Alissa Dale

Where did you grow up?

Kanab, Utah & Flagstaff, Arizona

Where do you call home now?

Las Vegas, Nevada

Year started at OARS?

2000

What’s the best part of your job?

Sharing something I am so passionate about with complete strangers, and having them become friends because of the purity of that connection.

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

Everywhere we go is my favorite! But I have a soft spot for Hermit rapid. I remember riding in my dads boat at age 4! The best ride ever!!!

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I wear a necklace made out of Schist. And I always rub a sprig of creosote on my hands above Lava. It makes my hands a little sticky, (so i can hang onto my oars), and its definitely become a superstition for me.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Ditch boots.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I am a professional ballet dancer in the off season!