Sarah Mallory

Professional River Guide


Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Cincinnati, Ohio

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Working in a beautiful place with some of the greatest humans I have ever met.

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

Upper and Lower Bunghole on the Lower Salmon. Big bouncy waves at every water level. And that name – I mean come on.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My New Zealand greenstone necklace. I always feel a little luckier with it around my neck.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My “spa time” kit. Salve, face oil, lotion, floss, chapstick – all of the necessary goodies to bring me back to life.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Waking up to a thunderstorm that was rolling into camp at the same time as the sun was rising. The colors of the clouds and the feeling in the air, I’ll never forget that energy.

About me…

When I’m not on the river, you can find me nestled amongst a busy workspace full of wood, leather, thread, yarn, paper, pen, and paint. I am a maker and small-business owner who specializes in leather work. You can find my work here: smallorygoods.com