Tom ScarboroughWhitewater Rafting Guide - Manager
Guide since 2003: WA, OR, ID. Joined ROW in 2007. Tom has a unique skill set. He is able to recite Dr Seuss’s the Lorax from memory, brew a mean pint of beer, drive a bus, milk a cow, cook a tasty Dutch oven lasagna, and write a Microsoft Access database. On top of all that, Tom is a great guide and a wealth of information about the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. He currently manages ROW’s Rogue River operation where he sings guests to sleep with his smooth sounds of the 70’s and signature number “Waltzing with Bears.” Originally from New York, Tom has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and an extensive work history ranging from a YMCA summer camp director, to transportation director for a Washington ski area and finally a river guide. Tom also has a passion for all things bacon, tinkering and pop music.
Connelly BrownWhitewater Rafting Guide - Manager
Guide since 1988: WV, CO, CA, MT, ID. Joined ROW in 2002. A native of the Nutmeg State, Connelly Brown, or Cb as he is known in the river world, now resides year round in the mountains of Northeastern Oregon with his wife--who he met on a ROW trip!--and two kids. Originally from the Nutmeg State (Connecticut), Cb has been a guide since, wait for it, the late 1980s. For years he worked as a “migrant wave farmer,” living out of his truck as he followed the snowmelt and work from one river to the next throughout the year. He joined ROW in 2002 and has served as both a guide and manager. While guiding a ROW trip, he met the woman who would become the love of his life (she was a guest!). Now married with two kids, they make their home in northeastern Oregon where Cb runs a backcountry ski business. One of the quirkiest and most pleasant of people, Cb is all about keeping it mellow and making memories on the river. Whether it is fishing for sturgeon, charging the big hits, telling stories or leading a hike, Cb has a way to make your experience unique. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide.
Peter MetcalfWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2002: AK, MT, ID, OR, Costa Rica, Guatemala. Joined ROW in 2008. ROW’s former Operations Manager and a current PhD student at the University of Montana, Peter loves to tell stories. In fact, he’s far more likely to share a tale about an early homesteader, discuss western water policy or talk about wolves than remember a joke, even if he’s heard it twenty times. Born on the prairies of Kansas, Peter grew up splashing through the creeks and sleeping under the stars of western Oregon where his mom ran a Lutheran summer camp. He ran track and cross country for Whitworth College and later earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. In addition to river guiding, he has also taught environmental education courses in Montana and Central America, worked as a journalist and referees high school basketball. When not on the river, he is likely to be found knee deep in a Montana trout stream, watching birds, hunting for elk, telemark skiing, sharing conversation over a local IPA or reading a good book. He looks forward to the day when seeing Salmon on a ROW trip is no longer a rare experience.
John HernandezWhitewater Rafting Guide - Manager
Guide since 1998: WV, ME, CO, ID, MT, Peru. Joined ROW in 2005. John Hernandez originally hails from the Biggest Little State in the Union, Rhode Island. He attended at Springfield College where he was an All-American Volleyball Player and earned a Master’s in Outdoor Recreation Management. While in college he discovered a love of kayaking and started guiding rafts in 1998. After several seasons in West Virginia and a stint in Peru John headed west to Idaho in 2003 and has guided with ROW ever since. John brings a huge smile, great boating skills and tremendous sense of humor to the job. If anyone were to convince you there really is such a thing as a left-handed paddle, it would be John. When not providing campfire entertainment, sharing the history of early boating in Idaho or pointing out big horn sheep, John cooks up great riverside fare, including some fabulous dutch oven lasagna. He is also an avid fly fisherman, beer connoisseur, and sports fan. In the off-season, John guides snowmobile tours in northern Colorado.
Nick SlomskiFly Fishing Guide
Born 1980 in Madison, WI. Guide since 2008: ID. With ROW since 2009.
