I'm down about 35% for the summer
Both trips and tips. Ya cant tell me the economy is completely to blame. Everytime there has been some news about the rio it has been completely blown out of proportion. Look at the Eagle incident you mentioned before. I saw the headlines. Somthing like 19 swimmers in 5 rafts flips on the eagle or somthing like that. And like was said earlier and you pointed out. NOT NEWS WORTHY. Exactly! Still.... they ran with the story on the front page complete with pictures. Most of us know there was no real news to the story. I person went to the hosp for observation. This is a joke story to us but not to those that have come to town to spend tourist $$$. "Well honey, There killing people on the river again,.....Lets go to Pikes peak instead".
How many multiple stories have you seen on the dangers of 4x4 during the height of 4x4 season. come on dude. Its not the same.
As for getting shut down. Some of the smaller companies may be struggeling to keep their heads above water and bad press just might be the straw that breaks the camels back
I agree with you here. It is fun to flip and it is to be expected as a part of rafting. I guess thats part of the point. We, as whitewater folks know that it mostly all good when rafts flip, but when not rio people see this stuff, needlessly over and over again, it scares the shit out of them and the only benifit is in the ratings for news 9 Denver, not the river community.