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Meet Our Adirondack Guides & Staff

Guided trips in the Adirondacks require one major, rock-solid participant: the Guide!

Here’s the lowdown on our elite force of quality outdoor guides.

Scroll to the bottom for current job listings.

Pete Burns

The man, the myth, the legend! Pete is the guy who keeps it together, organizes it, plans it, schemes, dreams, and makes it happen; but most of all, pays for it! Pete grew up along the Hudson River, and he’s managed to work on it for over thirty years, thus avoiding the pitfalls of a real job. It’s all fun and games everyday running an outfitter, or so we assume.

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No last name needed. Bone is co-owner of Beaver Brook and is the General Manager at Gore Mountain. Make sure to contact him directly with any and all questions regarding winter, skiing and how the heck chairlifts stay in the air. Along with being an exceptional outdoorsman and guide, Bone plays a mean guitar and is one half of the world renowned duo BoneDoctor, #BoneDoctorworlddominationtour He is also one heck of a story teller. Ask him about the time he played harmonica at the opening ceremony of the 1980 Olympics.

Diana Burns

Hey you don’t think Pete could have done this on his own? Diana’s day job is rehabbing the knees, hips, and joints of the North Country which means she’s pretty handy to have around. The rest of her time she spends running rivers, skiing, and filling in at The Beave. Diana occasionally likens herself to Wendy in Never Never Land. Wonder why?

Autumn guide photo


Bone’s wife, high school librarian, part time whitewater guide, full time adventurer. Autumn is a heck of a whitewater guide and a whole lot of fun. She stopped reading and rafting after this photo was taken. Turns out books are hard to laminate.


Cassandra is daughter number one in the Burns family. She has done just about every job at The Beav there is to do. She currently helps Pete with day to day management and does all the computer work Pete doesn’t feel like doing. Cassandra has a decade of guiding under her belt and spent the last 8 years or so wandering between Utah, Idaho and the Adirondacks. She spends the winter looking for snow or surf and working as a freelance writer. The whole “real job” thing doesn’t seem to stick. Must be hereditary.


Jess Hayle

Hayle Yes! When the phone rings you can count on Jess. Our go-to gal for answering any and all of your rafting questions. And the answer is YES you will get wet. When she isn’t at The Beav you can find Jess slinging drinks at Garnet Hill Lodge or playing in the woods with a bike and a beagle named Jed.



Marnie is a Peace Corps vet, Special Ed teacher and a longtime Hudson guide. She has a long list of badass credits to her name, but is too humble to brag about them. At the Beave, she keeps us laughing, makes sure our lunches are in order, gives a darn good safety talk, churns out happy customers and pumps everyone up for Dress Up Day on the river. Marnie loves a good Dress Up Day, and if you’re lucky enough to be in her boat that day, you will too.


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Cole went west for snowier pastures this past winter. If you’re headed to Montana to raft or ski, keep an eye out for this guy. Don’t forget about us Cole! We heard he saw something shiny in the water while this picture was being taken.

Buzz Saw

We truly don’t know how he got his name, but Buzz is always dressed for success. Buzz has been guiding the Hudson for as long as we can remember and is one of our most requested whitewater guides. Buzz is also the inventor of the Ocho-Opener, (patent pending). The Ocho 4.0 is at the Beave right now, come give it a test run. Buzz is quick to smile and his guests always have a great time. Just don’t look the dragon in the eye.

Pete Hunkins

Pete is our resident fishing guru and has been with Beaver Brook since the beginning. He spends his winters in Lake Placid heading up Mt VanHovenberg’s Cross Country snow center and he comes back this way in the summers to guide. Pete guides and teaches fly fishing and often works in the office as well. If you’re booking a fishing trip, put in a request for Pete, he knows where the fish are and how to snag ’em.


Emily is Burns daughter number 2. She spends her winters teaching 3rd grade in Chile, which means she has an endless summer. At the Beave she works guiding the Hudson and the Sac.  Emily is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can yell paddle commands at you in whatever language you choose!


Sam is Burns daughter number 2.5 and twin sister to Emily. You can find her all over the Beaver Brook empire renting boats, guiding boats and scurrying in and out of caves. She spends the rest of the year working on her Creative Writing MFA and coming up with one-liners.

John Morgan

John runs our Sacandaga operation during the summer and coaches ski racing in the winter. John skied over 100 days last winter and chances are good he will ski over 100 days every winter he can still bend over to put on ski boots.


