M omentum River Expeditions started with the idea of bringing the handcrafted quality, the attention to detail, and the sense of adventure of expedition style trips back to all river trips. Whether it is on the big class V water of the Cal Salmon; the logistically difficult and off the beaten path Owyhee Kayak Trips; a day trip down the Upper ‘K’; or a wilderness trip down the Rogue or Idaho Salmon with 3 generations of families and friends. It is our goal to re-invent the way rafting trips are run. To set the standard for guest service, trip quality, attention to detail, safety, and the overall river experience.
This all starts with our guides and staff. Our guides are some of the finest anywhere and have a minimum of 8 years of experience leading trips around the world (nobody offers this kind of top to bottom experience). They are not only gifted technically, but they are also multi-talented, curious, fun, warm-hearted, and they truly enjoy showing people the wild places that have captivated them for so long. Most importantly they are experts at creating an atmosphere where the benefits and joys of rivers can be lived to the fullest and where it is easy to relax and be yourself.
Pete is originally from Vermont but has spent time living in Colorado, Wyoming, South America, and on the West Coast. He has been a guide for over 20 years and has run rivers all over the United States – including the Upper Tuolumne (Cherry Creek) in California, considered the toughest regularly-run commercial trip in North America – as well as rivers in Nepal, India, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, and Chile. He is a board member for the Oregon Guides and Outfitters Association, the Save the Wild Rogue Campaign, the Rogue Outfitters Association, and works closely with the Southern Oregon University Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program as well as with environmental groups that work towards the protection of wild rivers. Besides boating he is an avid back-country skier, boarder, runner, and general outdoor adventurer. He believes in environmental stewardship through advocacy by experience. That getting a wide variety of people out into wild places and showing the places in a way that they understand and that they appreciate (and that is really fun!) creates advocates that love and will want to protect them. After a career as a supermodel was tragically cut short by genetics, Anthony resigned himself to the simple life of a river guide. His addiction to guiding began in 1991, but his real love of rivers began when family friends invited him on his first trip when he was eleven. His 20+ years as a professional guide has taken him throughout the western United States as well as Nepal and Chile. Anthony grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It was there that his love of nature and knowledge of flora and fauna was encouraged by his father. Besides guiding our river trips he also manages and guides our fall Rogue Fishing operation. He supports his whitewater habit by working as a carpenter and general all around expert handy man (much of the custom Momentum gear is built by Anthony). He also loves 50’s and vintage furniture and clothing – as you might notice by his everyday attire. He, his wife Sasha, daughter Emma Dayle, and their dogs, Milhaus and Phoebe, currently reside in Northern California. Anthony is also one of our original guides and his quiet, understated demeanor and expert whitewater skills have made him a favorite of our most loyal guests.
Simon Saichek is a veteran of 10+ years of whitewater and has guided throughout the Western US, Costa Rica, Peru, and India. He is an adventurous boater, whether it's pioneering new stretches of whitewater or enhancing the experience on more familiar rivers by running them on his inflatable crocodile. Simon is another Whitewater Voyages alumni and managed for many years on the Kings River. When not floating a river Simon can be found climbing, biking, cooking, juggling and doing yoga. He's an avid historian and philosopher and has a passion for exploration both in the world of the mind and in the world at large. If you get him in the right mood you might get to hear about his unique combination of libertarian - environmentalism mixed with obscure philosophical references and ‘go bag’ basics. Simon is renaissance guide who is equally good at logistically complicated trips, backbreaking days, five star cooking, and philosophical conversations. He is currently in grad school but still spends big chunks of his spring and summer here.
Rebecca abandoned London and the UK in search of wide open spaces and adventure. She has been guiding for over 10 years and her travels have taken her all over the Western US, Mexico and Central America. She makes her home with her husband, Jeff, in a dusty border town on the Texas-Mexico border where she guides river, hiking, and mountain bike trips and works as an EMT. With Momentum you will find her on summer trips on the Rogue, Klamath and Salmon. Rebecca is amazing at making people feel comfortable on rivers, especially kids and their families and is an integral part of our Idaho Salmon trips. She is also infamous for her jokes (she would say 'famous')– some kid friendly, some not, but all funny to watch her tell…
Mike is from the land of venison and cheese – Wisconsin – yup, another one! He has been guiding for over 10 years and he grew up fishing, hunting, camping and canoeing throughout the north woods. Mike was introduced to whitewater through the boy scouts in 1996 at the age of 13. He has since used his skills to travel the globe working in Georgia, Idaho, Alaska, Guatemala, and Chile. He is an accomplished class v kayaker (and even hunts from his kayak:) ) and has run most of the hardest rivers and creeks in the area. Mike is also extremely good with rope and rescue techniques. He now lives in Ashland and splits his timing guiding and working for a local solar company.
Arden was drawn to Southern Oregon in 1985 to raft the Wild and Scenic Rogue. Having been running rivers in Montana and working winters as a back-country ski guide in Yellowstone Park, she realized this little corner of the country was ideal for continuing her career and raising a family. She was one of the first female guides in the area and has a first raft descent on the Main Chute of Pit River Falls. When she is not laughing at her own jokes she can be found teaching alpine and telemark skiing as well as snowboarding on our local Mt. Ashland. Arden is an extremely unique personality and she brings an energy and passion to trips that is appreciated by all - particularly by our younger guests.
Chad has been guiding for over 15 years. His various interests have taken him throughout the country in pursuit of both pleasure and education. Originally from Vermont, his interest in politics led to a political science degree, which it turns out wasn’t a real job magnet. With an interest in alternative energy developing, Chad moved to Colorado to learn more but eventually got a law degree in Oregon. His passion for whitewater began in Colorado and this passion created a gateway for new friends and allowed for adventures and guiding opportunities throughout the country on some of the nation’s best runs. Besides working for Momentum he also has worked for various environmental nonprofits. Chad is another one of our original guides (our ‘8 year’ tagline is owed to his 8 years of experience when we started) and because of his ability to talk about literally anything (his wife would say ‘literally nothing’) he is one of our most requested. Rick has been guiding for over 30 years and has an extensive background in education, guiding, and exploration. He graduated from the University of Colorado with B.A. in History and Anthropology, and also studied Geography and obtained an Education Certificate. Later he worked with the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska and managed and led educational marine biology programs off the west and east coasts of Baja California for New Perspectives. He has guided in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Alaska and Canada, has made three first decent expeditions that focused on conservation issues in equatorial Africa, and has done a ski traverse of Baffin Island. Rick now spends much of the year exploring the northern Rockies and guides on our Idaho Salmon and Owyhee trips. Rick’s knowledge, storytelling, and laid back demeanor have made him a guest favorite and he has by far the most luxurious mustache of any current, past, or future Momentum guide! Jenn has a passion for life and adventure that is infectious and that comes out on every trip that she is a part of. He is currently splitting his time between here, Africa, Patagonia, and British Columbia.