River Guide School

Introducing... The Mad River Staff

Professional. Passionate. Skilled. And sometimes... a little crazy.

Here at Mad River, our job is to keep you safe while showing you a great time on the Snake River. All of our guides undergo rigorous training before handling their own boat on the river. This includes a week-long, intensive guide school, out of which we hand-pick only the best guides, a minimum of twenty shadows with an experienced guide and a three day whitewater rescue course that earns each guide an internationally recognized certification as a whitewater rescue technician.

Our guides also hold the required CPR and First Aid certifications. Rest assured, your safety is our number one priority.

Take a moment to meet the Mad River "Family". We work together, we play together and we all share a love of the river. Everyone has a little something special they bring to the table, (some more special than others), but our goal is to show you a good time and share a little bit of our passion for the Snake River with you.


Mark Rector

River Guide

Nickname: Mark

Hometown: Portland, OR

Seasons at Mad River: 50

My life in a nutshell: I don't live in a nutshell...rude.

What everyone else says about me: Mark wants to know about the schedule tomorrow.


Ben Callahan

River Guide

Nickname: BC

Hometown: American Fork, UT

Seasons at Mad River: 5

My life in a nutshell: I'm just living the high life.

Most extraordinary river experience: Every day is extraordinary.

Favorite local hike: The Grand Teton

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Teton Thai or D.O.G.

Favorite quote: "If God intended for us to be naked, we would have been born that way." Mark Twain

In my free time: What free time?

Favorite guest: I like the customers who tell me stories.

What everyone else says about me: "That guy has a nice beard."


Mike Fitzpatrick

River Guide

Nickname: Fitz

Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, ME

Seasons at Mad River: 3

Most extraordinary river experience: I've spent a lot of my life around rivers. I don't know if I am able to narrow it down to just one.

Favorite quote: "If you're going to be stupid, you better be tough." - Bill MacLeod

What everyone else says about me: Don't let his age fool you... He's still faster than you on a mountain bike.


Lizzie Watson

River Guide

Nickname: Ldubs

Hometown: Durham, NC

Seasons at Mad River: 7

My life in a nutshell: Living the dream...

Most extraordinary river experience: The Grand Canyon trip I took with my family that started my love of the river.

Favorite local hike: Death Canyon!

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Nikai

Favorite quote: "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." - James Dean

In my free time: snowboarding, hiking, camping, biking, kayaking, climbing, field hockey, rafting, swimming, reading and just being outside

Favorite guest: People that want to participate.

What everyone else says about me: "That's a pretty sweet truck that Lizzie has."


KC Bess

River Guide, Operations Manager

Nickname: Kilo

Hometown: Ivins, UT

Seasons at Mad River: 12

My life in a nutshell: I "retired" at 21 years of age and have been living the good life ever since...

Most extraordinary river experience: My most extraordinary river experience was a 21 day trip on the Grand Canyon.

Favorite local hike: Delta Lake

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: I like to head to the Bird for a nice burger on the back deck.

Favorite quote: "Earn more or want less."

In my free time: I like taking photos, playing with my daughter Sophie, camping, hiking, rafting, climbing, trail running and hanging out with my wife Mary.

Favorite guest: Anyone interested in the river or nature.

What everyone else says about me: Shhh.... Here he comes.


John W. Harris Jr.

Guide

Nickname: John Wayne

Hometown: Lynchburg, VA

Seasons at Mad River: 4

My life in a nutshell: My name is John Wayne. Seriously.

Most extraordinary river experience: Gauley River, West Virginia

Favorite local hike: Downtown to Mad River.. around 2 am.

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: D.O.G. Why not?

Favorite quote: "Brothers don't shake hands. Brothers gotta hug."

In my free time: Grillin', Chillin', Kayakin', Drummin', Laughin' at Steve Wilde

Favorite guest: strong swimmers

What everyone else says about me: "Who is that Australian?"


James Brennan

River Guide

Nickname: Stackhouse

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Seasons at Mad River: 100

My life in a nutshell: I like to think about things for a while.

Most extraordinary river experience: The Grand Canyon

Favorite local hike: Teewinot with Lizzie

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Smith's

Favorite quote: "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." - Albert Einstein

In my free time: hike, run, write music, play music, read, teach myself languages

What everyone else says about me: "Man, that guy must work out."


Boone Schmucker

River Guide

Nickname: Boone

Hometown: Hendersonville, TN

Seasons at Mad River: 1

My life in a nutshell: I enjoy long walks on the beach, smooth jazz music, and playing checkers

Favorite local hike: High School Butte

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: McDonald's. Always keeping it classy

Favorite quote: "That's a lovely accent you have there... New Jersey?"

In my free time: I like to climb, ski, and give high fives

What everyone else says about me: "That is one great head of hair."


