Born and raised in South Eastern Ohio, Nicole has been frolicking through the woods and playing in creeks for as long as she can remember. Her solution to boredom has always been to just go outside. As she grew up, she hoped that she could find something for her life that would always keep her in the sunshine. Hocking College in southeast Ohio gave her that opportunity. It was there that she realized that her dreams could actually become a reality. She completed her degree in Ecotourism and Adventure Travel, learning all about how becoming a guide could be a way to introduce others to the outdoors that she so dearly loved.
A week after graduation, she moved west to Montana. Getting a job as a river guide has given Nicole the ability to continue exploring the country similar to the ways she went on roadtrip vacations growing up. Different river releases have allowed her to recreationally boat in Idaho, Montana, West Virginia, Colorado, Utah, and North Carolina. She spent 3 summers guiding whitewater in Big Sky Montana, while spending the winters snowboarding.
After a few years in Montana, she decided to change the scenery and headed down to Colorado to find what adventures lay there. To her excitement, dog sledding was destined for her and she spent 2 winters guiding tours outside of Steamboat Springs.
Working with 120 dogs has given her an appreciation for what a truly intense job can look, like along with how rewarding it can be to help people do something they never dreamed possible. For the past 2 years she has been accomplishing her goal of being a year round guide and helping to introduce people to nature in ways that they’re passionate about.
Nicole is also Swiftwater Rescue certified and has her Wilderness First Responder. When she isn’t in the water, she enjoys being by its banks with a rod in hand, climbing, backpacking, snowboarding, and all the dog adventures she can find with her one and only Frog Dogins Pebbles.
Interested in becoming part of the Wet Planet team? Check out our Employment Opportunities.