Gordon Verdugo

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Aptos, California

Where do you call home now?

Tahoe, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Sharing the excitement and beauty of California’s rivers.

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

My favorite rapid is Tunnel Chute on the Middle Fork American, because it is beautiful and terrifying and when you run it clean it is the best feeling in the world.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Pre-trip coffee!

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I have a fraternal twin brother who also guides with me, and we went on our first rafting trip when we were five years old with OARS in Moab, Utah.

About me…

I studied wildlife ecology and forestry and I love to talk about plants and animals.