Kelsey Porter

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

Truckee, California

Where do you call home now?

Berkeley, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Crawling in my sleeping bag completely exhausted at the end of the day, but lying awake anyway because the vastness of the stars is still better than closing my eyes.

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

Canyoneering at Mule Creek – it doesn’t get better than scrambling and sliding around in the Rogue’s natural waterpark.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My unakite turtle necklace!

What can you not live without on a trip?

The goons I get to call my river family.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Playing the made-up game show “Who is the REAL Kelsey Porter?” for my 22nd birthday while wearing a plant tiara.