How do I redeem my voucher and for which travel dates is it valid? Are there blackout dates?
To redeem your voucher, simply reach out to Beyond the Map as instructed in your confirmation email, and be sure to provide your order number. Voucher is valid for travel between May 15, 2021 until October 15, 2021 and April 19, 2022 until October 15, 2022 with the exception of listed blackout dates. The operator recommends requesting your desired dates at least 60 days prior to departure in order to coordinate the logistics of your trip. Requests within the 60 day period may still be requested but may have a lower chance of being approved. Please wait for confirmation from Beyond the Map before making your travel arrangements.
The following blackout periods apply, however, these dates could be available with enough advance notice and for a supplemental fee. Please contact our Adventures Team if you’d like to explore pricing and availability for one of the date ranges below:
May 29-31, 2021
July 1-5, 2021
September 3-6, 2021
December 31-January 1, 2022
April 15-17, 2022
May 27-30, 2022
June 9-12, 2022
July 1-4, 2022
September 2-5, 2022
October 7-10, 2022
October 28-31, 2022
November 23-27, 2022
December 22-January 1, 2023
Are departures guaranteed?
There is a minimum of four participants required for each departure to run. Additionally, Beyond the Map operates with permissions from local State Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other land agencies that govern the Commercial Use Authorizations, and those management agencies can deny access based on various factors in which your guides will have to oblige. Please wait until you receive confirmation from Beyond the Map before making travel arrangements.
Are private departures available?
Private departures are available with a minimum of four people. A private trip can be customized and offers more flexibility to travel when it suits your group. Please contact our Adventures Team to explore pricing and availability.
Are there any other conditions that may prevent this trip from running?
All Beyond the Map trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances beyond their control, including, but not limited to, permit or campsite availability, flash floods, river crossings, wildlife, park or land closures, or other conditions that may deem a location unfit or unsafe for guests. This trip requires a minimum of four people to operate and may be rescheduled or canceled if the minimum requirement is not met. Beyond the Map reserves the right to cancel any trip because of internal reasons including but not limited to inadequate signups or the inability to secure a similar experience in the event of itinerary changes.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location? Can transportation be coordinated by the tour operator?
The trip begins at Trout Creek Campground and ends near Maupin, Oregon. A shuttle will take the group back to the original starting point. If joining the trip directly from the airport, the closest airport will be in Portland (PDX) followed by a 2.5 hr drive to the meeting location. A shuttle is available to/from Portland Airport for an additional fee. Please contact our Adventures Team to discuss pricing and availability.
What are the accommodations like?
Each night will be spent tent camping along the river. Primitive restroom facilities are available at all campsites, however, if you must use the restroom while on the river, you should be prepared to follow Leave No Trace (LNT) principles when using the restroom outdoors. Tents include MSR Elixer 1 or REI Half Dome 2+ or similar. Specific tent sizes and brands may vary based on availability. Please note, cell phone reception is unreliable and electricity is not available throughout most areas of this trip.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
There is no additional fee for solo travelers. The trip already includes a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Couples traveling together will be asked to share the same tent when possible due to limitations in the camping sites.
How large is each travel group?
Each group will have a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 participants.
What is the minimum age required for this trip?
For scheduled tours, the minimum age is 8 years old. However, private tours are able to accommodate children younger than 8 years old on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our Adventures Team for more information.
Are meals included? What is the food like?
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) are included from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on the final day. Each guide tailors the menu for the specific trip and is extensively trained on camping food handling and meal planning. The goal for meals during physically demanding days is to provide guests with meals that are not only tasty but also packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
For breakfast you can expect items such as oatmeal, eggs, granola, bagels, fruit, etc. To optimize activity time, packed lunches are used that may include sandwiches, granola bars, fruit, chips, etc. Depending on time, you may stop to prepare a full lunch spread. For dinners your guides will prepare a full meal which may include options such as pastas, burritos, and more. In addition, your guide will provide an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion during the activities.
Beyond the Map can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher, and non-gluten diets, and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests require at least two weeks advance notice and may require an additional fee.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
The Beyond the Map trip director will provide a detailed packing list upon booking. The trip director will also schedule a virtual meeting prior to the trip to discuss the packing list, gear alternatives, and to answer any questions ahead of time. Some items are available to rent with advance notice.
