How did you find yourself at Holiday?

I was working at Alta Sports and some of the crew there talked me into river guiding with them for the summer. I was originally looking to work in Alaska or Montana for that summer but that never panned out.

What years did you spend guiding?

I was guiding from 2012-2016

What is something you learned while at Holiday that has stuck with you and has been valuable to life beyond the river?

The true meaning of the five P’s: Proper, Planning, Prevents, Poor, Performance.

Utah River Rafting Guide DougWhat is your favorite stretch of river that you have been on? 

Gates of Lodore

Do you still do river trips?

Not right now.

What do you miss most from guiding?

The simplicity of living and working. Living at the warehouse knowing what tasks needed to be done for the day and your co-workers became your best friends.

What was it that pulled you away from guiding?

Started my career into Nursing.

What advice or sentiment would you share with young guides working today?

Be the first one up to start the coffee water.

Do you have a favorite memory of Dee? Sue? Tim?

With Dee it was my training trip down Deso and I ran Three Fords Rapid with him and Sue in the boat. Dee was in the back. We hit the wave train had a great run and I look back and Dee is standing up. I asked, ‘What’s wrong Dee, did I get ya wet?’ and he kindly said back, ‘No, I think I just shit my pants.’

With Tim, we did a guide only trip to check out Warm Springs Rapid after a recent rock fall. Me and another guide oversaw dinner. We decided on doing a gourmet hot dog for one of the nights. He wasn’t too pleased with that meal.

What’s your most memorable story from a river trip?Guides in the swell, Doug, KW, Justin, Emily Ford, Susan

Probably my first Yampa trip. We had two guests, an older couple. The trip was led by Kerry Jones. That’s where I first met Tim Porten five days on the Yampa with his stories. Mike Quigley and I were still technically training on that trip, so we had our own boat together rowing bags. It was basically a private trip at that point.

Are you in touch with any guides you met during your time with Holiday? 

I stay connected with some guides I worked with not often though. Usually, we cross paths here and there.

What are you up to these days? (career, passions, hobbies, artistic endeavors, etc…)

These days I am working on career goals in nursing.  On my days off in the winter I am usually out skiing somewhere or escaping to the desert.  In the other seasons I am out camping somewhere or riding my bike in the mountains with my wife and two mini Aussies.