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Old 10-21-2015   #21
Vail, Colorado
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Im sure that everyone has good and bad experiences with anything in this life. Some people have good and bad stories about every gear outfitter for the grand. I for one CAN NOT recommend Moenkopi. I read all the stories about how brady saved their trip. I think that it is amazing when someone would go way out of their way to save someones "once in a lifetime" trip down the grand canyon. However, we had the opposite experience with Brady and Moenkopi. No specifics but mostly related to rented outfitter gear failure. Just glad we didn't have to rely on the sat phone working in an emergency situation cause it seemed like everything else failed. Group member on our trip had used Ceiba for a previous trip and loved everything that came from Ceiba so that has to be a decent recommendation.

I hope whoever you decide on it works out great for you. As long as you have enough food and a working water filter and duct tape, you should be able to get your boats down that amazing stretch of water and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.

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Old 10-21-2015   #22
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Originally Posted by stony2275 View Post

I'm planning a canyon trip for spring. I have used REO for raft rentals and food, shuttle etc. - both a good experiences back in the late 90's.

Anyone have any thoughts on using PRO instead of REO? Has anyone used either company recently?

Anyone but Moenkopi. Ceiba was top notch.

My two cents.

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Old 10-22-2015   #23
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I have only used REO but thought they were excellent. As stated above some imperfect rigging but they give you so many extras that it is easy to get it all to work. I would pay up front for an extra groover can. And bring a an extra wing or easy up or two depending on group size. The NRS wing they supply is not enough if you need it. I love that they use NRS boats. Those seam to be one of the boats of choice for such a trip and definitely stand up to the abuse of the constant rigging and rubbing. I'm surprised anyone uses Sotars for such a trip. Seems like a gamble. I love Sotar but not for a rental.
I think the people at REO are top notch and most helpful. The food is good. Some meals are a little too involved for my style but it is your menu. Gear is great. Partner stuff. Lots of cast iron. Well stocked com box and spice kit , etc.

I am not bashing Sotar. I would love to own one. I don't want to take my gear on such an abusive trip unless I was going very small group. That is my $.02.

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Old 10-22-2015   #24
White Salmon, Washington
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Cieba is great. Used them twice. Food and gear very solid. The even provided low sugar and organic options at our request.
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Old 10-22-2015   #25
Canon City, Colorado
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Originally Posted by Sleepless View Post
Anyone but Moenkopi. Ceiba was top notch.

My two cents.
Just out of curiosity, was your experience the same trip as RichardJames' trip?
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Old 10-22-2015   #26
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Moenkopi! Brady is awesome and will go the extra mile! He put together an amazing set up for our trip in 2 weeks notice

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