Our Guides

Experienced and friendly, the typical Lewis & Clark river guide has spent many years guiding rafts. Most are year-round outdoor professionals with a wide variety of training. Our guides share their knowledge of natural and human history in an entertaining way.

We take pride in our ability to relate to all people, and emphasize a caring approach to families. Because we’re a small company, we can be selective in hiring our guides. Their experience translates into the most thrilling whitewater trips in the area and fantastic experiences for all on our scenic float trips.

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  Name:  Aaron Churchill   Nickname:  Cock-a-roach   Hometown:  Watertown, CT   College/University/Major:  University of Life   What brought you to Jackson?  I wanted to see what it was like out west   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  14 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  14   What other activities are you involved in?  Skiing, surfing, hot springing, but mostly rafting   Life Motto:  Uptown girl living in a downtown world   Favorite Quote:  “I love you; buy me a drink.”   Anything that defines you:  I have the best j-stroke at Lewis and Clark.

Name: Aaron Churchill

Nickname: Cock-a-roach

Hometown: Watertown, CT

College/University/Major: University of Life

What brought you to Jackson? I wanted to see what it was like out west

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 14 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 14

What other activities are you involved in? Skiing, surfing, hot springing, but mostly rafting

Life Motto: Uptown girl living in a downtown world

Favorite Quote: “I love you; buy me a drink.”

Anything that defines you: I have the best j-stroke at Lewis and Clark.

  Name:  Clare Stumpf   Nickname:  Air Clare, Clare Bear, C-dawg   Hometown:  Oakland, CA   College/University/Major:  University of Rochester- Psychology/Philosophy  University of Colorado- Masters of Environmental Policy   What brought you to Jackson?  Mountains, wolverines, the whole Moose thing   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  5 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  6 seasons   What other activities are you involved in?  Pickling various vegetables, ascending large pieces of granite, groovin’ to bluegrass and funk, telling stellar jokes   Life Motto:  Hydrate or Die-drate   Favorite Quote:  “How deep is the river here?”   Anything that defines you:  Living in a van in the general vicinity of the river

Name: Clare Stumpf

Nickname: Air Clare, Clare Bear, C-dawg

Hometown: Oakland, CA

College/University/Major: University of Rochester- Psychology/Philosophy

University of Colorado- Masters of Environmental Policy

What brought you to Jackson? Mountains, wolverines, the whole Moose thing

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 5 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 6 seasons

What other activities are you involved in? Pickling various vegetables, ascending large pieces of granite, groovin’ to bluegrass and funk, telling stellar jokes

Life Motto: Hydrate or Die-drate

Favorite Quote: “How deep is the river here?”

Anything that defines you: Living in a van in the general vicinity of the river

  Name:  Collin Schauerman   Nickname:  Border Collie   Hometown:  Smoot, WY   College/University/Major:  Denver Baptist Bible College-BA in Astronomy   What brought you to Jackson?  Surfing and Wolves   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  5 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  4 years   What other activities are you involved in?  RHOC watcher, eating tide-pods, and noodling catfish   Life Motto:  Never turn down a free plane ticket   Favorite Quote:  “Dance like no one is watching.”   Anything that defines you:  My love for snowshoeing, clear coat mani pedis, and flower presses

Name: Collin Schauerman

Nickname: Border Collie

Hometown: Smoot, WY

College/University/Major: Denver Baptist Bible College-BA in Astronomy

What brought you to Jackson? Surfing and Wolves

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 5 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 4 years

What other activities are you involved in? RHOC watcher, eating tide-pods, and noodling catfish

Life Motto: Never turn down a free plane ticket

Favorite Quote: “Dance like no one is watching.”

Anything that defines you: My love for snowshoeing, clear coat mani pedis, and flower presses

  Name:  Jess Tuchscherer   Nickname:  Mr. T     Hometown:  Miles City, MT   College/University/Major:  University of Montana-MA English Literature   What brought you to Jackson?  A teaching job   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  18 Years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  5 seasons   What other activities are you involved in?  Baking, knitting, writing haikus, powerlifting, ant farms   Life Motto:  No excuses   Favorite Quote: “ Nihilist, huh? At least it’s an ethos.”   Anything that defines you:  My love for dogs

Name: Jess Tuchscherer

Nickname: Mr. T  

Hometown: Miles City, MT

College/University/Major: University of Montana-MA English Literature

What brought you to Jackson? A teaching job

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 18 Years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 5 seasons

What other activities are you involved in? Baking, knitting, writing haikus, powerlifting, ant farms

Life Motto: No excuses

Favorite Quote: “Nihilist, huh? At least it’s an ethos.”

Anything that defines you: My love for dogs

  Name:  Joe Smith   Nickname:  Camoté   Hometown:  Lancaster, MA   College/University/Major:  UMass Amherst- Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation   What brought you to Jackson?  The Wild Yonder   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  10 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  5   What other activities are you involved in?  Listening to the wind and watching the sun rise   Life Motto:  Have a good time all the time   Favorite Quote:  “BEST DAY EVER!”   Anything that defines you:  I   have the best j-stroke at Lewis and Clark

Name: Joe Smith

Nickname: Camoté

Hometown: Lancaster, MA

College/University/Major: UMass Amherst- Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

What brought you to Jackson? The Wild Yonder

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 10 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 5

What other activities are you involved in? Listening to the wind and watching the sun rise

Life Motto: Have a good time all the time

Favorite Quote: “BEST DAY EVER!”

