I have been fortunate. Even before I finished high
school, which I attended in my home town of Saratoga, CA, the
west was my playground. In my youth, my buddies and I would get
rides to the beach with an older sibling, or we'd hitchhike up
Highway 9 to hike in the Santa Cruz mountains. Later we drove
to the Sierra, Yosemite and beyond. Before I could (legally) have
a beer in Mels Tavern in Angels Camp, I was being paid to
take people down the Stanislaus River in California's sierra foothills.
I took advantage of nearly every chance to see a new river, explore a new region,
or take a new hike. The urge to see different
places and to return to the places and faces that have grown in
me along the way has been the motivating force in my life.
Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, California... have offered themselves
as venues and homes throughout the journey. Most importantly,
the river road I have traveled since 1978 has given me the opportunity
to meet and spend quality time with so many fine people.
wealth is measured by their friends... I am a very rich man.
days I am in Flagstaff, Arizona, yet the urge to travel and run rivers is still very
strong in me. I spend most of the year traveling and taking
people on river adventures. Although each year is different, it
often plays out like this...
River Season - April through
April is spent in Grand Canyon. The flowers are blooming
and the days are getting longer. We take full advantage of the cooler weather and hike as much as possible. I'll stay in Grand for 2 or 3 trips (trips are 2 weeks each.
early June the weather is getting hot in the Canyon country and
it is time for me to head north�to Alaska.
If you have been to Alaska you know it is incredible.
If you haven�t yet been there, well, you should go.
Raw and magnificent country everywhere, and the rivers take you into the heart of that wilderness. I�ll stay in Alaska until early to mid July� then I go south
Main and Middle forks of the Salmon River are the perfect July
rivers have peaked but still have plenty of water�and the weather
is 75 to 80 degrees. Ideal
conditions and fantastic country.
By late July / early August it�s time to return to Grand
August is probably my favorite month in the Canyon.
Monsoon conditions prevail and thunderstorms are the afternoon
fare. The weather
goes from hot to cold, from sunny to cloudy, from dry to wet�in
a matter of minutes�and then back again.
Dramatic backdrops mix with streaking sun to create rainbows
and light shows that must be seen to be believed.
The Grand Canyon will be my home for 4 more trips, until late
October when the season has changed again. Fall is in the air. Early
nights and the need to wear warm clothes remind me it is time
to go home�and another river season comes to a close.
The last few years have been interesting and eventful to say the least... in a good way of course. You know me - heart on the sleeve, live each day to the max, be stoked all the time... I have lived a life rich with friends and adventure. Hard to believe even for me, and I was there. I'm happier than ever, and after turning 40 several years ago, have become increasingly aware of what is important to me and what my vision is towards the future.
What do I care about?
me it's about family and friends who share and learn from each
other. It's about quality of life, and that equates
to time actually spent with those friends and family. To
be able to facilitate that with others and ideally share in the
experience... that is what it is about for me. There is nothing
more rewarding than watching people I care about enjoying their
surroundings and who they are with. The river... where everyday
is a "love fest."
So what's my plan? To continue bringing friends and families
into the wilderness. For
years I have worked with some of the best crews in the adventure
industry. And we
continue to run better and better trips every year. That is what it is all about.
My vision in nut shell... Run longer trips, provide customized service with the best crews in the industry. We want to spend more time at the waterfall…let it soak in…we can leave later…it’s too good right now. Let’s take that morning walk to the ruins…no hurry.
What do you like to eat and drink? What are your interests? We want to know your family…and someday take your kids…and grandkids…on safe adventures into the vanishing wilderness.
The other part of my vision is that vanishing wilderness.
We who travel into the wild lands are the stewards of that
sacred ground. It
is our land and we are responsible to protect it.
This is no easy task and everyone has there place among
the endless watch. We
want to run trips that make a difference.
Everyone who travels with us will be contributing because
our goal is to have each trip benefit the regional environment.
We spend and give in a regionalized manner to help the
local economy thrive as well support the natural environment.
not just a vision� it is a defined way to live and grow.
With us, river trips are emphasized, Yet we can, and will,
run all types of outdoor trips.
The ideal situation is to consult with you and put together
a trip just for you and your group.
Whatever you can think of�we�ll help you do it.
If it is not in our area of expertise�we�ll point you in
the right direction.
We'd love to hear from you, so drop us a line
or an email with any news
you feel like sharing. After all, staying in touch is what
it's all about, with family, friends, and of course with nature.