Michael Fabry

Professional River Guide


Where did you grow up?

Pleasanton, California

Where do you call home now?

Sonora, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

You cannot find a more inspiring environment than the Grand Canyon. Once the canyon gets into your cardiovascular system you become a full blown junky for life. She allows you to contemplate life’s mysteries on your very own terms. It is also a place you leave with a direct and positive connection with fellow travelers. Every soul who participates in the depths of the Grand Canyon will resurface with a new sense of wonder.

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

Horn creek at high water. Horn creek is a classic quintessential rapid.Horn creek at high water. Horn creek is a classic quintessential rapid.

You are in the depth of the canyon over 5,000 feet below the rim. The walls of the canyon are black vishnu schist which dates over 1.8 billion years of geological time. At high water, the rapid drops off 15 to 20 feet. The top wave creates a deep depression with a wave rolling back on itself, looking like a mohawk. Toward the bottom of the rapid two very large wave hit the boat in which traveler may loose their hats or glasses. ( Tons of fun)

When it comes to hiking in the Grand Canyon, no two hikes are ever alike, but one thing for sure, they all are spectacular.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I always use the rest room before entering a large rapid.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Contagious optimism

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My greatest reward in guiding is watching group dynamic evolve.

So many transformation take place in which people tell jokes, sing, dance, tell stories, create new friendships, self discover all which takes place due to the environment and guide pool.

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