USA Guides

Aylan Lee

River Operations Manager

Born in Glen Ellen, California, Aylan has been a professional guide since 2010. He holds a BA with honors in Geography with a minor in music from the University of Washington and is presently finishing his masters degree in geography at Portland State University. Aylan’s broad academic interests lie in understanding how nature, politics, and infrastructure interact and shape landscapes. Outside academia, Aylan has spent most of the last decade in the outdoor industry, leading and enjoying whitewater trips on rivers across the same landscapes he studies. At the heart of his professional pursuits is a deep desire to connect people to places in meaningful, engaging ways. In doing so, Aylan draws on an extensive leadership and service industry background. In his spare time, Aylan is an avid cyclist, skier, and whitewater kayaker. 

Tom Scarborough

Whitewater Rafting Guide - Manager

Guide since 2003: WA, OR, ID. Joined ROW in 2007. Tom has a unique skill set. He is able to recite Dr Seuss’s the Lorax from memory, brew a mean pint of beer, drive a bus, milk a cow, cook a tasty Dutch oven lasagna, and write a Microsoft Access database. On top of all that, Tom is a great guide and a wealth of information about the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains.  He currently manages ROW’s Rogue River operation where he sings guests to sleep with his smooth sounds of the 70’s and signature number “Waltzing with Bears.”   Originally from New York, Tom has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and an extensive work history ranging from a YMCA summer camp director, to transportation director for a Washington ski area and finally a river guide. Tom also has a passion for all things bacon, tinkering and pop music.

Connelly Brown

Whitewater Rafting Guide - Manager

Guide since 1988: WV, CO, CA, MT, ID. Joined ROW in 2002. A native of the Nutmeg State, Connelly Brown, or Cb as he is known in the river world, now resides year round in the mountains of Northeastern Oregon with his wife--who he met on a ROW trip!--and two kids.  Originally from the Nutmeg State (Connecticut), Cb has been a guide since, wait for it, the late 1980s.  For years he worked as a “migrant wave farmer,” living out of his truck as he followed the snowmelt and work from one river to the next throughout the year.  He joined ROW in 2002 and has served as both a guide and manager.  While guiding a ROW trip, he met the woman who would become the love of his life (she was a guest!).  Now married with two kids, they make their home in northeastern Oregon where Cb runs a backcountry ski business.  One of the quirkiest and most pleasant of people, Cb is all about keeping it mellow and making memories on the river.  Whether it is fishing for sturgeon, charging the big hits, telling stories or leading a hike, Cb has a way to make your experience unique.  He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide.

Peter Metcalf

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Guide since 2002: AK, MT, ID, OR, Costa Rica, Guatemala. Joined ROW in 2008.  ROW’s former Operations Manager and a current PhD student at the University of Montana, Peter loves to tell stories.  In fact, he’s far more likely to share a tale about an early homesteader, discuss western water policy or talk about wolves than remember a joke, even if he’s heard it twenty times.  Born on the prairies of Kansas, Peter grew up splashing through the creeks and sleeping under the stars of western Oregon where his mom ran a Lutheran summer camp.  He ran track and cross country for Whitworth College and later earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.  In addition to river guiding, he has also taught environmental education courses in Montana and Central America, worked as a journalist and referees high school basketball.  When not on the river, he is likely to be found knee deep in a Montana trout stream, watching birds, hunting for elk, telemark skiing, sharing conversation over a local IPA or reading a good book.  He looks forward to the day when seeing Salmon on a ROW trip is no longer a rare experience.

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John Hernandez

Whitewater Rafting Guide - Manager

Guide since 1998: WV, ME, CO, ID, MT, Peru.  Joined ROW in 2005. John Hernandez originally hails from the Biggest Little State in the Union, Rhode Island.  He attended at Springfield College where he was an All-American Volleyball Player and earned a Master’s in Outdoor Recreation Management.  While in college he discovered a love of kayaking and started guiding rafts in 1998.  After several seasons in West Virginia and a stint in Peru John headed west to Idaho in 2003 and has guided with ROW ever since. John brings a huge smile, great boating skills and tremendous sense of humor to the job.  If anyone were to convince you there really is such a thing as a left-handed paddle, it would be John.  When not providing campfire entertainment, sharing the history of early boating in Idaho or pointing out big horn sheep, John cooks up great riverside fare, including some fabulous dutch oven lasagna.  He is also an avid fly fisherman, beer connoisseur, and sports fan.  In the off-season, John guides snowmobile tours in northern Colorado.

