ACE Adventure Resort Staff

  • Alisa Hudgel

    Hometown: Miamisburg, OHalisa-hudgel-female-raft-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Wright State University, OH

    What did you study: Art & English

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: ACE loves women.

    Mantra or words to live by: All Gauley All the time

    Off-season: Ski Patrol

    Favorite activities: Whitewater and Bump skiing

    Started guiding: 1989

    Started with ACE: 1990

  • Amy Lindman

    Hometown: Canton, MI

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    Where did you go to school: Albion College

    What did you study: Spanish, Physical Education

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people I work with.

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The rivers and people.

    Favorite activities: Rafting, Climbing, Pottery, Running, anything outdoors

    What do you do in the off-season: Travel

    Started guiding with ACE: 2007

     

     

  • Andria Ullenbruch

    Hometown: Ann Arbor, MIandres-ullenbruch-new-river-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Ohio State

    What did you study: Finance

    Mantra or words to live by: Live Hard, Play Harder

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Bo Jeffries

    RIVER MANAGER

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    Nickname: Bo Jeffries - Bo Jeffriesbo-jeffries-legendary-raft-guide-image

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    Started guiding: 1901

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  • Bob Bowman

    Hometown: Louisville, KYbob-bowman-gauley-river-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: University of Louisville

    What did you study: Biology, Chemistry

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: We introduce guests to some great rafting and we have more fun than anyone else.

    Favorite thing about WV: Love the mountains. A great place to be outdoors.

    Favorite river memory: The flash flood of 2001 - the river rose 15 ft. in 3 hrs.

    Started guiding with ACE:1995

    Video: Love Of the Gauley / Bob Bowman

  • Brandon Shaw

    Hometown: Taos, New Mexicobrandon-shaw-atv-tour-guide-image

    What year did you start guiding: 2009

    What year did you start guiding for ACE: 2011

    What do you do in the off-season: Travel - this Winter we are riding a motorcycle to South America. It varies.

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: Community. I'll tell you a story. The summer before I came to Ace I was working on a commercial Salmon boat in Alaska. One day a tourist rented a boat and some crab traps - he set the traps in the fishing grounds of a Russian family. The family first asked the gentleman nicely to move his traps as they were in their fishing grounds and they were trying to make a living. Indignent, the tourist refused. The second time the fisherman asked they weren't as happy. The third time they had to ask they did so with their sidearms. The tourist immediately took off to the state police boat for assistance. He was advised by the sate police "It looks like youíre out numbered to me." I like that. West Virginia has that - community - doing wrong by the community is enough of a reason not to do wrong.

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: You get to create your own job - taking on as much or as little as you need to.

    Piece of gear you canít live without: Cowboy Boots

    Favorite river memory: Canoe float trips with my Dad and brother when I was a kid.

  • Brent Lewis

    Hometown: Fayetteville WVriver-guide-brent-lewis-image

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The beautiful property and staff.

    Favorite activities: Climbing, Whitewater and Disc Golf

    Started guiding: 2012

    Started with ACE: 2013

  • Brett Vanger-Weeks

    Hometown: St.Cloud, MNraft-guide-brett-vanger-weeks-photo

    Where did you go to school: University of Minnesota

    What did you study: Outdoor Education and Recreation

    Special talents: Plays bass guitar

    Favorite thing about WV: The people are down to earth.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Not all those who wander are lost"

    Off-season: Working on education - build canvas & leather canoe packs

    Favorite activities: Dogsledding, Long Boarding, Skiing, Canoeing

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Casey Clark

    Hometown: Towanda, PAcasey-clark-raft-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Ohio State University

    What did you study: Education

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: Summer Gauley, Fall Gauley, anything GauleyThe people I work with and take down the river - I love meeting new people.

    Mantra or words to live by: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer."

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Casey Clay

    Hometown: Buford, OHlegendary-raft-guide-casey-clark-image

    Nickname: Cosmo

    Where did you go to school: Cincinnati, OH

    What did you study: Early Childhood Education

    What do you do in the off-season: Travel all over Climbing and Snowboarding

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The natural beauty and tons of things to do outside

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The people I work with and take down the river - I love meeting new people.

