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

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

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

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Erick Esparza
April 23, 2022

What a great experience! We had the best day hiring a guide to take me and my daughter rock climbing and repelling. Going with a private guide was extra special, just the 2 of us got a chance to enjoy our day without being in a large group. We will be back! Thanks Red River for helping us make amazing memories in Moab!

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Doug Hanson
April 23, 2022

Great raft guides! Cold raining day. They provided rain gear. Great scenery. Made new friends paddling against the headwind. Fun. A memory!

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greta Franson
April 23, 2022

Such a fun adventure repelling from cliffs in the Utah dessert! Our guide Dan was so amazing and kept us safe and kept us calm in a few times of nerve wracking adrenaline moments! We will all have memories to last a lifetime!

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Geoff Cowles
April 19, 2022

Amazing half day climbing in Moab with guide Aaron Livingston. He took us to the Wall Street area and setup a bunch of toprope climbs for my girls (10 & 12) and myself in the 5.7-5.9 range that each had distinct climbing (friction, layback crack, chimney). His route selection was challenging and fun. Aaron has significant personal and guiding climbing experience and knowledge of the Moab area and was rigorous with respect to safety. I would not hesitate to hire Aaron and Red River Adventures again. Can't wait to come back!

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Greg Sidberry
April 18, 2022

Great coaching and training. Highly recommend for AMGA training and outdoor trips

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Maddie Watton
April 15, 2022

Had a great evening experience on Ancient Art in Fisher towers. My guide Aaron was extremely knowledgeable, encouraging and friendly. He was able to coach me through tougher sections of the climb and was patient with me during my first multi pitch trip. He also took pictures and was genuinely interested in making sure I had a fun session. Even though my climbing day had to be delayed due to weather, red river called me immediately to reschedule and worked within my schedule to make it happen. Overall can’t recommend them enough!

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Nicole Drury
April 11, 2022

We did the Bow and Arrow canyoneering trip yesterday with our family. We were a group of five people from age 9-75 and everyone had an amazing time. Aaron and Sharbo were incredible guides and this was the highlight of our trip.

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Stephanie Dean
April 10, 2022

Fantastic route, great views, and an amazing day ascending rock. This is my second time climbing with Red River Adventures, and there is a consistent level of quality/safety that I appreciate.

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Brenda Fay
March 28, 2022

Canyoneering on the Bow & Arrow trail was great. Our guide, Brian, shared info about the petroglyphs & plant life during the walk. Brian was very reassuring & positive when we went on the rappels. The rappels were a good mix of heights (ranging from 15 ft to 120ft). Brian made us, as beginners, very comfortable. It was a great family experience and we highly recommend.

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Shannon Lincoln
March 25, 2022

I was a little worried my 8 year old would be too scared to complete the rappelling, but our guide was great, talked him through it and we all had a blast. Great memories made! Thanks Red River Adventures!

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Kelli Cook
March 24, 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our canyoneering adventure with Brian and Adam! They were knowledgeable and thoughtful and funny! We would highly recommend! Our family included our 12, 13, and 16 year olds and they loved it as well! Thank you!

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Ryan Melvin
March 23, 2022

Our guides Adam and Bryan were a lot of fun and also very safety minded. They did a great job of making sure everyone was comfortable and gave lots of good info along the way. Would definitely recommend Red River for adventuring.

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Kathi Ried
March 21, 2022

Super awesome canyoneering trip!! We took Bow and Arrow (?) and did 4 rappels! We had Chabro (not sure if that’s how it’s spelled) and Dan and they were both awesome! They were super helpful when there was some more climbing aspects to the trail. They were both super friendly and made us feel safe and secure the whole time. They helped to make the experience that much more awesome. I would highly recommend since it’s just such a cool experience! The scenery was particularly breathtaking and included some of the coolest views in Moab.

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Leah Bates
March 20, 2022

We had the best time this morning!! Family of 5 with three kids ages 15 to 8. Guides were amazing and the route was perfect!! Gorgeous views!! Highly recommend!!!

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David Karp
March 14, 2022

John is a great guide - have been out desert climbing and Wasatch touring with him and both experiences were great. Really took the time to explain things and get the newer members of our group excited and confident about the adventure

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Julie King
March 7, 2022

My husband and I had an awesome time this weekend in the Wasatch for our AIARE 1 Course! John and Garth were both incredible instructors and I feel grateful to have spent a weekend touring and learning from some of the best. Highly recommend!

