Known for blending river rafting with wilderness adventure and backcountry luxury, Far and Away Adventures (http://www.far-away.com/) delivers “authentic American safaris” that in 2012 include two six-day/five-night Middle Fork of the Salmon Whitewater Wellness Weeks. Trip dates are Aug. 27-Sept. 1 and Sept. 6-11. The per person rate is from $2,750.
In an adults-only atmosphere, private wellness and fitness counseling and activities will be led by Margie Caldwell Cooper, a fitness educator, relaxation trainer and former competitive swimmer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was designated Aquatic Exercise Association Global Fitness Professional of the Year in 2006.
In a pristine riverside setting, Caldwell will introduce new and advanced stretching techniques and lead daily warm-up and yoga sessions before each active day on the river. Morning guided hikes to enjoy scenery and view petroglyphs increase participant’s endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Personalized stretch sessions and kinesthetic awareness activities drawn up by Caldwell after individual assessments will give each guest a specific individualized program for improved posture and increased flexibility and range of motion. Massage and bodywork sessions in the ambience of the quiet river evenings will loosen joints and lengthen muscles, improving posture and balance.
Far and Away Adventures hopes to appeal to active couples and solo travelers looking to combine a world-class adventure vacation with a strong wellness element. Owner and founder Steve Lentz likes to point out that, “this is also prime time for fly-fishing on legendary blue ribbon waters. A companion who would rather angle for Westslope Cutthroat Trout will be well accommodated.” Lentz notes that an experienced angler can bring 100 fish a day to the boat.
The comprehensive program in concert with a world-class river expedition includes aerobic interval workouts, fly-fishing, soaking in hot springs, wildlife observation and nature walks, inflatable kayaking, and development of long term personal fitness agendas. Exercise mats are provided. Additional massage treatments (one is complimentary) are $50 per half hour and $90 per hour.
Caldwell, a self-proclaimed river rat herself, holds numerous certifications from the Yoga Alliance and teaches Yoga and Pilates. She also is on staff at the Rancho La Puerta health spa in Baja, Mexico on a regular basis and offers continuing education to instructors around the country focusing on bringing core training and functional fitness into every workout.
As guests work out with Caldwell and play on the river, adventure guides set up and break down five-star camps along the river. They prepare and serve organic meals on pre-heated stoneware atop linen-draped tables lit by candlelight while pouring into crystal stemware wines selected from organic and small-batch wineries. The guides also arrange solar-generated hot water for showers, and state-of-art tents with elevated beds, flannel bedding, carpets and nightstands.