Evan Basinger

Professional River Guide


Where did you grow up?

San Luis Valley, CO

Where do you call home now?

Gunnison, CO

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

My co-workers, managers, and high water!

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

The Big Drops in Cataract Canyon. It’s a love/hate relationship.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Cookie (the Cookie Monster).

What can you not live without on a trip?

A positive attitude. If you forget it at home, you’re not gonna have a good time.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I’ve recently been learning to juggle.

About me…

I just enjoy being outside and sharing my passion for the outdoors with other people!