Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?
Yuba City, California and on the American River.
Where do you call home now?
Year started at OARS?
What’s the best part of your job?
The number of people I get to meet. For the most part, everyone is happy while rafting and seeing my guests having fun, makes me smile. I also love the river, being on the water every day is another awesome thing about my job.
Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special
Bouncing Rock, in the South Fork American River because of the left tube suck. It makes everyone in the boat laugh and scream. Bouncing Rock is always a good time on the river. Hospital Bar follows bouncing rock so there’s not too much to complain about.
Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?
My special river tradition takes place on the South Fork American. As a guide, I have to touch Alligator rock with my paddle, or the boat will have bad luck through the gorge. Another tradition is when I go private boating with my family. We have a golden paddle, no one is allowed to use it but we have to bring it with us on every trip or we will flip.
What can you not live without on a trip?
I cannot live without a rock I got when I was little. I grew up rafting with my dad and on one trip a random guide threw me a Little Rock. I always have it in my PFD for good luck.
Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory
My favorite guiding memory was when I was training for OARS, and I went down the river in a guide boat. My friend Natalie was guiding at that moment but she blasted the song “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath as we went through a rapid called Satan’s Cesspool. I don’t think I have ever laughed harder than in that moment, I couldn’t even paddle.