Nick was born in 1980 just outside of Madison, WI. He grew up in pursuit of trout, pike, bass and the occasional Muskie on smaller Wisconsin rivers. As his thirst for western rivers grew, he moved to Colorado. There he found himself daily on rivers such as the Eagle, the Colorado, Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, and the Blue. After six years in Colorado operating groomers at Beaver Creek Ski Resort during the winters, and guiding for trout in the summer, he decided to seek out new rivers and more solitude. So naturally, he moved to Idaho! Nick joined the ROW Adventures team in 2009, and hasn't looked back since. Whether it's trout on the single hand or steelhead on the Spey, fly fishing is his 365 addiction. A true professional within his trade, not to mention his kind nature, positive attitude, and constantly evolving bug patterns, Nick is a fantastic guide for fishermen of all skill levels.
Landon MooresWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2010: ID, MT. Started with ROW in 2010. Landon grew up in Tennessee in a family filled with love and a dinner table full of fried Okra. An adventurous tot, her daddy once yelled at her and her twin sister for climbing a tree to jump onto a trampoline -- that thanks to the sprinkler and a healthy dose of dish soap had become a foamy mess. That same adventurous streak convinced her to take her first ever raft trip down the Ocoee River in Tennessee. She fell out and lost her shorts. A few years and only one more river trip later, she decided to become a guide. At Guide School, she quickly proved that experience or not, southern girls make great raft guides. Landon has worked everything from half day float trips to six-day big water Hells Canyon trips. One of ROW’s top interpretive guides, mergansers, coniferous trees and river-based murder mysteries fascinate her. She is also one of those rare river guides who does not own a truck, or any vehicle for that matter. Instead this self-described “professional passenger” bikes, walks, takes the bus, flies or finagles rides when need be. In the off-season she teaches skiing at Brundage Mountain, pours drinks at bars in Idaho and Tennessee (her home state, “Go Vols!”) and dreams of a future as an environmental education or Spanish teacher. So far in her career with ROW, she has yet to lose her shorts again.
Randy DingmanFly Fishing Guide
Josh SeatonFly Fishing Guide
Born in 1980 in Pinehurst, ID. Guide since 2002: ID, AK. With ROW since 2007.
Growing up in Pinehurst, Idaho, Josh learned the techniques and skills necessary to successfully catch fish on a fly from an early age. In 1999 he left home and began his guiding career in Alaska catching salmon, trout and grayling. In 2002, Josh returned to his fly fishing roots in north Idaho and signed on with a local fly shop. Josh Seaton's innate ability to seek out and hook fish has quickly established himself as one of the most reputable and sought after guides in the Pacific Northwest. Josh currently resides in his home town of Pinehurst, Idaho with his lovely wife Tash. He is also currently enrolled in nursing school in north Idaho.
Lenore PercontiWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2009: ID, MT, OR. Started with ROW in 2008. Lenore grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, a stone’s throw from the confluence of the mighty Clearwater and Snake rivers. As a kid she raised polyphemous moths in the family kitchen and went fishing with her dad on the Lochsa river. While studying for a biology degree from Washington State, she swamped Hells Canyon trips for ROW in the summer of 2008 and got hooked on rivers. She returned to guide the following year and has traded a scientific research career for experiencing the natural world with fellow travelers. Her favorite part of guiding in Idaho and Oregon is the rugged remote canyons and free flowing rivers. She also loves sugar and western white pines (Idaho’s state tree), Native American History, river lore, good coffee and conversation. Lenore is an accomplished flautist and nature photographer. In the off season has travelled extensively in Argentina and is a barista at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where she is learning to ski.
Michael "Mikey" Vargas-WilliamsWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2006: OR, ID, WA. Joined ROW in 2011. Like many future river guides, Mikey got his first taste of the good life when a friend invited him on a rafting trip. At the time he was working in an electronics store in San Francisco and trying to figure out the next steps in life following his Navy service during the Iraq War. One trip and Mikey was hooked. One river trip with Mikey and you’ll be hooked on rivers too. He has an infectious smile, hearty laugh and uncanny ability to quickly connect with just about anyone. Today, the man who grew up in difficult circumstances in the hardscrabble towns of Central California, now has a love for birds, wild rivers, campfire stories and making unforgettable memories for people. Oh yes, he even sings. If you’re lucky enough to get on a raft with Mikey, be sure to ask him about the rest of his journey. In the off-season, he works and snowboards in Bend, Oregon.
