Looks like that was a fun trip and a great intro to river running. Those rapids are a lot more interesting in a 14' boat though!
Originally Posted by Hodsanders
Is it just impossible to get on a private trip? What about cost private/commercial?
No - and it gets a lot easier if you can say the words, "What can I do to help?" Knowing how to row a raft and having experience on the Grand is a plus but not necessary.
Private trip costs run the gamut from about $600 to $1500 per person for a 16 - 21 day trip depending less on trip length and more on how the food is done and how much gear is rented for the trip. I've heard of trips for $400 before.
Plugging in to the boating community will go a long way toward getting on a private trip. Start with other trips like the Deso Gray, San Juan, and other rivers.
Welcome to private river running!