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EP 25: Dvorak Expeditions with Bill Dvorak

8-day classical music rafting trips, climbing 14ers, and lobbying for wildlife conservation.

Outdoor educators and outdoorsman, Bill and Jaci Dvorak founded Dvorak Expeditions in 1985 in the scenic Arkansas River Valley in Salida, Colorado. As early pioneers of western whitewater river rafting in the Rocky Mountains, Dvorak Expeditions owns the first outfitter license by the state of Colorado.

At last count, Dvorak Expeditions has accumulated over 60,000 miles of river running experience, and Bill Dvorak has personally instructed the Dvorak Expeditions guide-training course for over 35 years.

In today’s episode, we were joined by Bill Dvorak to talk about everything they’ve built and learned over the last 40 years of being in the rafting industry.

Segments from this episode:

[00:00] – Intro
[03:58] – Different adventures in the Arkansas River Valley of Colorado
[8:00] – Impact of cleaning up the river
[12:26] – Wilderness bills and lobbying for wildlife conservation
[16:00] – The beauty of the Arkansas River
[21:00] – The best time to go rafting in Colorado
[24:45] – Trends in outdoor recreation
[26:05] – Tips for climbing a 14er
[28:55] – 8-day classical music rafting trips?
[32:30] – Day to day operations of running an outfitter

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Podcast Reviews
  • Great tips for outdoors
    March 24, 2021 by JSK0113 from United States

    I love these podcasts because of the knowledge and depth of the host and the guests. Continue making these and get more people outside! You guys rock!

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    January 29, 2021 by BuckeyeWarrior from United States

    The Trip Outside folks are a great crew who are genuinely interested in conservation and helping people responsibly recreate outdoors. The Trip Outside podcasts are a great way to learn more about a destination before you go. Many times, it can be difficult to choose an outfitter or tour company when you don’t know who to trust or anything about the company’s ethics. You can rest assured that any recommendations from Trip Outside have already taken this into account. They also offer very helpful tips and advice about how to plan an outdoor adventure when you don’t know anything about the place you are traveling. Thanks Trip Outside!

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    I’m enjoying these- I like the flow, pace, and content so much! I’m learning a lot and already planning my next outdoor adventure!

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    January 6, 2021 by @themanreet from United States

    I love this podcast! Even though I’m a city slicker I do love an outdoor adventure. Reet and his guests do a fantastic job of making the outdoors seem accessible to anyone. They take the guesswork out of trip planning and I learn something fascinating in every episode! Highly recommend listening to this podcast.

  • If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy this!
    December 5, 2020 by Live Small Ride Free from United States

    Whether you’re just getting into the outdoors or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, you’ll enjoy this podcast. There’s a take away for everyone: tips on tryin out a new activity, learning about a new region or getting info from the locals!

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