Lexie MoranWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide Since 2001: MT, ID OR, WA, AK. Joined ROW in 2004. Whether its kayaking the Hokitika river in New Zealand or rafting on the Salmon in Idaho you can always find Lexi with a smile on her face. Lexie and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their first child. We are thrilled for the next generation of ROW guides. She and husband reside outside of Missoula, Montana close to where Lexie grew up. Since Lexie was a little girl she has been around rivers. Her grandpa would take her rafting on the headwaters of the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Lexie has a degree in Business Finance from the University of Montana in Missoula and brings a gentle, calming presence to all the trips she guides. Between full time work as an accountant and being a mom, she still manages to sneak away and guide afew trips.
Kenneth DavisWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 1998: AZ, UT, AK, ID. Joined ROW in 2005. The first time Nute ever stepped into a boat to row, he was pushing his raft full of guest gear away from the boat launch at Lees Ferry on the start of a 15-day Grand Canyon trip. A guide had quit unexpectedly and the company needed a baggage boatman immediately. Nute the truck driver was the best warm body available. Much to his surprise, he made it upright all the way down, decided rowing beat driving trucks and cleaning coolers, and so worked his way into a regular oar and motor rig guide position. All told he would spend nearly a decade guiding in the Canyon. After moving to Idaho, he joined ROW in 2005. Nute took a several year hiatus from guiding, before he returned to the river in 2011 and couldn’t be happier to be back. Last fall he took a foray back to the Canyon and said, nope, I’m sticking with guiding for ROW in Idaho! You’re likely to find him, his big beard, and jolly laugh on the Salmon River Canyons or Middle Fork of the Salmon. In the off-season, Nute works as a high school teacher in Boise, Idaho. He ties his own flies and fishes even in the deep mid-winter for lunker trout on the Boise River. For the last twenty years he has waited, patiently, for the Pittsburgh Pirates to have a winning season.
Sam MorrisonWhitewater Rafting Guide
Madeline ThomlinsonWhitewater Rafting Guide
You might say running rivers runs through Madeline's blood; she is a third generation guide. Her grandpa started guiding 32 years ago, and it still going strong. Her mom started guiding at 18. They all agree that the Middle Fork of the Salmon is their favorite river, and Sunflower Hot Springs is always a highlight of the trip. While this is Madeline's first year guiding, she's no stranger to the river or to the great outdoors. Growing up in Europe, her family loves to travel. She remembers taking trips in her family's Westfalia Camper Van dubbed "The Joker," where she and her sister would spend hours playing on the top bunk, looking out the window and pretending it was their home. When her family moved back to the U.S., their love of travel continued. Madeline was given the opportunity to do a 6 month internship in Nepal. She lived alone, traveled with interpreters and interviewed people that will continue to have an influence on her for the rest of her life. She loves to meet people from all over the world and learn about what makes them tick. Being fluent in French and conversant in German and Nepali is helpful! Her favorite river memory is on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The water was at abotu 4.5 and the weather was beautiful. Near the end of the trip, she and her friends stopped at Loon Creek for lunch and a mile hike up the creek to a hot spring. Loon Creek itself is FAST and full of big boulders. She and her best friend decided to lug a ducky up and take it down. It was a HUGE adventures! They barely stayed in, but were ultimately victorious the rest of the trip. Madeline is currently a student at Utah Valley University studying developmental economics. She is also an EMT and a certified downhill alpine ski coach. During her "down time" she enjoys SUPing and playing with her giant Labradoodle, Fozzy Bear.
Connie KennedyWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 1985: ID. Joined ROW in 2012. Connie is one of the true veterans of the whitewater world in Idaho. Born and raised in Nebraska, Connie came to Idaho for a river trip in 1976. A few years, a few more Main Salmon trips and one life-changing National Geographic television special later, she and her husband packed up, left Omaha and moved to Idaho to begin life as river guides. She has been guiding every season since 1985 and probably has almost as many miles on the Salmon and Snake rivers as her 1980s-era Chrysler sedan. As a long time resident of the local canyons, Connie has a library of stories--both personal and from friends--to enrich your trip. She and her husband live year round in Riggins, Idaho, along with her horses and cats. Appaloosa’s, the breed developed by the Nez Perce, are her favorite type of horses.
