Whitewater raft guide, kayaker and writer passionate about exploring new rivers and cultures, Juniper Rose has paddled in 15 states across the US and 9 countries around the globe. She loves sharing rivers with others whether its clients on a guided trip or good friends out for a kayaking run. When she was 12 years old Juniper convinced my dad to let her come along on a source to sea trip that started at the headwaters of the river where she was raised and ended in the ocean weeks later. Ever since that trip she’s been hooked on whitewater. By age 16 she was guiding commercially. Guiding then became a summer job during college and a means for traveling the world thereafter.
What’s your worst moment on the river?
When I agreed to take a rafting job in Alaska I knew I wasn’t going for the whitewater. I was going for the opportunity to work remote multi-day trips in the Alaskan wilderness, to see Grizzly Bears fishing as we rafted by and to be flown out at the end of back country trips on bush planes. And it was true, there were a lot of perks, but there was also a lot of flat water. Thus, the hardest moment of my rafting career so far didn’t happen on a class V river. It happened on the mighty class II Copper River. We had been rowing for a week when we reached a section so wide and flat it was like an ocean. The waves kicked up and the wind blasted so hard up stream I couldn’t lift my oars out of the water without being blown up stream. While I was literally sweating from the struggle to keep my boat inching forward, my clients were shivering in the cold wind. The looks on their faces told me they were miserable but I couldn’t do anything about it because I couldn’t leave the oars to get them warmer clothes or even speak words of encouragement, I was too exhausted. It is the most helpless I’ve ever felt at the oars.
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