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river guide in Idaho

Johnny Nelson

Area Manager

From the Silver Valley city of Kellogg, Johnny Nelson has been kayaking since he was a teenager and spent his summer vacations on family camping trips exploring the great outdoors. He says that one of his most treasured childhood memories is sitting on the docks in Harrison and watching the sky ignite with fireworks above. Johnny is currently completing his Associate of Arts in Outdoor Recreation while guiding clients through the wilds of Idaho and Washington. He says it was adventuring on Hawaii’s Molokini Island that sealed his fate to work in the outdoors and pursue a guiding career. When he’s not on the river, Johnny is out hiking with his wife and dogs, playing djembe drums, and cooking up a storm alfresco.

man on a river in a PFD with rocks behind

Trevor Anderson

River Guide

While Trevor works as a school counselor for most of the year, he values the summer when he gets to recalibrate and embark on nature adventures with like-minded people. He’s rafted commercial runs since his 20s but it’s only in the last few years that he’s become more active in the rafting community. One of his favorite memories from guide school was running a clean line through “Satan’s Cesspool” on the South Fork American River. Originally from Longview in Washington State where he grew up on a farm, Trevor is particularly looking forward to guiding on the beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon as he’ll be close to home and his beloved dog Max. Among his most amazing life experiences? Diving with sharks in Fiji! When he’s not on the river, you’ll probably find Trevor twirling fire sticks (without setting himself on fire!)

female in pink and blue whitewater kayak

Claire Pickett

River Guide

Claire Pickett’s first experience with rafting was in high school when she took a trip down the Colorado River’s “Diamond Down” section with her outdoor club. Since then, she has taken on the responsibility of being a guide for the outdoor program at the University of Arizona in Tucson where she is studying a Bachelor of Natural Resources. Not only has she run a Class IV river with very little kayaking experience (resulting in a runaway boat and paddle) but she has a knack for ending up with random bruises, without any recollection of how they got there. When Claire’s not on the river, you’ll probably find her hiking, reading, or traveling (one of her most amazing travel experiences involved venturing deep into a Belizean cave in search of Mayan ruins). 

female Rogue River Guide

Julianna Fultineer

River Guide

Guide Since 2011: WA, CO, OR. Joined ROW in 2016. Julianna, or Jules to many, has been a professional river guide since 2011. Growing up in Southern Oregon near her beloved Rogue, she was drawn to the river from an early age. She began guiding professionally during college, and has warmly embraced the path that river guiding has helped her carve out. Guiding has taken her to Washington, Colorado, and home to Oregon. For Jules, rivers offers a unique opportunity to illuminate for others the transformative power of the natural world. When not on the river, Julianna attends Naropa University, where she is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy. She hopes this degree will help realize her dream of facilitating transformation through relationship with the river.

Guiding Destinations: Rogue River


man with wide brim hat on whitewater raft

Michael Jorgenson

River Guide

Guide since 2014: AZ, ID, OR, CA, WA, UT, Chile. Joined ROW in 2017. Hailing from Boston, Michael describes himself as a mediocre mandolin player, a decent whitewater kayaker and a decent bridge player. He's been kayaking for the last decade and loves working in the outdoors after being inspired as a kid during a five-day family canoe trip in the Boundary Waters. Michael holds a B.A. in Art, Mathematics and Physics and once explained system collapse in quantum measurement to a kayaking client (at their request). He currently spends his winters teaching math and and science at Alzar School in Cascade, Idaho. 

Guiding Destinations: Rogue River, Snake River, Salmon River, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)


Rafts on Snake River

Tyler Ashmore

River Guide

Guide since 2016: OR, ID, MT. Joined ROW in 2017. Born in the U.S. city of Vancouver (Washington State) where he spent his childhood playing in the yard alongside three siblings, Tyler is a passionate soccer player who can solve a Rubik’s cube in under two minutes. When he’s not challenging his brain to 3D puzzles, he’s working towards his Bachelors degree in Applied Science at Oregon’s Pacific University and climbing Mount Hood in search of unforgettable sunrises over the Three Sisters. Former ROW Adventures guide, Sam Morrison, knew Tyler was going to be a river guide the first moment they met and since then he’s pursued his career as a boater. 

Guiding Destinations: Snake River, Salmon River, Family Magic (Salmon River Canyons)