     

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Cheri Barkley

    Hometown: Tabor City, North Carolina

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    Where did you go to school: Florida

    What did you study: Education, Music

    Favorite Thing about working for ACE: The people and the adventure.

    Off Season: Teacher

    Started guiding with ACE: 2006

     

  • Chris Carnefix

    QUALITY | SAFETY OFFICER

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  • Chris Davis

    Hometown: Valley Head, WVimage--of-chris-davis-new-river-guide

    Rivers Guided: New, Gauley, Elk, Cheat

    Mantra or words to live by: "Live for today"

    Off-season: Snowboard

    Favorite activities: Guiding the river and snowboarding

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Chris Stover

     

    Hometown: Beckley, WV.

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    Nickname: Puppy

    Where did you go to school: Wright State University

    What did you study: Bachelor in English, Minor in Philosophy

    Mantra or words to live by: My bad.

    Started guiding with ACE: 1995

  • Danielle Vescio

    Hometown: Lexington, KY / Lawrence, KS

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    Nickname: Danni

    Where did you go to school: Kansas University

    What did you study: Art

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people

    Do you have any special talents: Singing / Music

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Dave Barkley

    Hometown: Thurmond, WVdave-barkley-river-guide-image

    Nickname: Big Wave Dave

    Where did you go to school: North Carolina and Florida

    What did you study: Music Education

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The Great outdoors

    Mantra or words to live by: "Wag More - Bark Less"

    Off-season: School Band Director

    Started guiding with ACE: 2006

  • Dave Bassage

    Hometown: Walton, WV.

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    Where did you go to school: Earlham College, Richmond IN.

    What did you study: Math

    Special talents: Wood Working, Concensus Building

    Mantra or words to live by: Have no expectations but rather

    abundant expectancy

    Started guiding: 1984

    Started with ACE: 2010

     

  • Dave Martin

    Hometown: Pittsburg, PA.

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    Where did you go to school: IUP and CMU

    What did you study:  Geology / Public Management and Finance

    What do you do on the off-season: Environmental consulting

    Mantra or words to live by: Live, Love, Laugh

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Dave Runyon

    Hometown: Beckley, WV

    Where did you go to school: University of Alabama

    What did you study: Physical Therapy

    Favorite thing about WV: Mountainous rivers and trails

    Mantra or words to live by: "treat everyone like they're you're family"

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Crossfit, Trailrunning, Hiking

    Started guiding:1990

  • Dave Seay

    Hometown: Fayetteville, WVdave-seay-white-water-raft-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Appalachian Bible College,Troy State and Marshall Universities

    What did you study: Bible

    Special talents: Retired Marine Officer - Singing Happy Birthday

    Favorite thing about WV : The many outdoor adventures available

    Mantra or words to live by: "Never worked and never will"

    Off-season: Child Nutrition Director Fayette Co Schools

    Favorite river memory: Paddling and teaching my son about the river. Now paddling w/grand children and teaching them about the river.

    Started guiding: 1995

    Started with ACE: 1996

  • Derek Ring

    Hometown: Zanesville, OHderek-ring-gauley-guide-image

    Nickname: D-Rock

    Where did you go to school: Hocking College

    What did you study: Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

    Special talents: Juggling

    Favorite thing about WV: The waters

    Mantra or words to live by: "Don't stand up in moving water"

    Off-season: Travel

    Started guiding: 2006

    Started with ACE: 2009

  • Devin Bussard

    Hometown: Chambersburg, PAdevin-bussard-wv-guide-image

    Special talents: Wiggle my ears.

    Favorite thing about WV: It's a bit out of the way.

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The facility and the quality equipment.

    Off-season: Ski Patrol

    Favorite activities: Any outdoor activity

    Started guiding: 2000

    Started with ACE: 2002

  • Drew Steward

    Hometown: Brighton, MI

    Special talents: Bringin' the Funk

    Mantra or words to live by: "Drew Stew..do what you do"

    Off-season: Ski Vail

    Favorite River memory: Flippin' off Postage Due w/my fav request group-Jim Meadows and Bernie Vatter group.

