Barker-Ewing river 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.
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 a ski patrolman for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He enjoys ski Mountaineering and cycling in the Tetons as well as traveling abroad and camping with his wife and high energy two year old.
Eric began guiding for the family business in 1983, and brings many years of experience on the Snake River. Between river seasons he is a middle school teacher in Bozeman, MT, where he also plays the concertina and guitar (as well as other instruments) in local folk bands. He enjoys cycling, Nordic skiing and traveling.
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.
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; when he is not working on the river, he is playing on the river and has run the Salmon, Cataract Canyon, Westwater and many other western rivers. Neil’s other interests include climbing, hiking, snowboarding and cooking.
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 ski instructor who trains and certifies instructors for the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
Jim came west after earning a degree in history from Duke University. This is his 15th summer of guiding on the Snake, and his river experience includes the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and Hell’s Canyon on the Snake. Jim serves on the Jackson Town Council and is a freelance writer and photographer.
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. He works for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the winter. Travis was the last guide trained by “Legend of the Snake” Dick Barker.
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 as well as other western rivers; he also has a passion for travel. Winters find Matt at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where he is on the snow making crew. Matt is also a Firefighter/Advanced EMT with the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS.
Joey, a Wyoming native, enjoys snowboarding, skiing, rafting, biking, hiking and almost anything outdoors. After attending Southwest Texas State University, Joey raced home to the mountains of Wyoming. He is a snowboard instructor at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the winter. On his days off he can be found in the parks, mountains, or on the river.
Forrest spent over 20 years guiding on the Grand Teton for Exum Mountain Guides, but in 2013 decided go with gravity instead and joined the B-E crew. In addition to participating in many climbing, skiing, and scientific expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic, he has made numerous first descents of rivers in the Rocky Mountains & Alaska. He has a BA in Outdoor Education from Prescott College and a MS in Geography from the University of Wyoming.