29 Mar Kyle
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Qualicum Beach, a little town on Vancouver Island. For the last 6 years I’ve been spending my Winter months living in Nelson, BC skiing as much Kootenay Coldsmoke as I can, and my summer months living in a van by the river!
How long have you been guiding? Where have you guided?
I started pushing rafts in 2016 and the stoke’s been growing from that point on. Since then, I’ve rafted all across BC, including guiding multi-day trips up near Smithers, BC.
What do you love about guiding?
Guiding has brought me so much joy, so many incredible learning opportunities, and introduced me to the best people I’ve ever met! It’s hard for me to pin down one thing I love the MOST about it…. but if I had to choose it would be having a captive audience to tell my jokes to (sorry in advance for my cheesy humour).
What’s your favourite rapid on the Kicking Horse River?
I’ve yet to see the mighty Kicking Horse in person so picking a favourite rapid is a bit tricky… but I hear Shotgun/Portage is a real gooder and I love a challenge so I’m looking forward to getting on the sticks for that one.
What’s on your bucket list that you have left to cross off?
My bucket list is long and always changing, but there’s one thing that’s been on there for as long as I can remember: getting BARRELLED!!! Surfing has taken a backseat for me lately but I’m still chasing that dream every time I get out.