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Carson grew up in the mountains outside of Salt Lake City, UT and quickly fell in love with rivers. She went on her first rafting trip at the age of 4 months and spent each summer after that on multiday river trips in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Montana, and Idaho. She quickly learned to row a raft from her dad and then learned to kayak at age 10. She also spent a lot of time skiing, hiking, swimming in snow-melt lakes and exploring the wilderness around her home.
She was drawn to the Pacific Northwest by the lush, mossy forests and the clear, rushing rivers. Aside from the unbelievable rivers, her favorite things about the PNW are the fabulous banana slugs (if you lick them your tongue goes numb-really!) and the amazing abundance of moss.
Currently she is one semester away from a BS in Biology with minors in Environmental Policy and Spanish at University of Puget Sound. She is part of the university’s kayak club and the freshman orientation program, where she loves to share her passion for rivers, and the PNW in general, with everyone from beginner kayakers and first time students, to experienced instructors and PNW residents.
In the past few years she has had the opportunity to travel to Peru for a month long conservation river trip focused on dam awareness, to Costa Rica to study abroad and learn about tropical ecology, and to Mexico to kayak and practice Spanish. She is excited to combine her academics and her passion for rivers to protect our essential freshwater systems.
She is stoked to explore the amazing Colombia Gorge and to join the Wet Planet team both in the reservations office and as a kayak instructor on the river!
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