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DVORAK'S RAFTING | KAYAK & FISHING EXPEDITIONS Established 1969 | 719-539-6851

Prepare To Go Forms!

GET READY TO GO ON YOUR RIVER ADVENTURE

Forms ‘PDF’ we need you to Email or Fax:

Please return the following forms to us via email (info@dvorakexpeditions.com) or (fax 719 539-3378) as soon as you have booked your trip:

Check here for some answers to common questions and answers about your trip. We have also included a set of helpful links for you to give you additional local information about weather, lodging, water levels and other local gear and equipment suppliers. And even if you have been rafting, kayaking or fishing before, it never hurts to be reminded about those essential items which will maximize your comfort while on your river trip.
Here are some suggestions about what to bring with you.

What To Wear on the River:

  • Straw hat or cap for sun protection
  • Poly-pro or synthetic layers (top & bottoms)
  • Nylon/synthetic shorts or swimsuit – quick drying
  • Nylon or synthetic shirt (Avoid cotton unless on mid summer desert trips i.e. Green, Gunnison, Colorado Rivers)
  • Tennis shoes or water sport sandals with secure straps (Teva, Chaco, Keen style)
  • Wool or poly-pro socks in shoes or sandals if cold water (neoprene boots available to rent)
  • Rain parka and pants (DVK can provide by arrangement)
  • Long john wetsuit and booties (cold months May, June, Sept or Class IV+ trips recommended)See form above for rental rates
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
  • Sunscreen and/or zinc (Cotton cover up clothing on longer trips)

What To Wear in Camp at night:

  • Short sleeved shirt
  • Long sleeved shirts (one light, one warm)
  • Warm jacket or windproof or Fleece (water resistant)
  • Shorts
  • Long pants (one light weight to block sun, one fleece or synthetic, wool/warm for night)
  • Camp shoes or lightweight hiking shoes. (NO heavy boots)
  • Stocking cap or wool , fleece type

For Sleeping under the stars (SEE above for rental rates):

  • Tent – lightweight with fly-floor with ground sheet  (DVK rentals; 2-3 person)
  • Sleeping pad – inflatable backpack therm-a-rest or equivalent (DVK rents deluxe Paco Pads and Therma-rests)
  • Sleeping bag – 3 season, lightweight, compact, synthetic holo-fill : (Down is risky near water sports)

Other Recommended Camping Items:

  • Personal toiletries
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Prescription medications
  • Retainer strap for prescription glasses
  • Biodegradable soap and small towel

Optional Camping Items:

  • Camp chair (Example: Crazy Creek style compact only) (DVK provides low river chairs for guests)
  • Waterproof Camera or Camera with waterproof case.  (Not provided by DVK)
  • Binoculars (waterproof case recommended)  Pelican boxes are suggested.
  • Reading materials:  (No electronic items)  (Good book, sketch book, bird book, flora/fauna book)
  • Selected rivers may allow for Fishing upgrade:  Needed tackle (rod/reels/flies/lures) Colorado license purchase prior to trip: (DVK has rentals available) 
  • PERSONAL DRINKS: Plastic containers with liquor, extra sodas, beer in cans. (CALL DVK can purchase on put on your tab)

NOTE: MULTI-DAY EXPEDITIONS ONLY: DVK will provide plenty of water, juice and drinks but if you would like some (limits) extra beverages to bring to river they must be plastic containers of liquor or canned beer or wine coolers. Please NO Glass! Complimentary wine with dinners and some soft drinks will be provided although if you prefer a certain soda or NO soft drinks, please let us know in advance of your trip.

Arrival and Departure Information:
Detailed confirmation trip FLOAT notes will be Emailed to you once you have booked your spot on one of our trips which describe pickup and departure points, local lodging facilities, other necessary logistical information and details about food, alcohol and the equipment we provide for you as part of your trip package.  PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORMS REQUIRED PER ABOVE LINKS AND PDF FORMS 7-30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP. 

Tipping & Guide Requests:

Our guides work very hard to please you and provide an excellent experience.  They appreciate whatever feedback you care to give them, including a gratuity if you so desire. DVK is proud of the fact that we can sometimes bring clients together with their favorite guides However guide requests are often not possible and cannot be guaranteed for a variety of reasons.  We will do all we can to schedule you with the guide you have requested, but know that it may not always be feasible.

Recommended Reading:

  • CANYONLANDS RIVER GUIDE, Bill and Buss Belknap
  • COLORADO OUTWARD BOUND RAFTING MANUAL, Al Brown
  • DESERT SOLITAIRE, Edward Abbey / McGraw Hill
  • DESOLATION RIVER GUIDE, Laura Evans and Buss Belknap
  • DINOSAUR RIVER GUIDE, Laura Evans and Buss Belknap
  • EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND IT’S CANYONS, J.W. Powell Dover Publications
  • PETERSON FIELD GUIDE SERIES, Houghton Mifflin Co
  • FIELD GUIDE TO ANIMAL TRACKS, Olas J. Murie
  • FIELD GUIDE TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS, Johna Frank Craighead with Ray Davis
  • FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN BIRDS, Roger Tory Pererson
  • FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, Robert C. Stebbins
  • THE MAN WHO WALKED THRU TIME, Colin Fletcher / Alfred A. Knopf
  • THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, Edward Abbey / McGraw Hill
  • RIVER RUNNING, Verne Huser / Henry Regnery & Co
  • RIVERS OF COLORADO, Earl Perry / American Canoe Assoc.
  • RUN RIVER RUN Ann Zwinger / Harper and Row
  • A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC, Aldo Leopold / Oxford Univ. Press
  • WHITE WATER RAFTING, William McGinnis / Quadrangle

Your health and medical awareness:

WHEN BOOKING YOUR TRIP CONSIDER THIS: Our river trips are active participatory and are suitable for reasonably fit first-timers.  It is your responsibility to understand the rigors of the trip and to represent to us that you are physically capable of participation.  Although some trips are more strenuous then others you need to be aware they will be a dramatic change in routine for most people. Although we take all precautions for emergencies and safety of our guests, ,any of our trips occur at an high altitudes and may be situated within remote canyons where access to electronic services is NOT available.  Please let us know when you fill out your WAIVER /release (Live Link with Confirmation) form if you have an special health needs / allergies or restrictions. If you have special dietary needs, we can usually accommodate you with advance notice when booking your adventure.

Need Travel Protection Insurance? Buy Now>

Bill Dvorak Kayak Rafting & Fishing Expeditions recommends that you purchase a Travelex Travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.  Although our intention is for a safe trip for all, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself, your belongings, and your vacation through the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.   Trip participants should realize that in the event of illness or injury on a river trip, evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive.  Baggage and cameras are carried entirely at the owner’s risks, and we accept no responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed property. A trip cancellation policy covers your non-refundable payments in most cases, should you have to cancel your trip at the last minute. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.  For more information on the recommended plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contactTravelex Insurance Services at 800 228-9792 and reference location number # 06-0520     www.travelexinsurance.com