Dave Hansen Whitewater https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com Jackson Hole, Wyoming Since 1967 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:06:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Animals You Could See Along the Snake River https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/animals-you-could-see-along-the-snake-river/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/animals-you-could-see-along-the-snake-river/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:54:00 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1942 Snake River Region Wildlife Of course the scenery along the Snake River, both on our scenic river float and our whitewater rafting adventure, is absolutely breathtaking. The wildlife you could potentially see along the way is even MORE exciting! Nearly 500 animal species inhabit the Greater Yellowstone region. Areas along the Snake River are home […]

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Snake River Region Wildlife

Of course the scenery along the Snake River, both on our scenic river float and our whitewater rafting adventure, is absolutely breathtaking. The wildlife you could potentially see along the way is even MORE exciting!

Nearly 500 animal species inhabit the Greater Yellowstone region. Areas along the Snake River are home to many of these animals, some endangered, and we try our best to admire these animals from afar, and help you understand and appreciate them as we do. The area surrounding the Snake River offers lush willows to feed on, deep-water pools to swim in and groves of aspen to wander, making it the perfect habitat for our beloved animals. Some of the animals you may see include Elk, Moose, North American River Otter, American Beaver, Coyote, Pronghorn, Deer, Coyote, Mountain Goat, and Marmots.

There are 300 different species of birds in this region, including Osprey and Eagles which you will likely see. Other birds in the region include the Great Blue Heron, Calliope Hummingbird, Great Gray Owl, Trumpeter Swan, and Peregrin Falcon. More than 100 species of butterfly inhabit in the region as well. There are also many different species of fish that inhabit the Snake River.

Although we obviously cannot guarantee that you will see these animals on your Snake River expedition, we are certain that our incredibly experienced and knowledgeable guides will point them out first thing when they are around. Happy sighting and raft on!

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The Perfect Day in Jackson Hole Wyoming https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/the-perfect-day-in-jackson-hole-wyoming/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/the-perfect-day-in-jackson-hole-wyoming/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:56:06 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1852 24 Hours in Jackson Hole Wyoming What does the perfect day in Jackson Hole Wyoming look like? We’ve racked our brains and are giving you some of our local favorites in order for you to enjoy your precious time in the area. Make the most of your 24 hours even if you’re simply passing through […]

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24 Hours in Jackson Hole Wyoming

What does the perfect day in Jackson Hole Wyoming look like? We’ve racked our brains and are giving you some of our local favorites in order for you to enjoy your precious time in the area. Make the most of your 24 hours even if you’re simply passing through to wherever you may be heading next!

Morning

What better way to start off your day in Jackson Hole Wyoming than a splash of cold water to the face while whitewater rafting with Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic Trips? We also offer scenic float trips that are a perfect morning excursion, if you’re not interested in whitewater rafting. Wildlife is more likely to be seen on our earliest float, so this would be the perfect way to begin your day!

Afternoon

After your whitewater rafting or scenic float trip, head over to Creekside Market and Deli for the best sandwich you’ve ever had in your life (better with the Tetons in the background). Don’t forget the infamous sloshie with your sandwich! Adults only.

Next, take that sandwich with you to String Lake, where you can spend time people watching, paddle boarding, or canoeing if you are able to rent the equipment. After String Lake, take the beautiful and scenic Moose-Wilson road and hike down to Phelps Lake. At Phelps Lake, you can jump off the Jumping Rock and get that perfect Instagram shot of Jackson Hole Wyoming for all your friends back home.

Evening

Head on over to Teton Village, where you can ride up the Bridger-Teton Gondola for FREE after 5pm. At the top of the Gondola, you’ll have to check out the awesome drinks and apps they offer at the Desk @ Piste. Cocktails include the must-have “Huckleberry How-Pow” and the “Gondi Ride Down.” The “Gondi Ride Down” is the bartender’s choice of beverage served to-go for the gondola ride down. Don’t forget to try the flatbread or sliders!

After your time in Teton Village, end your day at Calico Bar and Restaurant on Moose-Wilson Road. Calico is one of the oldest restaurants in Jackson Hole Wyoming. This American-Italian restaurant is loved by locals and visitors, and the views both inside and outside are sure to please.

No matter what you choose to do with your time in Jackson Hole Wyoming, we hope that you enjoy it and that you come back again to see us in the future! Raft on!

