Jeremy Bisson isn’t just an amazing guide, but also an incredible friend, teacher, adventurer, and member of the community. He cares immensely about everything that he does, whether it is kayaking, the environment, his friends, or doing the right thing. He spends much of his free time sharing his home rivers with friends or helping to protect their future by serving on the board of Friends of the White Salmon River.
His draw to whitewater and nature began in his childhood. His dad first introduced him to rivers, spending time on the Wenatchee, Nooksack, Methow, and White Salmon. As he spent more time on the water, he began exploring new ways to experience it. First in an inflatable kayak and then in a hard shell, Jeremy became enthralled with kayaking. He also found that he felt a responsibility to speak for those who have no voice or who are unable to use it.
“Nature has a voice, it just speaks a language that most of us don’t spend the time to understand. I think anyone that spends enough time in nature will start to hear the voices of the forest and of the animals. From there, everyone has a choice to make about whether they want to listen, how much they care, and how much time they’re willing to spend trying to get others to listen.”
With these things combined, Jeremy has become one of the leading advocates for river protection in the local whitewater community. He has an unparalleled ability to gently share that respect and connection to the rivers and their ecosystems as a kayak mentor, raft guide, community spokesman, and most often as a friend exploring and admiring nature.
Adventures with Jeremy come in many forms. His talent to capture nature through his incredible photography is awe inspiring. He makes for the perfect multi-day companion, sharing history and fun facts, good conversation, and gracious silence. He baffles many of his friends on powder days, as others make plans to go skiing and he exclaims, “but the river will be so beautiful today!”
His warmth, friendliness, and goofy personality draw in all those around him. Whether in conversation or actions, he always finds a way to be uplifting, a patient coach, and inspiring people to get involved in their communities. Jeremy is also the rare combination of being genuinely humble as well as a bad ass boater; you’d hardly guess that he is one of the most knowledgeable people in the area for many of the local river runs as he shares stories about the salmon from the back of his raft. His appreciation for where he’s at, the people around him, and the gifts that life has given him is inspiring.
Jeremy guides trips on the White Salmon, Klickitat, and Tieton rivers. His stellar kayaking skills also make him a great support kayaker on our Class V trips down the Hood, Farmlands, and Wind rivers.
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