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Patrick Plaggenborg
March 2, 2022

Carl saved our week. It hadn’t been properly snowing in Utah for a long long time, and judging from the snow in the resorts we were a bit worried about our backcountry touring trip. He knew exactly where to go. Where everything else was all tracked out, and there were even moguls in some backcountry areas. Not where we went. We skinned up an amazing peak around Big Cottonwood Canyon, through the trees, up a ridge for some of the most beautiful views, and then down into the back bowl where we actually found knee deep soft snow. Carl was an amazing guide, knew his ways up the mountain, taught us some new techniques along the way, and is just an incredible fun guy to hang out with. Highly recommended.

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Joshua Clutter
March 1, 2022

John was incredibly knowledgeable and able to teach effectively. He had great resources to point us toward for continued self-learning and was engaging in the field.

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Michael Mckinnon
February 25, 2022

The 3 day Avi close with John was excellent.

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rob conklin
February 24, 2022

My wife and I went with Carl. Incredible backcountry experience!! Powder powder powder. Really helped us get some back country experience and educate us on a path forward for newbies to be able to split board independently. He is an incredible guide with many years experience and perhaps more importantly a really cool guy.

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Rob Stinner
February 19, 2022

Spent the day ice climbing with Owner/AMGA Guide Carl who was fantastic! It was my first multi-pitch climb at the Great White Icicle and Carl made it safe, fun and informative. He explained each step as we moved up the ice wall and did everything I could ask of a guide. I would highly recommend Red River and Carl to anyone and look forward to seeing them again!

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Bryan Vorbach
February 16, 2022

Had a great day backcountry skiing/snowboarding with our guide John in the Little Cottonwood Canyon area near Salt Lake City, Utah. Snow is a little hard right now, even in the backcountry, but still had a great time and were able to find a few soft spots for good turns. If you are looking for a guide to do a day of backcountry touring in the SLC area, I would definitely recommend Red River Adventures.

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Walt Packer
February 9, 2022

Great experience. Good customer service.

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Stuarts Williamson
February 4, 2022

Great people, learned a ton, had fun, perfect course length!

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Evan Blanford
February 1, 2022

Red River adventures provided and excellent learning experience! Our guides, John and Garth, were a wealth of knowledge about the area, and did a fantastic job of communicating lessons to us. I would highly recommend this company (and these guides in particular) to anyone looking to further their education.

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Mark Hoffman
January 25, 2022

John and Garth were great guides for the AIARE 1 course. Super professional and thoughtful with their answers to all questions.

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James Pilkington
January 22, 2022

Today was the first time I did a backcountry tour. John provided me with an excellent education and I look forward to working with him on the future.

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David Shackelford
January 14, 2022

I recently took an Avy 1 course taught by John and Chris. The course was phenomenal and I'd highly recommend it. John and Chris were professional and excellent instructors. More than that, they made the lessons come to life by making applications to our local environment and the realities of ski touring (e.g., its more than just avalanche safety to consider). They also just made the whole experience fun and engaging. One thing to mention- we had a 3:1 ratio of students to instructors due to some COVID cancellations. I'd be willing to bet other companies would have cancelled because of the economics of a group of our size, but Red River went on as planned with 2 lead instructors. I cannot recommend this company enough!

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Spencer Gasiorowski
January 10, 2022

I took my AIARE 1 class through them and it was a great experience. Chris was super informative and responsive in the classroom and a master in the field. The weekend of field work reinforced the learning we had done prior and I feel more confident in my ability to navigate the backcountry.

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Marc Champagne
January 9, 2022

John was a fantastic guide. Skied some really cool terrain. Highly recommended

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Joshua Petit
December 21, 2021

excellent course and outstanding instructors. Both John and Hannah were on top of their game, were patient and gracious with information sharing, and made us feel confident in the field while building skills. Would highly recommend RRA for AIRE courses, and plan to use their services again in the future. Stay safe out there!

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Joseph Roth
December 20, 2021

Very pleased and satisfied with my decision to go with Red River Adventures to do my AIARE 1 avalanche course. The guides were super knowledgeable and helpful. Always felt informed and assisted in hands on course learning.

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Brenda Bf
December 16, 2021

Fun trip along with beautiful scenery. I broke my ankle the day before my rafting trip and was on crutches. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating to me.

