Our Guides

2022 Guides and Staff

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, WFR, AIARE Pro 1

Jason Thiemann

Manager | Co-owner

Born and raised in Nebraska, Jason moved to Moab in 2005 after graduating college. Since then he’s spent much of his time exploring the deserts and mountains of the West. He’s climbed over 600 mountains and scrambled through countless canyons, from Death Valley to the high peaks of Colorado and California. He spends his winters chasing the sun and avoiding cold and snow, usually in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Certifications: History nerd, political junkie, literature snob

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Utah River Guide Adam Morrisett

Adam Morrisett

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Adam has been part of the Red River Adventures crew since April 2010. Right from the start, Adam showed the initiative it takes to be a great guide and trip leader by hiring and adding himself to our roster of guides.

A canyoneer and river junkie, addicted to good music and great friends, we are lucky he hired himself. In the winter, his days are spent riding Wasatch Powder, with nights in the cab of a groomer building features at Brighton.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, WFR, CPR

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Dan Lundgren

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Sandy, Dan grew up skiing, sailing, and climbing across the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains of Utah. In 2013, he moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he was able to pursue his passion for the outdoors while completing his degree in Natural Resource Conservation at the University of British Columbia.

Dan has navigated through the Lofoten Islands of Norway by sailboat while skiing and climbing throughout the fjords of the Arctic along the way. He has also explored the interior and coastal mountain ranges of British Columbia by ski and has eaten 50 chicken wings in one sitting.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Mary Eden

Guide: Climbing | Indian Creek Crack Camps | Owner, Big Beauty Pitches Productions

Mary Catherine Eden, a Kentucky transplant, moved to Moab and fell in love with the rocks, canyons, and desert life. Originally an endurance horse trainer, she turned into a rock climbing fanatic! Mary is currently an AMGA Rock Guide Apprentice training for her Advanced Rock Guide course. Her favorite kind of climbing involves long days with scenic summits, unique Indian Creek splitters, and crazy wide cracks. If she isn’t in a canyon or climbing a route then you’ll most likely find her delving into climbing photography. After volunteering for the National Park Service for six months, Mary discovered her love of guided walks and entered the guiding industry. She is stoked and excited for every new season!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, WFR, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Connor Sobol

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Connor has been enjoying the outdoors for most of his life, through the Boy Scouts and personal travel experiences. He fell in love with rock climbing in high school, at a dingy bouldering room in Evanston, Illinois. It wasn’t until a trip to Sinai in the Middle East that he climbed outside for the first time. A few years later, he made the move to Salt Lake City and truly found his love for climbing and the outdoors.

Connor has traveled to many climbing areas over the past five years, ranging from desert to alpine environments. He enjoys all forms of climbing, from bouldering to aid, and he’s excited to share that passion with his guests!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Alex Miller

Guide: Rafting

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Alex has developed a major love for the outdoors in Utah. She is currently studying Psychology and PRT at the University of Utah. When she isn’t in school, Alex spends her time backcountry skiing, climbing, backpacking, and kayaking. She also really enjoys painting when she has the time!

Alex is planning on a career in recreational therapy, and loves working and connecting with people in the outdoors! Shes always up for an adventure and is so stoked to be running rivers in Moab this season.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Bre Hopkins

Guide: Rafting

Bre loves to be outside. You can find her backpacking, climbing, hiking, kayaking, dirt biking, snowboarding or sitting in her hammock with a good book. She loves to travel, and will be graduating from Utah Valley University this December with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Management. When she’s not outside, you can find her quilting with her grandma; playing with her dog, Denali; growing wildflowers; or learning how to make sushi with her husband.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Claire Cruz

Guide: Rafting

Claire grew up exploring the great outdoors of Idaho and moved to Salt Lake City for the mountains… and school! Studying Geology and GIS at the University of Utah, Claire is happy to answer all your rock-related questions. Moab has some of the most unique and stunning geological formations!

Off the river, you’ll find Claire rock climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, oil painting, or in search of good pad thai.

Claire is open-minded, easy-going, and always stoked for an adventure!

