Meet the Crew
Professional and Family Friendly Guides
Our crew has worked together for years, if not decades. They come from varied professional and educational backgrounds and enjoy sharing their knowledge of the Rogue River and canyon with guests. During your vacation, they’ll show you their favorite sites, hike with you to magnificent vistas, and whip up amazingly delicious river side meals. Aside from being great guides, our crew members are individually incredible people who lead interesting lives and have found the Rogue River to be a true “home away from home.” You will enjoy spending your vacation with them.
When not rafting rivers, Katherine spends her days conserving them. She works for River Network, a river conservation organization based in Portland, Oregon. She has guided on the Rogue River for the past 10 years.
When he isn’t tackling the whitewater challenges of the Rogue River, Phil can be found taking on the challenges of managing his 8th grade class in Susanville, CA. During the winter, Phil is on the backcountry Ski Patrol at the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Being on the river is in her blood and she knows the Rogue like the back of her hand. Anya is in her fourth year at U.C. Santa Cruz where she is studying Neuroscience and works for the Recreation Department.
Deb resides in Pasadena, California, where she owns her own physical fitness and training business, The Body Firm. For over 20 years, Deb has brought her closest friends and family to visit the Rogue River.
Jim is an owner of Idaho & Oregon River Journeys and worked as an outfitter for 27 years before retiring. He is now the Executive Director of Humboldt Live. He still loves guiding and makes it out to the Rogue River for a few trips every summer. He and his wife Pamela live in McKinleyville, California.
Off the river, Ross serves as the first-ever sustainability and communications manager for the City of Mercer Island, just east of Seattle. Before that he launched and managed a nationally-recognized sustainability program for five years up at Stevens Pass Ski Resort in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, and consulted during the summer months. He was first introduced to RRJ through his prior job as river ecologist with national conservation group American Rivers, and he brings a long history of work in ecology, advocacy, policy, and environmental education. He got his start in rafting on the desert rivers of the Southwest, while living in Moab, Utah decades ago and working for a science school. Ross firmly believes in the wisdom of the Wind in the Willows: “…there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Mike “Creatch” Merg
Creatch lives in Williams, Oregon where he and his partner Jen are creating a permaculture homestead. In addition to guiding for Rogue River Journeys, he and Jen own and operate Untamed Paths, a travel company that specializes in trips to South America.
Charles “Chip” Carroll
Chip is the founder of Portland-based New Outlook Financial. He has guided for Rogue River Journeys for over 20 years and, in between juggling responsibilities as a parent and business owner, continues to make it out to the Rogue River a couple times each summer.
Will has been guiding on the Rogue River for the past 10 years. He manages Rogue River Journeys and owns Indigo Creek Outfitters, a day rafting and touring business based in Ashland, Oregon. As chairman of the Board of Directors for the Siskiyou Mountain Club, Will is actively involved in wilderness trail maintenance projects throughout Southern Oregon, including work done on the Rogue River trail.
Esa grew up along the Feather River in Quincy California. She studied environmental science with an emphasis in watersheds at Cal. State Monterey Bay and has spent the last five years as a stream surveyor for the Forest Service. She is enthusiastic about sharing adventures with others, in the mountains or on the river.
James lives in San Luis Obispo and is a teacher at San Luis Obispo High School. In 2013, he received the California Arts Council’s first Hero Award. Prior to guiding and teaching, he was a wildland firefighter.
A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Saylor teaches Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Feather River College in Quincy, California. He splits his summer time on the Rogue River and Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. If not on a river, you can bet he’s outside climbing, skiing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors.
Jared’s guiding career began on Southern California’s Kern River. In 2011, he traveled north and started working trips for Rogue River Journeys. He winters in Bakersfield, California.
Our rafting season on the Rogue River starts in May and goes to mid-October. During the peak of the summer we offer trips at least once a week.
Why Rogue River Journeys?
• Our amazing crew of guides are fun, educated, and enhance your river trip with their knowledge of the Rogue River. Safety is always first and there’s no substitute for experience.
• Everything you need for your trip is included. Our trips are all-inclusive. All you need to bring is your toothbrush and some clothes, we’ll take care of the rest.
• Extra-comfortable camping that will forever change your perspective of sleeping under the stars. Not only do we do all the heavy lifting (we set up camp ahead of our groups), we also provide you with high quality camping equipment – large tents, thick sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.
• When you have the best dining room on Earth you might as well serve the best food possible. Our menu showcases delicious plates of regionally sourced food.
• We love the Rogue and it shows. We are stewards of the Rogue River and are active in protecting this magnificent watershed. We support local conservation groups and our trips follow the Leave No Trace ethic.
• Most importantly, we have fun and love sharing the Rogue River with our guests.
Space is limited – reservations are necessary to save your space on our trips. A deposit of $250 per person will save your seat, with the balance due 60 days prior to trip departure.