Big John’s love of whitewater began during early childhood while riding the flooded rivers of Georgia in any sort of inflatable watercraft he could find. It wasn’t until college that he discovered rafting and canoeing on the Chattooga River. John spent several seasons on this beautiful river, honing his skills and preparing for a life on the water.
Since then, John and his wife Katie have travelled the world in search of great rivers and close friends to share their experiences with. John has been a raft and kayak guide in Alaska, Norway, Nepal, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, and throughout the Southeast.
These days, he works mostly as a trip leader on the White Salmon but also as a guide on the mighty Klickitat, Wind, Hood, and Tieton rivers. During the winter months, you’ll find John and Katie in the mountains of Telluride, Colorado, dreaming of summer and their next exciting river adventure.
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