Tour 5 by Extreme Tornado Tours

  • Discounts:

    Discount of $300 ($150 per person) for two guests sharing a room.
    Discount of 5% for returning guests.

  • The staff on this tour is likely to be: Dave Holder (Tour Guide / Director), Blake Knapp (Driver and Tour Guide), Reed Timmer (Special guest),
  • Departure city: Denver, Colorado
  • Chase days: 10

This tour in different years

Year Start date End date Price
2013 2013-05-24 2013-06-02 3500
2012 2012-05-23 2012-06-01 3500
2011 2011-05-07 2011-06-16 3400
/tour-operators/extreme-tornado-tours/tour-5/605 2010-05-13 2010-05-18 2700

Reviews of this tour

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Name: Niels Linthout
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

ETT is the best company around, although I haven't sampled any of the others. Being out there in the field with Reed (a few days of the tour at most though) is definitely a highlight! Plus, seeing the Dominator(s) up close is pretty cool too.

As far as the tour was concerned, it was simply amazing! Every day (bar the last few days) was a chase day, and we got to see some awesome tornadoes. Including the deadly El Reno one, which got us in some hairy situations, but nothing the dream team of Dave, Kevin, Blake, Shanda and Matt couldn't handle. I felt very comfortable with the tour guides, they are definite pro's! Service was overall very good, although I'd wish they came together once after the season to discuss the good and bad points. That could make the difference.

Since we had chase days every day (bar the last few) we didn't encounter any problems. The few small ones that did were handled on the spot. There was no bad weather (apart from the obvious) to speak of.

Apart from that ETT is a very professional outfit, and we got on pretty much every tornado out there. I'd say don't hesitate and book yourself on a tour for next year!

Tour guide

Dave Holder - amazing guy, runs his socks off to make it all happen!
Kevin Barton - lovely man, never stops talking and/or singing!
Blake Knapp - big dude and ever so nice! Knows a lot about tornadoes and weather.
Shanda Hinnant - best driver ever! Will get you there safe and sound!
Matt Phelps - awesome, one of the best!

Vehicle

The vehicles are due for an upgrade I would say, although I'm reliably informed that at least one of the vans has already gone through it! Space is a bit limited, so make sure you get a good setup on day 1. Do take some time to figure it all out! ;-) Apart from that there is free wifi on board, the rooftops come of too and there are big coolers for refreshments (ice and water free of charge!).

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Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I lost count of how many tornadoes i saw, need i say more!

I was well briefed each morning and during chases on what we were chasing and why. I also had no issues with the information provided prior to the tour or at any stage during.

We stayed in good hotels and ate and drank very well!

We had very little down time but during these periods we did visit some nice parks and some shops for technical supplies.

Tour guide

A very strong point for ETT. All guides were very knowledgeable and experienced chasers who were willing to share their wisdom. I have been on other tours where the information flow was limited at best.

We found storms everyday which either produced tornadoes or photographic super cells.

All guides had a good sense of humour and made a decent effort to find nice, fun places to eat and drink.

Vehicle

The vehicles were more than comfortable enough with enough room to host multiple suitcases and camera bags etc. The vans also have a see through roof so you can see whats going on above you. We also had a multiple coolers in the back to keep water cool.

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Name: Jennifer Giordano
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5
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General review

I would HIGHLY recommend ETT to anyone looking into tours. They are run by experienced chasers and meteorologists, and they do everything they can to ensure that guests not only see great storms but do so safely and while having fun. Not only do you see amazing storms, but you learn a lot of information from the guides and make life-long friends. I have gone the past two years now. In 2012 we had a slow year weather-wise, but the guides worked their tails of to get us to anything worthy of chasing. We all enjoyed it so much that 8 of the 12 of us returned in 2013 together (the other 4 had life reasons, ie babies being born, getting married, not able to get time off work). In 2013 we hit the jackpot weather-wise, and we saw 7 tornadoes, ranging from small and weak to the El Reno tornado. During El Reno, it was obvious how concerned the guides were, and they did their utmost to ensure our safety while doing interviews with tv/news stations to warn others.

Tour guide

There are 5 main tour guides in ETT. Dave Holder is the resident meteorologist on tour, and is kind, funny, extremely knowledgable, and has the tour guest's comfort and wishes at the top of his priority list. Kevin Barton has chased for years, and you will know him as the man who built all of the Dominators (seen on Discovery's Storm Chasers). His eyes light up like a kid on Christmas when seeing storms, and noone explains a storm's structure like he does. Shanda, the lone female tour guide, is the utmost professional. She's been chasing for years, and is not only skilled in chasing, but is an amazing photographer. She makes memory books of the tours for each guest. Blake, another veteran chaser, is also a skilled photographer and loves to explain weather. He is fantastic at breaking down a storm and helping you understand what you're looking at. Matt is new to ETT as of 2013, but his understanding and instinct for storms is astounding. He's very laid back and puts all the guests at ease immediately. He also has a meteorology background.

