A White Salmon native, Leslie was lucky enough to grow up hiking, rafting, and exploring the beautiful Columbia Gorge. Since the rafting bug bit her family, Leslie has loved every minute that they get to spend on whitewater. The Rogue and the Main Salmon are among her family’s biggest river adventures. Leslie spent two summers working at Wet Planet’s base deciding it was time to get on the river. She started guiding on the Kern river in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California in 2017. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in 2018 with a degree in pre physical therapy she got to explore the Chihuahuan Desert for the first time while guiding on the Rio Grande. Leslie has spent time in Oaxaca Mexico, biked across Italy and will be returning from a couple months in Ecuador in May, 2019. Last summer, she had the pleasure of rafting nearly 200 miles of river in Idaho, from the Middle Fork of the Salmon River to the Main Salmon River. When Leslie is not on the river, she enjoys climbing, trail running, making stuff and staring at topo maps.
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