Rafting Guide of the Month for April 2010 – Mike Slagle

Mike is going into his 39th year as an Orange Torpedo Trips guide.  To say that he has seen it all only begins to describe the river experience behind whom we affectionately call the old guy, the great one, captain skirt, and many other things.  During his Orange Torpedo Trips carrier Mike has guided the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, the Deschutes, the Main Salmon, the Lower Salmon, the Middle Fork of the Salmon the Klamath River, the North Umpqua River, and then finally his home river, the Rogue.  Mike arguably has more days floating the Wild and Scenic Rogue River than anyone alive and he has the stories, jokes, and friends to prove it.

How many years have you guided?  38 years
What is your favorite river?   What do you love about it?
Rogue for the history and beauty.  Main Salmon for the wilderness and great whitewater–the best OTT has to offer.
A favorite river trip memory?
Watching Tim Satre and Robbie Henderson do the glo-stick dance at the lodge would have to be a highlight of anyone’s life.
Why you keep coming back?
The relationships with the guides and many of our long time guests. I enjoy sharing the river and all it has to offer with all our guests.
What you are looking forward to or are excited about this season?
I hope to be on the June 23rd Main Salmon Lodge trip–the best trip OTT has. Also looking forward to seeing many old friends. (Side note: Mike purposefully brings this June 23rd lodge trip up because he has been trying to convince me he should go instead of myself, as it is the favorite trip of us both.)
What do you do in the off-season?
Retired teacher–still do a little work around school for the athletic department
Other sports or activities you love?
Fishing, hiking, traveling.
Mike with a group at Nugget Falls on the Rogue River