- Water Shoes (Must be secured to your feet - Chacos, Keens, neoprene booties, or old tennis shoes)
- Camp Shoes: sandals, crocs, flip flops
- Hiking Socks: 2-3 pairs of hiking socks, one pair to hike in, one to sleep in, and one as a backup. Padded socks made from wool or synthetics are recommended (wearing thin liner socks under your hiking socks is recommended if you are concerned about blisters). No cotton socks!!
- Hat: for sun protection & bad hair days!
- Mosquito head net (optional)
- Fleece/jacket: Warm top, mid-weight shirt, sweater or pullover, also wicking material such as merino wool, fleece, or polypropylene
- Athletic top & bottoms: light-weight, quick drying pants while hiking and a similar t-shirt
- Bathing suit
- Sleeping attire
- Rainproof jacket and pants: Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants such as Gore-Tex®; pants are optional
- Water bottles or bladder: 2-3 liters total capacity
- Camp pillow: lightweight, packable camp pillow
- Camp chair (available to rent)
- Contact lenses and glasses: if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses - your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
- Sun protection: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
- Bug repellent: preferably a product containing at least 25% "DEET" (some people are sensitive to this product). Covering up is also a good option but sometimes difficult in tropical climates
- Toiletries and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth)
- Headlamp/spare batteries: preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries (available to rent)
- Camera, spare batteries (optional)
- Notebook or paperback book (optional)
- Travel hammock (optional)
- Paddling Gloves (optional to protect hands from blisters & sun)
- Prescription medicine: please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
- Money: for tipping your trip leader (optional but appreciated, generally 10-20% of your trip cost based upon the quality of your experience)
How much extra money should people budget?
It is recommended that you bring an allotment of cash for personal items you would like to buy during the trip (souvenirs, alcohol, personal items). You should also budget for the industry recommended guide gratuity of 10-20% of the trip cost.
What kind of physical shape is needed in order to successfully participate in activities? Is there any special preparation/training required for this trip?
This adventure may include 6-8 hours of continuous activity for multiple days in a row. Participants should be in good physical condition and feel comfortable sitting in a raft for several hours. This section of river has sections of exhilarating class III-IV (season dependent) rapids and also relaxing flat-water floats. Rafting and camping take place outdoors and you may be exposed to adverse weather conditions such as rain, intense heat, and sun and insects. For the best experience, it is highly recommended that participants are comfortable in and on the water. The trip director will serve as a source of knowledge for planning and preparation prior to the trip. This paddle is perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers. No experience necessary, just a calling for adventure!
Are there additional activities that I can purchase? Can I extend my trip?
This itinerary is all-inclusive; however, travelers are encouraged to extend their time while in the area. There are options to add additional days on to the trip to include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, brewery tours and more. Please contact our Adventures Team for pricing and availability.
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend you purchase trip insurance. It allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. We recommend VisitorsCoverage as a provider.
Are there special requirements for entry into the destination I am visiting?
We recommend you visit the local government websites where you plan to travel and review the required documentation for entry, current restrictions, and general recommendations for travel within the area. We encourage you to also visit your home country's embassy website if you are traveling to a foreign country. Requirements can change rapidly. Please be sure you stay abreast of the requirements and restrictions for anywhere you plan to visit. You can also enroll in the U.S. government’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and you will be sent updates if the situation in your destination changes. You can find the program link at https://step.state.gov/.
Can I cancel or modify my trip?
Yes! Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply.
New For 2021 Departures: We’re providing more flexible booking options on this trip.
Up to 60 days prior to departure*
You may postpone or modify your trip up to 60 days prior to departure with no fees or penalties.
You will have the option to:
1) Select a new date within one year of your original departure date
2) Select a new adventure or destination, or
3) Receive 100% lifetime store credit toward a future trip.
*Please note, when choosing a new date, you must choose a date within the same travel season in 2022 to avoid any additional trip costs. If you select a new adventure, you will be responsible for the difference of any additional trip costs above the value of your current trip.
Less than 60 days prior to a departure*
You may have the option to select a new date and travel within one year of your original departure date, but additional trip costs may apply and new dates are subject to availability. If you choose not to reschedule your trip you may have the option to cancel, but standard cancellation fees will apply.
*If you choose to cancel, you will receive a lifetime credit, minus cancellation fees, towards a future trip.
For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.