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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 takes care of many of the rafting duties and logistics. 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.

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.



Cindy keeps this place in line during the crazy days of summer. She’s our office and reservation manager and we are lucky to have her. When we’re huddled in the corner crying over mountains paperwork and emails, Cindy takes over. She can often be spotted talking to customers on the phone while simultaneously writing emails, filing paperwork and selling t shirts. If you call here lost, and a nice lady calms you down and sorts you out, chances are you’ve been talking to Cindy


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.



Cole works at The Beave all year round and has done just about every job we have to do. He’s a rock solid whitewater guide in the summer and puts the Beaver Brook racing edge on your skis in the winter. We heard Cole 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.


Cassandra is daughter number one in the Burns family. She just returned from guiding the Salmon River in Idaho and skiing Utah’s sweet sweet powder in the winter. Cassandra does a little bit of everything here at The Beave. She tried the whole real job thing for a little while but came right back to guiding. Must be hereditary.


Emily is Burns daughter number 2. She spends her winters in Chile living the endless summer dream. 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.


Shane is our resident do-it-all guide. Need a raft guide? Shane. Need a caving guide? Shane again. Need a backpacking guide? You get the picture. Shane spends the rest of his time working as a Mason and is also in the Army Reserve.


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 fix your car all in one day. She’s a Toyota mechanic as her day job and spends her weekends guiding rafts and patiently answering vehicle questions for other, less mechanically savvy guides.

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 Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, 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!

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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