My experience in Grand Canyon started as a backpacker while attending Northern Arizona University, where I earned a degree in Forestry. My first Grand Canyon river experience came on a private trip in 1973. I started commercial rafting in the Grand Canyon as a guide in 1977. Since then I have been on 388 commercial motor and oar trips (over 3,000 days on the river).
I have participated in 11 private trips, 9 research trips and 3 guides training seminars. Research topics have included vegetation survey, Bald Eagle surveys, tamarisk control and historic photo matching.
In 1994 I met my soul mate, Donna Koster, and since she has assisted me on over 180 river trips. We both have had a great time introducing river trip passengers to the Grand Canyon and are now looking forward to new adventures.