Madeline Friend



Where did you grow up?

Flagstaff, Arizona

Where do you call home now?

Logan, Utah

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Sharing incredible outdoor places with people and showing them how to thrive in natural areas.

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

There is a grove of Pacific Yew trees up Indian Creek on the Main Salmon. You enter into such a contemplative space of beauty and solitude.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

On every trip, I bring along a book I created of favorite poems, stories, quotes, riddles, and jokes.

What can you not live without on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I’m in graduate school studying fluvial geomorphology and sediment transport, which allows me to research the rivers I love! I also write place-based poetry and essays on my website,

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