Rachel Tigges

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Rhinebeck, New York

Where do you call home now?

The pillow my head rests upon

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

My stunning office

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

This changes daily – but I’ll always love Sledgehammer, a beautiful meaty class IV rapid on the Royal Gorge section of the Arkansas River, and low-water Hospital Bar, a class III on the South Fork American that packs a rowdy punch.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Professing my infinite and intimate love for the river every day and the two buffalo nickels I wear around my neck

What can you not live without on a trip?

Snacks! And my lovely coworkers.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I can read, write, and speak Arabic.