Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Kenneth Long

Kenneth Long

Operations Manager
Kenneth Long
Currently a resident of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, Kenneth joined Cascade Raft & Kayak in 1994.  As the company expanded, he took over the day-to-day management from the founder, Steve Jones.  In addition to his rafting experience, Kenneth has been a member of the US National Canoe Slalom Team and competed in the World Championships (1997, 1999, 2015) in the double canoe class with his brother Chad. In the winter months, Kenneth travels to Chile to teach Cascade Kayak School’s adventure travel kayaking trips. Now retired from whitewater slalom racing, he applies his competitive spirit to horseback riding (English show jumping).  In 2013 he earned a team and individual gold medal in the Western Regional Championships, but his most satisfying accomplishments are the few times he manages to stay ahead of even one of his three daughters. Fun fact about Kenneth: he had the singular honor of teaching Chris Farley and Matthew Perry how to canoe for the movie Almost Heroes, and stunt-doubled for Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Anne Long

Anne Long

Office Manager
Anne Long
Anne joined Cascade Raft & Kayak in 1995 when she drove across the country from New Hampshire to teach kayaking.  She grew up racing whitewater slalom kayaks and represented the US in the Jr. World Championships in 1992 and 1994.  After spending a summer in Idaho, she transferred to the College of Idaho where she earned a degree in Business Administration.  Currently, she enjoys helping people find the best rafting trip and arranging all the details to make it a perfect event.  In the winter months, she travels to Chile to teach kayaking for Cascade Kayak School’s adventure travel trips, follows her family to horseback riding events, and homeschools her three daughters. She dislikes sleeping outside on the ground (camping), carrying heavy things through the woods (backpacking), and has decided that a career as a long-haul trucker is not in her future. If she had any spare time, she would like to spend it quilting and writing.  
Krista Long

Krista Long

Cafe, Gift Shop, Catering Manager
Krista Long
This is Krista’s 15th season with Cascade Raft & Kayak (yes, she is in it for life!). Born in Boise, her family moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, when she was three, but returned to Boise after 5 years. Krista was a competitive swimmer in high school and attended Gonzaga University and then BSU with a K-12 teaching degree in Kinesiology and Health. Growing up rafting the rivers of Idaho with her family, it was a match made in heaven when she met her husband Chad while lifeguarding at the local YMCA where he taught kayaking. They have 3 adventuresome kids who can be spotted on the river most days. In the off-season you can find her somewhere warm with fun surf and sandy beaches. During January and February, Krista travels to Chile to work with Cascade Kayak School’s adventure travel kayaking trips. 
Chad Long

Chad Long

Kayak School Director
Chad Long
Chad LOVES kayaking! He loves kayaking so much he has been doing it since he was six years old. He has competed in all types of disciplines, most recently in whitewater slalom canoeing with his brother, Kenneth. The pair was the top US finisher in the 2015 World Championships in London. Chad also races extreme downriver races and participated in the North Fork Championships and Adidas Sick Line race in Austria. He “retired” from BSU to take on the full time management of Cascade Kayak School with summer in Idaho and winters in Chile. Chad loves to help others advance their skills, and really enjoys introducing kids to the challenging, healthy and wholesome outdoor sport of whitewater kayaking. Fun facts about Chad: he is a metal artist and pretty accurate on the skeet range.
Tren Long

Tren Long

Operations Fixer
Tren Long
A resident of Eagle, Idaho, Tren has been working at Cascade Raft & Kayak since 1995 when he headed up the safety-kayaking department. As the company grew, he took over the photography and IT departments.  An accomplished freestyle, slalom, and extreme kayaker, Tren has represented the US as a member of the national slalom team in single canoe (2000, 2001, 2015, 2016).  Tren won a silver medal in the slalom-cross event at the 2016 World Cup event in Prague, Czech Republic. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu and crushed the competition in his one and only MMA bout. In the off-season, you’ll find Tren driving great distances for slalom training, lifting heavy things, and teaching kayaking in Chile. The thing Tren loves most about rafting is introducing people to Idaho’s outdoors.  Fun fact: Tren and his family average 75,000 miles of travel per year!
Linzie Long

