Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip Guides — EXPERIENCE COUNTS!

Our guides are professional boatmen who have acquired a thorough knowledge of the natural history of Jackson Hole. Sharing their experience and perspective will add a meaningful dimension to this memorable adventure. The more you learn of the rivers, mountains and glaciers and the more familiar you become with the wildflowers, birds and animals, the more you can relive the early history of the fur trade era. And, the more fully you can project yourself into the yesterdays of Jackson Hole, the more you will delight in finding a portion of that past alive today!

photo: Reed Finlay, Barker-Ewing river guide

Reed Finlay
Reed, our Senior Boatman, earned a History degree from Davidson College in North Carolina. He has been a Barker-Ewing guide since 1994, and is also ski patrolman for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He enjoys backcountry skiing, and has completed a 25-day circumnavigation of the valley and a ski descent of the Grand Teton.

photo: Eric Barker, Barker-Ewing river guide

Eric Barker
Eric began guiding for the family business in 1983, and now rejoins the company bringing over 15 years of experience on the Snake River. Between river seasons he is pursuing a graduate degree in History and Education at Montana State University, and he plays the concertina in local folk bands.

photo: Michael Inman, Barker-Ewing river guide

Michael Inman
Michael always knew that he wanted to grow up to be a Snake River boatman. Following his pre-law studies at Rice University and the University of Wyoming, Michael spent a year at Grand Cayman as a Scuba Divemaster. He became a Snake River guide in 1999, and on days off he is often climbing, hiking and camping in the Tetons and Wind Rivers.

photo: Neil Huckin

Neil Huckin
Neil follows the lead of his father who guided for us in the late sixties. A 19-day trip through the Grand Canyon in 1995 sparked his love for river running; he has since run the Salmon, San Juan, Cataract Canyon and many other western rivers. Neil’s interests include climbing, mountain biking, and photography.

photo: Grant Bishop, Barker-Ewing river guide

Grant Bishop
Grant spent his early years living at The Teton Science School in Grand Teton National Park. He joined us in 2006, and has rafted and kayaked numerous rivers around the country. Grant lived in Europe for many years, and is proficient in German, Italian and Spanish. He spends his winters as a telemark and Alpine ski instructor.

photo: Jim Stanford

Jim Stanford
Jim came west after earning a degree in History from Duke University. This is his eleventh summer guiding on the Snake, and his river experience includes the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River. He is a freelance writer/photographer and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and music.

photo: Matt Kirby

Matt Kirby
Matt joined us in 2005 after studies at the University of Arkansas in Commercial Recreation and Engineering. His river experience includes trips on the Dolores, the Lower Salmon and the Shoshone; he also enjoys climbing and telemark skiing. Winters find Matt at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where he is on the snow making crew.

photo: Travis Kryger, Barker Ewing boatman

Travis Kryger
Travis a California native, earned a degree in Music Theory from San Diego State. His love of rivers and mountains brought him to Jackson Hole in the late ‘90s, and he has been with Barker-Ewing since 2007. Travis works for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the winter.

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