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, AIARE 1, WFR, CPR

Hudson Smith

Guide: Rafting

Hudson has loved the outdoors since he was a young kid, hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail near his home in Maryland. He is currently studying for a degree in education, and is planning on a career in Outdoor Adventure Education.

Hudson is the lead guide for his university’s outdoor leadership program. He enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, caving, and running. He has been a rock climbing instructor in northern New Mexico, and he can’t wait to run the rivers in Moab!

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, WFA, CPR

Lily Crowell

Guide: Rafting

Lily grew up in Utah, spending most of her weekends mountain bike racing in Moab. Her passion has slowly moved from the trail to the river. She is a biology student at the University of Utah, with an emphasis in genetics! In the winter you can find her backcountry skiing, and she’s always finding new and exciting vegetarian recipes. Lily is a go-getter and a great conversationalist. She is so excited for this season, the red rock, and meeting new people.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, WFA, CPR

Lucas Greer

Guide: Rafting

Raised in Seattle, Lucas grew up hiking, biking, and skiing all around the Pacific Northwest. His passion for spending time in nature led him to Utah State University, where he currently studies Outdoor Product Design and Development. Lucas hopes to help develop the next generation of outdoor gear and loves to sketch, prototype, and sew his various ideas.

Among other things, Lucas has canoed through Labyrinth Canyon, worked at Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado, and bike toured across the Alps from Dresden, Germany to Rome. He is at his happiest when out exploring with his camera in hand.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Luke Lacey

Guide: Rafting

Luke grew up in Northern California, but he quickly caught the bug to live on the road and has been in search of adventure ever since. When he’s not climbing an obscure peak on River Road, you can see him reading in his hammock, or writing at one of Moab’s many coffee shops. He is studying film at the University of Utah, and loves to tell stories and jokes that will equally entertain and make you laugh. Venmo: Lukelacey08

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Makayla Hunick

Guide: Rafting

Makayla was born in American Fork, Utah. She has spent many years traveling overseas and across the United States. With much curiosity and excitement for the outdoors, she continues to explore the world. A lot of her free time is spent snowboarding, hiking, camping, climbing or anything water-based.

She’s in for any outdoor adventure, taking photographs any chance she gets. Adventure is in her blood and passion for nature is in her soul.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Meredith Murdock

Guide: Rafting

Born and raised in the great state of Montana, Meredith has grown up with a love and appreciation for the outdoors. She loves to hike, fly fish, and boat. She is also working on her undergrad, majoring in Environmental Science at Brigham Young University.

When she is not in school, you can find her playing tennis, spending time with friends, or curling up with a good book—her favorite is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie! She has experience meeting and appreciating many new cultures and people and has spent extended time abroad in India.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Ryan Clarke

Guide: Rafting

Ryan grew up in southeast Idaho and spent his summers playing in the Tetons. He now attends Utah Valley University, where he is studying Outdoor Recreation. His hobbies include rock climbing, rafting, skiing and generally being out under the sun.

Ryan has a natural affinity for story-telling and thinking up jokes so ridiculous they’ll make anyone’s eyes roll.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Samantha Stringham

Guide: Rafting

Samantha is a senior at Utah State University, studying English literature and biology. She coaches high school water polo for schools across Cache Valley. When she manages to find time away from studying, she enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in Logan Canyon.

Likes include being outside, eating chips, wearing sandals unseasonably, the color green, and reading scholarly works about Jane Austen. Dislikes include being sweaty, William Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew, cooked fruits, wearing pants, and the words “bureaucracy” and “semantics.”

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Sophia Nielsen

Guide: Rafting

Sophia loves lacrosse and any water sport. When she’s not on the river, she’s often jumping off rocks or bridges to get back into a river. She owns not just a dedicated paintball outfit, but an entire paintball wardrobe. She loves cooking—but not cleaning up—delicious food. Sophia will be studying outdoor product design at Utah State.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Rock Guides and Instructors

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, WFR, AAIRE Pro 1

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Utah River Guide Adam Morrisett

Adam Morrisett

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Adam has been part of the Red River Adventures crew since April 2010. Right from the start, Adam showed the initiative it takes to be a great guide and trip leader by hiring and adding himself to our roster of guides.

