Rafting Guides and Staff at Orange Torpedo Trips

Our white water rafting guides are the heart of who we are. Most of our guides have been with the company for long periods of time, some more than 40 years. Our family atmosphere is based on the premise that most customers come on their first trip for the adventure, but they come on their second because of the guides. Over the years this belief has been proven time and again with return customers almost always requesting specific guides.

Our guides are all thoroughly trained through our unique river skills training program. With most being teachers in the off-season, they are especially skilled at working with kids. Meet our white water guides and start today to form the bonds that you will cherish for years.

Here are our staff and bios

Mike Slagle

  • Nickname: Captain Skirt
  • Year Started Guiding: 1972
  • Favorite River: Main Salmon or Rogue
  • Favorite Rapid:
  • In the Off-season:

    Retired HS science teacher. Volunteer at basketball, track meets. Drive truck for local food bank.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    I love being able to share our rivers with our guests. Also get great satisfaction out of seeing people go from being scared to wanting bigger water, and accomplishing something they never thought they could do.

Tim Satre

  • Nickname: Satre
  • Year Started Guiding: 1990
  • Favorite River: Rogue or North Umpqua
  • Favorite Rapid: Upper island North Umpqua
  • In the Off-season:

    High school math teacher

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    I love that maneuvering boats down a river is a skill that you are continually learning and improving on. I also love introducing inflatable kayaking to people that have never done it before.

Erik Weiseth

  • Nickname: NG
  • Year Started Guiding: 2002
  • Favorite River: Main Salmon
  • Favorite Rapid: Split Rock
  • In the Off-season:

    I get to answer your phone calls.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    I love sharing my home, the river, with people and helping them overcome their fears and do things they did not think they could.

Jim Crystal

  • Nickname: Crystal
  • Year Started Guiding:
  • Favorite River: Lower Salmon
  • Favorite Rapid:
  • In the Off-season:
  • What I love about being a river guide:

Grant Cannon

  • Nickname: Cannon
  • Year Started Guiding: 2000
  • Favorite River: Rogue
  • Favorite Rapid: Russian
  • In the Off-season:

    Work for the Bureau of Land Management

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    Guiding gives me the ability to relax from normal day to day life, all while being on the water in a beautiful setting, is truely gratifying. It's where unforgetable memories are made with great people.

Ryan Hunter

  • Nickname: Hunter
  • Year Started Guiding: 1999
  • Favorite River: North Umpqua
  • Favorite Rapid: Upper island
  • In the Off-season:

    Middle school health and PE teacher

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    Experiencing the river and beauty of the nature with adventurous and interesting friends and customers. Teaching and guiding both involve similar skills and abilities but our summer classrooms are amazing incredible and diverse!

Maia

  • Nickname: Papaya or coach skippy (depends who you ask)
  • Year Started Guiding: 2012
  • Favorite River: Wenatchee
  • Favorite Rapid: Tyee - lower rogue
  • In the Off-season:

    Middle School Teacher

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    Getting to spend the summer outside being active whether that's running the 42 mile trail or inflatable kayaking the river.

Rob Henderson

  • Nickname: Henderson
  • Year Started Guiding: 1998
  • Favorite River: Rogue
  • Favorite Rapid: Russian in low water
  • In the Off-season:

    School Administrator and dad that wakeboards, snowboards, and fishes the Rogue River as much as possible.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    I love being on the water and teaching people to paddle. It is amazing to see the growth and confidence that people build over a three day trip. There is no place better on Earth than the Lower Rogue Canyon to experience nature, create memories with good friends, and paddle through great whitewater.

Priscilla Macy

  • Nickname: Fukari
  • Year Started Guiding: 2009
  • Favorite River: North Umpqua
  • Favorite Rapid: Middle Falls, Upper Lewis River
  • In the Off-season:

    LEAP Program Coordination and Student Fees Chairperson, Oregon State University, Weekend Warrior.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    Guiding empowers me to bring groups of people together to experience and explore areas that most people now get rare opportunity to. River trips are a great unifier, allowing people to forget differences, share joy and focus on one goal: enjoying the ride downstream.

Bailey Bars

  • Nickname: Athena
  • Year Started Guiding: 2013
  • Favorite River: Rogue River
  • Favorite Rapid: Amazon Queen
  • In the Off-season:

    I go to school at Idaho State University and play volleyball and throw Javelin. I am getting a BSHS with an AAS in medical assisting.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    What I love about being a river guide: I love being a river guide, because it has a lot of good memories of growing up in a family that rafted a lot. I also like it because of being on the river itself, with nature, and meeting so many different people.

Steve Tichenor

  • Nickname: Stich
  • Year Started Guiding: 1972
  • Favorite River: Rogue River
  • Favorite Rapid: Definitely Grave Creek Rapid is my favorite because it is the entry to the Wild & Scenic Rogue River.
  • In the Off-season:

    I try to do lots of steelhead fishing plus get in some other adventures too.

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    I love the teamwork with OTT guides to run a good river trip. I also like telling stories about the natural and human history of the Rogue to our guests, as well as playing guitar at the lodges in the evening.

Tanner Marval

  • Nickname: Bub
  • Year Started Guiding: 2008
  • Favorite River: Main Salmon or Lower Rogue River
  • Favorite Rapid: Black Creek
  • In the Off-season:

    Math teacher

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    The one thing I love most about being a river guide, are those that I get to meet each and every trip. I have learned a substantial amount of who I am and who I want to be, by the interactions I have had with others while on the river.

Zachary Randall

  • Nickname: Voldemort
  • Year Started Guiding: 2014
  • Favorite River: Rogue River
  • Favorite Rapid: Amazon Queen
  • In the Off-season:

    Bio-Health student at Oregon State University

  • What I love about being a river guide:

    What I love most about being a river guide is engaging with the customers on a trip. There's no better atmosphere than floating down the beautiful Rogue River telling stories and exchanging life lessons.