Our Wonderful Staff

 

Luke Everest Baugh (Guide)

  • 25 years river experience (19 as a certified professional guide in Idaho, Oregon, West Virginia, Washington)

  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR/First Aid Certified (WFA by Remote Medical International)

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 by Swiftwater Safety Institute)

  • BA Sociology, MBA (business with a focus in sustainability and ethics)

Notable Quote: "The only reason we go to the river is to get off the boat ramp"

Place where quote was registered: Every single day at every put in and take out on the river.

Luke Baugh, lead whitewater river guide for Triad River Tours

Raised around the rivers of the Bitterroots in the small Northern Idaho town of Orofino, Luke grew up spending time on the Lochsa, Selway, Clearwater, Snake, Salmon, Tucannon, St. Joe, and Grande Ronde Rivers. He took his first guide training trip in 1994 and became a licensed whitewater rafting guide in 2000. Luke was privileged to have been mentored by some respected names in the rafting business such as Dave Cook, Mike and Connie Kennedy, Roy Akins, Doug Dennis, Jon (A.K) Barker, and his older brother Jess Baugh who currently operates Mountain River Outfitters out of Riggins, Idaho. Luke has led over 50  wilderness multi-day rafting expeditions, spending the majority of his time as a lead guide for Idaho Afloat and Mountain River Outfitters in Hells Canyon of the Snake River and the Salmon "River of No Return" wilderness. He has been a trained swiftwater rescue technician since 2003 and currently holds his SRT-1 from Swiftwater Safety Institute. Luke has trained and certified many rafting guides for several outfitters on multiple rivers. A natural teacher, Luke is also a registered Yoga teacher in the Ashtanga lineage. He has a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Masters degree in business with a focus on environmental and economic sustainability in the outdoor recreation industry. 

 


Joshua Cedar Larsen (Guide)

  • 17 years river experience (6 as a certified professional guide in Washington)

  • Wilderness First Responder & CPR/First Aid Certified

  • Swiftwater Rescue Trained/SRT-1 by Swiftwater Safety Institute

  • Accomplished Class 5 Kayaker

  • Graduate of World Class Kayak Academy (Class of 2011; S. America)

  • Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science

Notable quote: "this is definitely NOT class 5" 

Place while quote was registered: Whilst running Boulder Drop 

Joshua Larsen guides a whitewater raft down the Sauk River.

Joshua Larsen learned to kayak in the famous rivers of West Virginia, and since then has paddled all over the world, as well as North America.  He is a graduate of the World Class Kayak Academy.  From Colorado, he comes to the North Cascades after spending the last few years in Salt Lake City, Utah where he kayaked the high mountain rivers of the Wasatch Mountains.  He now is finishing his degree in Environmental Science, where his passion for rivers is enforced through his pursuit for a career that involves raising awareness about sustainability and preserving our natural treasures.  As a close student of the river, he hopes to share the intimate relationship he has grown to have with it by helping others in the community re-establish their own connection with the beautiful rivers of the Cascades. 


Brandon Steele (Guide)

  • 23 years river experience (17 as a certified professional guide in Washington, Colorado, California, and West Virginia)

  • Wilderness First Responder & CPR/First Aid Certified

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1) & Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-2)

  • Creature Craft lead guide: First Inflatable Descents in New Zealand and Washington, and a 2017 descent of Sunset Falls.

