Joseph Simmons

Nickname

Melons

Where did you grow up?

Abbeville, South Carolina

Where do you call home now?

California

Year started at OARS?

2018

What’s the best part of your job?

Waking up everyday to do what I love and getting paid to do so.

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

Cut Bait rapid on the Chattahoochee is my favorite. It doesn’t get much better than all day carnage laps on a Class IV.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Roofus! I keep him on my PFD next to my whistle to remind me to always “Radiate Positivity.”

What can you not live without on a trip?

Water, lots and lots of water.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My favorite guiding memory was getting to take a cancer patient on his bucket list rafting trip. He came alone, had the time of his life, and reminded me to always do what makes me happy in life.

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