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Erica– Guide

  • Certifications – Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR and Swiftwater Rescue Technician
  • Years of Professional Rafting Experience– 15 yrs
  • Job in off-season – River Guide on the Rio Grande River in Terlingua, TX
  • "Of course, whitewater runs through my veins and makes my heart tick, but I also love hiking, especially on ridge tops. Growing my own greens and tomatoes makes me smile as well. I'm currently working on building a house, off-the-grid style. Come rafting and I'll tell you more!"
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Katie – Trip Leader

  • Certifications – Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR
  • Years of Professional Rafting Experience – 10 yrs
  • Other rivers paddled – Gauley (WV), New River (WV), Chattooga (SC/GA), Ocoee (TN), Nolichucky (TN), Tallulah (GA), Cheoah (NC), Russell Fork (KY), Watauga Gorge (NC), Big Laurel (NC), French Broad (NC), etc.
  • Job in off-season – High School Math Teacher
  • Hometown – Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
  • Pets – Tallulah and Seda – pittbulls, El Guapo – horse




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      Joan - Guide

      Joan grew up traveling all over the US, pilot/colonels daughter. She found peace in whitewater and the mountains that surround it. The mother of an amazing daughter, Joan loves to write and draw, hike, is a movie buff, and music fanatic. She is forever searching for different colors in the sunset. A self-described class clown with a serious Alabama twang, a trip with Joan will keep you laughing!

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          Jedi Mike and Guests Paddle Down the Pigeon River

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            Shane and Guests Paddle Down the Pigeon River

            Shane - Trip Leader

            Shane has been working as a whitewater raft guide for 21 seasons. With certifications in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Responder, Shane has the experience and knowledge to show our guests an exceptional time on the river. His favorite thing about being a guide: "Sharing the experience of the river with people and the camaraderie of the other guides and my co-workers at Big Creek Expeditions." Shane is a talented musician, graduating with honors from the College of Charleston with degrees in Jazz Guitar and Music and Composition Theory. Come take a trip with Shane and see how awesome he is for yourself!

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            "One of our families greatest adventures ever!!! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made us all feel like pros. We were nervous, but the guides explained everything very thoroughly. And with all the safety features we knew we were in good hands! The views were absolutely stunning! We highly highly recommend it to anyone!!"

            – Tara, Wisconson