Notable quote: "Don't tell everyone that I'm a comedian because that's going to set the bar too high, tell them I'm a guy who runs strange rafts with roll cages (called Creature Crafts) and runs first descents on other continents but is otherwise pretty average"

Place where quote was mentioned: At the side of the river after being asked to "make us laugh"

Whitewater guide Brandon Steele, guide for Triad River Tours

Whitewater guide Brandon Steele, guide for Triad River Tours

Brandon (RiverDriver) has been a professional river runner in Washington State since 2002 and has been running rivers since 1995. He has also spent a couple seasons traveling in the states for whitewater guide work in Northern California, West Virginia, Colorado, and Idaho. He has run many sections of river privately as well including a 22 day trip down the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, a riverboard trip down the Rogue River in Oregon and a wealth of other rivers all over the West coast. International travels include Canada and New Zealand with a couple of first inflatable boat descents on very challenging whitewater rivers in the Southern Hemisphere. With a wealth of local and international experience as well as current WFR (Wilderness First Responder) SRTA (Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced) and CPR/First Aid certifications Brandon is a more than qualified river guide. 

When Brandon is not on the river with Triad River Tours he enjoys even more extreme whitewater with his Creature Craft, a specialty designed boat capable of running otherwise unmanageable whitewater. While traveling in NZ, Brandon made a first inflatable boat descent of Aratiatia Rapids in New Zealand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LP9jXwXdSg and you can check out his youtube channel of him doing other crazy Creature Craft stuff.

Brandon is an experienced stand-up comic and entertainer and his boat is always filled with laughter on the river. Other hobbies include bartending, skydiving, snowboarding, and "Anything that gets my adrenaline pumping."


 

Blake Henderson (Guide)

  • 22 Years River Experience (9 as certified professional guide in California, Utah, and Washington)

  • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certified, CPR/First Aid Certified

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 Swiftwater Safety Institute)

  • Bachelors Degree in Business Management

Notable quote: "I am one hell of a safety tuber"

Place where quote was mentioned: Along the Sauk River after rescuing another boater while running a preliminary scouting trip in mid winter in an inner tube while wearing nothing but shorts.

Certified Whitewater Guide Blake Henderson for Triad River Tours

Certified Whitewater Guide Blake Henderson for Triad River Tours

Blake was born in Seattle, Washington, Blake spent much of his youth rafting, fly fishing, and exploring the rivers and creeks of the North Cascades. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University, his love for the outdoors led him to Lake Tahoe where he began guiding whitewater professionally on the rivers of Northern California. He has paddled rivers throughout the Western United States and Canada, including a 21 day descent of the Grand Canyon in 2013. He has also honed his skills as a guide for REI Adventures in the national parks of Utah, and as a private ski instructor in the Lake Tahoe area. He became a certified Wilderness First Responder in May of 2013. Blake has returned to Washington as a highly trained and skilled whitewater guide. He has always felt a special connection with the mountains and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, and he has a passion for sharing these spectacular places and experiences with others.


 

Kenny Frank (Guide)

  • 12 years of river experience (4 as a certified guide)

  • Wilderness First Responder & First Aid/CPR certified

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 Swiftwater Safety Institute)

  • Bachelors Degree in Geology

Notable quote: (silence)

Place where quote was mentioned: Everywhere because Kenny is the silent type. Note that on every trip we somehow manage to "kill Kenny" but he is magically reborn at the beginning of every following trip (in sequence).

Kenny Frank, guide for Triad River Tours

Kenny Frank, guide for Triad River Tours

Kenny Frank is an experienced private boater on many expedition style rivers, and is a first year commercial paddling guide at Triad River Tours. Kenny has floated rivers all over the western US and as far south as Ecuador. He grew up on the Salmon River in his home state of Idaho and has paddled numerous other rivers including the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and the Selway River in Idaho. He is a highly experienced boater and has advanced knowledge of river rescue and first aid. Kenny is currently studying geology at Western Washington University and is excited to share his knowledge about the geology surrounding Washington’s rivers.  Above all, Kenny is passionate about sharing the beauty and natural wonder of the river.  


