Our Staff

Our team makes the Dream!


Every summer is a family reunion as the MaLode whitewater guides return from their adventures in the off-season.

We always look forward to sharing stories about travels in Latin America, Asia, New Zealand and even Antarctica! As curious as they are adventurous, many of our staff have attained or are pursuing advanced degrees in subjects as diverse as environmental studies, creative writing, neuroscience, and nursing. Gourmet cooks, artists, educators—just scratch the surface, and you’ll discover that our whitewater guides and other staff have a wealth of talents and experiences to share.

We’re Hiring!

Do you love people, rivers and the great outdoors? Consider joining our team!


Meet Your Guides!

Emily Donaldson

What’s your favorite rapid and what makes it special? I have many favorite rapids! “Sledgehammer” on the Royal Gorge section

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Wes Tite

What is your favorite rapid and what makes it special? I love Kanaka on the Middle fork because it demands

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Activites at Mother Lode

On The American River

At The Adventure Center

Team Building & River Skills

Special 50th Anniversary Ropes and Rafting Events

Join us on  for a thrilling half-day of high ropes and rafting—no minimum group size required! Celebrate with us and book your adventure now!

Event Dates: June 15th, June 22, July 20th, July 27th, August 10th, August 17th