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Surfin' river holes and skiing "blue sky basin" at Vail.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Emily LeBus

    Hometown: Angle Fire, NM

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    Nickname: Hammer

    rong>Where did you go to school: University of New Mexico

    What did you study: Biology, Spanish and Chemistry

    What is your favorite thing ACE: The crazy, awesome fun people I get to hang around on a daily basis.

    What do you do in the off-season: Trapeez stunt instructor / school

    Started guiding: 2008

    Started with ACE: 2010

     

  • Evan Davis

    Hometown: Williamsburg, VAevan-davis-upper-new-river-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: James Madison University

    What did you study: History

    Favorite thing about WV: The mountains, winding roads and rivers.

    Mantra or words to live by: "It's your life, Live it"

    Off-season: Snowboard Instructor at Angel Fire, NM

    Favorite sports/rec/activities involved in: Snowboarding, Rafting, EMS

    Started guiding: 2008

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Jackie Gallimore

    Hometown: Lexington, KYjackie-gallimore-program-director-image

    Where did you go to school: University of Idaho

    What did you study: Environmental Education

    Favorite thing about WV: The amazing biodiversity and beauty.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Do what you love and the money will follow"

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

  • James Tourje

    Hometown: Liverpool, NYjames-tourje-gauley-raft-guide-image

    Nickname: Jimbo

    Favorite thing about WV : The Gauley River system.

    Mantra or words to live by: "We're Just Inbetween Swims"

    Off-season: Perfecting the ability to move things with my mind.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Jason Swann

    Hometown: Blacksburg, VAjason-sawnn-river-guide-image

    Rivers Guides: New, Gauley, Deschutes, Mackenzie, North Umpqua rivers

    Favorite river memory: Training to be a river guide.

    Off-season: Bar tend and wait tables, snowboard

    Started guiding: 1998

    Started with ACE: 2009

  • Joe Shrewsbery

    CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

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  • John Bryant Baker

    Hometown: Fredricksburg, TX

    Nickname: Amish

    Where did you go to school: University of Texas

    What did you study: Kinesiology

    Off-season: Writer, Carpenter

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Joseph Thacker

    Hometown: Marion, OHjoseph-thacker-upper-gauley-guide-image

    Special talents: Saving Lives

    Favorite thing about WV: The people.

    Mantra or words to live by: "We're all children of the earth"

    Off-season: EMS

    Favorite activities: Music and Whitewater

    Started guiding with ACE: 2003

  • Josh Sapio

    ZIP LINE | CLIMBING MANAGER

    Hometown:

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    Mantra or words to live by: "Measure twice- cut once"

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  • Justin Stock

    Hometown: Lake Worth, FLjustin-shock-raft-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Florida Atlantic University

    What did you study: Fine Arts

    Special talents: Plays the guitar and is a painter

    Favorite thing about WV: Country Fun

    Mantra or words to live by: "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today"

    Off-season: Travel

    Favorite activities: Most anything outdoors

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Katie Gregory

    Hometown: Marietta, GAkatie-gregory

    Where did you go to school: Birmingham-Southern College

    What did you study:   Enviromental Science

    Off-season: Snowboard Instructor

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Katie Mock

    katie-mock-2013Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA.

    Nickname: Whiskers

    Where did you go to school: Jamses Madison, The British Inst. of Florence

    What did you study: How to take over the world.

    What do you do in the off-season: Run a rescue organization for handicapped Siamese Cats.

    Mantra or words to live by: You haven't lived until you've snuggled a cat!

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Keli Arendt

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    Hometown: Chardon, OH.

    Where did you go to school: Bowling Green State University

    What did you study: Art & Astronomy

    Favorite thing about WV: The Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: "Do something that scares you...everyday'

    Off-season: Travel and explore the world.

    Favorite river memory: Kelly Trevor Surprise Surf Attempt

    Started guiding with ACE: 2008

  • Kelly Gladen

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH

    Where did you go to school: Lakeland Community College

    What did you study: EMT

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The Staff

    Mantra or words to live by: "Go big or go home"

    Favorite river memory: First time on the Upper Gauley at 16, after swimming the box at Sweets Falls, I knew I wanted to raft - 19 yrs. later I'm guiding the river.