Lara SagatovWhitewater Rafting Guide
Michellsey BenallyWarehouse Wizard
Michellsey grew up in small town Shonto on the Navajo Nation. As the youngest of seven children she learned to be a team player at an early age. Her parents got them all up at the crack of dawn to run and meet the dawn towards the east, this was done to build character and to make their children tough. Thus far it seems to have paid off as Michellsey has gone far in life! After receiving her degree in Parks and Recreation from Northern Arizona University, she gained the experience to make her love of the outdoors a lifestyle. She spent a couple years instructing both mountaineering and rock climbing courses in the mountains of Southeast Alaska. She has paddle captained the mighty Tatshenshini River, and racked several days instructing on the Donjeck Glacier Route in the Yukon Territory. She took on the slot canyons of Southern Utah, as well as the waters of the Prince William Sound as a kayak guide. Recently relocating to Idaho to continue her studies in Water Resources at the University of Idaho, Michellsey continues to make her relationship with the natural environment the forefront of life. She is thrilled to be working with ROW, supporting our trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon as our Warehouse Wizard.
Shane ReynoldsWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 1998: AK, ID, WA, MT. Joined ROW in 2011. A native Idahoan, Shane is an avid outdoorsman and one of the hardest working guys anywhere. Shane grew up in Nampa, Idaho and started guiding shortly after graduation over 15 years ago. His love of wild places, big fish and big animals eventually took him to Alaska. There he worked several seasons out in the Pacific on a crab boat. He also guided salmon fishing and big game hunting in the Alaskan interior. Shane eventually returned to Idaho to guide fishing and whitewater trips. He brought his extensive knowledge of all things river, wilderness survival and camp cooking skills to ROW in 2011. In the off-season, Shane guides steelhead fishing trips on central Idaho’s Clearwater River, home to some of the biggest, hardest fighting steelhead in the entire Columbia-Snake river basin. Shane lives year round near the banks of the Clearwater in Orofino, not far from where gold was first discovered in Idaho in 1860.
Mark BaylessWhitewater Rafting Guide
Brian KohlWhitewater Rafting Guide
Born and raised in Tustin, California, Brian started boating when he was in high school. He would go on 10 day trips on the Klamath River out of Happy Camp, CA, spend time guiding rock climbing trips in Joshua Tree, CA, and even went on a 21-day private rafting trip down the Grand Canyon with some of his best friends he met on various California rafting adventures. One summer, he went on a free rafting trip on the Kings River in California and returned home hooked on the water. In the spring of 1999, Brian joined guide school, and he has been commercial guiding in California, Colorado, Arizona and Idaho ever since. But there is more to this guide than the river. Brian received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation and Ceramic, and his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics, both from California State University, Fullerton. In addition to flexing his creative arm doing woodworking and ceramics, you can find Brian juggling, toe-nail painting, playing the American flute, drumming, or playing kickball for WAKA (the World Adult Kickball Associaiton) on one of his two teams - WAKA Shame and Beaches Be Crazy. When he isn't on the river, he's in the ceramic studio and Chaffey College, where he teaches beginning and intermediate ceramics, and sometimes ceramic sculpture. Idaho is one of Brian's favorite places to guide; he enjoys the dynamic of multi-day trips, the variety of rivers, the experience guests have when they get away from everyday life and have to cut off communication with the outside world for a few days, and the connection guides and guests get when they get out on the river together for a few days. For Brian, running rivers is much more than whitewater; it is the personal connection and community that guiding, especially multi-day trips, fosters.
Elliott AverettWhitewater Rafting Guide
Danica GilbertNorthwest Rafting Guide
A Washingtonian by birth, Danica grew up enjoying the great outdoors. Her favorite things to do as a kid were building tree forts and “camping out” in the backyard with her dad. She began guiding in 2014, and has since guided in Idaho, Montana and Washington. She holds two degrees from North Idaho College – a technical certificate in Outdoor Leadership and an Associates of Science degree with a focus in Geology. In addition, she has her Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) certificate. Danica first started guiding in 2013. She took a whitewater rafting course at NIC, and by spring she was working for ROW on the Selway and Clearwater Rivers. When she fell for rafting she fell hard, and has been on the river ever since. When she’s not guiding on the rivers of the Northwest, Danica spends her time in Loreto, Baja teaching English or hiking through the canyons with her pup, Jackson. She recently spent a month living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico getting her TEFL Certification so she can travel the world in her off-season and teach English. She loves that the Northwest is full of history, and that by being a guide she gets to share this history with others. Teach. Travel. Adventure.