A canyoneer and river junkie, addicted to good music and great friends, we are lucky he hired himself. In the winter, his days are spent riding Wasatch Powder, with nights in the cab of a groomer building features at Brighton.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, WFR, CPR

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Dan Lundgren

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Sandy, Dan grew up skiing, sailing, and climbing across the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains of Utah. In 2013, he moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he was able to pursue his passion for the outdoors while completing his degree in Natural Resource Conservation at the University of British Columbia.

Dan has navigated through the Lofoten Islands of Norway by sailboat while skiing and climbing throughout the fjords of the Arctic along the way. He has also explored the interior and coastal mountain ranges of British Columbia by ski and has eaten 50 chicken wings in one sitting.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Hunter Corliss

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, Hunter has lived and worked in Moab for several years. He is passionate about rock climbing, ice climbing, and skiing. After being introduced to climbing in the Adirondacks, these days he enjoys long adventure routes and crack climbs.

In addition to climbing and canyoneering in Moab, Hunter is pursuing his Rock Guide certification through the American Mountain Guides Association.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Pro 2, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Mary Eden

Guide: Climbing | Indian Creek Crack Camps | Owner, Big Beauty Pitches Productions

Mary Catherine Eden, a Kentucky transplant, moved to Moab and fell in love with the rocks, canyons, and desert life. Originally an endurance horse trainer, she turned into a rock climbing fanatic! Mary is currently an AMGA Rock Guide Apprentice training for her Advanced Rock Guide course. Her favorite kind of climbing involves long days with scenic summits, unique Indian Creek splitters, and crazy wide cracks. If she isn’t in a canyon or climbing a route then you’ll most likely find her delving into climbing photography. After volunteering for the National Park Service for six months, Mary discovered her love of guided walks and entered the guiding industry. She is stoked and excited for every new season!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, WFR, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Connor Sobol

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Connor has been enjoying the outdoors for most of his life, through the Boy Scouts and personal travel experiences. He fell in love with rock climbing in high school, at a dingy bouldering room in Evanston, Illinois. It wasn’t until a trip to Sinai in the Middle East that he climbed outside for the first time. A few years later, he made the move to Salt Lake City and truly found his love for climbing and the outdoors.

Connor has traveled to many climbing areas over the past five years, ranging from desert to alpine environments. He enjoys all forms of climbing, from bouldering to aid, and he’s excited to share that passion with his guests!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification.

Certifications: Certified Ski Guide, Assistant Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide, Pharm.D.

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Jonathan Vickers

Guide: Climbing and Canyoneering

Jon makes a living by splitting his time between guiding, filmmaking and coaching climbers at Momentum Indoor Climbing. Though he is an all around outdoorsman, rock climbing became an addiction that dominates most of Jon’s professional and free time. He spends most of his year rotating between various disciplines of rock climbing and trying to mix work and play whenever possible.

Jon is both a skilled guide and visual storyteller with years of leading others and working in rocky and other dynamic outdoor environments. He enjoys every moment he can spend in the outdoors and strives to better himself with every passing season, whether it involves movement coaching, guiding or storytelling.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, WFR, B.A. News Editorial, M.A. Science of Journalism, Licensed Utah River Guide

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Amos Whiting

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams, AIARE 2
Owner, Aspen Expeditions | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

Amos is a full-time mountain guide, AMGA Instructor pool member, SPI provider, and AAIRE instructor. Amos has been a lead instructor on SPI courses since 2008. He also provides AAIRE instruction for Red River Adventures.

Certifications: IFMGA, AAIRE level Yoda, WFR

John Kear

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams
Owner, Suntoucher Mountain Guides | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

John is a full-time mountain guide and AMGA Instructor pool member. John’s climbing, skiing and guiding encompasses nearly three decades of experience. After many years of professional guiding throughout North and South America as well as Europe, he set out on a new path: graduate school. John received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 and currently practices in Taos, New Mexico. He continues to share his experience, knowledge, and mastery of the mountains, both as an instructor team-member for the American Mountain Guides Association, and as the owner and head guide for Suntoucher Mountain Guides.