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Under the Weather in Jackson Hole Wyoming https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/under-the-weather-in-jackson-hole-wyoming/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/under-the-weather-in-jackson-hole-wyoming/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 21:44:33 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1754 Rain Rain Go Away…. BRING IT ON! With the exception of hydrologists and 5 year old puddle-lovers, nothing slumps shoulders like a rainy weather forecast–especially when you’re on vacation. But chin up, fearless vacationer; there is an easy fix: Just Go Rafting! Now if I may state the obvious, you’re going to get wet anyway. […]

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Rain Rain Go Away…. BRING IT ON!

With the exception of hydrologists and 5 year old puddle-lovers, nothing slumps shoulders like a rainy weather forecast–especially when you’re on vacation. But chin up, fearless vacationer; there is an easy fix:

Just Go Rafting!

Now if I may state the obvious, you’re going to get wet anyway. Channel your inner 5 year-old who loved running through sprinklers and mud puddles and let’s get after it. Hold up, you say. What if I get cold?

A valid but–as you will see–unfounded concern. As 30-year veteran Teton County educator AND DHWW Bus Driver extraordinare Jeff Parrott once declared, “There is no bad weather–just poor preparation.” You will stay warm if you let us handle the preparation. We got your back! You will hoot and holler your way down the rapids, looking pretty stellar in the following gear: wetsuits, wetsuit jackets, booties, helmets, and personal flotation devices are some of the equipment we will give you for your rainy day rafting session. You can also bring any dry clothes and towels you’ll need on the bus with you for after so you can become dry immediately. Another special thing about Jackson Hole Wyoming is even when it does rain, it usually rains in intervals or for short periods of time. If you’re out on the river on a three hour trip, it’s likely you won’t be getting rained on the entire time.

Brighten Your Day with Whitewater Rafting

At Dave Hansen, we have lots of people that tell us they love our trips. We always feel as if the people who come back after a rainy day trip are the ones who have enjoyed it the most because it gave them the opportunity to make something of their day when otherwise they may have just given up the day. Read these TripAdvisor reviews from people who decided to take their rainy day in Jackson Hole Wyoming to the Snake River:

TripAdvisor user “Melissa M.” wrote on August 31, 2017…

Fun in the rain!
Thank you Sandy for a wonderful day rafting today. You made our trip that much greater with your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm! Thank you!

TripAdvisor user “Heidi F.” wrote just two short weeks ago…

Great time, even in cold and rainy weather!
For 4 out of 5 of us, this was our first whitewater trip. The river was super high but our guide, Billy, was great and took safety seriously. Our three teen boys all loved it.

Don’t let a little weather keep you inside your hotel room or keep you from getting out of your car on your vacation in Jackson Hole Wyoming….. Raft on!

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Whitewater Rafting Guide Training 101 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/whitewater-rafting-guide-training-101/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/whitewater-rafting-guide-training-101/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:03:14 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1725 What Makes Your Whitewater Rafting Trip Unique? We all know that whitewater rafting is a blast for the entire family, but what is it that makes your trip unique and different than all the others? It’s your guide! Most people say that the guide can make or break your whitewater rafting trip, which is why […]

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What Makes Your Whitewater Rafting Trip Unique?

We all know that whitewater rafting is a blast for the entire family, but what is it that makes your trip unique and different than all the others? It’s your guide! Most people say that the guide can make or break your whitewater rafting trip, which is why we have ensured that our guides are some of the best around!

What is Guide Training?

Each year, our new guides undergo an intensive week-long training, to make sure that you have the best experience possible on your whitewater rafting trip. During guide training some of the things our guides learn about include gear management, hydrology, boat and oar control, high water safety, boat order/ spacing, communication, use of paddle crew, birds/ wildlife, and risk management.

Guides then had the opportunity to practice their skills in the field by participating in swim drills, flips, and mock boat ramp drills. They lastly had the chance to ride along with experienced guides before taking on the river on their own.


Knowledgeable Whitewater Rafting Guides

Hard skills are not the only areas our whitewater rafting guides are trained in. In order for our guests to learn about Jackson Hole, the Snake River, and the surrounding area on their trip, our guides study various topics including the History of Jackson, Wyoming State information, the natives to Jackson, the Teton Range, and surrounding wildlife. Our guides may not know everything there is to know about the Snake, but they come pretty darn close! Be prepared to pepper them with any questions that you may have during your whitewater rafting trip, and expect to leave with a whole new plethora of information to take back home to your friends and family. Our guides come from all different backgrounds and would love to tell you about themselves and how they became river guides for Dave Hansen, so don’t hesitate to ask! You can also learn about them before you go by visiting our “Meet the Guides” page. Now that all of our guides are checked off and ready for the summer, let’s get you out on the river so you can see for yourself just how amazing they are!

