John Mortimer

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

New England and Boulder, Colorado

Where do you call home now?

Crested Butte & Silverton, Colorado

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Spending every day on the river!

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

I like them all! Every rapid is different each trip.

What can you not live without while at work or on a trip?

My hat.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding/trip memory.

Special talent: mental telepathy (but my girlfriend doesn’t think so…)

About me…

Besides rafting, I love biking and hiking in the mountains; skiing; snow; weather and avalanches (as long as I am not in one). In the winter I am the Snow Safety Director for Crested Butte Mountain Resort.