Certifications: IFMGA, WFR

Canyoneering Guides

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, WFR, AAIRE Pro 1

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Utah River Guide Adam Morrisett

Adam Morrisett

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Adam has been part of the Red River Adventures crew since April 2010. Right from the start, Adam showed the initiative it takes to be a great guide and trip leader by hiring and adding himself to our roster of guides.

A canyoneer and river junkie, addicted to good music and great friends, we are lucky he hired himself. In the winter, his days are spent riding Wasatch Powder, with nights in the cab of a groomer building features at Brighton.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, WFR, CPR

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Dan Lundgren

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Sandy, Dan grew up skiing, sailing, and climbing across the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains of Utah. In 2013, he moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he was able to pursue his passion for the outdoors while completing his degree in Natural Resource Conservation at the University of British Columbia.

Dan has navigated through the Lofoten Islands of Norway by sailboat while skiing and climbing throughout the fjords of the Arctic along the way. He has also explored the interior and coastal mountain ranges of British Columbia by ski and has eaten 50 chicken wings in one sitting.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Hunter Corliss

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, Hunter has lived and worked in Moab for several years. He is passionate about rock climbing, ice climbing, and skiing. After being introduced to climbing in the Adirondacks, these days he enjoys long adventure routes and crack climbs.

In addition to climbing and canyoneering in Moab, Hunter is pursuing his Rock Guide certification through the American Mountain Guides Association.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE Pro 2, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

Mary Eden

Guide: Climbing | Indian Creek Crack Camps | Owner, Big Beauty Pitches Productions

Mary Catherine Eden, a Kentucky transplant, moved to Moab and fell in love with the rocks, canyons, and desert life. Originally an endurance horse trainer, she turned into a rock climbing fanatic! Mary is currently an AMGA Rock Guide Apprentice training for her Advanced Rock Guide course. Her favorite kind of climbing involves long days with scenic summits, unique Indian Creek splitters, and crazy wide cracks. If she isn’t in a canyon or climbing a route then you’ll most likely find her delving into climbing photography. After volunteering for the National Park Service for six months, Mary discovered her love of guided walks and entered the guiding industry. She is stoked and excited for every new season!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, WFR, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Connor Sobol

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Connor has been enjoying the outdoors for most of his life, through the Boy Scouts and personal travel experiences. He fell in love with rock climbing in high school, at a dingy bouldering room in Evanston, Illinois. It wasn’t until a trip to Sinai in the Middle East that he climbed outside for the first time. A few years later, he made the move to Salt Lake City and truly found his love for climbing and the outdoors.

Connor has traveled to many climbing areas over the past five years, ranging from desert to alpine environments. He enjoys all forms of climbing, from bouldering to aid, and he’s excited to share that passion with his guests!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, WFR, CPR

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Jonathan Vickers

Guide: Climbing and Canyoneering

Jon makes a living by splitting his time between guiding, filmmaking and coaching climbers at Momentum Indoor Climbing. Though he is an all around outdoorsman, rock climbing became an addiction that dominates most of Jon’s professional and free time. He spends most of his year rotating between various disciplines of rock climbing and trying to mix work and play whenever possible.

Jon is both a skilled guide and visual storyteller with years of leading others and working in rocky and other dynamic outdoor environments. He enjoys every moment he can spend in the outdoors and strives to better himself with every passing season, whether it involves movement coaching, guiding or storytelling.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, WFR, B.A. News Editorial, M.A. Science of Journalism, Licensed Utah River Guide

Ice Guides

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, WFR, AAIRE Pro 1

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification.

Certifications: Certified Ski Guide, Assistant Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide, Pharm.D.

Ski Guides and Instructors

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, WFR, AAIRE Pro 1

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification.

Certifications: Certified Ski Guide, Assistant Rock Guide, Apprentice Alpine Guide, Pharm.D.

AIARE 2 course

Amos Whiting

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams, AIARE 2
Owner, Aspen Expeditions | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

Amos is a full-time mountain guide, AMGA Instructor pool member, SPI provider, and AAIRE instructor. Amos has been a lead instructor on SPI courses since 2008. He also provides AAIRE instruction for Red River Adventures.

