James Anderson

Professional Outdoor Guides & Adventure Experts
Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Wherever my mattress is

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is meeting wonderful new people. People who sign up to go rafting are always cool. I get a good workout, so I stay trim and I can eat whatever I want during the summer. I also like rafting, so getting to do that everyday is just the cherry on top.

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

My favorite rapid has got to be Cleavage on the Middle Fork of the American River. there’s nothing like telling people to hold onto their butts while you surf the ledge. Everyone loves it, and even the people who say they don’t like it secretly do a little bit.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Lucky charm: Wristwatch | Special river tradition: Team Jhort day with my buddy Iowa

What can you not live without on a trip?

I cannot live without my sunglasses. Without my sunnies I get a headache and become an angry panda.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Fun facts: I can speak french poorly, I exercise my brain with mental math, and hope to one day develop superpowers.