    Started guiding with ACE: 2013

  • Kenneth Combs

     

    Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA.

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    Nickname: Skenny

    Mantra or words to live by: Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life

    Favorite thing about ACE: The responsibility

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

     

  • Kent Roberts

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    Hometown: Everywhere - Dad in Airforce

    Where did you go to school: Virginia Intermont

    What did you study: Photography

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: All of it

    Favorite thing about WV: Wild and Wonderful

    Mantra or words to live by: "If you love what you do you'll never go to work"

    Off-season: Ski School Director-Winterplace

    Started guiding: 1980

    Started with ACE: 1989

     

  • Kevin Terrell

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    Hometown: Walkersville, MD.

    Where did you go to school: Elon University

    What did you study: Environmental Science

    What do you do in the off-season: Wish it was rafting season

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

     

  • Kip Conklin

    Hometown: Marion, VAkip-conklin

    Nickname: Capt. Crunch

    Where did you go to school: Radford University

    What did you study: Political Science

    Favorite thing about WV: The Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: "The party never stops, The people just change"

    Off-season: Ski Instructor

    Favorite river memory: Convincing a guest to bring his bagpipes down the upper Gauley and playing them at Sweets falls.

    Started guiding: 1992

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Marilyn Bowman

    Hometown: Louisville, KYmarilyn-bowman-female-raft-guide

    Where did you go to school: University of Louisville

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV: Its wild and wonderful! I love nature and the outdoors. WV is a great state for both.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Bring Sunshine into the lives of others"

    Off-season: High School Science Teacher

    Favorite river memory: Guiding the New River during the flash flood of 2001.

    Started guiding with ACE: 1995

    Video: White Water Rafting Is In My Blood | Marilyn Bowman

  • Matthew Dotson

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    Hometown: Staunton, VA

    Where did you go to school: Virginia Military Institute

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV: Gauley River

    Off-season: Nurse

    Started guiding with ACE: 1999

  • Max Sisson

    max-sisson-whitwater-raft-guide-imageHometown: Corbin, KY

    Where did you go to school: Union College

    What did you study: History

    Favorite thing about WV: The Mountains and Rivers

    Mantra or words to live by: "Swimming is winning"

    Off-season: Guide rivers in Costa Rica

    Started guiding: 2009

    Started with ACE: 2012

  • Meghan Roberts

    Hometown: Alden, NYmeghan-roberts-zip-line-guide-image

    Where did you go to school: Keuka College

    What did you study: Organizational Communication

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The Community

    Off-Season: Travel

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

     

     

     

     

  • Morgan Davis

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    Hometown: Monterville, WV

    Nickname: Catfish

    Where did you go to school: Hollins University

    What did you study: Communications & Business

    Favorite think about working at ACE: Love'em or hate'em they make for a very exciting life.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Why live life in fear to arrive safely at death"?

    Off-season: Ski Patrol-Canyons Resort UT

    Started guiding: 2009

    Started with ACE: 2010

  • Nate Archambault

    Hometown: Dunedin, FLwhite-water-guide-nathanial-archambault-image

    Nickname: Archy

    Where did you go to school: USMC

    Favorite thing about WV: The Rivers

    Mantra or words to live by: "Calm, Cool, Collected"

    Off-season: Manage Eddie's Bar & Grill

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Pam Jeffries

    Hometown: Native West Virginian

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    Favorite thing about West Virginia:  The peaceful and serentity of our woodlands.

    Favorite thing about ACE: The adrenaline addiction.

    Mantra or words to live by: Catch whitewater fever and spread the disease!

    Started guiding with ACE: 1985

  • Phillip Groseclose

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    Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

    Favorite thing about WV: Low key locals without attitude.

    Off-season: Snowmobile guide

    Started guiding with ACE: 2010

  • Richard Arrington

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    Hometown: North Carolina

    Where did you go to school: West Virginia University

    What did you study: OSHA

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: Enviroment

    Off-season: Divisional Safety Manager

    Started guiding with ACE: 1999

  • Rick Miller

    RIVER MANAGER

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    Mantra or words to live by: "It's All Good!"