Linzie Long

Photography Manager, River School Director
Linzie Long
Linzie grew up in Boise and entered the “real” workplace as a graphic design manager before meeting Tren and joining the Long family.  Since then she has been in the whirlwind and has taken the helm of the photography department and is in charge of “River School” were all the Longlings; 9 kids in total, spend their days until they are old enough to join the workforce.  She is a gift painter, loves to travel, and is a pillar of patience and determination.  Fun fact about Linzie – she LOVES to swim with sharks.  So far she has swam with them in Australia and South Africa and really wants to swim with a great white!
Patrick

Patrick

Raft Guide

Patrick grew up in Eagle, Idaho, but since graduating high school he has had the opportunity to live all around the country, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Yellowstone National Park. Patrick is a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where he spends much of his time rock climbing and mountain biking. He also works as a trip guide for the Outdoor Recreation program leading trips for college students to the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park and many other awesome spots around the Southwest. Patrick first got into rafting by going down the Payette with family friends and guided trips. Since moving to Arizona, he has had the opportunity to take a few staff training trips down the Rio Grande and Salt River. This is Patrick’s first season working as a rafting guide, so he hopes to bring his energy and enthusiasm to Cascade Raft and Kayak!

Gary

Gary

Raft Guide

Gary is a music loving outdoorsman. Specifically, he loves the river, and river songs. He grew up in a military family, not living in one place for long, though he considers Kentucky to be home. It’s where his Mama lives. Gary spent a long time in college playing rugby, worked in radio for an NPR-affiliate, and works now in wilderness therapy. His greatest accomplishment is probably having married up (in the 1-10 scale sense). His wife Siobian works in the cafe. It was she that suggested he join a training course for whitewater seven years ago, and he has loved the river ever since. He has guided in Tennessee, Utah and Nevada. This is his first year at Cascade. In the offseason, he and Siobian travel together, trying to see the world. There’s so much to see. “Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!” said Piglet, feeling him. Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.” -A. A. Milne

Aiden

Aiden

Safety Kayaker

Aidan’s hometown is Boston, MA. He loves to ski and hike in the offseason. He has been on the river for 5 years and it his first year with Cascade Raft & Kayak. He started kayaking at a summer camp in Maine. His favorite part about kayaking is the joy it gives him. Other than kayaking he loves to work on his van, and work in a metal shop making knives and sculptures. His future plans include studying outdoor education at the University of Sierra Nevada.

 

Collin

Collin

Raft Guide

A third year guide, Collin is excited for his first year at Cascade and experiencing the Payette Rivers! Catching the whitewater bug after high school in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Collin fell in love with kayaking and then rafting. In between finishing his degree in Wildlife Biology at Texas Tech University he moved to Bozeman, Montana to guide his first two years. Recently graduated, Collin is hoping to be able to paddle all over the world and meet people from all over the globe and everything that makes the whitewater culture unique. When Collin isn’t kayaking or rafting he’s thinking about kayaking and where it can take him next.

Aron

Aron

Raft Guide

Aron is from the small town of Kennebunk, Maine. She is a recent Idaho transplant and moved to the Gem State for the water after graduating with a B.S. in Community and International Development from the University of Vermont. Aron’s first multi-day canoe trip was at the age of two and she has been paddling whitewater for over 11 years with her family. She started guiding commercially in 2017 on the Kennebec River and this is her first season with Cascade Raft and Kayak. Her love of whitewater comes from the way the water moves under the boat and the serenity you find on the river. When she is not paddling you can find Aron teaching first grade, fishing, skiing, or running with her dog, Biden. A fun fact about Aron is that she had a paddle tattoo on her right leg!

Robert

Robert

Raft Guide

Robert is from Louisville, Kentucky. In the off season he loves to snowshoe and ski whether it’s downhill or back country. This is Robert’s first season with Cascade. He fell in love with rafting the first time he went as a young kid and later became a raft guide. He loves rafting because of the beauty of the water and the enjoyment he gets from everyone he rafts with. When Robert’s not rafting he loves running around outside playing basketball, football, lacrosse, and frisbee. In the future Robert plans to sail everywhere and continue to be an avid supporter of The Pete Foundation changing the way society views mental health.