Certifications: IFMGA, AAIRE level Yoda, WFR

John Kear

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams
Owner, Suntoucher Mountain Guides | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

John is a full-time mountain guide and AMGA Instructor pool member. John’s climbing, skiing and guiding encompasses nearly three decades of experience. After many years of professional guiding throughout North and South America as well as Europe, he set out on a new path: graduate school. John received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 and currently practices in Taos, New Mexico. He continues to share his experience, knowledge, and mastery of the mountains, both as an instructor team-member for the American Mountain Guides Association, and as the owner and head guide for Suntoucher Mountain Guides.

Certifications: IFMGA, WFR

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

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David Zane
September 25, 2022

Unbelievably professional and skilled - amazing time

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Keilah Butler
September 7, 2022

Great guides, great experience! Thanks!

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Savannah Houle
September 6, 2022

It Was Absolutely Amazing, Had Such A Wonderful Time ! Loved Being Able To Swim And Enjoy The Views

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Joe Carissimi
September 5, 2022

Great full day tour!! Sarah was an awesome guide. Good time had by all. Highly recommend it.

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Nathan Moon
September 5, 2022

McKayla was an incredible guide, friendly, helpful and safety conscious. Thank you!

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Danielle Brokens
September 4, 2022

We did both the half day rafting trip as well as the Bow and Arrow canyoneering. Both trips were great, especially the canyoneering. I had a 21, 13, and twin 10 year olds and this was such a fun way to spend our time in Moab for the wide range in ages of my boys. The guides were super knowledgable and fun! We had a couple of scared kiddos to do the rappelling and our guide helped make the boys feel comfortable and able. So much fun and would definitely recommend!

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Cherrie Weisel
September 2, 2022

Had a blast. Guide was very informative.

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Brian Johnson
September 1, 2022

Top notch.

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Rob Brachowski
September 1, 2022

We had a great rafting trip with Red River Adventures. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was a lot of fun. If we are back in the area we would love to go on another trip.

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Greg Wiessner
August 29, 2022

We want to thank Noah and Red River Adventures for an amazing climbing trip. We booked a half day trip to the Ice Cream Parlor for our first Utah, crack-climbing experience. As East Coast gym climbers with limited outdoor experience, we were looking for a guide who could get us climbing immediately in a crag where we could have a great outdoor experience. Noah was very skilled at assessing our skill level, stamina and willingness to fall trying. We'd highly recommend Red River Adventures and Noah in particular for getting you to a great spot. Better still, Noah gave us great advice about camp sites and food. You will do great if you go with this sevice.

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Jessica Putvin
August 26, 2022

I had such a blast! The guides were incredible and full of fun/amazing information!!! They provided a beautiful experience!💫

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Pat Huff
August 26, 2022

I had a great time! The river guide was helpful and knowledgeable.

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Kim Cameron
August 25, 2022

Although Emily provided a fun and informative tour, it ended 45 minutes earlier than scheduled.

Fun time on the Colorado river. Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. It was much less time on the river than expected. But we had fun. Next time would go for more rapids as this was more of a float than a white water experience.

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Dulani Kulasinghe
August 22, 2022

We had a really great day! Everything was organised super smoothly and the whole red river adventures team made everything easy and safe in a really relaxed way. We did the full day trip from Fisher Towers with a 10 year old and a 13 year old. None of us had rafted before (though we'd all done a bit of kayaking) and it was exactly what we wanted. Apparently the river was running a bit low, but we still had a fun day - never terrifying and occasionally relaxing. As an introduction to rafting we couldn't have asked for more and we'd definitely book again with Red River next time we're in Moab - thoroughly recommended!

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Joanne Brunetti
August 20, 2022

Five years ago we did rafting with Red River Adventures & wanted to replicate the experience. We booked half day trip & we enjoyed this adventure as well. Our guide, Samantha, was lovely and really qualified. She answered all of our many questions about the river, the landscape and the life in Moab. We had fun in the 2 hours we spent together. We also loved the road trip to reach the drop off area as the bus drives through one of the most beautiful panoramic roads in the U.S.A. Highly recommend! Italia

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Papa Fitzgerald
August 18, 2022

Our guide rocked!

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Brenda Fitzgerald
August 18, 2022

Noah was awesome!