 

Ryan Gillian (Guide)

  • 25 years of river experience (21 as a certified guide)

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 Swiftwater Safety Institute)

  • Bachelors Degree in Outdoor Recreation Management

Notable Quote: "I prefer to spend my time kayaking underwater"

Where registered: At the end of the work day when Ryan gets into his "sinker" squirtboat kayak specifically designed to sink to the bottom of the river where he performs "mystery moves"

Guide Ryan Gillian kayaking in his squirt boat at a kayaking competition

Guide Ryan Gillian kayaking in his squirt boat at a kayaking competition

Ryan Gillian is one of the most accomplished and experienced guides you will find on the river. A veteran of several rivers, as well as a ski patrolmen, Ryan has spent his life as a career outdoorsman. After working for decades as a wildland firefighter for the United States Forest Service, he became one of our lead guides in 2016. Ryan is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and is the supervisor and auditor for all of our medical and emergency evacuation systems. His lines on the river are impeccably smooth, and he always has a knack for giving his guests the very best ride. 

 


 

Seth Adams (Guide)

  • 27 years river experience (12 as professional guide/trip leader in West Virginia, Washington and Chile)

  • Critical Care Registered Nurse, Basic Life Support (CPR) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certified

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

professional river guide Seth Adams

The son of two river guides, Seth has been on the water since a very young age.  He grew up on the New and Gauley Rivers in his home state of West Virginia, and started professionally guiding them at the age of 18.  Whitewater has taken him many places, now including the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Seth now splits his time between working as a critical care travel nurse and getting on the river as much as possible.  He will continue to make the trek back to WV every fall to guide the Gauley River during the scheduled whitewater releases of Gauley Season.  


Dylan Benson (Guide)

  • 3 years experience Kayaking (First season as a commercial guide)

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 through SwiftWater Safety Institute)

  • Pursuing a degree on Outdoor Recreation through Western Washington University 

    Notable Quote: “When the weathers looking grey, the rivers are getting good"

guide for Triad River Tours

Growing up in New Mexico, water was something we cherished and looked forward to, when it the rain came we celebrated. Beginning in middle school I began whitewater kayaking, learning from my dads best friend. He took me out and showed me the way of the river. This love for the river grew as I got to go on a week long rafting trip down the San Juan river in Utah. When I moved to Washington my love for the outdoors only increased. The Pacific Northwest is a hub for some of the best kayaking and rafting in the United States. I wanted to get out and explore what Washington had to offer. It is my love for the outdoors that made me decide to pursue a degree in Outdoor Recreation, because I want to be able to share my love for the outdoors with others. Combining my passion for the river and my desire to help persevere and educate people of the beautiful place we live has led me to work for Triad.


 Conor Gorospe - Guide

  • Wilderness First Responder (National Outdoor Leadership School)

  • Pursuing Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science at Western Washington University

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 by Rescue 3 and Swiftwater Safety Institute) 

guide for Triad River Tours

From Tacoma Washington, I currently attend school at Western Washington University working towards a degree in Environmental Science. I grew up canoeing the south sound with my father, learning the art of multi-day trips on the water. I’m an avid climber, mountaineer, and experienced trail runner and spend most of time when not in school or on the water, climbing in Squamish or working towards various alpine goals. I’ve spent considerable time on the river over the past several years in both rafts and kayaks. Notably I found while running the Grand Canyon that dutch ovens are the crucible by which all cooking methods are judged against. I’m excited to be a part of this team and look forward to running rivers with all of you.


Danica Bito - Guide

6 years of river experience (3 as a certified guide)

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1 Swiftwater Safety Institute)

  • First Aid/CPR Certified

Notable Quote: "Of course I can do the splits, I’m a dancer"

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Danica fell in love with the river at the age of thirteen. It began with annual Father's Day adventures as she and her dad sought out the biggest and best rivers in the Pacific Northwest. After ten years of feeling the thrill, she looked around at the guides and realized, "I want to be one of you." She found her home with Triad River Tours in 2017, and it was all downstream from there. Sharing the magic of the river became a passion. When Danica isn't adventuring through the Cascades, she's in Seattle teaching dance, performing with AJnC Dance Theater, Take3 Dance Project, and Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, training in Bak Sil Lum Kung Fu and Taiji, and working towards a degree in physical therapy.