Sammi

Sammi

Raft Guide

Sammi is west coast born and raised. From Portland, OR to Whistler, B.C., water has never been more than a bike ride away.  She is an avid geology nerd studying at Quest University Canada… because it Rocks! Constantly learning about the way the world interacts with and around her, Sammi is a passionate student in and outside of the classroom. She is starting her first season as a guide for Cascade and can’t wait to become fluid with the white water.  Powered by an epic force, gravity, Sammi is often high in the mountains of B.C. either mountain biking or snowboarding, sometimes both in the same day. She also enjoys opposing gravity as a rock climber and aerial artist. In the off season she will continue her schooling at Quest and hopes to one day become an organic farmer, giving back all that she takes from the land to help maintain a thriving ecosystem.

Adam

Adam

Raft Guide

Adam was born and raised in Eden, Utah where his family owns and manages a local ski and bike shop. When not on the rivers he studies engineering at Weber State University while attempting to make time for his hobbies including, skiing swimming and rock climbing. Adam started guiding two summers ago as a fun job out of high school, but this will be his first season at Cascade. Adam’s inescapable love and respect for water drew him to be a guide, having spent thousands of hours in the pool, swimming and playing water polo, he couldn’t go without it. After college he aspires to be an aerospace/materials engineer while still spending as much time as possible in the rivers and outdoors.

Gabby

Gabby

Photographer

Gabby comes from the land of Danville, California.  In the off season she can be found at the nearest mountain shredding the gnar or instructing ski lessons at Bogus.  When she isn’t at Bogus or Tamarack she is a full time student at Boise State, working on her major in marketing and minor in sustainability. This is her first year working at Cascade Raft and Kayak.  Her favorite part of her new job is getting to hang out with all the rad customers and capturing their reactions as they go through the gnarly rapids.  In her free time you can find her hanging out with friends, hiking, rollerblading the greenbelt, and doing pretty much doing anything outside.  Her accomplishments this year were passing all her college classes and skiing almost everyday this winter.  Gabby’s future consists of hopefully graduating college someday.

Cody

Cody

Raft Guide

Cody is from Auburn, California a small town north of Sacramento. This is his first season with Cascade and is very excited about it. He has been on the river for his whole life but in the last few years has begun to kayak and raft. He started kayaking and rafting while attending Feather River College and had an immediate passion for both. He loves being on the river. There is something about the river that calms him and he loves seeing the smiles on people’s faces during and after the trip. He loves kayaking and rafting but in the offseason he loves to snow ski. Cody loves to travel and has been to four different countries. When he is not outside doing something he enjoys watching movies or hanging out with friends. He wants to become a firefighter in the future and hopes he can continue to be a raft guide.

Gus

Gus

Raft Guide

Gus is from Winnemucca, Nevada though all his family now lives throughout Idaho. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and upon graduation in the spring of 2019 aims to work in the hospitality industry. This is his first year with Cascade but he brings a lot of river experience from recreational trips he has taken in the past. Gus was introduced to rafting by his brother Shane, who is a fishing and raft guide for Cascade Raft & Kayak. Though he is new to guiding, Gus enjoys the outdoors and the insightful perspective that only outdoor recreation can offer. An alumnus of the University of Jamestown and former college football player, Gus enjoys various sports and exercise as well as student life.

Helen

Helen

Raft Guide

Helen is an outdoor enthusiast from the headwaters of the Feather River in Northern California. During the off-season Helen enjoys backcountry skiing and rock climbing in her hometown, Quincy. At age five she found herself thrown into rapids on the American River with her family, and this led to a growing passion for whitewater. This is Helen’s first season as a guide with Cascade Raft & Kayak. She has been kayaking for two years and is eager to learn more. The river is a place of solitude and pure adventure to her, there is nothing quite like it in her eyes. Helen plans on graduating next year with her Associate’s degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, using the skills she learns to continue running rivers around the world. When she is not on the water you can find her playing guitar, rock climbing or ready for the next adventure.