Paul is a full time professor at Siena College and prefers to spend his free time outdoors. He’s a ski instructor at Gore in the winter and enjoys rafting, hiking and fishing in the summer. A long-time customer, Paul made the excellent decision to take the guide stick into his own hands.



Eric is one of our guides on the Sacandaga during the summer and teaches Math during the school year. He practices his craft by counting all the customers on the bus every day. He is getting pretty good at it.


Frank is a man of many talents–during the summer he guides whitewater, during the school year he teaches Science, during the fall he guides hunting, and he flies planes all year round. Frank’s a regular Renaissance man.


Speaking of lots of talents, Becky fits that bill too. She can expertly guide your raft, make you a fabulous dinner on one of our overnight trips and rid the wilderness of invasive plant species! Becky currently works full time as a diver pulling milfoil from the lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks. Between that and guiding, we don’t think there are any days of the week that Becky spends dry.

Jim Swedburg

Jim is our full time photographer on The Hudson. Jim kayaks down The Gorge everyday, he is at well over 1,000 trips in his kayak at this point. We don’t know how he manages to take as many photos of each boat as he does, he must use the same sort of voodoo magic he uses to play the banjo so well and to stay so good lookin’.



You may know Chef Heidi by her alter ego: The Adirondack Pickle Lady. She not only cooks all the delicious food for our rafting trips she is also the head chef at Basil & Wicks, and she also pickles all sorts of veggies. They are so good that the samples seem to mysteriously disappear from the staff fridge on a regular basis. She does an incredible job here at BBO and…she can pickle that!


Jen grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and went to college in West Virginia where she became a white water raft guide.  She moved to upstate NY in 1997 and has been guiding through the Hudson Gorge ever since.  Besides white water paddling, Jen loves kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking, road trips, adventures, and lounging in the sun. She’s ready for another amazing day at the “office”, and can’t wait to be your guide!

Mike Di Fiore (Mike D.)

Rafting on the Sac since 1996
Teacher by day
Hockey Coach by night
Father of 2
Husband of 1

Adirondack Guides Liam & Patrick

The Brothers Harrison

With a combined height of appx 16 feet and an extremely high center of gravity, we’re not sure how Liam and Patrick manage to stay in their boats. Liam and Patrick are second generation Hudson River guides and pretty darn good ones at that. When they aren’t guiding rafts you can find Patrick in the Garnet Hill bike shop and Liam working as a mechanical engineer. They are an entertaining pair–if you hear two eerily similar booming chuckles don’t be alarmed, it’s just the Brothers Harrison.


Dave left a job in corporate America behind and moved north to live the rural dream up here with us. Looks like he’s adjusting well although he may want to not use this as a LinkedIn photo in the future. Dave guides Hudson River Gorge trips for us regularly and works full time as the head honcho at Live More Adventures. If you’re looking for someone who can guide your boat while giving corporate consulting advice in a coconut bra, Dave’s your man.

whitewater rafting guide Colin


Colin is a third generation Hudson River guide and 1st generation Teletubby guide. Colin works as a whitewater guide on the Hudson & Sacandaga and is the trailer back up pro at the Canoe & Kayak Center. He spends the rest of his year at Potsdam as a full-time college student and plays on the lacrosse team there. Colin’s got whitewater in his veins and is much better at guiding than Tinky-Winky.

Ny Hudson River raft guide Joe


Joe “Jah Man” Gerardi works at the Beave in the summer as a whitewater guide on the Hudson & Sacandaga Rivers and rents boats at the Canoe & Kayak Center. He does a great job wherever he is working in the BBO empire but we especially like when he wears his sendovision shades & dread hat to work. Joe is a full-time student at Saint Michael’s College and plays lacrosse for the school as well. We just found out he’s got a thing for reptiles, so the next time there’s a snake in the porta potty, we know who to call.

Want to get in on the fun?

Here’s the current job openings at “The Beave”

Fishing guides:
Part time. Must have previous fishing guide experience and a thorough knowledge of spin & fly fishing. Must be 18 years old and have a NYS guide’s license or be willing to get licensed.

Sacandaga River:
We have a couple of openings for “The Sac”.  Must be 18 years old

Canoe and Kayak Center:
We will have a couple of openings here for the summer. Must be 18 years old with a clean drivers license.

Hudson Gorge:
Even though we have a very experienced crew, if the right person walks through the door we are always willing to train them. Give us a shout for details

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