Mindy Gleason

Where did you grow up?

Williamsville, New York

Where do you call home now?

Angels Camp, California

Year started at OARS?


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

Hike: Matkat
Camp: Lower Nankoweap
Rapid: Any rapid I don’t swim? (LOL)

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I generally lose an earring on every river trip, to my chagrin.

What can you not live without on a trip?

A bandana. My fleece vest on cooler weather trips.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Rowing a boat all by my lonesome from Tapeats to Poncho’s.

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