Team Building Icebreaker for Strangers: 14-Mile, All-Day, Class III Rafting Trip

Working in the training industry you become more observant and appreciative when it comes to well-trained, employee interactions when you shop, dine, travel etc. Last week on vacation in Colorado I went on a 14-mile, all-day rafting trip on the Arkansas River in Brown’s Canyon National Monument with Performance Tours.  It was completely out of my comfort zone and really tested my limits.  In retrospect, it was a crazy team building icebreaker and team building exercise for six willing strangers.

I should explain that white water rafting wasn’t necessarily on my bucket list. It just seemed like a perfect activity to do while in Colorado. It would give me a full day out in a beautiful setting that you couldn’t access by car or a hike. I don’t think I fully grasped how dangerous it could be until I arrived and began looking at the photos on the wall of other tourists in the middle of the rapids. (I am on the far right holding the yellow oar in the picture above. Note my terrified expression.)

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