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Meet the NMRA Team

 

At NMRA, we have put together one of the best Guide families in the country.  Not just Guides but storytellers, geologists, amazing chefs, teachers, wildlife biologists and creative, fun people! These young professionals are simply outstanding.  All are extremely dedicated to our guest’s safety and fun!  You will not find another group of Guides in New Mexico that work harder at maintaining and evolving their skills through daily training and advanced certifications than your guides at NMRA.

Our New Mexico rafting guides are exceptional whitewater professionals with thousands of hours in the field and years of experience guiding not just in NM but all over the United States and in some cases all around the world. The guides are the people who make any river rafting trip stand out above the others and our guides have gone through rigorous training on sections of river we run. In addition all of our guides are swiftwater rescue trained and have emergency medical training. Whether it’s class 4+ excitement in the Taos Box or on the Razorblades or its focusing on fun and games with your kids on the Rio Chama, this group of professional will work tirelessly to deliver an amazing experience for you and your family or group of friends.

Dorothy Fowler

Dorothy Fowler

Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Favorite rapid: The Narrows
Red or green: Green always
Favorite Movie: O Brother Where Art Thou
Dream Destination: Austria
Other hobbies: Painting, hiking and skiing

Devin Beck

Devin Beck

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite Rapid: Screaming Left – Corkscrew
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Hook
Dream Destination: Wild West Glade on a powder day at 9:30am.
Other Hobbies: Onewheeling, Snow Skateboarding, Snowboarding.

Luke Kriken

Luke Kriken

Hometown: Kelseyville, CA
Favorite Rapid: Big Drop 3
Red or Green: Green
Favorite Movie: 13 Assassins
Dream Destination: Zimbabwe
Other Hobbies: Reading, Spelunking, Perfecting Banh Mi’s

Hannah Edwards

Hannah Edwards

Hometown: Monroe, LA
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: Red for breakfast, green for the rest of it
Favorite Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dream Destination: Sailing somewhere
Other Hobbies: Sewing, gardening, cooking

Rachel Costanza

Rachel Costanza

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Favorite Rapid: Albert’s Falls @ 3300cfs
Red or Green?: Christmas, baby!
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Dream Destination: Anywhere I haven’t been yet.
Other Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, rug making, petting my cat

Emmett Moulton

Emmett Moulton

Hometown: Rinconada New Mexico, right behind the boathouse
Favorite Rapid: Eye of the needle at low water, and The Narrows at high water.
Red or Green: Whichever is in the food I am eating
Favorite Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Dream Destination: My dream destination would have to be to a Buddhist temple in India.
Other Hobbies: Rock climbing, skiing, longboarding, yoga, hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, and listening to some sweet jams (especially The Beatles)

Eric Kienzle

Eric Kienzle

Hometown: Magnolia, TX
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Uncle Buck
Dream Destination: Fly Fishing Patagonia
Other Hobbies: Fly Fishing, Fly Tying, guitar, cooking, coffee and water falling.

Anthony Bybee

Anthony Bybee

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Favorite rapid: Miller Time
Red or Green: I’m a Christmas kinda boy.
Favorite Movie: There are movies besides “The Big Lebowski?”
Dream Destination: Christmas in Chile
Other hobbies: Mixing red and green chile together; continuing my quest for world domination and steamrolling many little people along the way.

Hannah Frizzell

Hannah Frizzell

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: CHRISTMAS!!
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings, all of them
Dream Destination: Drive to The Gates of the Artic in Alaska
Other Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Riding My Dirt Bike, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Hiking, 4×4, Cooking, Glass Blowing, Finding Cool Rocks, Wood Working, Painting, Fishing, Sewing, Knitting, XC Skiing, and Snowboarding

John Michael Hailey

John Michael Hailey

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: Red for breakfast burritos, green for everything else
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Dream Destination: Anywhere with my family!
Other Hobbies: videography, karaoke, light treason

Auston Torres

Auston Torres

Hometown: Kiln, MS
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Star Wars series
Dream Destination: Iceland
Other Hobbies: Rock climbing, Play Guitar, Snowboard, hiking, longboarding, and videography

Liam Merkle

Liam Merkle

Hometown: Gimsbach Germany
Favorite Rapid: the Narrows (high and low water)
Red or Green: GREEN ALWAYS
Favorite Movie: Anything with Drew Barrymore
Dream Destination: Israel
Other Hobbies: circus, cooking, and running

Lucie Raphael

Lucie Raphael

Hometown: Portland, OR
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Favorite Movie: The Florida Project
Dream Destination: Taiwan
Other Hobbies: Backpacking and crossword puzzles!

Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill

Hometown: Jenkintown PA (Go Birds)
Favorite Rapid: the Narrows
Green Chile: all day long
My favorite movie: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Dream Destination: Australia
Other hobbies skiing & snowboarding (taos instructor), camping, hiking, BBQ research, and off road motorcycles and 4×4 exploration

Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson

Hometown: Denver, CO
Favorite Rapid: THE NARROWS!!!
Red or Green: Green
Favorite Movie: The Departed (mainly because of the Boston accents)
Dream Destination: Akureyri, Iceland
Other Hobbies: Snowboarding/shredding the GNAR, Backpacking, Hiking, Reading fiction, Practicing how to cut an onion perfectly, Climbing,

Brandon Post

Brandon Post

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL
Favorite Rapid: Lunch Counter
Red or Green: Green
Favorite Movie: Ace Ventura : Pet Detective
Dream Destination: Saturn
Other Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Gardening, Skydiving, Off-Roading

Erin Bassey

Erin Bassey

Hometown: Born in Reno, NV
Favorite Rapid: The best water there is the water you’re on.
Red or Green: xmas, but if I had to choose just one, it would be green.
Favorite Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums
Dream Destination: I feel like I hear about new rivers all the time that I want to go explore; the list gets longer every day.
Other Hobbies: Havin’ fun & causin’ a ruckus

Kim Chatfield

Kim Chatfield

Hometown: Juneau, AK
Favorite Rapid: Cramer
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Idiocracy
Dream Destination: Somewhere far, far away
Other Hobbies: Making glass jewelry, SUPing any river anytime

Brenden Smith

Brenden Smith

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Favorite Rapid: The Narrows
Red or Green: ¿Por qué no los dos?
Favorite Movie: Allen
Dream Destination: The Moon
Other Hobbies: My dog and Taco Bell

Wendy Gontram

Wendy Gontram

Hometown: Alameda, CA
Favorite Rapid: Ghost Rider
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Sound Of Music
Dream Destination: Thailand
Other Hobbies: Twirling like I’m in the Sound of Music, Petting my dogs, buying lottery tickets and spending the winnings in my mind!

Matthew Gontram

Matthew Gontram

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Favorite Rapid: Skyscraper
Red or Green: Christmas
Favorite Movie: Whichever One I can Stay Awake For
Dream Destination: Anywhere with my Girls
Other Hobbies: Trying to out-wit my 6 year old, pretending I’m still a kayaker, judging beer festivals