ECHO’s Hood River, OR office is a hot bed of modern technology and connectivity. The first time I stepped foot in here I was blown away. I was struck with two questions – what’s a raft company need with all of these fancy computers and Zach, are you video conferencing with Dick and Joe? The answers – it’s all about connection, and yes, that’s called technology.
Under the leadership of general manager Zach Collier, with river pioneers and ECHO owners Dick Linford and Joe Daly under his tech savy wing, ECHO has been striving to maintain a cutting edge presence on the internet.
Despite embracing the modern in order to connect better with our guests and the world, there’s evidence of a deep river connection everywhere. A back room in the office is piled high with life jackets, kayaks, and throw bags. There’s an old ECHO oar leaning in one corner, the bookshelves are full of river running guides, there’s a dog asleep on the floor, the pictures on the wall celebrate legendary ECHO trips, and sometimes lunch breaks turn into paddle sessions.
The mission of ECHO has been, since 1972, to take guests on legendary river trips – trips built around the power of disconnecting from cell phones and computers and reconnecting with the environment, family, friends. We hope to use technology to share the magic of wild rivers that’s why One of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth works hard in the virtual world, too.
We’re excited about new features on Google+ that allow us to connect and share with our past and future guests, our guides, and the world. We love the fact that we can share videos and photos instantly and free on YouTube, Vimeo, Google+, and Facebook. We couldn’t do without our email and internet.
It can all be a bit of informational overload, believe me we know. Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer and get outside. While you’re here we hope you like us, +1 us, and share the magic of ECHO River Trips with your friends, but most importantly we hope to see you out there on a river someday soon.