Matthew PhillipySpokane Activity Guide
Guide since 2012: WA, MT. Started with ROW in 2012. Whether it’s brewing beer, developing his own urban homestead or collecting and consuming wild edibles, Matthew there is rarely a dull moment in his life or a moment that Matthew doesn’t genuinely find amazing. He grew up in a somewhat nomadic family, traveling around in a trailer all summer throughout the Pacific Northwest. The time he kayaked with a pod of orcas in the San Juan Islands is one moment in particular that he’ll never forget. As the family explored from one natural area to the next, Matthew learned to canoe, fish and build architecturally inspired tree forts. His love and fascination with the natural world led Matthew to become a teacher. During the off-season he teaches environmental science in a Spokane-area high school. Matthew has also worked Backcountry and Educational Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park as well as a season on a ranger exchange program to Mount Fuji in Japan. When not teaching, Matthew is likely to be found biking, playing frisbee, reading, farming or playing in the woods with his son and dog. Despite all these amazing experiences in his life, nothing compares to helping deliver his son Oliver into the world.
Mo MullenaxWhitewater Rafting Guide
Mo hails from the high desert plains of Colorado. After being introduced to whitewater by his guide friend and guru in 2009, Mo quickly fell into the river lifestyle. He believes that experiencing a river is the most fluid modus operandi to enriching his own life through history, nature, and presence of mind. While not on the rivers of ID, MT, CO, and UT, Mo is studying environmental sciences at a university in Grand Junction, CO. World travel is his top priority in Life and experiencing places seldom traveled makes him thankful for any opportunity here or there. He also has a passion for climbing, biking, skiing, and backpacking. "Adventure is constantly around the next bend in the river and it is up to each of us to choose our own path toward destiny," Mo says.
Katy ScottWhitewater Rafting Guide
Born in Davenport, WA and raised on a farm, some of Katy's fondest childhood memories involve hopping into the back of a pickup truck with her sister and helping with morning cow feedings. Her enthusiasm for her hometown and the surrounding Spokane Indian Reservation led to a passion for learning about the culture and history of the area tribes, even picking up a bit of local dialect along the way. She first fell in love with whitewater rafting on a Snake River trip through Hell's Canyon in 2014, and has since combined her love for sharing historical and cultural knowledge with whitewater enthusiasts as a guide for ROW. When she's not on the river, you can find Katy reading, skiing, or studying. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Tom MorrisonWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2011: MT, ID. Started with ROW in 2011. In high school when many brothers want nothing to do with each other, Tom’s taught him to kayak. Little did he know that those lessons would eventually help pay for college. In 2011 he joined the ROW team as a guide and safety kayaker on our Northern Rivers. A physics major at Colorado Mesa University, Tom has also discovered a love for wilderness, wildlife, the history of fire (if you’re in his boat, be sure to ask him about Edward Pulaski) and all things water. The remoteness, quality of whitewater and community of fellow river runners in Idaho and Montana draw Tom back each year. When not guiding, Tom avidly explores other rivers, climbs mountains and spends a lot of time with his friend Albert Einstein. He also likes travel in Central America and recently kayaked some rivers in Mexico with his brother.
Angie FuhrmannWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2011: CO, UT, OR. Joined ROW in 2013. Angie Fuhrmann began her nomadic lifestyle at two weeks old, moving from her birth state, Nevada, to Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, and eventually Arizona by the time she finished high school. After completing her bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, she attended Colorado State University and earned a Master's in Anthropology. While in college she worked as a hiking guide at Grand Canyon and discovered her passion for sharing the outdoors with others. Not long after, she discovered rafting and traded in her hiking boots for river sandals to become a raft guide. After a rafting trip in Oregon, Angie was drawn to the beauty of the Northwest. She did a short stint with a county health department before returning to raft guiding with ROW on the Rogue River. When not on the river, she is usually found wandering in the woods hunting for edible mushrooms or traveling in Latin America. In the off season, Angie teaches anthropology courses for an online university and leads gap year adventure programs for young adults.
