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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 Beck

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.

Lucien Blakemore

Lucien Blakemore

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Favorite rapid: Shoshone
Green or Red: Red all day
Favorite Movie: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Dream Destination: Durban
Hobbies: skiing, kayaking and playing with my cat

Sarah Juarez

Sarah Juarez

Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Favorite rapid: The Narrows
Green or Red: Red
Fav Movie: The Proposal
Dream Destination: Washington state
Hobbies: Drawing, rock climbing, and making bad puns

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!

Ashley Edenfield

Ashley Edenfield

Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Favorite Rapid: Souse Hole
Green or Red: Green
Favorite Movie: Cloud Atlas or Brave
Dream Destination: That’s really tough… Iceland
Other Hobbies: yoga, baking, hiking, reading, geology, wine tasting

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

Jo Welsh

Jo Welsh

Hometown: Waterford, CT
Favorite rapid: any one that gets me wet
Green or Red: Green Chile on my burrito plz
Fav movie: braveheart
Dream destination: warm, tropical and salty
Other hobbies: Karaoke, running with the hash house harriers, camping, climbing, sailing, scuba, kayaking, surfing, anything on water

Ben Strickland

Ben Strickland

Hometown: China Grove, NC
Favorite rapid: Albert Falls
Green or Red: Christmas
Fav Movie: O’ Brother Where Art Thou
Dream Destination: Space

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