Gena Moore Hudelson

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Northern Virginia

Where do you call home now?

Moscow, Idaho

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Sleeping under the stars, the whitewater and the people – it is truly the best job on Earth!

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

Favorite rapids would include Upset and Hermit on the Canyon, running the Green Room in Granite Rapid on the Snake, paddle boating Hell’s Kitchen on the Tuolumne at low water, Elkhorn on the Main Salmon and blasting through Big Nasty on the Cheat. There are so so many more. I dream of running whitewater!

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Yes. But my lucky charm is not to share it 🙂

What can you not live without on a trip?

A solid crew, my full size pillow and my carefully chosen day 3 outfit.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My favorite guiding memory is always the feeling of coming back for the season. Or going to work on a new river. The anticipation makes your skin tingle. …And when I lost both my oars at the top of Granite Rapid in Hell’s Canyon on my first dory trip.