Not just river guides, ARTA guides

All in the family – We live under the same roof (stars), cook in the same kitchen (campfire), share the same vehicle (truck) and know a lot more about each other than we probably should (secrets) so it is only natural that we think of each other as family. Our family-style business that began in 1963 has evolved into a modern-family-style business of the 21st century. Last year, we had four children of former ARTA guides and multiple sets of siblings working for us along with the 40 or so other guides who are often mistaken for brothers and sisters because of the way they get along.

The result is an atmosphere that is warm, wholesome, congenial and congenital.

Welcome to our family, we look forward to meeting you!

Tanner Welch is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Tanner Welch

Tanner is one of those paradoxical people who can think about things forever but can’t sit still for a moment...
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Zoe Watson is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Zoe Watson

It seems like a long road from the 180-person metropolis of Big Bend, California to the 450-person settlement of...
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Cortni Haislet - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Cortni Haislet

Even at 17, when she started to work for us, Cortni was a throw-back. She is a 1960’s, tie-dye, flower-in-her-hair...
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Aaron Cavagnolo - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Aaron Cavagnolo

There are experienced guides, there are seasoned guides and there are accomplished guides. And then there is Aaron...
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Emma Arnesty Good is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Emma Arnesty-Good

When you grow up in the city (San Francisco), you develop an appreciation for the wild (any). When you're the only American ...
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Vladimir Kovalik is a whitewater rafting river guide on the Salmon River for ARTA River Trips

Vladimir 'VK' Kovalik

In an age of second-generation river guides, VK is third-generation (his grandfather pioneered the sport...
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Isaac Ingram is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Isaac Ingram

Isaac's inspiration for learning to speak Spanish came from his great-grandfather, an immigrant who...
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Katie Parker - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Katie Parker

The child of two biologists, Katie grew up in the woods of southern Oregon; poking, prying, and pondering all things natural...
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Mikey Johnson, Tuolumne River Guide - ARTA River Trips

Mikey Johnson

Mikey walks his own path (and it isn’t always predictable). He grew up in the heart of metropolitan San Jose but found his heart...
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Nolan Verga - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Nolan

Every circle of people has its one-name icon; that singular star who needs no further introduction. Pelé, Bono, Shakira, Elmo, Nolan...
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Tess Howell is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Tess Howell

Tess is ARTA’s Renaissance Woman. She has two engineering degrees (Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University ...
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Tom Freer is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Tom Freer

He was, and always will be, a U.S. Marine. He has served as an Infantry Platoon Commander, a United Nations Liaison Officer...
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Fiona Cerf or Zander is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Fiona Cerf

Fiona credits her compassionate mom for giving her an intuitive concern for the welfare of others and she credits her...
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Lars Bolster is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Lars Bolster

Lars bridges the enormous gap between cool California surfer dude and proper English gentleman; one foot on the beach, the other in the manor...
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Ayla Lebovitz is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Ayla Lebovitz

Ayla is all about the moment. Sometimes she slows down to notice it (yoga), other times she steps up to create it (boat slide!) Sometimes...
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Tess McEnroe is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Tess McEnroe

Tess still gets goose bumps (and a little choked up) when she pulls into Blackadar Camp on the Main Salmon and remembers...
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Ali Chapman is a Whitewater Rafting Guide for ARTA River Trips

Chloe Hawkey

If Chloe was a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor (and trust us, she’d love to be); she would be New York Super Fudge Chunk...
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Aaron Warshauer - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Aaron Warshauer

Aaron is one of those people who can put you at ease and make you feel comfortable without really trying...
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Maeve Gallagher is a whitewater guide for ARTA River Trips in Oregon

Maeve Gallagher

For Maeve, the most exciting part of a river trip happens before she even gets to the river. She loves the pre-trip meeting! Big rapids...
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Hayden Hutcherson - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Hayden Hutcherson

Don’t be surprised if you’re out on a hike someday, deep in the woods, far from everything and everybody, when...
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Hanna Woods, river guide on the Green and Yampa Rivers for ARTA River Trips

Hanna Woods

Hanna’s secret ambition is to be on Survivor; to weave her natural physical fitness and her supernatural interpersonal skills...
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Xander Guldman

Xander’s life has been going downhill since he was five. That’s when...
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Sara Larsen - ARTA River Trips Whitewater Rafting Guide

Sara Larsen

"Smiles open doors.” And so it is that Sara is introducing herself to the world....
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The ARTA Office

The Office

600 square feet, lots of windows, pine floors. 6 miles to the Tuolumne River. Not a bad place to spend the day.
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