 

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Snake River Rapids Classifications https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/snake-river-rapids-classifications/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/snake-river-rapids-classifications/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:31:52 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1639 How Much Do You Know About Snake River Rapids Classification? In order to understand the classification of the rapids that you will be undertaking on your Snake River whitewater rafting trip, it’s important to know what this rapids classification system means: how each class is described and what it entails. This information is extremely useful, […]

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How Much Do You Know About Snake River Rapids Classification?

In order to understand the classification of the rapids that you will be undertaking on your Snake River whitewater rafting trip, it’s important to know what this rapids classification system means: how each class is described and what it entails. This information is extremely useful, especially when whitewater rafting with kids on a family rafting trip. Know before you go!

The International Scale of River Difficulty

The international scale of river difficulty is an American system used to rate the difficulty of navigating a stretch of river, or a single rapid.

Class I Rapids

Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.

Class II Rapids: Novice

Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed. Rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are designated “Class II+”.

Class III: Intermediate

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated “Class III-” or “Class III+” respectively.

Class IV: Advanced

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require “must” moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting may be necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended. Rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty range are designated “Class IV-” or “Class IV+” respectively.

Class V: Expert

Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk. Drops may contain** large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is recommended but may be difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is often difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential. Also, because of the large range of difficulty that exists beyond Class IV, Class 5 is an open-ended, multiple-level scale designated by class 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, etc… each of these levels is an order of magnitude more difficult than the last.

Class VI: Extreme and Exploratory Rapids

These runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. After a Class VI rapids has been run many times, its rating may be changed to an apppropriate Class 5.x rating.

Our 8-Mile Stretch of Whitewater Rafting the Snake River

On a scale from I-VI, the rapids on the Snake River are class II-III during normal water flows. During the springtime runoff (typically the first couple weeks in June), we do have waves that can get up to a class IV. When the Snake River gets up to these levels, our minimum age limit for whitewater rafting may change. We do suggest that if you are planning a trip for the first couple weeks of June and you are whitewater rafting with kids, to give us a call to make sure that our age limit has not been raised. These are the classifications of the rapids on our 8-mile stretch of whitewater rafting on the Snake River according to the American Whitewater:

  • Station Creek (Class II+, Mile 0.7)
  • Double D (Class III, Mile 1.8)
  • Haircut Rock (Class III, Mile 2.2)
  • Blind Canyon rapid (Class II+, Mile 4.8)
  • Big Kahuna (Class III+, Mile 5.1)
  • Lunch Counter (Class III, Mile 5.2)
  • Rope (Class III, Mile 5.7)
  • Champagne (Class III, Mile 6.3)
  • Cottonwood (Class III, Mile 6.8)

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How the Snake River Got Its Name https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/how-the-snake-river-got-its-name/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/how-the-snake-river-got-its-name/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 20:29:37 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1606 The Snake River Doesn’t Have Snakes! Have you ever wanted to take a rafting trip on the Snake River but you were scared because of the name of the river? Have no fear! As it turns out, the Snake does not actually have any snakes in it. Why, then, is it called the Snake? While some […]

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The Snake River Doesn’t Have Snakes!

Have you ever wanted to take a rafting trip on the Snake River but you were scared because of the name of the river? Have no fear! As it turns out, the Snake does not actually have any snakes in it. Why, then, is it called the Snake? While some may think that the reason it is called the Snake is because its shape has many twists and winds similar to a snake, it is actually believed to have received its name from a Native American hand symbol.

Brief History of Names of the Snake River

Throughout the years, many explorers gave different names to the Snake. In 1800, David Thompson first recorded the Native American name of the Snake as Shawpatin. Next, Lewis and Clark gave the name Lewis River or Lewis Fork in 1805. Other American explorers’ records after Lewis and Clark show a variety of names associated with the river. Various stretches of the Snake have held at least fifteen different names throughout the years. These names include the Shawpatin River, Lewis River, Mad River, Shoshone River, and Saptin River. It wasn’t until the year 1912 that the United States Geographic Board made official the name, “The Snake River.”

The Snake River Got It’s Name From a Misinterpretation

Over 11,000 years ago, the Snake was a vital source of life for the Native Americans, specifically the Shoshones, that were living along the banks of the river. While they weren’t Snake River rafting as we are today, the Snake was very important to them primarily because of the salmon from the Pacific Ocean. The Snake was given its present day name when it was derived from an S-shaped hand sign made by the Native American tribe, the Shoshones. European explorers misinterpreted this hand sign representing swimming fish  as a snake. This hand sign is now thought to have truly meant, “the people who live near the river with many fish.”