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Svet Mc
August 15, 2022

This was well organized whitewater rafting. With timing , transportation , and safety masseurs. Our young guide Hudson was excellent. With a lot of experience in water sports and mountaineering . Did great job to help us skillfully go down the river with ease and it was fun . Will go back to Red River Adventures .

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Rhiannon Seneli
August 15, 2022

Guides were great and entertaining. Great family activity! Our youngest was 7 and he had as much fun as the adults.

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Féodora Zussy
August 14, 2022

Magnifique descente du Colorado, on a pu se baigner et profiter de la fraîcheur du fleuve. Une équipe jeune et dynamique.

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Jisu Kim
August 14, 2022

My son has really gotten into climbing for the past 4-5 months, so we booked this guided tour and took a quick trip out to Park City area for our first outdoor climbing adventure. I called a local climbing gym prior to booking and they highly recommend Red River Adventures and they did not disappoint. Full disclosure, I was a bit apprehensive and nervous, since I've only been climbing for a few weeks (to build up callouses mostly!). Thus, I was probably a bit "overzealous" about asking questions by calling and emailing, haha... However, Carl and the staff at Red River were AWESOME. They were patient and were able to guide me to the appropriate package (Full day climb, single pitch, top-roping, Wasatch mountain range). On the day of the climb, we met our guide, Cass, and she was able to feel out what we were capable of as well as what we wanted to get out of the day. Cass was a fantastic guide who was super friendly and worked HARD to set things up for us. She gave us enough instructions, but wasn't intrusive at all. That is, she allowed us to feel out and explore the climb on our own without just telling us where the next hold is, etc. This made us really think about what we were doing up there and made the experience much more personal...like, "I really did that on my own!"...a feeling of accomplishment. We were able to get in excellent climbing at all levels. Although we spent the whole day at the single location (Salt Lake Slips, Central Wasatch), there were plenty of climbs of different levels to push us (me, mostly!). The final climb, Witchhunt (5.10a), was awesome. Although it was a challenge I was unable to overcome, it ended up being the highlight of a fantastic day. I would highly, highly recommend Red River Adventures to anyone who asks and have already told a couple of my friends about them.

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Brian Deyaert
August 13, 2022

Wonderful, fun & safe experience. From checkin to drop off, smooth and top notch experience. Will use company again!

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Nick Bernfeld
August 13, 2022

What a true Amazing trip! Loved this white water rafting trip class 3/4 rapids, the guides did a great job at making us feel safe, would def try it again!

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Erin L
August 12, 2022

This was an Amazing trip! We came from Illinois and had never seen or done anything like it! Our guide, Kenzie was so great! I highly recommend this if you are looking for an adventure!

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Marco Colombo
August 12, 2022

Great Experience, Great Team, Great Ride ! Our leader Sam was super, RedRiver remains top rated in Moab ! Marco (Italy) .

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Gina Marino
August 11, 2022

This was an amazing first time adventure! From the well organized briefing to assigning safety gear to 30 minute bus ride, which was highly entertaining, to traveling down the gorgeous Colorado River! Huge shout out to all our guides! Yall funny! Emily was our river guide and we loved her! This ride is a nice and easy introduction to rafting, great for young and old! We wanted to wish those who are returning to their studies a great year!

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Brandon Nelson
August 10, 2022

We really enjoyed our 1/2 day river rafting trip. There was a bus full of guests that morning but our family of 5 got our own boat and guide Ryan. Ryan was awesome, professional and fun and let us swim and enjoy the water.

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Johnathan Hintz
August 9, 2022

The staff at Red River were fantastic and fun. Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, the geology of the region and shared a lot of info beyond rafting. The ride to and from the Moab site was beautiful. Our bus driver was a delight. It was a nice diversion from hiking in the parks on our weeks vacation.

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Amanda Bailey
August 9, 2022

Such a fantastic day. My girls (9 and 13) were disappointed when it ended. Lucas was such a great guide. He totally knew what would make a great tour for us and just ran with it. We would absolutely book again and probably the full day next time. Such fun!!!

Great trip. Scenery was fantastic. Sam our guide was thorough and provided history of the area.