Landon Moores

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Guide since 2010: ID, MT. Started with ROW in 2010. Landon grew up in Tennessee in a family filled with love and a dinner table full of fried Okra.  An adventurous tot, her daddy once yelled at her and her twin sister for climbing a tree to jump onto a trampoline -- that thanks to the sprinkler and a healthy dose of dish soap had become a foamy mess.  That same adventurous streak convinced her to take her first ever raft trip down the Ocoee River in Tennessee.  She fell out and lost her shorts.  A few years and only one more river trip later, she decided to become a guide.  At Guide School, she quickly proved that experience or not, southern girls make great raft guides.  Landon has worked everything from half day float trips to six-day big water Hells Canyon trips.  One of ROW’s top interpretive guides, mergansers, coniferous trees and river-based murder mysteries fascinate her.  She is also one of those rare river guides who does not own a truck, or any vehicle for that matter.  Instead this self-described “professional passenger” bikes, walks, takes the bus, flies or finagles rides when need be.  In the off-season she teaches skiing at Brundage Mountain, pours drinks at bars in Idaho and Tennessee (her home state, “Go Vols!”) and dreams of a future as an environmental education or Spanish teacher.  So far in her career with ROW, she has yet to lose her shorts again.

Josh Seaton

Fly Fishing Guide

Born in 1980 in Pinehurst, ID. Guide since 2002: ID, AK. With ROW since 2007.

Growing up in Pinehurst, Idaho, Josh learned the techniques and skills necessary to successfully catch fish on a fly from an early age. In 1999 he left home and began his guiding career in Alaska catching salmon, trout and grayling. In 2002, Josh returned to his fly fishing roots in north Idaho and signed on with a local fly shop. Josh “Seaton's innate ability to seek out and hook fish has quickly established himself as one of the most reputable and sought after guides in the Pacific Northwest.  Josh currently resides in his home town of Pinehurst, Idaho with his lovely wife Tash. He is also currently enrolled in nursing school in north Idaho.

Lenore Perconti

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Guide since 2009: ID, MT, OR. Started with ROW in 2008. Lenore grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, a stone’s throw from the confluence of the mighty Clearwater and Snake rivers.  As a kid she raised polyphemous moths in the family kitchen and went fishing with her dad on the Lochsa river.  While studying for a biology degree from Washington State, she swamped Hells Canyon trips for ROW in the summer of 2008 and got hooked on rivers.  She returned to guide the following year and has traded a scientific research career for experiencing the natural world with fellow travelers.  Her favorite part of guiding in Idaho and Oregon is the rugged remote canyons and free flowing rivers.  She also loves sugar and western white pines (Idaho’s state tree), Native American History, river lore, good coffee and conversation.  Lenore is an accomplished flautist and nature photographer. In the off season has travelled extensively in Argentina and is a barista at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where she is learning to ski.

Mark Bayless

Whitewater Rafting Guide

 
Guide since 2003. CA, WA, ID, MT.
Mark’s love for the outdoors started at an early age. As a kid, Mark was a boy scout and spent a significant amount of time going RV-ing with his grandparents. He fell in love with the rivers and big water of Idaho, and considers “floating down a big river and sharing big smiles” the most amazing experience he’s ever had. Mark graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Outdoor Recreation. When he’s not on the river, you can find him demonstrating his skills in carpentry or skiing at his favorite mountain.

Lara Sagatov

Whitewater Rafting Guide

 
Guide since 2010. CA, WY, MT, MA, TN, NC, AK. 
Lara's life on the water began at an early age. Her family had a small fishing boat that they brought to local lakes most weekends of her childhood. Unable to stay away from water for long, Lara went on a sea kayaking trip on Yellowstone Lake when she was 14, and she's been on the water one way or another ever since. She began boating on whitewater during her first year of college and started raft guiding shortly after. Lara has a Bachelor’s degree in Functional and Sculptural Design and a minor in Outdoor Education from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. In her free time, she plays piano, accordion, drums, autoharp, banjo, and even sings opera. She also enjoys slack lining, rock climbing, and scuba diving…and she makes a mean blackberry pie.