Colin Hupp


The Silver Fox

Where did you grow up?

Tucson, Arizona

Where do you call home now?

South Lake Tahoe, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Meeting all types of people from all walks of life and finding our common humanity.

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

Clavey Falls on the Tuolumne River has it all, great camp, great hike and fantastic rapid.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I always contact my wife to tell her I love her. You never know….

What can you not live without on a trip?

My Chaco river shoes. Shoes are the best shoes.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My hometown had neither a river nor much skiing and I wound up a river guide and ski patroller. It’s not where you come from but where you’re going.