Josh O’Connor (Guide)

  • SRT-1 through Swiftwater Safety Institute

  • WFR (Wilderness First Aid)

  • Outdoor Leadership Certified

guide for Triad River Tours

While growing up in Northern Arizona, the stunning landscape and mystery provided by the Grand Canyon immediately attracted me to the river. Going on my first commercial trip when I was 9 down the Canyon had me stoked thinking one day I could also guide people down America's gorgeous rivers. Now I go to Northern Arizona University and am pursuing degrees in biomedical science and math, as well as minors in chemistry and disability studies. I like to spend my time climbing, snowboarding, and traveling: pretty much anything to get me up in the mountains anywhere around the world. I am super stoked to start work on the river this season and start learning this awesome craft of river guiding.


Riley Comeaux (Guide)

  • SRT-1 through Swiftwater Safety Institute

  • WFR (Wilderness First Aid)

guide for Triad River Tours

I am from Woodinville, Washington, and am currently attending Western Washington University, pursuing a major of Kinesiology with a focus in Nutritional Science. I have practically grown up on rivers, as my father is a long-time white water enthusiast. I rafted my first river at the age of 4, and was taking the sticks by the time I was 10. Over the years of adventuring outside, I have developed a strong passion for the preservation of our environment and the natural beauties nature has to offer. I am focused on safety and have certifications in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Aid. I am planning on getting my Wilderness First Responder certification in the Fall of 2019. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of Triad this year and be able to show others the magnificent beauty held by our rivers here in Washington.

Favorite Quote: “Health is wealth!”


Steve Baddeley (Guide)

·      Wilderness First Responder (Wilderness Medical Training Center)

·      CPR/AED

·      Conflict Prevention/Intervention (Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training)

·      SRT-1through Swiftwater Safety Institute

guide for Triad River Tours

Growing up amongst the tall trees near the Skykomish River, Steve procured a profound love of adventuring in the wilderness. Having spent time guiding ocean-bound canoe trips in Alaska for troubled youth, he fell in love with the joys of paddling, seeing firsthand how adventure can help bring people together. Off the water, his passions include creating art, snowboarding, and climbing mountains. He has freshly earned his BA in Outdoor Recreation and BS in Psychology, and is ready to crush it on the river!


Neal Lynberg (Guide)

·         1 season of non-professional river experience

·         Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

·         Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1)

·         BA in Event Production and Entrepreneurship

guide for Triad River Tours

Neal moved up to Washington from California five years back. Coming to a place so full of water really inspired his love for rivers, and he has spent the last few summers doing overnight rafting trips down the Nooksack with friends. Although the gear and protocol wasn’t exactly professional, these adventures served as a good introduction to reading and riding rivers. Now, heading into guide training, Neal is excited to learn the professional aspects of river guiding while bringing his positive energy and ideas for innovation to the Triad Table. Just finishing up his BA of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University focused on Event Production and Entrepreneurship, Neal is excited to use his skills and connections to bring music and art to the Triad experience.


Morgan Lacey Flake (photographer)

I was born and raised in Southern Missouri close to the Arkansas state line. Growing up, I spent most of my time running around the country, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and floating the rivers. I always say Im a little bit hippie, little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll. I love to do anything that gets me outside and I love to create things whether that be with a paint brush a pencil or a camera. Photography is my main passion though and I especially enjoy shooting landscapes. I think that comes from a life of being raised in the outdoors. I am currently a senior at College of the Ozarks where I will graduate in the fall of 2019 and receive my bachelor of arts in video production.

triad river tours rafting photographer

Aaron Fortin (photographer)