Hadley

Hadley

Cafe & Gift Shop

Hadley was born in Missoula, Montana but spent most of her childhood in the oceans, mountains, and deserts of San Diego, California. In the fall of 2017, she returned to her hometown to attend the University of Montana and further immerse herself in the things she loves, like camping, rivers, lakes, natural foods, music, hammocking, animals, and coffee! She is currently studying Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management and hopes to pursue a career in conservation. Hadley is looking forward to summer on the river, doing some gardening at her parent’s house in Boise, experimenting in cooking with new recipes, and spending time with her family/friends and her dogs Poppy and Olive. She is excited to be joining the Cascade team and gain rafting experience!

Sophia

Sophia

Raft Guide

Sophia is from a small town called Portola, California. When she is not on the river she is attending Feather River College pursuing her passion in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. She will graduate in one year, and after graduation she plans on traveling for a year or so and eventually going to a University. The program at FRC introduced her to a variety of recreation activities, including rafting, and she is honored to have the opportunity to work at Cascade Raft & Kayak for her first year raft guiding! The river, rafting, and kayaking all have a special place in her heart for countless reasons, but one of her favorites, besides the thrill and excitement, would have to be the view and surroundings you are fortunate enough to see when you are on the river. In her free time you could catch her rock climbing, hiking, riding her bike, or playing her guitar.

Shane

Shane

Raft Guide

Originally from Southern California, Shane’s love for the river came about after joining the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program at Feather River College in 2016. This is Shane’s first year guiding with Cascade and his first summer outside of California! Other than riding wave trains, Shane’s favorite part of rafting is meeting new people and sharing an amazing experience with them. When he is not rafting or kayaking, Shane can be found rock climbing, mountain biking, riding moto, or skiing. In the fall, Shane is transferring to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English and work for the school’s Outdoor Pursuits program.

Will

Will

Kayak Instructor
Will
Will is originally from Gastonia, NC.  He has 10 years of river experience and has brought that asset to Cascade Raft & Kayak for two years.  He started kayaking when his dad came home with a whitewater kayak one day. It looked like fun, so Will gave it a try and says he started swimming on class III later that week! He loves seeing new rivers, learning new tricks, and challenging himself in the kayak, but the river community is what keeps him engaged and coming back to the river. In the off-season he is pursuing an M.S Degree at Boise State in Hydrology.  He also enjoys skiing and surfing.  Kayaking has taken him to rivers across the US, Canada, Peru, and Norway.  His future plans include getting a PhD in Hydrology.  Will can’t let the rivers get too far away from his career or recreation!
Tango

Tango

Raft Guide
Tango
A self-proclaimed wanderer and adventurer, Tango grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but packed a bag at 20 years old and decided to explore the world.  She started rafting and kayaking in pursuit of an Outdoor Recreation Leadership degree at Feather River College. This season will be her second guiding on the Payette River with Cascade Raft & Kayak. She finds that rivers have a power, beauty, and unpredictability that is irresistible. It also forces you to focus on the present moment in a way that not many other things can. Plus, river people are incredible! For the last couple years, she has spent the off-season working at ski resorts. Besides whitewater, climbing and snowboarding are at the top of her hobby list. This fall she will return to school to pursue a degree in Conservation and Restoration Ecology, with a minor in Physics.  She wants to cultivate the relationship between man and our planet in a way that is beneficial for both.
Steven

Steven

Safety Kayaker
Steven
Steven grew up in Coloma, CA and has been boating for 10 years. He got a job at the local kayak shop and made friends with the people that taught him how to boat. He first joined Cascade Raft & Kayak in 2015 to spend a summer getting lost on the Payette – best career move he has ever made – and ended up staying! He just graduated from UC Davis with a Linguistics and Chinese degree that he is planning to use in a Foreign Language Teaching career, ideally working in Taiwan for a few years as a language tutor. As he has moved through High School and then College, kayaking has been close to his heart and he incorporates it into his lifestyle as much as he can. Steven worked several years for UC Davis’s outdoor program teaching whitewater kayaking and roll classes. Fun fact about Steven – he has never in his life made an offside combat roll!
Sierra