Adam Haeusler

River Guide

Nickname: Adam

Hometown: Bark River, MI

Seasons at Mad River: 3

My life in a nutshell: I am a bicycle extraordinaire.

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Merry Piglets. Can you say Margarita Monday?

Favorite quote: "Radio? Who needs a radio?"

In my free time: I love to spend time with my dogs and wife

What everyone else says about me: "He's so nice..."


Ian McIver

River Guide

Nickname: The White TIger

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Seasons at Mad River: 11 (HOLLA!)

My life in a nutshell: It's a lot like that "Gladiator" movie.

Most extraordinary river experience: Desolation Canyon in the fall...

Favorite local hike: Death Canyon

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: The Cadillac Grille

Favorite quote: "Cleverness has never been associated with long delays." - Sun Zsu

In my free time: I pretty much just hang out and act cool.

Favorite guest: All of them.

What everyone else says about me: "He looks like Brad Pitt, only taller."


Ryan Mertaugh

River Guide

Nickname: Murphy

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Seasons at Mad River: 7

My life in a nutshell: J'aime des langues etrangeres et des filles qui les parlent.

Most extraordinary river experience: Every time I'm sharing the water with friends, it's extraordinary.

Favorite local hike: I'll hike anything I can hoop on top of.

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Ryan's "back of the truck" Diner

Favorite quote: "There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall that is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you."

In my free time: climbing, kayaking, and tending my goats... oh, and eating lots of cinnamon bread

Favorite guest: Anyone who's willing to take me out to dinner.

What everyone else says about me: "McLovin!"


William Walker

River Guide

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Seasons at Mad River: 4

My life in a nutshell: Awesome.

Most extraordinary river experience: A two day trip down the Green River...

Favorite local hike: Josie's Ridge

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Tacomania - wait is that in Jackson?

Favorite quote: "Big gulp, huh? Well, see you later."

In my free time: Anything outside. Fishing. Hunting.

Favorite guest: Dustin Gamester

What everyone else says about me: "I don't know, he might be crazy."


Anthony Campolattaro

River Guide

Nickname: Campo

Hometown: Lyndhurst, NJ

Seasons at Mad River: 1

My life in a nutshell: I'm Italian

Favorite local hike: The walk from the boat ramp at Sheep Gulch to the parking lot can get pretty intense...

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: il villagio Osteria

Favorite quote: "I just wanna go someplace where we know someone who can plug us into the social pipeline..."

In my free time: I enjoy riding bikes uphill, playing rugby in daisy dukes, and serving up delicious pizza at osteria


Adam Woolley

Shuttle Driver

Nickname: Woolley

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Seasons at Mad River: 2

My life in a nutshell: Very similar to that of Forest Gump...

Most extraordinary river experience: First river trip: Ocoee River- started for the Tasty Waves

Favorite local hike: Snow King

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Wing night at the Caddy.

Favorite quote: "I'm the dog - the big bad dog"

In my free time: Climb, Kayak, Bike, Monkey around town

Favorite guest: southern

What everyone else says about me: "Is his name Phillip?


Nelson Latimer

River Guide

Nickname: Nelly

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Seasons at Mad River: 3

My life in a nutshell: If I could retire in a 55+ community now, I would.

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Pica's

Favorite quote: "It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper."

In my free time: I enjoy SUPing, watching Cops, and mountain biking


Will Bryant

River guide

Nickname: Willy B

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Seasons at Mad River: 1

My life in a nutshell: Went to college to become a ski bum.

Most extraordinary river experience: Watching ospreys dive from 100 feet to catch fish.

Favorite local hike: Lake Solitude

Favorite Jackson-area restaurant: Teton Thai (have to get a 5)

Favorite quote: "Richard, does this suit make me look fat?" "No, your face does."

In my free time: Mountain bike, ski, run, watch YouTube

Favorite guest: The ones with no river experience and getting to watch their excitement going through rapids and seeing the mountains for the first time.

What everyone else says about me: "Will seems to be an upbeat person with a softspot for 1980s power ballads."


Boone Corbett

River Guide

Nickname: Boone

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

Seasons at Mad River: 1

My life in a nutshell: Life is good.

In my free time: In my free time I like to reflect on the fact that I have a cool job in Jackson Hole while most of my friends are working in cubicles.

What everyone else says about me: Is that a radio controlled helicopter? Man, that guy is cool.


Christian Burke

River Guide

Hometown: Winthrop, ME

Seasons at Mad River: 2


Nate Mintz

River Guide

Hometown: Medfield, MA

Seasons at Mad River: 3

My life in a nutshell: I play for a living.

Most extraordinary river experience: Every day is extraordinary!

Favorite local hike: Anything in the Tetons!

Favorite quote: "There is no try, only do."

In my free time: Sometimes I like to go skiing. And by "sometimes", I mean every day that has snow on the ground.

What everyone else says about me: Look, Nate got new skis!