Jonathon Slade



Where did you grow up?

Apple Valley, California

Where do you call home now?

Wherever my 1971 Airstream happens to be parked

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Being able to see the impact that an outdoor adventure can have on people from all over the world and playing a part in that experience.

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

The “Glass Slipper” on the Middle Fork of the American river is certainly one of my favorite rapids. This small class 1 rapid is right after the famous Tunnel Chute rapid and I love how it shows the different personalities a river can have. From turbulent and extreme to peaceful and beautiful all within 100 yards….knowing that you made it through Tunnel Chute makes the run through the Glass Slipper that much sweeter.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Before dropping into a big section of whitewater I always splash my neck with river water to get in the zone.

What can you not live without on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

In 2016 I drove a van from San Diego to Costa Rica over the course of 6 months. Feel free to see some of the adventures we had at