James Jay Hanacek IV

Job Title

Professional River Guide



With OARS Since


James Hanacek - guide - Meet the Team


Fair Oaks, CA

Current Location

Alta Sierra, CA

Offseason Gig

Office Worker

About me

Backpacking, cycling, swimming, traveling.

The Best Part of My Job

Meeting new people and sharing my love for the outdoors with them.

How I found OARS

A few friends said OARS is one of the most professional companies on the rivers, and that’s what I️ want in an employer.

My Favorite Spot on the River/Outdoors

Spanish Falls in Spanish Creek. Concurring my fear of heights was a big deal for me.

Favorite River Tradition

I️ always dip my t-grip in the water before heading down the water. No idea why, but it feels weird starting a trip with a dry paddle.

My Fun Fact

I️ once held a world record.

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