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.
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The man, the myth, the legend! 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. When he’s not running BBO you can find Pete perfecting his golf game, flying small planes, and playing the dobro in the widely acclaimed “dad band” Kringewurthy. Yes that’s the real name.
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.
Cassandra is daughter number one in the Burns family. She manages BBO alongside Pete and they try to finish the father-daughter bickering before anyone else gets to the office. Cassandra is the lunch lady, HR department, and tech support — sometimes all at once. Cassandra has 15 season of guiding under her belt and while she loves whitewater, she doesn’t really like getting wet. But as you can see here, she doesn’t have a problem dosing her crew with water.
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, and NO you can’t strap your 6-month old to a tube — sorry. When she isn’t at The Beave you can find Jess playing in the woods with a bike and a beagle named Jed.
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 gardening at the Beave.
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.
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.
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.
Mel is the Hudson Gorge photographer extraordinaire and the mastermind behind Dress Up Day. With over 35 years of whitewater photography under her PFD, you can bet she’s going to get some good action shots of your crew. Mel is also a silversmith, potter, and all-around badass. When you see the lady in the tree it’s not a mirage, it’s Mel capturing your good side.
Once upon a time, Marko ran a competing rafting company. He “retired” but, luckily for us he just can’t seem to let go of his guide stick. Pete and Marko have lived across the street from each other for decades, and have been known to terrorize their neighbors by talking to each other using megaphones. If you’ve met Marko before, you know he’s got plenty of volume without a megaphone. If you’re lucky enough to spend the day in a boat with him (or have him officiate your wedding) you’ll also be yelling “BEST DAY EVER!”
Emily is Burns daughter number 2. Even though she lives in Maine now and doesn’t get home to guide that often, she has taken up winter surfing to fulfill every raft guide’s need to be wet, cold, and covered in neoprene. Her day job is with an immigration non-profit where she specializes in languages. Emily is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese 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. Sam splits her time between New York and Idaho, only coming home to guide once the water has warmed up to a balmy temperature and all the bugs are gone. She spends the rest of the year working as an editor for an education tech company, coming up with one-liners, and sitting as close to the heater as she can get without burning herself.
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.
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 working as a forester 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.
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.
You may know Chef Heidi by her alter ego: The Adirondack Pickle Lady. She not only cooks all the delicious food for our take out venue, but 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!
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 and overnight 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.
Pat likes rafting and Pat likes Phish. Sometimes Pat takes other people who like Phish rafting. Pat is also an excellent guide and a very nice human being. He works during the school year as a history teacher. If you need to brush up on US History or forgot the lyrics to Sample in a Jar, Pat’s your guy.
Eric is a longtime whitewater guide and kayaker. Eric spends the school year working as a speech language pathologist and works summers guiding on the Hudson and Colorado’s Arkansas River. He’s one of the most experienced guides you’ll find on any river across the country but he’s still a big ol’ sloppy fish.
Yes, Brendan is tall. Brendan is also lots of other things! Here are some of the other things Brendan is good at besides being tall: guiding boats, picking things up and putting them down, drinking capri sun, playing rugby, digging holes and telling half true guide stories. Also reaching things on the top shelf. He is tall, after all.
We’re fairly sure Andrew has more fun than pretty much anyone else on the river. If you end up in his boat you will definitely be giggling with him within 5 minutes. Andrew guides Hudson and overnight trips here at the Beave and we hear he can start a campfire MacGyver style with whatever you hand him. In the off season he works construction and should look into teaching laugh yoga classes because he could make a killing.
A few days a week, the migratory path of the Eastern Sasquatch happens to bring Leon Scott from Killington, VT to the Hudson River Gorge. A little-known fact is that the Eastern Sasquatch is equally at home in the water as it is on land. Leon Scott guides day and overnight trips on the Hudson Gorge and leaves terrifying footprints on the riverbank. Supposedly he also is a mountain bike guide at Killington but we’re unsure how the laws of physics apply there.
Madeleine “Fastest Saw in the East” Desrochers comes to us from the great state of Vermont by way of SUNY ESF where she was MVP of the Woodsman Team. Here at the Beave, Madeleine jumps in doing whatever needs doing, from renting skis to guiding canoe trips and packing overnights. She may have one of the broadest skill sets here since she can make you a curried chicken salad wrap then chop down a tree with an axe in under two minutes.
Josh is a longtime whitewater guide and safety kayaker with tons of river experience all over the country. He also has single-handedly made minivans cool again, which is honestly a bigger accomplishment than the rivers he’s paddled. Pretty sure the look he’s sporting here will catch on like wildfire and you’ll be seeing guides across America driving their minivans wearing this getup.
If you look closely, you might be able to spot part of Aaron in this picture. Aaron spent over a decade safety kayaking and guiding whitewater all over Idaho before becoming an RN. At the Beave, he pitches in to row overnight gear, deliver boats, and back up a trailer when things get a little dicey. If you want to see what his top half looks like, check out Marko’s picture where you can see him getting hitched to Cassandra.
Clayton is a second-generation guide with the best collection of Hawaiian shirts this side of the Mississippi. He spent his younger years going on rafting trips with his dad Marko (see above) and like most of us who grew up around rafting, can’t seem to escape its pull. When Clayton isn’t guiding whitewater, tubing, and kayaking trips, you can find him at SUNY Cortland where we’re pretty sure he’s majoring in frisbee.