Jonas SeilerWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2014: ID, CO. Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, CO, Jonas can't remember life before rafting. While most children took their naps at home, Jonas recalls taking his naps in a raft...mid-rapids! His sense of oneness with the outdoors led him to pursue his Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University, where he studied Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism. His favorite thing about guiding in Idaho is the warm weather, great whitewater, incredible scenery, intriguing wildlife, and sense of solitude. When not on the river, you can find Jonas skiing, backpacking, climbing, fly fishing, or traveling. Fun fact: Some of his hidden talents include speaking Danish and juggling!
Mike DickensonWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2001: CO, OR. Joined ROW in 2013. After graduating with a degree in English Education at Montana State University, Mike walked out of his mother’s house in Elko, Nevada to go on a hitchhiking adventure that would culminate in Argentina almost two years later. This journey gave Mike a much needed perspective about the world and where we are going, both globally and individually. To build upon his experience and gain new skills, Mike became a whitewater raft guide, an off-the-grid homesteader, a Montessori teacher, a documentary film maker, and author of The Dreamer's Lotus, a conscious, young adult fiction book. “As an author, my biggest shifts in writing have come to me during times of tremendous inner-change. Most of this change has been self-induced and has almost always involved travel.” In 2013, Mike joined the ROW family and is now lovingly referred to as Mike D. While rafting down the river with Mike you will enjoy exploring side creeks, rock jumping, and if you are lucky maybe even a magic show.
Audrey LarkinWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2014: ID, MT. While growing up in San Francisco, Audrey’s favorite part of summer was when her mom packed her family into the car and drove them to her grandparent's ranch in Idaho. It was there that she ran wild all summer and uncovered her passion for the outdoors. Audrey now resides in New York, where she will soon be graduating from Barnard College of Columbia University with a double major in English and Spanish, a concentration in creative writing, and a minor in art history. Audrey joined the ROW family first as a River Jester on the Family Magic trips and returned the following year to be a guide. Her favorite part of guiding is watching guests have fun and gain confidence on the river while trying new things, such as paddling through rapids or making her famous neon pink survival bracelets. She also loves sharing that sense of freedom and wonder that she gained from those summers in the Northwest. When not on the river or writing her senior thesis, Audrey spends her time traveling, hiking, writing, running, and dancing.
Ashley BormanWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2014: ID, MT. Ashley’s love for the beautiful water, flora, fauna, and rich history of the Western U.S. probably has no relation to the fact that she was raised in the same Californian town as famed conservationist John Muir. Instead, her passion for the outdoors grew from her experiences such as building pine cone forts along the Truckee River as a kid, and witnessing a flash flood in the Grand Canyon during a monsoon storm. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from California, Polytechnic State University and rafting for several years with friends, Ashley decided to go professional and joined the ROW team in 2014. On the river, you will be able to spot her infectious smile from a mile away. Off the river, Ashley spends her time teaching, gardening, surfing, and rambling in the mountains.
Ben HiggsWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2007: ID, MT. Started with ROW in 2007. Like many future river guides, Ben had his first water epiphany on a guided rafting trip. He was seven years old. From then his course was set toward water recreation in all its seasonal forms. Growing up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Ben explored the mountains and rivers of north Idaho on skis, in canoes, kayaks and rafts. Ben started guiding for ROW right out of high school in 2007 and has since become our Lochsa River manager. In addition to being a great boater, Ben is an accomplished Telemark skier, has a black belt in Kenpo karate, and can do a great backflip off the front of the raft. Kids also love him. A Certified Interpertive Guide, he is adept at relaying the local flora and fauna as well as colorful characters who have hid out in our state. In the off-season, Ben skis as many days as possible and owns and operates Powder Hound Pizza at Schweitzer Mountain. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hello.
