Meet the Guides
Carsten is hands-down one of the most respected guides on the Snake River. A professional guide since 2002, Carsten has worked on Utah’s Green and Yampa Rivers, West Virginia’s class V Gauley River, and of course, Jackson’s own Snake River. Carsten was just a little, yet fearless kid when he started canoeing and “fun-yaking” all over the rivers and creeks of Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. When most people would hunker down at the first signs of bad weather, Carsten and his brother would grab a paddle and a canoe and head for the rapids of Hurricane Creek, whooping and hollering in the winds and rain. You could say Carsten loves rivers, but that would be a gross understatement considering he took on the creek in the middle of Hurricane Ivan. Yep, he was literally 50 miles from the eye of the storm. One sunk canoe later, Carsten says, "Now that’s fun." During the season, a day off to Cartsen just means more time to play on rivers. In the off-season Carsten teaches at the JH Mountain Resort Ski School. But even then, rivers aren’t far from his mind—check out February’s river trip down the Snake complete with snow-covered banks and a balmy 22-degree air temperature. Carsten loves taking people down the Snake; his goal is to get them "hooked on rivers." When he's forced on land, Carsten likes to sit around the fire, play his guitar, and plan the next river adventure.
Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Amy learned how to raft guide and kayak on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Lochsa rivers. She began guiding rafts at age 18 has been a professional “river rat” for the last ten years. She loves taking people down rivers and sharing the fun of whitewater and the natural beauty of the places that rivers take you. She also loves being able to work with her sister Julia! Amy has competed as a professional kayaker for five years, both in freestyle competitions and extreme races. This allowed her the opportunity to travel all over the world and kayak on amazing rivers such as the White Nile in Uganda, where she helped to supply local rafters and kayakers with whitewater gear and training. The project’s goal was to promote safe river-running and provide the locals with a new way to earn a living as raft guides and safety boaters. Amy also avidly snowboards, bikes, take photos, and surfs. She has spent her last three off-seasons in Costa Rica and Mexico learning how to surf, and she looks forward to using her new-found skills on the Snake’s Lunch Counter Rapid this Spring—even if it’s a little colder than the waters in Mexico!
Jeff has guided Snake River Park customers safely down the river for the past 8 years. Jeff was born in Salt Lake City, but at 10 years old he took his first rafting trip down the Snake, and since then the Snake and Jeff go together like a paddle and a raft. Anyone who might question Jeff’s love for rivers need not look farther than his car, which is covered with kayaks, paddles, life vests and river stickers. Off the river, Jeff likes to mountaineer in the Tetons and work as a snowboard instructor. Having guided on the Snake since 2000, there are not many guides who have more trips under their life vest than Jeff. With Jeff’s unquestioned experience, every customer, from the nervous youngster to the experienced grandma, will have a great time.
Roger "Soul Man" Bare
Growing up in Anderson, South Carolina, Roger was not much for the indoors. Roger grabbed a paddle and a kayak at age 16, and his fingers and toes have been pruned ever since. Roger started his impressive commercial guiding career over a decade ago on the Nantala river of North Carolina. Since then, Roger has taken thousands of rafters safely down rivers across the United States from Tennessee to Utah to Alaska, and even crossing the world to guide three different rivers in Japan. He’s guided the Class V rapids of West Virginia’s famous Gauley River, the class IV Nenana River Gorge of Alaska, and if that’s not enough to wow you, he can even yell out guide commands in Japanese. Our manager Jason knew Roger was the real deal when they had a conversation a couple years ago about Jason’s new promotion as whitewater manager. Concerned that Jason might be spending too many hours in the office and not enough on the river, Roger asked him, “Yeah, that’s great, but what about your soul, man?”