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David Stutman
August 8, 2022

Our trip was great and Hudson was a great guide. Thanks!

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Greg Lawrence
August 7, 2022

Lucas was a good guide, very good for neophytes to work with. Connor & Hudson are real good, too, good info on the bus rides up & back. We got to float out IN the river, too, very enjoyable. Highly recommended; my wife & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as the oldest in our 3-boat group (63 & 55yo).

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Amanda DelliColli
August 6, 2022

Unfortunately due to drought the rapids were a little lack luster but our guide Hudson was amazing! He was telling jokes, spinning us in the rapids and keeping us very entertained! Def ask for Hudson:)

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Justine McGinley
August 6, 2022

We booked the 1/2 day float trip and had a great time. The entire staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The entire trip was very well organized and our family of 5 (including 3 teens) really enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend!!

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Nora & Damon Duncan
August 5, 2022

Had a blast with Sam @ Red River Adventures!

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Erin Arnoldi
August 4, 2022

My kids enjoyed the rock-climbing experience. The most experienced climber would have liked more challenges, but the lesser experienced climbers were challenged appropriately. I felt like they were safe at all times.

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Knox25
August 2, 2022

One day Guided Rock Climbing - Salt Lake City Could not recommend enough. Highly professional, very organised and an incredible intro to climbing outdoors. Shout out to Cass my guide who was seriously brilliant, so knowledgeable about everything I asked and was able to tailor the day to doing some intro to lead training too! Being a female (travelling alone) I was a little bit nervous about going alone - if you are in a similar situation, this is the company to go with. Thanks again, you made my trip. Hope to be back another time.

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Dany Elsener
August 2, 2022

Freundlicher Staff und motivierte Guides. Im Sommer wohl eher eine einfache Gummiboottour, denn River Rafting.

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Devon Davies
August 1, 2022

Our guide Emily was fantastic on the Chamisa canyoneering trip. I doubted my ability to complete some of the challenges on this hike and she encouraged and instructed me the whole way. She was equally great with the more able guests. Highly recommend.

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Jennifer Goldman
August 1, 2022

We had the best experience. Incredible hike, repelling and guide! Thank you. We’d definitely do it again.

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Samantha Walker
August 1, 2022

My friends and I did the 1/2 day Towers trip as our first time rafting. The guide, Hudson, was very knowledgeable and great at directing us on the paddle boat. It was so much fun! We can’t wait to try some higher level rafting next. Thank you!

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Maeve Kammerer
August 1, 2022

Carl is an awesome guide! My husband and I needed help learning multi-pitch climbing. Carl was super Knowledgeable, patient, and attentive to our needs. Thanks Red River Adventures for such an awesome experience!

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Jarrod Clark
July 31, 2022

We arranged a half day Canyoneering tour for me and 4 girls (ages 8-14). Red River Adventures was great in offering suggestions for this group. Booking online was easy. A member of this group had reservations about going, but Dan spoke honestly and gently. She decided to participate and was so happy she did. Dan is a great guide and helped when needed, but encouraged everyone during this great Canyoneering adventure. Looking forward to returning for another adventure.

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Judy Stoldt
July 30, 2022

We had Alex as our guide and she was wonderful!! The view is amazing and we had a lot of fun getting off the raft and swimming. My teenage girls really enjoyed it and got a lot of pics to share with their friends.

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Leah Sewell
July 29, 2022

Red River Adventures is so organized, thorough, and friendly. Appreciated all the information they shared about the area, the terrain, stories, and more. Emily is an amazing guide—personable, informative, and such a good driver of the raft. Any age would find this enjoyable!

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Jonah Neal
July 28, 2022

We had a blast! Sophie was an excellent guide and my 9 yo son said we need to do the full-day tour next time. :)

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Erin Gantz
July 28, 2022

Emily was a great guide! Relaxing trip down the river and lots of knowledge given about the area.

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Elaine Porter
July 28, 2022

We had a great trip! The staff was excellent and so helpful, and the trip was beautiful and scenic! Loved being able to swim in the river!

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Tyler DiF
July 28, 2022

Really fun experience overall, all the guides were welcoming and friendly, good for all ages