Triad river tours rafting whitewater photography

Hello visitors,

My name is Aaron Fortin and I currently reside in eastern Seattle where I photograph for Triad River Tour. I graduated from University of Northern Arizona this year with a Bachelor's in Photography. I practice photography full-time, capturing landscape, documenting events, and exploring the creative aspects of this art. It's my plan to achieve my masters in Photography in the future and further my passion. Nothing fascinates me more than approaching a vast, remarkable landscape for the first time. But I also live with the everyday struggle of incorporating meaning into my photography. Photography without meaning has no impact and unfortunately, exploring unique landscape feels purely self-indulged. Luckily I have been able to fulfill this void while photographing for newspapers and growing companies. I enjoy the process of working on stories that influence other human beings. In short, I photograph with passion and purpose, but I also photograph what I love.

 


Gary (Rescue Dog)

  • 5 Years Commercial Safety Dog Experience

  • Certifications that are 7X that of a human guide and thus he's very certified

  • Can swim like Michael Phelps (but exclusively in the "doggy paddle" position)

  • Has hundreds of trips down Boulder Drop on the Skykomish and has wagged his tail every time

whitewater safety dog

If you have spent much time on the Skykomish River you have surely tangled with the likes of Gary. Everyone's best friend and a dog that would never let a swimmer down in a rescue (by wagging his tail and barking at you from the safety cat boat), Gary defies the odds and proves that you can truly run Class 5 whitewater without thumbs. When you arrive to the river and you see Gary in his vintage PFD, you know you're in good hands/paws. While he's not one to take whitewater lightly, Gary's incredible balance while perched on a safety cataraft is, to this day, unrivaled. In his past 50 trips down Boulder Drop Gary has not taken a swim (not that he couldn't dog paddle through that). Technically sound and always ready for a bigwater day on the Sky, Gary is the only non human guide at Triad to be nominated for employee of the month honors 3 times in a row. 

 

Japhy Carpenter-Dorworth (Guide)

  • 10 years of river experience(3 as a professional guide)

  • Experienced Class 5 whitewater kayaker

  • Graduate of Word Class Kayak Academy(Class of 2014:Chile, Equdor, Peru, Nepal, Canada)

  • Wilderness First Responder & CPR/First Aid Certified(WFR by National Outdoor Leadership School)

Notable quote: "There is no money to be made in kayaking, in fact that's how I spent all mine!"

When registered: during triad interview 

 

Raised by two River Rats in the small town of Mt Shasta, Californa. Japhy was exposed to the whitewater of Northern California and Southern Oregon from the time he was a toddler. Now at age 19 he has paddled the some of the stoutest drops and in some of the most remote places in the world. He was first introduced to the river via private rafting expeditions on Jefferson classics such as the Klamath, Rouge and Trinity rivers. At age 9 he picked up whitewater kayaking and attended Sundance Kayak school and later on in High school World Class Kayak Academy. He is always trying to push his limits and progress his ability when it comes to whitewater and has competed in numerous class 5 kayaking competitions on the west coast as well as internationally. Although he now pursues a degree as a physical therapists assistant, his passion for whitewater and love for the outdoors will never let him stop pursuing a career as a professional guide and professional kayaking athlete.

 

Nicholas Allen (Guide)

  • 12 years river experience (8 as a certified professional guide in Montana and Washington)

  • CPR/First Aid Certified

  • Bachelors degree in Chemistry

Notable quote: "I'm from Montana, the land of pink fluffy clouds and gnarly whitewater"

Place where quote was registered: At the beginning of a very long river trip

Nick guides whitewater trips on the Sauk and Skagit Rivers for Triad River Tours

Nick guides whitewater trips on the Sauk and Skagit Rivers for Triad River Tours

Nick is a capable and experienced river guide who comes to us from the rivers of Eastern Idaho and Montana, where he logged over 45 swiftwater rescues and 300 trips prior to coming on staff with Triad River Tours. He has guided professionally on the Stillwater, the Yellowstone, and is a welcomed addition to our Sauk and Skagit River crew. He strives to positively engage with his guests at all times to create a light and fun experience.