Meet Our River Guides
Barker-Ewing River Guides are professional boatmen with years of river experience and a thorough knowledge of the natural history of Jackson Hole. Sharing their expertise and perspective will add a meaningful dimension to this memorable Snake River adventure. This outstanding crew have logged more than 200,000 river miles with Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips, and we consider them to be our extended family.
Eric began guiding for the family business in 1983, and has logged more than 28,000 miles on this stretch of the Snake River. He has a degree in History from Montana State University, and works as a middle school teacher in Bozeman between river seasons. Eric plays concertina, banjo, and guitar in several local folk groups. He is an expert Nordic skier, and enjoys yoga and Tai Chi.
Our Senior Boatman, Michael, always knew that he would grow up to be a Snake River Guide. Following 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 his days off he is often climbing, hiking and camping with his family in the Tetons and Wind Rivers.
Grant spent his early years at the Teton Science Schools in Grand Teton National Park. He joined Barker-Ewing in 2006, and has rafted and kayaked numerous rivers around the country. He spends his winters as a telemark ski instructor and trainer for the Professional Ski Instructors of America, and is proficient in German, Italian and Spanish.
Peter was born in Salt Lake City and raised all over the West. He read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a youth, and has been exploring rivers ever since. Peter is a trained naturalist with an emphasis on large animal biology and geology. He’s also an avid nordic skier, mountaineer, and fisherman, and loves kittens.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, James grew up in a military family. He spent much of his youth among “amber waves of grain,” but soon realized that he preferred “purple Mountains majesty.” After pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Utah, he shifted his focus to the outdoors, and now spends his year guiding on the Snake River and ski coaching in Utah.
Neil’s love for river running was sparked in 1995 on a trip through the Grand Canyon. Today, Neil carries on a family tradition: his Uncle Dick founded Barker-Ewing, and his father Tom guided in the late ’60s. Neil has run the Salmon, Cataract Canyon, Westwater, and many other western rivers, and also enjoys climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking.
Jed Huckin started guiding for the family business founded by his uncle, Dick Barker, in 2006. His love for rafting has taken him places such as the Green River, Cataract Canyon, and other stretches of the Colorado River. His other interests include paddle boarding, snowboarding, hiking, and camping with his family.
Kris has lived in Jackson Hole since 2003. He is an avid outdoorsman, and shares a love of the history of the Western landscape with many of his Barker-Ewing colleagues. He began his floating career on rivers in Tennessee, West Virginia, and Georgia, and explored two dozen countries before settling here in the valley.
Travis is a California native who earned a degree in Music Theory from San Diego State University. 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 wintertime. Travis was the last guide to be trained by “Legend of the Snake”, Dick Barker.
Reynolds moved to Jackson Hole in 1980, fresh out of Hobart College, NY with a BA in Resource Management, and has been a Snake River enthusiast ever since. He founded Westbank Anglers and has been a Teton County Planning Commissioner. He joined Barker-Ewing in 2013. Reynolds is also a real estate broker.
Jim came West after earning a degree in history from Duke University. Jim has been guiding on the Snake River since 1994, and his river experience includes the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River. Jim has served on the Jackson Town Council and is a freelance writer and photographer.
Lynn joined B-E in 2019 after spending 18 years as a Class V whitewater guide and trip leader on an impressive number of rivers, including the Gauley, Rogue, Klamath, Salmon, Clear Creek, Truckee, American, and Lochsa. Her winters are spent guiding heli-skiing tours in Alaska and ski instructing in Jackson. She is an avid mountain biker, skier, wildflower enthusiast, and certified yoga teacher.