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Old 10-09-2008   #11
Jackson, Wyoming
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had an excellent experience with Ceiba last fall, whole shebang deal, good amount of food ( we had some super-eater garbage disposal types though) and they even snuck a thanksgiving dinner (and decorations) in for us on one of our last days on the water! Great small company that helped us out every step of the way, very flexible, and very interesting people! All that and we got money back after they food shopped for us.

I would no hesitate to use them again, and hope to soon!

I would use them again in heartbeat,

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Old 10-09-2008   #12
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Call Scott at Ceiba, he is your man for everything! 800-217-1060 or ceibaadventures.com

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Old 10-09-2008   #13
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yup scott pettitt, he is the man
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Old 10-09-2008   #14
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for all these folks is here:

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Have a Great trip! Yours, Tom
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Old 10-09-2008   #15
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i went through REO last Jan. was quite happy with it. you have to have ZERO fear of butter though..... about 4 sticks per meal...
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Old 10-09-2008   #16
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Call Scott at Ceiba, he is your man for everything! 800-217-1060 or ceibaadventures.com

We used them this June and they were great. The food was great and we had to much(the 110+ heat had alot to do with it), but for total newbies no body down the Grand before they were great. We did the hole Shabang and their gear was great. Our rafts and equipment we got from them was the newest and nicest by far from what we saw on the river. Their prices were lower than Pro and Reo. We will use them again for sure. Their customer service was awesome.
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Old 10-09-2008   #17
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This thing about food is interesting. I've only done two private trips, one where we did our own, and the other where REO did a great job for us on the meals. I'm pretty sure you'd get good results from any of the firms that have been mentioned.

The food dilemma the outfitters have seems to me to be pretty simple. They can't afford to ever have a trip come back and say that there wasn't enough food. That would be deadly in terms of their reputation, and I think they'd much rather take the rap for too much food.

Intricate or time-consuming kitchen operations is another matter, of course. But each of them seems to offer a wide range of meal plans -- all you have to do is tell them that you want simple preparation. And they all are going to give you approval over the menu, so that's a final check.


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Old 10-09-2008   #18
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ceiba was great I don't think it gets any better in terms of food and boats
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Old 10-10-2008   #19
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Try this guy from PAGE...much more convenient being in Page near Lee's and his shit is tight...as nice as PRO from what I saw. I met the guy picking up some dudes at Diamond and he is cool as shit as well....sounds like he is way LESS money too! We rented REO due to cost but this guy being in Page would have saved us a couple hundered in gas and 6 hours.

American D system on the keg...ales pour better and hold up better with temp change. Make sure the pouring line is small (1/4 ID) and at least 6' long to ovoid the dreaded foam only pour. We drank 9 kegs (1/2 barrel big ones) with 10 people over 17 days, plus two nights of booze.

Also Joe you can check out my cheaters post...lots of time to save reading our attachments here...
grand canyon cheat sheet itin menu gear 'n beer

no doubt you will have a good time with any rental company, not the rental that makes it or breaks it ya know....need to have enough beer and bacon and coffee.

I've never boated before, but I have posted a lot on Mountain Buzz!
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Old 10-11-2008   #20
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Used REO for a trip in '04 - food was very good and there was plenty of it, including for lunch, which is a bigger deal for hardboaters, really. But there way too much prep time - making spaghetti sauce from tomato paste and sauteing your garlic, etc...fine for home, but too much work when you want to sit and watch the river go by.

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