Hi, I grew up in a rafting family, and was raised by a bunch of river guides. My Dad has been an outfitter in CA, ID and OR since the '70s. Today, my older brother is an outfitter in OR, I handle the CA operation, & my younger brother helps ou...
My short bio: Howdy reddit! My name's Matt and I'm one of three sons that work/help out with the family business, which is a West coast based whitewater rafting company. My Dad started the company in the 70's, and every summer until I hit college we would live in the guidehouse, where my parents managed/operated their Idaho portion of the business. (A guidehouse is a place where river guides stay inbetween rafting trips.) It was a really fun way to grow up, and I'm happy to continue to be involved in the business. Compared to other activities, rafting is still a semi-new sport, and the industry has changed quite a bit. Feel free to ask me anything about river guiding, whitewater, or sleeping under the stars for 70+ nights a summer.
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For those interested, we offer six day rafting vacations on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and Main Salmon rivers in Idaho. We're on the Rogue river in Oregon. Finally, on the Kern river in California.
My Dad and a fellow outfitter came out with a book a couple years ago called Halfway to Halfway. It contains short river stories about the people in the business and not so much about the rapids. It's available as a paperback and on kindle. Check it out and let him know what you think.
If you're interested in becoming a guide, or you already have guiding experience, and would like more information about guiding for our California company, please email me to get a dialogue going. My email is matt at kernrafting dot com.