and wanted to make the day enjoyable for their groups. The guy we had is probably dyslexic or just moronic because he kept yelling left when he obviously meant right and vice versa. He continuously got us grounded and stuck on rocks. We spent the day waiting on others or working to free our raft from the rocks he directed on top off. He has no idea how to find or follow his guide.

We also were never told that we had to hike through the woods for nearly 1/3 mile while the guide lead the raft up river. Three people fell "hard" on the rooted path, and one person in the group sustained serious injury but the guide made absolutely NO effort to find out if they needed first aid, even when he was told that they thought it was a serious sprain. Not even a band aid was offered for the blood draining down their leg, or ice pack for the swelling/pain. Also, two members of our group had asthma, but our guide kept their Rescue Inhaler from them while they hiked the trail in clear distress.

If you do not buy the photos after the trip or tip your guide that did not EARN a penny, you will not have the opportunity to buy the photos online later. They will NEVER be posted. The trip is not cheap, especially for a family. Gratuities are "bonuses" paid for going above and beyond what is expected of you. You do not get tips "JUST BECAUSE". We gladly would have paid each guide on the trip a bonus to purposely let our guide know that he SUCKED!!

There is no gourmet lunch that they promote. It is nothing more than loaves of bread, prepackaged lunch meat (turkey or ham), processed cheese, potato salad and a cookie with water or packages of individual lemonade packets. The lunch spot was swarming with yellow jackets and half a dozen members in the group was allergic. In fact, several members carried epipens, which was good because several people were stung.

The trip was not entirely bad----there were a couple of Class III areas (not really IVs) that were fun and exciting. The guide leader made sure that everyone in all rafts had opportunity for photos when going through them, but keep in mind, if you don't tip you don't get the photos at the end of the trip.

Our guide was asked outright how many times he had made the river trip, he said, "A few hundred at least." So funny because he certainly couldn't not remember any of the historical stories or the flow of the river to know where to be on the lookout for paddling and steering the raft clear of the huge rocks. Honesty and experience go a long way....so does a shower with soap and water (Ben).

Buyer beware.

4  Thank R E
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Had a great time!! Staff was very accomadating, loved our guid Bill. Made the trip very fun and exciting. He was always aware of our safety, my sister and I both fell out the raft at same time, he had us back in the boat before we knew it. That was the most fun part of trip. You have'nt experienced rafting untill you fall out the boat!!! Great story to tell friends, never was I ever scared, just had a blast!!! Bill told stories and made jokes the whole way through. Be sure to tip your guides at the end, and make reservations for anouther trip as soon as you can!!!

Thank susanna b
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

This company is very well run and the staff was all friendly and knowledgable. They provided a nice riverside lunch with fresh sandwhich fixings and fruit. I would definitely recommend this company to friends and family!

2  Thank umbc24
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

There's a ton of similar companies to choose from that offer similar adventures, no doubt. That being said, I tried some other ones and wish that I had not. These guys were reasonably (extremely so) priced and offered a ton for my money. More than that, though, was the experience. Legitimately fun and I felt like I was going to miss the guides we worked with that day. We rent rafting and the rafting itself was a great time. More importantly, the whole day was a good time including the bus ride- seriously. Lunch was good and seconds were encouraged. I'll be heading back.

1  Thank Aaron W
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