Sierra

Raft Guide
Sierra
Sierra grew up chasing her parents along the ski slopes of Mt. Shasta and on the trails of Castle Crags. Raised in Redding, California, she and her family often go out rock climbing or mountain biking. She began raft guiding a year ago through Feather River College’s kayaking and rafting weekend classes. Sierra loves the unique people she’s met through rafting and the thrill that comes from flying down the river through gnarly rapids. Her recent accomplishments include becoming certified in Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder and completing Intermediate Raft Guide School. She has also just graduated from the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program and will be continuing her studies at Southern Oregon University in the fall. Later on she hopes to become an Emergency Medical Technician and eventually paramedic. When Sierra is not in school you can find her biking, digging for quartz crystals, taking photos or plunking her ukulele.
Shane

Shane

Raft Guide, Fishing Guide, Raft Repair Master
Shane
Shane is a resident of Horseshoe Bend, although his river career began in Northern California.  He graduated from Feather River College with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and has been guiding on the Payette for the past 8 seasons.  Shane loves rafting! Shane loves the Payette River! And Shane loves sharing his passion for rafting with others.  In the winter months, he travels to South America where he works as a fly fishing guide for a backcountry lodge in Northern Patagonia.  When he is not rafting, he rafts and fishes for fun.  Spring and Fall seasons find him working as head fishing guide for Cascade Anglers.  Shane’s enthusiasm makes him a favorite of guests and co-workers.  For the near future, his plans include rafting as much as possible.  Shane hopes to have many more years of guiding the Payette River with Cascade Raft & Kayak.
Seth

Seth

Raft Guide
Seth
Seth is from Eagle, ID and has been spending summers with Cascade Raft & Kayak for the last seven years. His dad is a passionate and adept kayaker and he brought his love for the sport to his two sons. Seth began kayaking at the age of 13 and has found himself incessantly on the river ever since. In the off-season Seth attends college while trying to squeeze in international kayaking trips where he can. He plans to begin a career as a nurse once he is done with school, but will continue to kayak as much as possible. Seth enjoys rafting because it allows him to be in his favorite environment – the river. His other hobbies include skiing and fly-fishing. Seth’s personal accomplishments entail paddling two vertical miles in a day on the NF Payette and paddling the Stikine River in Northern BC. Seth’s spirit animal is a koala bear.
Scott

Scott

Raft Guide
Scott
Scott grew up exploring the prairies and ravines of his grandfather’s land in rural Oklahoma. Most of his time was spent outdoors running wild or working on the neighbors ranch. He first experienced the bliss of river life on a canoe/camping trip on the peaceful Arkansas River with his grandpa. This helped to fuel an already urgent pursuit of adventure and passion for nature. A fantasy of traveling the world and pushing his physical limits led Scott to join the Army after high school as an Infantryman. His training combined with Scott’s attention to detail and his ability as a natural leader proved useful when his unit was deployed for a combat tour in Iraq. Since then the adventure hasn’t stopped for Scott. Last year he climbed Pikes Peak and this year he plans to head north to Alaska on a solo motorcycle camping adventure. This will be Scott’s first season as a river guide and what better place to start than Cascade Raft and Kayak!
Reed

Reed

Raft Guide, Kayak Instructor
Reed
Reed grew up just outside of Washington DC in Chevy Chase, Maryland and currently lives in Golden, Colorado.  He has been white water kayaking for the past four years. He was originally introduced to kayaking by a friend in High School and fell in love with the sport. Interestingly, that same friend has worked with Cascade Raft & Kayak in the past, however, this is Reed’s first year with Cascade. During the winter months, he is an avid skier as well as a student at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. There he is studying to become a geological engineer. After school he hopes to work in the hydrology field and study groundwater. This past fall Reed was fortunate enough to be able to study in New Zealand for a semester and was able to kayak throughout the country.
Olivia

Olivia

Photographer
Olivia
Olivia is from Caldwell, Idaho.  She has been taking photos for 4 years and this is the second season that she will be applying her skills at Cascade Raft & Kayak.  In the off-season, she has been attending college, but she just graduated this spring! She is also a filmmaker when she is not on the banks of the river.  She admits that she has always had an interest in photography, but as she started working in film it made sense to pick it up as a hobby to get a better eye for framing. As she gained experience in still photography, she realized that she loves preserving moments that are otherwise gone instantly. In sports, things happen in the blink of an eye, and capturing the most epics moments is a fun challenge with rewarding payoff. She reads and writes a lot, but she is also an outdoor girl who loves backpacking. Like many recent grads, she is going to enjoy the freedom of summer one last time before joining the “real world.”
Mahalie