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Ted Winkworth
December 11, 2021

I loved my AIRIE Level 1 Course with John and Garth. They were really in tune with the needs of the group and gave us all an experience that challenged us to be curious about the potential dangers in the backcountry. I feel more confident and, frankly, excited to go out and keep learning about the snowpack now that I’ve taken this course.

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Jason Smith
December 7, 2021

John was an awesome instructor and the course was very instructive and worthwhile.

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howard silverman
December 6, 2021

I took the AIARE 1 online education and fieldwork class through Red River this weekend (3 days). This was done “as a refresher” as I took this previously 8 years ago and I spend about 10 days a year Backcountry Skiing. The instructors (John and Chris) did an excellent job, I learned new skills, exposed some weaknesses and explored some new terrain. Great experience!!!

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David Gotsch
November 3, 2021

Awesome guides- very knowledgeable and safe. I had an incredible time!

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Ashley Gardner
October 15, 2021

By far our most favorite experience of the trip was canyoneering with Adam. He was so personable and had a great wealth of knowledge about the area. He kept us entertained and most importantly safe. We will be back for sure!

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Jesicah Rolapp
October 5, 2021

The guides and company were absolutely wonderful!!!! We came to Moab for a wedding and enjoyed river rafting and canyoneering - the guides were super helpful and knowledgeable. Will definitely use them again!

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Todd Harris
September 30, 2021

Nathan and Dan were fantastic. I took my teenage son and his friend on a canyoneering trip, and Nathan and Dan put them at ease during the long repels. They were ready to do it again! This was the second time we used Red River and they do a great job communicating during booking and pre trip to get you ready. Also, their website is easy to navigate and very accurate. This outfitter is highly recommended!

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Frini Shah
September 26, 2021

Had an amazing trek with my family including 3 boys ages 12-15 with Dan on the Bow and Arrow trail. Felt very safe in his experience and ability. Nice hike up followed by 4 amazing rappels down! Highly recommend!

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Kate Mattern
September 24, 2021

The hike & rapelling was spectacular! It was an awesome way to experience a day and this beautiful terrain. Kenzie was awesome. She was a great leader and tons of fun!

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Eric Failes
September 11, 2021

Had such a good time canyoneering with Red River Adventures! The guides were fun, professional, and had lots of interesting information about the area. Great time for all experience levels.

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James Cooper
September 11, 2021

Had a great half day trip climbing with them. Hunter was a great guide, knew a ton about the area and where we were going to climb. It was a nice relaxed environment but he still made sure safety was on the top of the list. Looking Glass Rock is a bit outside of town so it was super quiet, and the rappel down from the top was amazing.

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Lisa Nye
September 11, 2021

Great rafting trip! We loved the crew and the trip. Relaxing, fun and Colton, our guide was excellent! He was informative and a ball of fun!! So many fun memories made! Thank you!

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Traci Reeves
September 10, 2021

Best tour guide- Adam made the experience that much better!

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Hanyan Shen
September 9, 2021

We did bow and arrow canyoneering with red river. Adam is a great guide, on the trip you’ll see some dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs, four rappelling (one short, two medium and one long ~120 ft). Adam also introduced a lot of good food options in moab. If you go to quesadilla Mobile, tell Adam from red river sent you, you got 10% off (we tried it today, it’s legit).

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Bob McHenry
September 8, 2021

Went canyoneering with Dan as our guide. There were 7 people including a young girl and teenage boy. Dan did a great job instructing us on how to repel and made sure we all felt safe. It started with a fairly strenuous 30 minute hike up the mesa and then 4 repels down. Great time. Thanks Dan.

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Lisa Arnold
September 5, 2021

We had a great time on our canyoneering tour! Our tour guide, Dan, was excellent!

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Gil S
September 5, 2021

A wonderful first time canyoneering trip!! Our guide Nate was the perfect combination of fun, encouraging, safe, funny and laid back confident. He helped us get over our fear and nerves and made it seem easy. Great for first time repelling and canyoneering. It was a bit intense at times, but in a good way. I'm afraid of heights and it was putting me out of my comfort zone, but that's a good thing. But you do need a degree of fitness. This should not be your first physical activity if you've been on the couch for the last two years... A very professional organization and I would do any of their trips in a heartbeat!