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O.A.R.S. Selected by Outside Magazine As Runner Up for “Best Outfitter of the Year”

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Angels Camp, CA – Veteran river outfitter and nature-based adventure travel company O.A.R.S. is recognized as the runner up for the “Best Outfitter of the Year” by the editors of Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.

The awards are reported in the April 2013 issue along with a trip give-away called “What Trip Are You” that includes a prize of an O.A.R.S. rafting trip down Idaho’s iconic Main Salmon River.  For contest details and entry information see: Outside Magazine’s Facebook

The full list of award winners will be published in the April issue of Outside,  available on newsstands March 12, 2013, and at Outside Online.

Here’s what the editors say about O.A.R.S.—runner up for “Best Outfitter” this year:

“This California-based company runs more than 1,230 miles of U.S. rivers, plus many more in 14 foreign countries. And O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists) does a lot of good in those areas. Thirteen years ago, in the highlands of Fiji, O.A.R.S. worked with the local Mataqali people, a logging company, and a land trust to create the Upper Navua Conservation Area, which protects the region from logging and has raised more than $1 million for the community. O.A.R.S. offers a free guide school for the Mataqali, hiring the top performers. But the biggest reason clients keep returning is that O.A.R.S. produces unique, awe-inspiring trips, whether it’s craft-beer tasting on California’s Tuolumne River or floating past Bhutanese temples. Our recommendation: the 17-day epic on Bhutan’s Class IV-plus Drangme Chhu. $7,495;

In the recent past, O.A.R.S. has also been recognized as offering some of the “Best Trips” on the planet by National Geographic Traveler,, MSNBC, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset and Men’s Journal.

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