Robin first joined our team many years ago as the “Rafting Intern,” earning his keep by hauling gear, packing/unpacking for trips, and assisting the river guides in any way possible. While he came to us with significant whitewater experience down in the lower 48 states, he was completely new to the nuances of Alaska rivers. But after his first Alaska multi-day rafting trip, he quickly fell in love with the big water and remote nature of our Wrangell-St. Elias rivers. Hard working, with a good head on his shoulders, he eventually gained the necessary experience to become a full-fledged river guide, and now he’s even one of our lead rafting guides. When he hops in his boat and dons his captain’s hat, Robin transforms himself into “Captain Big Rob,” and is ready to share his extensive knowledge of our local rivers, flora, fauna, and the wild Alaska landscape.

Despite looking about 16 years old, Robin is actually a graduate of Western State Colorado University (he majored in Outdoor Leadership), and has spent the last two seasons leading our multi-day river trips (including our 15-day Source to Sea Expedition!). In 2017, he led the guide staff with the highest number of days spent in the backcountry. He also carries (to our knowledge) the speed record for a descent of the Copper River from Chitina to Cordova – 27 hours by packraft. Way to go Robin! Full of riddles, trivia, and terrible jokes, I hope you have the joy of spending some river miles with Robin rowing your boat. His genuine personality and unbridled enthusiasm for the rivers of Wrangell-St. Elias are sure to enhance your wilderness experience.

Oh, and did we mention Robin’s superb dutch oven cooking? Stop by the Powerhouse to sample his world famous Pineapple Upside-down Cake!

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