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.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Splashing a little water on my face and the back of my neck before the big rapids helps me get in the zone.

What can you not live without while at work or on a trip?

A big bottle of water.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

I can tie a pretty quick bowline.

About me…

I’ve been a competitive swim coach for about 10 years, and I enjoy all types of water activities. I also regularly embark on grand cooking adventures.