Max Andariese

Job Title

Professional River Guide




Grand Canyon, Arizona

With OARS Since


Jackson Andariese.


Flagstaff, AZ

Current Location


Offseason Gig

Ski Patrol

About me

I did my first river trip when I was two years old on the San Juan River. What makes me happy about river trips is the pace of life on the river–eat when you're hungry, drink when you're thirsty, and sleep when you're tired; you really only need to worry about basic human needs.

The Best Part of My Job

Getting to share the wonder and beauty of places I hold close to my heart, and to see the look on someone's face as they experience the river for the first time.

How I found OARS

I have been rafting my whole life, and during my undergraduate degree, I did my internship with a local non-profit rafting company, and through that company met another OARS guide, and he directed me that way.

My Favorite Spot on the River/Outdoors

One of my favorite rapids is Horn Creek. It was the first Grand Canyon rapid I ever saw after growing up doing only the San Juan and finally knew what a real rapid was. I also like it, because it gets the heart pumping as you make the huge drop past the horns.

My Favorite Trip Memory

My favorite memories are the individual conversations that you have on multi-day trips.

I Can’t Live Without

Full-sized pillow; I cherish my sleep.

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