Freeliving, adventure seeking, whitewater explorer with a professional mindset who is not afraid to dream big and do what it takes to get there.
I am extremely passionate about the outdoors and especially water to a degree the average american would consider crazy. I love getting out and exploring the lakes rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost everything water related including diving, swimming, boating, rafting, fishing and cliff jumping. I have been rafting since 15 and spend my summers guiding on my favorite rivers in Idaho. To give an idea of how "crazy" about water sports I am, one of my favorite vacations every year is to escape to the northern california coast and go abolone diving. This consists of diving down 20-30 feet in 4-8 foot visability water 45 degrees warm and crawling into cracks on the bottom to pull out 10" snails. Intense sport that kills people every year but rewards one of the most delicious seafoods out there.
I love trips on new rivers, either in a whitewater kayak or raft and have been down quite a few including The Grand Canyon, Rogue, White Salmon, Lochsa, Salmon River, Hells Canyon, John Day, and Deschutes. (I am sure I am forgetting some but that's a good start of the favorites) I try to spend at least a weekend a month on some river. If I'm not working or hiking with the dog, I can probably be found somewhere in the woods or at the surf wave downtown or the climbing gym.
While I enjoy an evening in reading or watching a good show or movie, I am not the type of guy to spend the weekend watching sports. I would much rather be out doing something active and hopefully away from my phone out in nature. I can't say I follow any sports other than the 49ers during football season.
With friends I tend to be sarcastic and love teasing and joking around in a nice playful way. I don't mind being the brunt of a joke but firmly believe if you can't take it you shouldn't dish it out either. I am very laid back, easy going and don't take life too seriously or worry much about things I don't control or what may or may not happen.
Rules I have for a guide include;
Make more than I spend.
Don't pass up a fun adventure with awesome people.
Outside is better than inside.
Discomfort is temporary, memories last a lifetime.
Stay out of serious trouble.
Make a positive impact to the world around me.
Enjoying the journey is more important than the destination.
Also good at reading water, tracking and predicting animals, diving, trying new things and taking care of myself and friends.
Both assumptions as I don't ask that question. What I get comments on from random people though. Let me know if we meet though so I have something to put here ;)
Recently it's been Rework, Think and Grow Rich, and The Four Agreements.
I try not to watch a lot of tv but when I do I watch mostly Bones, The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, The Universe and anything science and space related. I am also a huge fan of The Daily Show and Colbert Report although only watch about an episode a month.
I mostly listen to the radio and listen to everything from oldies to rap. I am very open to music, but tend to like bits and pieces of everything.
For food, I really get a joy out of knowing the history of my food. My family and I got pretty into gardening a few years back because of the satisfaction of homegrown food and the confidence of knowing how it was grown. That and it just taste better than store produce.
I love to play around with food and enjoy cooking and trying new things. I mostly make and enjoy Mexican type dishes and love Thai food. Fresh food is the greatest, but nothing compares to simple food at the end of a day rafting or hiking.
Things I would prefer to not live without:
2. My family and friends.
3. Water. Being a river rat, I could not imagine living without the ability to get on the water or go swimming. Plus there is that whole drinking thing.
4. My truck
6. Natural spaces.
Although in summers, drinking at Seven Devils in Riggins with the guides and bsing about the crazy guest and runs we are taking rafting tomorrow. Or better yet having a free beer on the beach trading stories about which guide swam themselves that day.
Otherwise I tend to be an open book. Ask and I will probably answer.