Vehicle

We call the ETT vans our home away from home. They are lovingly referred to as Red Van and Blue Van. They are 16 passenger vans that have been modified by Kevin to be the best vehicles out there for tour guests. The last seat is removed, leaving room for luggage, then 2 people per seat - so 6 guests per van - very spacious. Kevin has also cut out the ceilings of the vans (and replaced them with some fancy material) so that guests can see out the tops of the vans at the storms above. The vans are also rigged for Wifi and have power throughout, so guests can bring laptops, iPads, etc to keep themselves occupied. Vans are cleaned, tires rotated, oil changed, etc, between each tour. Occasionally you'll see a cracked window from hail - that makes it all the more fun!

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Name: Ryan Sandberg
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Overall, the tour was an experience of a lifetime. The guides were professional with their duties but maintained a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. When we got under a storm, the guides handled themselves in a calm and collective manner. I felt safe the entire time out chasing. I have nothing bad to say about my experience with the tour.

Tour guide

I became good friends with all of the guides on the tour. They taught me more about storms and how to forecast. Even when the weather was good, they still found things to keep the guests entertained and happy. I think they all did an exceptional job.

Vehicle

We travelled in large vans. The vans were pretty comfortable and offered wifi as well. I don't have any complaints about the vans we travelled in.

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Name: marti Hollingsworth
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

Chasing with ETT was my firs ever chashing experience and I must say I will never chase with any one else. I loved every minute of my chasing experience we chased nearly every day and got on good storms nearly every day and the good thing is we got to see many tornados. I alwasys enjoined our evenings when we got to sit down togeather relax have a beer (or many)and have a great laugh and review the day we always had our evening meals in a nice clean environment never any cheap back street establishments and we always stayed in in good quality motels/hotels.
Chasing with ETT also comes with some other advantages you get to hang out with reed timmet and the dominators and there crews every where you stop you can expect crows of people taking photos and asking questions and because you are part of the group you get to see the bits most others dont (and maby the bits they wish you hadn't)
As I traveled from the uk buy air ett made this easyer buy offering a pickup and drop off service so you are never left traving across a city not knowing what you are doing.
I left the tour making some great friends and I also include the ett tour guides in this is was never us and them we were all part of the group and I will be 100% be joining them again

Tour guide

Matt, Blake, Shanda, Kevin, and Dave they were all a great bunch of people and like I said above I still call them friends they all know there stuff and will do there upmost to give you a good time

Vehicle

The vans we travel in are well fitted out to make you as comfortable as possible with good wifi connections air conditioning and reasonably comfortable seats and they are clean. They have giant lexan roofs so you get to see all of the storm and hail above you and good windows all round to give you the best views possible and having the tvn web cam onbord you can let your friends at home follow you in the chase

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Name: Simmone
Tour: Tour 5
Year: 2013
Rating: 5 of 5

General review

I have had the pleasure of going on two tours with Extreme Tornado Tours and without doubt they were the two of the greatest experiences of my life.

The first year in 2012 my husband and I witnessed some incredible storms and learnt so much about extreme weather conditions. In our down time we got to see some amazing sights around the States which I never thought I would get to see. Although it came extremely close, we did not witness a tornado, although that was definitely not a deterrent to come again.

We immediately signed up for the 2013 tour, as did 8 of the 12 tour guests who had since become our very close friends. The 2013 tour was an extremely active 10 day tour. We witnessed 7 tornados among the most incredible structures I could have hoped to see. We were in extremely high-pressure situations, however our guides maintained complete professionalism and kept us safe yet close enough to witness its power.

In both tours we got to meet and chase with Reed Timmer and the crew, in the Dominator, which was an amazing experience it itself. The tour guests we met on both tours and the tour guides have become like family and I know we have built lasting friendships. If this is something you have thoughts about doing, I can't recommend it enough, just make sure its with Extreme Tornado Tours!

Tour guide

Over 2 years I have had the pleasure of touring with 5 tour guides, Dave, Kevin, Blake, Shanda & Matt. Their wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm is unparalleled. Their genuine desire and drive to get the most out of each experience is apparent in everything they do. They have all become like family and are the reason I will only ever tour with Extreme Tornado Tours.

Vehicle

The vehicle's were incredible. You would think spending 10 days in the same van could become uncomfortable, but this was far from it. The large vans, comfortably seat everyone, with good viewing capacity form all seats. The vans also have a clear roof so you don't miss a thing. Great wifi available to always stay connected as well as plenty of room for everyone to stretch out and use laptops and cameras with ease. I couldn't fault the vehicles.

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