Britt ThiessenWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2010: CA, ID. Joined ROW in 2013. Ever since watching sturgeon swim around at Clear Creek Hatchery with his grandpa as a child, Britt has been infatuated by rivers. Britt moved to Idaho when he was two years old and considers it his home. He began rafting almost by chance, when the carpentry crew he worked with would take breaks on hot days and weekends to raft the Murtaugh stretch of the Snake River. Britt was hooked from his first wave and now seeks out steep gradient, good flow, obstructions, and constrictions… whitewater! During the summer, Britt uses his skills as a Certified Interpretive Guide and a River Rescue Instructor on the rivers of Idaho. He seeks thrill and excitement, and can often be seen at the back of the boat taking splashes to the face, all while maintaining a big smile. In the off season, he travels and works at a ski resort in Big Sky, Montana.
Julia HatchWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2011: NY, ID, MT. Joined ROW in 2014. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Geneseo State University in Elementary and Special Education, Julia Hatch took a trip to Denali National Park. At the time, she was enrolled to attend graduate school but realized that she “thirsted for more adventure than that path would provide.” Julia grew up in Upstate New York and started to explore the outdoors with her family at a young age, so rafting was right up her alley. Since becoming a whitewater rafting guide, Julia feels more fulfilled and at peace than she ever has, and this is reflected by her bright smile. Her mantra? “I look for the joy in every day and aim to spread positive energy wherever I go.” When not guiding for ROW, Julia teaches at a Montessori School in Montana, and enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and writing postcards to friends and family.
Cayla SandersonWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2014; ID, MT, OR. Born and raised in the small town of Page, Arizona Cayla had no choice but to love the outdoors. Her family spent many summers on the Colorado River and Lake Powell, enjoying water sports and camping trips. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Geography at Porland State University, Cayla went on to work as a River Jester for ROW Adventures in 2014. She soon became one of the white water guides, guiding on the Salmon, Snake, Rogue, Clark Fork and Moyie river for the last 3 seasons. Being able to show others the true raw beauty of nature is what she lives for as a guide. When Cayla is not rafting, she is exploring the world through hiking, camping, climbing, painting and simply geeking out on life!
Sea Marie BilladeauWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2005: Honduras, Venezuela, India, Colorado, Idaho, Montana. Started with ROW in 2005. A born and raised in Idaho, Sea grew up in an active outdoors family. She hunted, fished, motorcycled and explored throughout Idaho. After high school, she attended college first in the island nation of Malta and then in New Zealand before finally graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation, Tourism, and Recreation. While working a summer internship for the Forest Service, she met a bunch of ROW guides. The following summer she traded Forest Service green for ROW red and has been with us for nearly a decade. Sea Marie has guided daily and multi day rafting, hiking, diving, and yoga retreats in locations as diverse as Honduras, Venezuela and the wilderness states of the western U.S. She is also a teacher, teaching skiing and snowboarding for Aspen Ski Co. and yoga for Cornell University. She volunteers her time teaching yoga to inmates at the Pitkin County Jail in Aspen Colorado, works at the local organic farm and with organizations that get young people out into the natural environment for life changing experiences! On the river, Sea is well known for her laughter, listening skills, and ability to connect with people on a deep level. Despite growing roots in Colorado, she keeps coming back to Idaho each summer for it’s free flowing rivers, beautiful sand beaches, mellow weather, and no bugs!
Anna FolksRafting Guide
Anna's love of travel and rivers started at a young age. She first got into the industry in the summer of 2004. She had a bunch of friends who were raft guides that summer, and spent her free time on the river with them, and hanging out around the rafting company they worked for. By the end of the summer, she was driving shuttles and working in the office. In 2005, she started guiding on the Rio Grande, and was hooked. She received her Bachelor's degree in Geography, Native American Studies, and Spanish & Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (she speaks Spanish fluently!). When she's not on the river, she could be anywhere! Anna loves to visit Latin American countries, especially in South or Central America or Mexico. Aside from being an amazing rafting guide, she fancies herself an expert at dutch oven cooking and river pedicures; always good to have someone with these skills on the river!
