Mike Adler

Where did you grow up?

I’ll never grow up (lived my formative years in Madison Wisconsin)

Where do you call home now?

Moab, Utah

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Aside from being outside every day, I enjoy showing our guests some of the most amazing places on the planet as well as sharing my knowledge of those places with them. As stewards of the land we have the ability to change people’s perspective or point of view. That’s pretty awesome! That’s me leaving my mark.

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

Wow, I Think waking up just before sunrise in “The Canyon of Lodore.” Watching the light play on red rocks, and the sounds of the canyon coming to life…That’s it!

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I’m not really a superstitious person. But I do have a piece of turquoise my girlfriend Ellen gave me a few years ago. I think it helps keep me and my guests safe.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My co-guides! WE’RE A TEAM

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I have so many great memories and stories. Seeing Cataract Canyon in 2011 at over 80,000 CFS has to be one of the most exiting and humbling experiences of my life.
My other passions include skiing and mountain biking. I started biking in the late 1980’s after I saw this guy riding a purple Gary Fisher bike in Park City, UT. That summer I started riding into the back country and to this day he is still a great friend and riding partner. In 2009 I began guiding tours and instructing for Magpie Cycling Adventures in Moab. (www.magpieadvetures.com) And in 2015 I became one of about 20 IMBA ICP Certified Level 3 instructors. Living the dream!!!