Western River Expeditions Invites Guests to Raft Grand Canyon April / May 2014 With Two Renowned Photographers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Aug. 5, 2013 – Celebrating over 50 years of navigating the West’s wildest rivers, whitewater rafting pioneerWestern River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) announces for 2014 two photo workshops to be held in conjunction with multi-day rafting and camping adventures down the Grand Canyon.

Both trips are seven days, all-inclusive, on-river adventures with world-class photographers Willie Holdman on the first trip and Kerrick James on the second.

The Grand Canyon River Run Workshop from April 3-9 with Willie Holdman is for ages 12 and up. The per person (single or double) rate is $2,655 inclusive all camping and rafting equipment, all freshly prepared meals, guided rafting of the Colorado River for nearly 200 miles over 60 rapids, guided hikes, transfers from a designated hotel to the Las Vegas Airport and a helicopter exit from the canyon at trip’s end. Guests can snap on their own cameras waterfalls, turquoise-colored waters, deep-side canyons and grottos filled with ferns and desert wildflowers. Enroute Holdman, who has floated down the Grand Canyon numerous times on photography expeditions, will facilitate an ongoing photography workshop. See: http://www.willieholdman.com/workshop/

In association with Arizona Highways magazine and photographer Kerrick James, the second workshop is May 6-12. Rafting the Grand Canyon Photography Workshop with Kerrick James is for ages 12 and up as well. The per person (single or double) rate includes pre and post-trip workshops and on-location instruction, roundtrip transportation from Las Vegas, outfitter fees and complete camping set-ups, all chef-prepared meals, park and other fees, and one night lodging (May 6) at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Las Vegas. See: http://www.ahpw.org/workshops/2014/Grand-Canyon-Rafting-Colorado-River-Photo-Workshop-2014-05-07/

About Willie Holdman

Landscape photographer Holdman is a native Utahn. He started experiencing the wonders of nature photography at an early age by assisting his father, Floyd, on photography assignments throughout the country for National Geographic .His Utah landscape photography experiences began when he managed to slip out and photograph the rural areas of Utah while at Brigham Young University where he received his BFA degree with an emphasis in photography. A popular Utah landscape photographer, Willie lives at the base of majestic Mt. Timpanogos in Orem, Utah. Although he has photographed nature all over the world, it can't compare with the versatility and beauty of his home state, Utah. Whether he is high in an alpine meadow experiencing Mountain photography, or low in the red rock desert, concentrating on National Park photography, this is home. http://www.willieholdman.com/

About Kerrick James

Kerrick James took a BFA degree in photography from Arizona State University in 1982. Since then he has photographed the lands and cities of the American West, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim, with increasing emphasis on Alaska, Hawaii and Baja California. His work has appeared in more than 200 book and magazine covers and numerous feature stories in travel and inflight magazines like Arizona Highways, Alaska, Voyageur, Virtuoso Life, Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic Adventure, Sky, Sunset and Conde Nast Traveler UK. In addition to providing covers for two books by National Geographic, he has also shot guidebooks of the Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, and San Francisco for Compass American Guides. For Insight Guides, he has shot travel guides of Arizona, Utah, California and San Francisco. He is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Through Each Other’s Eyes and is president of the Travel Journalist’s Guild. He lives in Mesa, AZ, with sons Shane, Royce and Keanu. kerrickjames.com

Western River Expeditions

Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) is an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. Annually from March through October it escorts more people down rivers on professionally guided rafting trips in Utah, Idaho and Arizona than any other company. It is the largest licensed outfitter in the Grand Canyon and the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT, through its division Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/).

Western River Expeditions, providing Grand Canyon rafting, Utah rafting, and Idaho rafting trips, was founded in 1961 by Colorado River rafting pioneer Jack Currey. It has been named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The company is the proud recipient of the "Best of State" award through Utah’s Premier Recognition and Awards Program for nine consecutive years.  For 2013 and 2014 season reservations call toll-free: 866.904.1160 or 801.942.6669.

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