Mahalie

Raft Guide
Mahalie
Mahalie grew up running and biking the trails around Boise, Idaho, and skiing at Bogus and Brundage. This is her first year working for Cascade, but she has spent time on the Payette since she was four years old, playing in kayaks and rafts while her sister competed in kayak slalom races. From spending so much time on the river at a young age she has come to savor her time there, and harbors a deep appreciation for the strength and beauty of the river. It’s where she feels most at peace and at home. While not on the river she loves backpacking and hiking, slacklining and playing frisbee. During 11th grade she spent five and a half weeks in Chile. Next year Mahalie will be a freshman at CU Boulder—a college kid and exploring Colorado mountains and rivers. Fun fact: she refuses to wear matching socks unless they’re black.
Lauren

Lauren

Safety Kayaker, Kayak Instructor
Lauren
Don’t let the freckles fool you, Lauren harkens from the dusty, desert of Tucson, Arizona. She grew up riding horses, but six years ago she took her first kayaking lesson with Cascade Raft and Kayak. Lauren traded in the saddle for a kayak, and now when she’s not on the river, driving to the river, or eating a burrito next to the river, she’s “studying” geology (rocks) at Stanford University. In her non-river time, Lauren paints (on everything), reads (not always about the river), and collects minerals. If you have a geology question, ask Lauren. One of her favorite parts of a rafting trip is sharing tidbits about the area. This summer of safety kayaking, teaching and guiding will be Lauren’s fourth with Cascade Raft & Kayak.  She is identifiable by the inordinate number of bracelets on her wrists. 
Kelsey

Kelsey

Raft Guide
Kelsey
Kelsey was born in Boise, ID has always been an outdoors kind of girl. She is more of a summer person so most of the camping is done during the summer with her family, however most of the off-season is spent snowmobiling. Kelsey also enjoys backpacking, hiking, and ATV riding. Kelsey’s dad is the main reason she started kayaking but once she was on the river she was hooked! Her favorite part is the thrill it brings her and the scenery. Kelsey is currently learning how to play guitar and hopes to master it soon.  A fun fact about Kelsey is that she is an aspiring writer and hopes to have a book published one day.
Karoline

Karoline

Raft Guide
Karoline
Karoline is from Boise, Idaho and in the off-season is studying Environmental Studies at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.  She has spent the last 9 summers on the river kayaking and rafting, and this is her first year as a commercial guide with Cascade Raft & Kayak.  Karoline began kayaking with Cascade when she was 11, and loves the adventure of rafting and kayaking.  When Karoline isn’t on the river, she likes to spend her time hiking and backpacking in the Sawtooths.  A fun fact about Karoline is even though she’s from Idaho, she’s a huge New England sports fan!
Jess

Jess

Raft Guide
Jess
Jess grew up in Auburn, CA, a town right on the rim of the American River Canyon in the foothills of the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Jess was introduced to whitewater at Feather River College in Quincy, CA where she studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership. This season will be her 6th at Cascade Raft & Kayak and she is stoked to be returning! In the off season she works as an instructor for Sierra Rescue/ Rescue3 teaching wilderness medical and river rescue courses. She has also spent 3 seasons in Chile, the most recent one on the Rio Fuy working for Conecta Patagonia. She finds that the best thing about rafting is that you get another perspective of the world–a view that not everyone gets to see, and that access is really special. When she is not rafting she enjoys doing a number of other outdoor activities as well as art, music and building projects.
Jeremy

Jeremy

Raft Guide, Kayak School
Jeremy
A native of Johnson City, TN, Jeremy has been enjoying the river since he was 14 years old, the age at which he first took a kids paddling adventure camp with Cascade Raft & Kayak.  This is his 7th season guiding rafts and teaching kayaking on the Payette River.  In the off-season he attends Boise State University and will graduate next year with a fine arts degree.  You’ll find some of his art on the T-shirts in the Cascade gift shop, but drawing and sculpting are his preferred media. When he is not at school he tries to ski as many days as possible.  He holds the self-proclaimed (unofficial) world record for unwrapping and eating 6 chocolate truffles in under a minute. Jeremy loves the camaraderie that comes with the river community and the way the river brings people together.
Jasmine