Ryan MooreOperations Coordinator
Benjamin KingWhitewater Rafting Guide
Ben grew up canoeing on lakes and rivers in Ohio, near his hometown of Columbia. It's hard to pinpoint exactly when his love of the great outdoors started, but one thing is for sure; it started at a young age. It could have been when his father took him on a twelve-day canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Endless portages, boiling and eating fresh water clams, leaches on his feet, and a moose encounter on a floating bog, the first form of true raw adventure he ever experienced. Or maybe it was when he completed his first multi-pitch rock climb summit at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia in the 6th grade; an unforgettable experience with family and friends that has inspired his recreational career of rock climbing and technical rope work. Regardless of exactly when it all started, he's been pursuing outdoor adventures ever since. While growing up, Ben rafted in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Montana and Colorado. Every time he wrapped up a trip on the river, he would think to himself, "I really should just do this every day." On an educational trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, he made a commitment to become a competent whitewater boatman. On his path toward his goal, he got an Associate degree in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel from Hocking College in Athens, Ohio, intends to finish his Bachelor's degree in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. Ben has led children with an array of learning differences out into the woods to camp, raft, canoe, hike, bike and swim, all in an effort to expose them to the beautiful natural world. Seeing nature impact a child's life, level the playing field for all of the campers, and unite them under the common goal of appreciating our natural world was an experience he won't soon forget. He is a firm believer that nature is a crucial aspect to childhood development. Where is Ben when he's not out skiing, diving, climbing, hiking or biking? Check the closest brew pub!
James HallWhitewater Rafting Guide
A bit of a cowboy at heart, James embraces the connection between man and land. Born in Tucson, Arizona, James discovered the river in high school, when his dad took him river kayaking with an old friend up in Sandpoint. He started guiding in 2000, and has guided in the United States, Canada and Ecuador. In fact, one of his most memorable rafting experiences is on the Rio Upano; ask him about it around the campfire sometime! James has a BA in Recreation from Western Washington University, and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. When he's not running rivers, James is chasing his kids, cows and pow! He is a father of two, partner to his amazing wife, first aid instructor, runs a ranch in the Southwestern interior of British Columbia, is an avid backcountry skier and guide outside of Rossland, and his new special skill is learning Shotokan Karate faith with his kid.
Erik SpinneyWhitewater Rafting Guide
Guide since 2001: ME, WV, ID, MT. Joined ROW in 2007. Spinney, as he is known, hails from the Live Free or Die state, New Hampshire. As a young man Erik took this motto to heart and decided to pursue a life unbound by convention. First he became a river guide in the north woods of Maine, then spent several seasons on the Gauley in West Virginia, before relocating to the mountains and rivers of Colorado and Idaho. A man of many skills, Spinney can fix nearly anything with a Leatherman and bailing wire. Don’t tell, but he also has a secret celebrity crush on Adele. Quick with a joke or friendly conversation, he also cooks a mean prime rib and wears the most mysterious looking PFD on the river. In the off season Erik winters in the mountains of Colorado, Idaho and eastern Oregon, guiding snowmobile tours, shredding powder and enjoying the freedom of the mountains.
Acadia GantzWhitewater Rafting Guide
Acadia grew up in a tiny dairy farming community in northern Utah (without a TV). Her favorite childhood memory is her first river trip at age four on the Green River in Utah. Since then, she has been on a number of exciting rivers, and is looking forward to sharing the thrill of whitewater adventure with ROW guests! "I love the landscape and the variety of rivers in the area. I also love guiding on clear water," she said. Acadia learned how to play the violin at a young age and, sometimes will surprise guests by playing a tune or two on river trips!
Katie ShurtleffWhitewater River Swamper & River Jester
At just five years old, Katie had her taste of the rafting life while on a ROW Adventures Family Magic Trip. Growing up in Seattle, she was able to raft and kayak every summer growing up after that, and eventually joined a rowing team. Nothing like spending a morning out on the water! When she's not out on the water, Katie is working toward her Bachelor degree in Geology/Geology Engineering with a minor in Science Education at the University of California Los Angeles. She has a knack for finding cool rocks and outcrops wherever she goes, and enjoys geeking out over cool rocks. Other favorite pastimes include trail running, laughing, reading or racing friends to the top of a mountain (naturally!). Aside from these energetic activities, her special skills are of the ninja variety. Her favorite river memory is leapfrogging a private group down the Salmon River, and having an epic capture the pirate-flag water fight with them; ask her about it in between rapids sometime!