Anything that defines you: I have the best j-stroke at Lewis and Clark

  Name:  Luke Ledwell   Nickname:  Lil-Lukey   Hometown:  Charlemont, MA   College/University/Major:  UMass Amherst-Civil Engineering      What brought you to Jackson?  Ran away from the desk job to follow my river dreams   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  13 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  7   What other activities are you involved in?  More river time, minivan livin’   Life Motto:  “Spirit of the river”   Favorite Quote:  “Yeah buddy!” -Me   Anything that defines you:  I wanna run rivers foreva and just be the cool uncle

Name: Luke Ledwell

Nickname: Lil-Lukey

Hometown: Charlemont, MA

College/University/Major: UMass Amherst-Civil Engineering

What brought you to Jackson? Ran away from the desk job to follow my river dreams

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 13 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 7

What other activities are you involved in? More river time, minivan livin’

Life Motto: “Spirit of the river”

Favorite Quote: “Yeah buddy!” -Me

Anything that defines you: I wanna run rivers foreva and just be the cool uncle

  Name:  Orion Hatch   Nickname:  Red Dawg   Hometown:  Party Town, USA   College/University/Major:  UMass Amherst 2017-Hydrogeology   What brought you to Jackson?  A Volkswagen Passat   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  At least a couple of days   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  3 seasons   What other activities are you involved in?  Underwater penmanship, general debauchery, candle-lit dinners   Life Motto:  Don’t live your life based on mottos   Favorite Quote:  “No.” -Rosa Parks   Anything that defines you:  I’m the 2000-2001 Jr. International Karaoke Champion of Massachusetts

Name: Orion Hatch

Nickname: Red Dawg

Hometown: Party Town, USA

College/University/Major: UMass Amherst 2017-Hydrogeology

What brought you to Jackson? A Volkswagen Passat

How long have you been guiding whitewater? At least a couple of days

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 3 seasons

What other activities are you involved in? Underwater penmanship, general debauchery, candle-lit dinners

Life Motto: Don’t live your life based on mottos

Favorite Quote: “No.” -Rosa Parks

Anything that defines you: I’m the 2000-2001 Jr. International Karaoke Champion of Massachusetts

  Name:  Stephen Mulherin   Nickname:  Stove   Hometown:  Wrightsville Beach, NC   College/University/Major:  UNC Chapel Hill- Mathematics/Computer Science   What brought you to Jackson?  The mountaineering scene   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  4ever   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  4   What other activities are you involved in?  Running   Life Motto:  Everything you want is on the other side of fear.   Favorite Quote:  “That’s what fun feels like.”   Anything that defines you:  Being aggressive

Name: Stephen Mulherin

Nickname: Stove

Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, NC

College/University/Major: UNC Chapel Hill- Mathematics/Computer Science

What brought you to Jackson? The mountaineering scene

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 4ever

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 4

What other activities are you involved in? Running

Life Motto: Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Favorite Quote: “That’s what fun feels like.”

Anything that defines you: Being aggressive

  Name:  Adelaide Collins   Nickname:  Paddleaide   Hometown:  Richmond, VA   College/University/Major:  Virginia Commonwealth University-Painting & Printmaking      What brought you to Jackson?  Rivers and my 1999 Ford Ranger AKA “The Green Machine   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  4 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  1000   What other activities are you involved in?  Crosswords, cooking, biking and wine   Life Motto:  Wine and Bubble Baths   Favorite Quote:  “You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.”   Anything that defines you:  My favorite color is purple

Name: Adelaide Collins

Nickname: Paddleaide

Hometown: Richmond, VA

College/University/Major: Virginia Commonwealth University-Painting & Printmaking

What brought you to Jackson? Rivers and my 1999 Ford Ranger AKA “The Green Machine

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 4 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 1000

What other activities are you involved in? Crosswords, cooking, biking and wine

Life Motto: Wine and Bubble Baths

Favorite Quote: “You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.”

Anything that defines you: My favorite color is purple

  Name:  Alex Lee   Nickname:  Big Al   Hometown:  Oak Park, CA   College/University/Major:  University of Colorado-Env. Studies/Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences      What brought you to Jackson?  CHOWDA!   How long have you been guiding whitewater?  3 years   How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake?  1 year   What other activities are you involved in?  Rock Climbing, snowboarding, and breeding the world’s spiciest peppers   Life Motto:  Hit it with speed!   Favorite Quote:  “I was the victim of a series of accidents, as we all are.” – The Weary Space Wanderer   Anything that defines you:  Chaco tans and mighty fine friends

Name: Alex Lee

Nickname: Big Al

Hometown: Oak Park, CA

College/University/Major: University of Colorado-Env. Studies/Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences

What brought you to Jackson? CHOWDA!

How long have you been guiding whitewater? 3 years

How many seasons have you been guiding on the Snake? 1 year

What other activities are you involved in? Rock Climbing, snowboarding, and breeding the world’s spiciest peppers

Life Motto: Hit it with speed!

Favorite Quote: “I was the victim of a series of accidents, as we all are.” – The Weary Space Wanderer

Anything that defines you: Chaco tans and mighty fine friends