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What to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming When the Snow’s Gone? https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/what-to-do-in-jackson-hole-wyoming-when-the-snows-gone/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/what-to-do-in-jackson-hole-wyoming-when-the-snows-gone/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 18:58:48 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1337 You think of Jackson Hole Wyoming and you immediately think: SNOW. And who could blame you for that – it’s one of the most renowned winter playgrounds in the world. Yet, there’s the spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that you really want to explore on your summer vacation. And now you’re also wondering, […]

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You think of Jackson Hole Wyoming and you immediately think: SNOW. And who could blame you for that – it’s one of the most renowned winter playgrounds in the world. Yet, there’s the spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that you really want to explore on your summer vacation. And now you’re also wondering, “what is there to do in Jackson Hole Wyoming… that doesn’t involve snow?”

At 2.95 square miles, the town of Jackson may not be very big, but summer time activities abound in the town of Jackson and the larger valley we call “Jackson Hole Wyoming.” Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or get your adrenaline pumping, there’s something for everybody.

White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

White water rafting in Jackson takes place on an 8-mile stretch of the Snake River. With a mix of beautiful scenery and exciting class two and three rapids, rafting on the Snake is a family friendly activity for the adventure seekers among us. Rafting adventures take about 3 hours from door to door and with departure times starting as early as 8:30 and going as late as 4:45, are a great half-day activity option.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art

Visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art is a prefect rainy or relaxing day activity. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in the summer and holds over 5000 pieces of art depicting a wide variety of wildlife. Admission is $14 dollars for adults and $6 for children 5-18. The museum is also home to the restaurant, Palate, offering delicious lunch fare and beautiful views of the Elk Refuge and Sleeping Indian.

Snow King Mountain

For family friendly adventure in the town of Jackson, look no further than Snow King Mountain. Also referred to as the Town Hill, Snow King offers summer time activities including the Cowboy Coaster, miniature golf, scenic chair lift rides and the Tree Top Adventure ropes course. You can also stretch your legs on a hike without having to get out of town by going up the access trail to the top of Snow King. The trail is steep and can be a little difficult if you’re not used to hiking or adjusted to altitude, but if you’re up for a challenge the reward is a good work out and an even better view from the top.  You can also take the chair lift to see the spectacular view of the Jackson Hole Valley.

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Advice from Previous Rafters https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/advice-from-previous-rafters/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/advice-from-previous-rafters/#respond Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:46:58 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1079 Most first time rafters have a lot of questions before their trip. Adventure is fun but it is always nice to know what to expect. To help answer those questions, prepare you for your trip, and insure you get the most from your experience, and we have compiled the most common tips from our previous rafters.

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Most first time rafters have a lot of questions before their trip. Adventure is fun but it is always nice to know what to expect. To help answer those questions, prepare you for your trip, and insure you get the most from your experience, and we have compiled the most common tips from our previous rafters.

  • “I wish I would have known to bring dry clothes as a first time whitewater rafter.”
  • “You get wet, and some seats get soaked, so electronics need protection or better yet don’t bring them. Items can be left on the bus since the bus you ride on it the bus you go back on.”
  • “Be prepared to get wet! Volunteer for the front if possible. Look up during the slower portions for chances to see bald eagles and ospreys– we saw both on the trip.”
  • “We didn’t pack a bag of dry clothes and we wished we had, the bus driver stayed on/with the bus so it would have been fine to leave a bag on the bus.”
  • “We wished we would have known that it was a short hike at the end of the ride. Not difficult, super easy, but just good to know.”
  • “So glad we had wetsuits for the rafting and dry towels and clothes to change into for the bus ride back.”
  • “The wetsuits were quite helpful.”
  • “If you have binoculars, be sure to bring them with you. It greatly increases your visual enjoyment.”
  • “If you go you must sit up front because that is where the big rapids and water are really fun….”
  • “Sit in the front if you want to get wet!!”

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Where Are They Now- Mary Grove https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/where-are-they-now/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/where-are-they-now/#respond Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:42:14 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=1003 Mary Gove, worked with Dave Hansen from 2004 to 2012 as a “whitewater booking extraordinaire” in our office. Mary was a whiz at multitasking as she could answer a phone, dunk wetsuits, sell a t- shirt, arrange a boat list, and book a reservation all at the same time. Mary compared her time working at […]

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Mary Gove, worked with Dave Hansen from 2004 to 2012 as a “whitewater booking extraordinaire” in our office. Mary was a whiz at multitasking as she could answer a phone, dunk wetsuits, sell a t- shirt, arrange a boat list, and book a reservation all at the same time.

