About Me and My Blog


meI started running rivers with my parents when I was  10 years old. Since then I’ve run countless rivers all over the west. I live near the Rogue river in southwestern Oregon and it’s still my favorite river.

Every year my family runs the Rogue’s wild and scenic section as many times as permit space allows. As my two boys get older (currently 12 and 13) we find ourselves able to run more rivers more often.

When I was 16 I started working on the Rogue as a professional raft guide/kayak instructor for a river company, Sundance Expeditions. This was back in the companies’ hay-day. I spent 12 years guiding and consider it one of my greatest experiences.

I met my wife of 20 years on the Rogue, (she was a guide for another outfitter) so river running has a special place in my heart.

I’ve gained enormous knowledge about the outdoors and especially how to put together an awesome river trip.

This blog will cover my many outdoor pursuits, including fishing, hunting, and skiing but mainly I’ll focus on writing about rivers and river trips. I’m an accomplished whitewater kayaker and oarsman so I’ll frequently mix it up.

By following along you’ll gain valuable, hard to find tips on all sorts of outdoor pursuits. You’ll learn from someone who’s spent their life playing in the great outdoors and learn from my successes and failures.

You’ll also gain insight into how I integrate the outdooring lifestyle into my kids’ lives. It’s not easy tearing them away from T.V. and video games, but exposing my children to the outdoors is my greatest joy.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do creating it.

The Outdooringdad

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