Andre Potochnik

Professional River Guide

Doctor Dray

Where did you grow up?

Modesto, California

Where do you call home now?

Flagstaff, Arizona

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Providing for guests a super impressive/life changing experience with rivers and the great outdoors.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special

Rapid: Upset Rapid; big, thrilling, dramatic.

Camp: Nankoweap; sublime light late in the day, biggest in-your-face wall in the Grand Canyon.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I keep a black rat in my bow hatch…for luck and fun I guess.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Well, I’ve probably forgot most things one time or another, I most missed my flute and journal.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I love helping people discover cool things along the river, especially geology and natural/human history.

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