Katrina Cornell

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

Truckee, California

Where do you call home now?

Ophir, Colorado

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

I have two best parts: sharing my favorite places with people who might not otherwise get a chance to see them, and working with my best friends.

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

Saddle Canyon is a great one. This hike is attainable by nearly all guests, but they have to work for the reward and that makes it even better. It has this amazing little ecosystem unlike much of the rest of the canyon, added adventure with a small climbing move, and ends in a grotto with a stunning waterfall, pool, and perfect napping ledges.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I like to wear a skirt for big rapid days–to dress up for the river as a way of showing my respect.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My muck boots. Even in summer, sometimes it’s really nice (and important) to keep my feet dry at camp.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I love bringing my guitar, mandolin, and voice along on trips; some of my best memories are of music sessions with our other talented guides–and occasionally guests!–at camp or taking advantage of the phenomenal acoustics of side canyons.