Where did you grow up?
Where do you call home now?
Year started at OARS?
What’s the best part of your job?
Living and working in nature! I also love watching people transform and relax through out the river trip. It’s amazing what happens when people remove themselves from the modern world and technology for a few days…
Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special
Big drops 2&3 in Cataract Canyon during high water. Every time I’m at the top scouting I have a hundred butterflies battling it out in my stomach and I think to myself “what am I doing here???” Then I run the rapids and when I reach the bottom it’s the best feeling in the world, stoked, I think yes this is what I’m doing here!
Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?
Yeah, I have fishhook carved from whale bone that lives in my life jacket. It is a gift from a local girl I connected with while traveling in Tonga. It represents protection from water.
What can you not live without on a trip?
Lotions, my skin gets so dried out working in the desert environment.
Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory
I make my own natural lotions, salves, sunscreens, and lip balms. I got tired of paying too much for chemical laden products. I use coconut or olive oil infused with pinon pine resin and local beeswax as my base, along with essential oils and a few other ingredients. Products are great and smell awesome!