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  • Ryan Roy

    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH.

    Where did you go to school: University of Cincinnati

    What did you study: Paralegal, Criminal Justice

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The guide life - it has a beautiful office.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Didn't you wanna do a good job"?

    Off-season: Benchmark Outfitters-retailryan-roy-zip-line-guide-image

    Started guiding with ACE: 2011

  • Scotty Olive

     
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    Hometown: Charlestown, IN.

    Nickname: Scotty O

    Mantra or words to live by: Keep on livin!

    Rivers guided: New, Gauley, Shenandoh, Cheat, Potomic, Yough rivers

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: The beauty, it's called "almost heaven" because heaven was already taken

    Started guiding: 1989

    Started with ACE: 2001

     

  • Shannon Nutter

     

    Hometown: Summersville, WV.

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    Nickname: Seth Rogan or NutterButter

    Where did you go to school: Shepard University, Potomic State College

    What did you study: Music Performance, Egyptology

    Special talents: Tying knots

    Mantra or words to live by: I came, I saw, I conquered!

    Started guiding: 2006

    Started with ACE: 2011

     

  • Stephen Kimmel

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    Hometown: McComb, MS

    Where did you go to school: Mississippi State

    What did you study: Accounting

    Mantra or words to live by: "Pistols Out"

    Off-season: Tax preparer

    Started guiding with ACE: 2012

  • Stephen Reid

     

    Hometown: Burleson, TX

    Where did you go to school: University of Southernstephen-reid-river-rescue-instructor-image Mississippi

    What did you study: Communications

    Favorite thing about WV: Lots of water year round. You can raft 365 days a year.

    Mantra or words to live by: "You don't stop playing because you get older. You get older because you stop playing."

    Off-season: Lift Ops manager at Winterplace Ski Resort

    Started guiding: 1998

    Started with ACE: 2004

  • Steven Arenaz

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    Hometown: Doylestown, PA

    Mantra or words to live by: "If you can't laugh at yourself, you could be missing the best joke in the world"

    Favorite thing about working at ACE: The people

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Tim Slatton

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    Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

    Where did you go to school: Chattanooga State

    Favorite thing about WV: The Gorge

    Favorite thing about working for ACE: The people

    Started guiding: 2005

    Started with ACE: 2006

  • Tim Smith

    tim-smith-raft-guide-imageHometown: Corbin, KY

    Where did you go to school: Eastern KY University

    What did you study: Biology

    Favorite thing about WV : All the things outdoors.

    Mantra or words to live by: "Know your needs from your wants"

    Off-season: Paramedic

    Started guiding: 1980

    Started with ACE: 1988

  • Trevor Dawes

     

    Hometown: Redlands, CA.

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    Nickname: Dr. Trevorkian

    Where did you go to school: George Mason University

    What did you study: Economics

    Favorite thing about West Virginia: Whitewater

    Mantra or words to live by: Go with the flow.

    Special Talents: Ninja Skills

    Started guiding with ACE: 2009

  • Tug Chamberlin

    Hometown: Fayetteville, WVimage-tug-chamberlain-raft-guide

    Nickname: Tug

    Where did you go to school: University of Utah

    What did you study: Commercial Recreation

    Favorite thing about WV : It's a great place to raise my family.

    Off-season: Instructor

    Started guiding with ACE: 1990

  • Zach Meiring

    image-zach-meiring-raft-guideHometown: Memphis, TN

    Where did you go to school: University of Tennessee

    What did you study: Psychology

    Mantra or words to live by: "You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you'll dance with the reaper."

    Started guiding with ACE: 2008

  • Zack Benjamin


    Hometown: Narragansett, RI

    Where did you go to school: Elon University

    What did you study: Accounting

    Favorite thing about WV : Ramps, Pepperoni Rolls, People watching at WalMart

    Mantra or words to live by: "Life's a garden...dig it"

    Off-season: Raft guide in Costa Rica

    Started guiding: 2007

    Started with ACE: 2010

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