Jasmine

Raft Guide
Jasmine
Jasmine is a second-year guide from Julian, CA.  She was introduced to rafting in Costa Rica when she took a trip there in 2011.  She recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology. One thing she loves about rafting is how it gets people, especially young adventurers, out of their comfort zone.  When she can help guests overcome their apprehension and enjoy the whitewater experience, it’s an awesome feeling. Along with whitewater rafting, Jasmine enjoys traveling and fishing.  She is particularly proud of a second place finish in her middle school talent show (a Chinese yo-yo act), and soundly defeating all comers in a BBQ wing-eating contest. (She ate 84). For the near future, her plans include traveling and rafting around the world to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the whitewater and cultures of many lands.
Gordon

Gordon

Raft Guide
Gordon
Gordon first started guiding rafts in 2006 in The Forks, Maine. He went through one of the most demanding guide training programs in the Northeast allowing him to guide rafts on the Kennebec, Dead, and Penobscot rivers. Too many Maine winters drove Gordon to escape. The high desert climate of Idaho answered with world class whitewater for all levels of paddling experience. Gordon enjoys kayaking, fishing, biking with his dog, Lark, and outdoor cooking. Seeing people have great trips they’ll remember for years and his love for the outdoors keeps Gordon coming back to the rivers most summers. This will be his second year at Cascade.
Gary

Gary

Raft Guide
Gary
Bold. Refined. Earthy. Subtle tannins. That’s not a description of a fine wine, but Cascade Raft & Kayak guide Gary. A Boise native, Gary is guiding for his third season with Cascade. He was introduced to rafting through a friend from college and that is how he’s spent his summer every year since. This culminated in one of his favorite accomplishments, a 2016 trip to Nepal that included a 10-day rafting trip on the Karnali River and swimming in Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. Rafting is a great activity because it brings together outdoor adventures and teamwork. However, it doesn’t always lend itself to long-term off-season employment, so between seasons Gary has worked in a movie theater, tutored, laid concrete foundations, painted, and done demo work. He enjoys running and reading in his free time. In the future, Gary hopes to raft the Zambezi River. Fun fact: Gary grew up in a house with a lot of random pets, including a goat, tortoise, and parrot. He has mixed feelings about this.
Connor

Connor

Raft Guide
Connor
Connor hails from Davis, California and first got into whitewater at Feather River College in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Since then he has been guiding and working in the recreation industry for the last 7 years. Along with 5 summers on the Cascade crew, he has worked as a guide in California and Chile, an oarsman on the Grand Canyon, a ski patroller, photographer, and even a baggage handler at the Jackson Hole airport (which allowed a great skiing schedule!). He explains that the greatest thing about rafting and kayaking is that they are vessels that grant us access to some of the most beautiful places in the world that very few have access to. After work you’ll find him around the town of Banks, kayaking the North Fork of the Payette or playing guitar around the campfire–and there’s no place he’d rather be.
Ciara

Ciara

Cafe
Ciara
Ciara is from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. This is her second year with Cascade Raft & Kayak.  A true local, she attends Horseshoe Bend High School in the off-season. Her hobbies include playing sports for her high school, reading, and hanging out with her friends! Ciara has only been rafting a handful of times, but is hoping to change that this summer! Her smiling face and youthful enthusiasm delight guests and coworkers alike. Ciara plans on graduating High School in the spring of 2018 and attending the University of Idaho in the fall of 2018. 
Chase

Chase

Raft Guide
Chase
Chase is from San Jose, CA in the Silicon Valley and is returning for his second year with Cascade Raft & Kayak. A student at Feather River College’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership program, he shows in his enthusiasm for the river and all things recreation. His favorite things about rafting are the people and places that it has brought into his life as well as getting completely soaked dropping into a big hole! His recent accomplishments are winning the prestigious award of Going Big on the Main in 2016, Feather River College’s Outstanding Student and Academic Award, and being his grandma’s favorite grandchild! Chase plans on pursuing education as well as traveling where the rivers take him. Fun fact: Chase loves to sing and do voices, but he isn’t very good at either.
Casey

