Chris Arrate

Where did you grow up?

Reno, Nevada

Where do you call home now?

Quincy, California

Year started at O.A.R.S.?


What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of the job is the way my spirit is rejuvenated and energized, every moment we’re out there. I can’t point to one thing that makes it happen but I believe it is a mix of influences. There isn’t a place that makes me feel better than a river. My fellow guides are there to support me and I am there for them, we are a team. The guests are all there to have a good time and have brought their best attitudes, they are a huge part of the experience, they are never the same which makes each trip unique. And of course there is river time, the more time one is on the river the more one’s worries are forgotten.

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

My favorite rapid is Hells Kitchen on the Tuolumne. It is so fast and technical and big. I love the way the boat feels like it’s flying when it’s ran just right.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My lucky hat that has been on hundreds of trips with me for over ten years.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Don’t know. I usually over pack, and don’t really need any of it. I do like to have a repair kit and a sarong.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I am a stilt walker in the local circus. I am good at on the river repairs of gear. I am a novice guitar player. I am attending school in hopes of becoming a nurse. I have a beautiful wife, a happy little baby girl, and a good dog always there for me to love.