Natalie Haber

Professional Outdoor Guides & Adventure Experts
Where did you grow up?

Palo Alto, California

Where do you call home now?

Well, it changes about once every four months. So lets just say Northern California.

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

I legitimately love my job, I never dread Monday mornings.

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

That’s tough. There are too many favorites. Tunnel Chute on the Middle Fork of the American is truly one of a kind. Lost Paddle on the Upper Gauley is also stellar. And you can’t forget about surfing in Chili Bar Hole on the South Fork of the American. That provides countless entertainment.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I always carry duct tape that has flying pigs on it. That tape has gotten me out of a lot of pickles. NEVER underestimate the power of duct tape.

What can you not live without on a trip?

I really need my coffee in the morning. If it’s a latte, that’s even better.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My favorite guiding memory would have to be teaching guide school. Not only do I get to spend a week with really cool people, but we also go places in the river that I’ve never been before, or even think one could go. It’s like being in the car with a new driver. Partly worrisome, partly extremely adrenalizing, and very rewarding.