Casey

Office, Raft Guide
Casey
Casey was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. This is her first year with Cascade Raft and Kayak and she is so excited about it. She is a Boise State University student majoring in social work. She has spent a lot of time at the lake, going on hikes, and being outdoors. She connected with Cascade Raft and Kayak through a college employment website and decided to take a chance on a fun summer.  She looks forward to expanding her knowledge about rafting and kayaking. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and of course being outdoors. Her accomplishments of freshman year were passing all her classes, making friends, and having fun, but not too much fun :). Her future plans include continuing her degree in social work and trying to make an impact on the community of Boise. A fun fact about Cases is that she has broken her arm five times!
Casey

Casey

Raft Guide
Casey
Casey is home grown from Boise, Idaho. He holds down a regular job during the off-season, but he believes that there’s nothing better than living and working on the river. This will be Casey’s 7th season as a river guide and his second season working for Cascade. He grew up watching kayakers run the South Fork of the Payette River and knew that’s what he wanted to do. Casey loves getting to help people experience nature from a perspective that they might not otherwise get to. When he’s not on the water, Casey loves mountain biking in the Boise Foothills and taking advantage of the great rock climbing throughout the region. Casey’s a graduate from Boise State University with his business degree, but he plans to continue live and work on the river as long as he can get away with it. 
Brittany

Brittany

Photographer
Brittany
Brittany is a second year photographer with Cascade Raft & Kayak and is from Boise, ID. When she’s not snapping photos on the river banks she enjoys hiking with her dog, rollerblading and playing the clarinet. Her interest in photography and cameras began when she was young and has been a hobby ever since. This local girl recently finished her undergrad at Boise State with a Communication- Media Production degree. Her future plans include pursuing production work for a nonprofit and traveling as much as possible. Fun fact about Brittany-she spent 5 seasons in the Blue Thunder marching band during her college years.
Brian

Brian

Photographer
Brian
Brian grew up in the beach town of Cardiff by the Sea north of San Diego, California. His full time job is working with Special Education students at Eagle High School. He also helps out with the Nordic Ski Team at Bogus Basin during the winter months. His hobbies include Triathlon and working on classic muscle cars. He completed an Ironman Triathlon event in 2006. This will be his second year working at Cascade Raft & Kayak as whitewater photographer. While he is relatively new to the Payette River system, he spent summers on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon on his mother’s ranch. He loves taking pictures of the rafting trips and seeing all the guests enjoy the river to the fullest. Capturing memories for everyone is a priceless adventure!
Ashley

Ashley

Raft Guide
Ashley

Ashley is originally from Twin Falls, but considers her hometown to be Boise as she’s been living there for the past ten years. At 11 years old, she took her first rafting trip on the Snake River, and fell in love with rafting. You never step in the same river twice and rafting provides the opportunity to enjoy the amazing water and beauty that is Idaho. Last summer she took a kayak lesson with Cascade Raft & Kayak and really got hooked on the river. Some of her other hobbies include SCUBA diving, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and anything else that is adventure. She is currently in nursing school at NNU and will graduate and be a big kid May 2018! She plans to work as an Intensive Care travel nurse within United States and then travel to underdeveloped countries to provide health education to women and children. Ashley feels “the glass is always half full” and she loves to make really good snacks.

Alec

Alec

Raft Guide
Alec
Alec is a returning guide from Boise, Idaho.  Currently, he spends the school year as a nursing student at St. Olaf College, located in Northfield, Minnesota.  He will be returning to Cascade for his second year on the water, and is excited to spread the love of whitewater this summer.  While this is only his second season with Cascade, it will be his fifth summer spent on the water.  He started whitewater kayaking when he was 15 after being introduced to the sport by family friends, and now spends most of his time after work kayaking with friends on the Payettes.  Besides raft guiding and kayaking, Alec also runs Cross Country and Track for St. Olaf and specializes in the 1500m event.  In the future, Alec plans to work as a RN somewhere in the west, and eventually go back to school to become a nurse practitioner.  A fun fact about Alec is that turned down guiding in Mongolia this summer so he could come back to Cascade!