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.  

 

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.

 

Georgie Tankersley (Guide)

  • 5 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 of Science degree in Biology from University of Reno
  • RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Notable quote: "where's my dog? "

Place quote was registered: everywhere 

professional guide Georgie Tankersley

I absolutely love being a river guide. It is my job because it affords me the opportunity to live simply, and spend a lot of time outdoors. I find when I strip down to the essentials I’m less stressed and more able to enjoy the natural things around me. Guiding requires full engagement, which allows me to be present more often, and encourages job satisfaction. I’m naturally hardworking and I enjoy the physically demanding nature of the job. I’m easily organized and a team player. This means if someone needs help rigging a trip, even if I’m not on it, I help. I know to do things right the first time and do it the first chance I get. Even though the rush of the whitewater is a lot of fun, the best part is the people I meet and the family bonds that form between co-workers. I’m looking for a company that strives for quality and safety while creating an environment for learning and improvement.

Most of my life I’ve spent in the Sierra Nevada’s and all the opportunities they hold.
Recently I’ve spent time in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and have become fascinated at the variety of plant and wildlife that they contain. I mostly just love living in the mountains. I haven’t yet explored the Cascades but I’m excited to live somewhere where I will have the opportunity. If river training doesn’t take all my time, I plan to enjoy some April skiing in Oregon and Washington. When I’m not rafting or ski touring, I enjoy rock climbing, yoga, hiking with my dog, and dirt biking back home in Nevada.

 

Karey Sharp (Guide)

  • Washington State Certified Whitewater Guide
  • CPR/ First Aid Trained
  • Pursuing a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science

Notable Quote:  “When I grow up I want to be a mermaid”

Place where quote was mentioned: While introducing herself to her fifth-grade class.

Karey Sharp Whitewater Guide

Born and raised in Bellevue Washington, Karey gained a love for the water at an early age.  As a child she spent much of her time swimming with fish and finding treasures at the bottom of Lake Washington.  Her appreciation for water was strengthened after going on a commercial rafting trip down a section of the Colorado river where she fell in love with white water and rivers.  Karey is currently pursuing a bachelors degree of Environmental Science at Western Washington University and is passionate about sharing the wonderous powers of water.

 

Kelsey Gaffigan (Guide)

  • 3 years professional guiding experience
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified
  • SRT-1 (swiftwater rescue technician) certified through Rescue 3 International

Quote: “I do as I please, mostly it pleases me to go kayaking”.

Place where quote was noted: During initial interview.

river guide

Kelsey came to us fresh of a greyhound bus with a backpack and 3 years of professional guiding and kayak instruction experience. She developed her boating skills in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina where she gained an appreciation for sweet tea and biscuits as well. Ask her to tell you some cow jokes, you will not be disappointed!

 

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.