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Best Snowpack in Years Secures Far and Away Adventures’ Rafting Departures on Jarbidge/Bruneau in Lower 48’s Wildest Region

Far and Away Adventures can access Nevada/Idaho’s Wild and Scenic northerly free-flowing Jarbidge/Bruneau River system for only a few weeks each spring but when and for how long is determined by winter snowfall.

Sun Valley, ID, March 02, 2011 --( Heralding dates for accessing the Jarbidge/Bruneau come spring is akin to the excitement of fall’s first Beaujolais Nouveau. Both require a good year.

Paddlers can get onto Nevada’s northerly free-flowing Jarbidge/Bruneau River system for only a few weeks each spring but when and for how long is determined by snowpack. No dams control the flow of this remote river system.

Far and Away Adventures has been reading snowpack and water levels and this week announced three 2011 four-day / three-night trips: May 17-20, May 23-26 and June 1-4. The per person, double rate is $1,680.

“This will be an excellent season based on above average snowpack,” predicts Steve Lentz, the owner of Far and Away Adventures who has explored this river since 1983. He added that this trip offers one of the longest continuous stretches of white water commercially run the US with rapids rating Class III to Class IV+.

A portion of this adventure includes five miles of Class III and IV rapids as the river drops more than 100 feet per mile. It is notorious as being the wildest, longest stretch of whitewater commercially run on a wilderness river in North America.

Guests access a primitive and isolated 3.2-million- acre wild environment, the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 (named the Bruneau/Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness), after departing the urbanities of either Sun Valley or Boise, ID. Launch is at an historic stage stop on the old Boise-Elko stagecoach run.

The Jarbidge/Bruneau has been federally protected as a Wild and Scenic River along with the canyons whose walls fringe the river for nearly 70 miles, sometimes reaching a height of 1,200 feet and offering needle and hoodoo formations dating to 10 or 12 million years ago when the last super-volcano erupted in the region.

The area is home to the oldest trees (Juniper) in Idaho. Over these, golden eagles and prairie falcons soar in the thermals. Migratory birds on the Pacific flyway make their presence known. Spring wildflowers are at their profuse best.

Tented camping is in intimate grottos of cedar and juniper. Offering a style of services and amenities to which discerning travelers prefer to be accustomed, morning begins with a breakfast spread for early risers who can eat a cooked breakfast later if they choose. Formally served appetizers surface around 7 p.m. and a four-course, linen-draped, candlelight dinner proceeds before a naturalist discourses with music around the campfire. Portable outhouses with solar-generated lights, endless hot water for showers and state-of-art tents with elevated beds, flannel linens, carpets and nightstands ensure sweet dreams.

Far and Away Adventures walks the sustainable talk throughout its programs. While offering the world's most luxurious wilderness camping both on Yellowstone Lake and while whitewater rafting on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Wild and Scenic Bruneau, they do so in a fully sustainable and organic manner with, among others, a leave-no-trace ethic and gourmet meals that are 95 percent organic from locally sourced foods. Health for the environment and for the guest come together daily, with morning yoga and a trained massage therapist on call on every trip.

Far and Away Adventures has been sharing the excitement of paddling with adventuresome guests since 1980. Simply, the wonders of nature and those created by Far and Away Adventures for guests plying these and other privileged waters create a new category for those who seek experiences above and beyond the ordinary. Far and Away Adventures’ guests are moved beyond world-class into a universe where luxury and wilderness blend marvelously together. For a detailed itinerary on this and other programs on equally privileged waters, please contact Far and Away Adventures; toll free 800-232-8588 or visit the web site

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Contact: Steve Lentz
Far and Away Adventures
Tel: 800-232-8588

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