Growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I’ve always found the outdoors to be an unparalleled playground. Climbing, Backpacking, Rafting, and just generally exploring, I have fallen more and more in love with the outdoors as I’ve gotten older.
Rafting especially is a remarkable way to see and experience the world: rivers are sacred, infinite things and provide a glimpse into the true and seemingly omnipotent power of nature.
What is your favorite river and why?
The Salmon River, also known as the River-of-No-Return. It flows through an immense and mysterious wilderness, the largest in the country, and the water is as clear and bright as the sky.
What is your favorite river story?
On one particular and very entertaining commercial trip down the Rio Grande Racecourse, I was guiding a fun move called a “ramp” where we back-weight the boat while simultaneously paddling as hard as we can towards a slanted (or ramped) rock. We had so much momentum that we got the raft so far up the rock that we were practically perpendicular with the river. Moments later we were flipped and swimming. It was an absolute blast and a reminder just how strong a crew can be!
What are your other hobbies and interests?
I love to act, sing, compose, and write. I studied music and theater in college and I hope to one day fully pursue this passion as a professional actor and musician. I also love fitness and spend a lot of time researching and trying to better understand how I can further improve my health and conditioning. On the other hand, I also really love donuts and eat them way too frequently 🙂
What certifications do you have?
I am CPR and First Aid certified, a Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and soon to be a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. I am also an alumnus of the National outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and hope to learn more about how I can keep myself and others safe doing what we love in the outdoors!