Mark James

Professional River Guide

‘Mustache’ Mark

Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Lotus, CA

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Floating down the river, and making people happy.

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

Favorite rapid: The last one we styled, and the next one we’re running.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I like to brush my teeth at the river before each day’s run: clean teeth, clean lines!?!

What can you not live without on a trip?

Good times and good people.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good flying airplane – 9 times!