Mariah Hibarger

Where did you grow up?

Arkansas and Missouri

Where do you call home now?

Fayetteville, West Virginia and Flagstaff, Arizona

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Living completely outside in a beautiful place. And the people I get to work with and meet.

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

I honestly can’t choose.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I try to mail postcards from Phantom Ranch to my friends’ kids on every trip.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My river log.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Fact: When I’m not on the river, I’m a writer, reiki master and a yoga teacher.

Talents: I can spin my arms in opposite directions, move one eyeball at a time, and balance a pea in the air.

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