Russell Haussermann

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Monterey, California

Where do you call home now?

Davis, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Shared excitement of the river; everyone can have fun together in an amazing environment.

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

The hike/swim/boulder-scramble up the Big Sur River Gorge is a fantastic summer excursion. When the weather is nice the first big pool gets a bit crowded, but the more curious and capable can navigate farther upstream to secluded sun-soaked pools and beautiful surroundings.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Adequately appropriate apparel.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I like to tie knots.