Travis Hale

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

North Carolina

Where do you call home now?


Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Seeing guests thrive out of their comfort zone.

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

My favorite rapids are parallel parking on the middle fork of the American, and staircase on the north fork of the American.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Go for a swim everyday, if you didn’t involuntarily already.

What can you not live without on a trip?

A good hat is crucial for a river trip.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

We love springtime rivers in California!

About me…

I like to dance, ski powder, and eat food.