Our Staff

Emily Donaldson

What’s your favorite rapid and what makes it special?

I have many favorite rapids! “Sledgehammer” on the Royal Gorge section of the Arkansas river is one of my favorites because it has a really unique feature called “bird drop” which is like a steep, waterslide in the middle of the rapid. Another favorite is “Troublemaker” on the South Fork of the American because it has some really powerful hydraulics which make for nice big hits in the raft.

Why do you love working for Mother Lode?

I love working for Mother lode because they are the best company on the river! From their beautiful river camp property and ropes course, to their guides, to their equipment, Mother Lode has the best of everything in my opinion. Also our mission involves river stewardship and environmental advocacy which I am passionate about. We are not just a rafting company, but also outdoor educators and activists. I am truly proud to be a part of the Mother Lode team.

What’s one of you favorite adventures?

One of my favorite adventures happened this past March when I made my way down to a whitewater festival in Patagonia, Chile on the Futaleufú river. I got the opportunity to participate in the women’s downriver raft race and paddle some of the biggest whitewater I have ever seen with a group of really inspiring women. It was awesome!

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