Born: Bandon, Oregon
Raised: Grants Pass, Oregon
Off-Season occupation: Odd jobs.
Pilot since: 1998
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting and hanging with my kids.
Funniest moment on the river: A cougar was requested and talked about during the trip. After dinner the folks asked, “When are we going to see this cougar?” I explained to them they are extremely rare to see and that we weren’t. We left Lucas Lodge and headed downstream. It was not more than three corners and the whole boat points to the right. I looked over and there was a cougar standing on the top of a giant rock.
Why you love your job: I enjoy the people I meet, but most of all, I grew up around it. I used to ride the boat with Grandpa and always thought, this is what I want to do.
Favorite rapid to run: Foster Bar Rapid