Hey guys. I'm interested in working on the Arkansas in the next couple years. How would a guide with 2 or 3 seasons of New River work, and a couple Gauley seasons fare? Any recommendations on companies to work for?
first of all, some one mentioned ava doesnt go to the royal gorge "that much". AVA dont do the gorge at all. if yur an asspiring #s guide you can expect to be there on your third year of guiding if you are on your shit. you really gotta think about your goals of raft guiding. are you in it for a couple summers??(go to WA,or noahs) are you in it for life(BJS, TAC, PT, AVA, kodi) personally I will admitt I work at ava. I trained there, I cant get away from that frikkin place cuz I get to drive wings and sotars everyday(plastic is the shit)with many fabulous guides. you will also find some of the best guides on the planet at other mentioned companies.What are the numbers like. I've got a couple connections at AVA, and Buff. Joes, and the people there seem to be big on the numbers
keep tellin yerself the ark aint that hard to guide on(browns). NO it isn't, It is the fat fuckers that dont get screened by the raft companys that decide to have heart attacks or the fatties that decide they wanted the float trip after getting on the water, or the 6 jewish guys that won't listen to their female raft guide no matter what that 5 year guide tells them in the numbers(really happened) . blaaaI don't think with all of those seasons of experience under your belt you should have any problem getting a guide job on the Ark......After that, it is probably an issue of seniority and skill before you get on the more difficult stretches.....Really from a raft guide perspective, the Ark is really not that difficult of a river to guide and comparable to any east coast river, bottom line.
Good luck and have fun, it certainly is a nice place to spend the summer.
You'll be fine. You should talk to several companies, tell them your experience and that you would like to work on Numbers trips. If you're a Lower New and an Upper Gauley guide you will be fine. I've guided all 3 places commercially and you're going to be fine. Don't work for someone unless they commit to letting you train and try to check out on Numbers as soon as flows cooperate. A lot of people will talk the talk and stick you on double Brown's half days all summer.Hey guys. I'm interested in working on the Arkansas in the next couple years. How would a guide with 2 or 3 seasons of New River work, and a couple Gauley seasons fare? Any recommendations on companies to work for?