Jim Grantland

Professional River Guide


Where did you grow up?

Medford, Oregon boating on the Rogue, Smith, and Klamath drainages.

Where do you call home now?

Angels Camp, CA and Terilingua, TX

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Camping with fun people in the middle of nowhere.

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

Clavey Falls Camp and Rapid. Excellent view. Nice creek hike. Nice trail side hike. Great memories.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Meditating above Clavey Falls right before we drop in.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Coffee and artichoke spinach dip. Not at the same time of day though.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I’m good at magic tricks, but I’m a terrible singer.

About me…

I’m an avid reader of US History and Economics. I spend my non-rafting time trading the stock market. I am slowly working towards fluency en Español. Very slowly. I want to learn how to salsa dance. I don’t like owning dogs, but I like other people’s dogs a lot. I like Japanese food and Mexican food the most.