Mary compared her time working at Dave Hansen to that of a summer camp. She grew up with this company going as far as lying about her age so she could work here. She reflects fondly on the wild tribe days, the countless company parties, and the boggle games between trips.

Most of all, Mary appreciated the camaraderie at Dave Hansen Whitewater. Knowing that she wasn’t seen as just an employee to Bud and Kelly but rather a family member. In fact, she was early for her prom one year and decided to stop in the original office to hang out with and take prom photos with Bud and the DH bus. During her time at Dave Hansen, Mary met the love of her life and husband. In addition to this relationship, she  formed some of her best and dearest friendships during the over-book days, boat list maneuvering, t shirt folding, and wetsuit dunking that took place in that office.

After her time at Dave Hansen, Mary went on to have the most perfect baby girl. Today she is blessed to serve as a stay at home Mom, at the mercy of her two toddlers. This summer she is looking forward to taking her youngest on his first trip down the river! A future Dave Hansen employee? We think so! Mary’s final pieces of advice are to always ride the bull, swim when allowed, keep calm, and Raft On!

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Where are They Now: Ryan Hoff https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/where-are-they-now-ryan-hoff/ https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/where-are-they-now-ryan-hoff/#respond Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:59:26 +0000 https://www.davehansenwhitewater.com/?p=920 Ryan worked for Dave Hansen Whitewater for five seasons from 2010-2014. During his time here, he held several positions. First as a raft guide, then as a Head Raft Guide, and finally as the Operations Manager. During his time at Dave Hansen, Ryan had the chance to take some awesome folks down the river with […]

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Ryan worked for Dave Hansen Whitewater for five seasons from 2010-2014. During his time here, he held several positions. First as a raft guide, then as a Head Raft Guide, and finally as the Operations Manager.

During his time at Dave Hansen, Ryan had the chance to take some awesome folks down the river with him. The Wounded Warriors, his 84 year old grandmother, his College Lacrosse Coach, and the Golic Family from ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning Show were just a few of the amazing guests he guided. Ryan also had the opportunity to raft the Snake River during an extremely fun, intense, and record breaking year. Jackson received a huge snowfall one winter and the river was at “High-water” for over two months and reached a high of 27,000 CFS.

While working at Dave Hansen, Ryan realized that passion for what you do is something that can get you really far no matter what profession you are in. He tries to apply that passion in everything he does. He describes working outside on the river as an incredible experience but having a great team of people working together as the key to his happiness while at Dave Hansen. He always felt that he had great support from his boss, Kyle and company owners Bud and Kelly. He also felt that Dave Hansen had the best group of guides, drivers and office staff in Jackson because they cared about their job, had fun, and worked hard. Most of all, Ryan enjoyed being involved in the highlight of people’s vacations. Ryan describes there being a lot of happiness on the Snake River from the smiles and laughs of guests to the fun times the guide crew would have between trips.

While guiding, Ryan was sure to have fun. He spend his trips trying to get his guests to make fun of Keith Vosmus as much as possible. Keith’s height and the fact that he wore gloves to combat sunburn on his hands were just a few topics for joking. Ryan also had fun by trying to get his boat to join the “Snake River Swim Team” and offering to join them if the whole boat obliged.

After leaving Dave Hansen, Kyle traveled to Dubai, Nepal, Australia, and New Zealand before settling in Hartford, CT and starting his current job in TV production at ESPN. In this position, he assists in the support the production of ESPN TV Shows and live events. The production of X Games including the World of X Games on ABC, X Games Aspen, X Games Oslo, and X Games Austin are a few of the shows he works on. In August he will switch over and begin working on the College Football production crew.

Ryan encourages current guides to enjoy what they do, smile, have fun on the river, take joy in the fact that you can help make someone’s vacation, and be passionate about the job they have. He encourages rafters to LISTEN to their guide when they are talking as they are guiding the boat for a reason. Other than that, he encourages everyone to have fun, let loose, laugh, goof around, enjoy the scenery and the experience, talk to the other guests, talk to your guide, and ask questions (there are dumb ones- but we will still answer them).

Ryan loved his five years at Dave Hansen and wouldn’t trade them for the world. DH has great people on the team from top to bottom and it was a true joy to have Ryan part of it. RAFT ON!

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