Our River Guides
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. We are very proud of our boatmen who have all become extended family over the years.
Eric began guiding for the family business in 1983, and has logged more than 26,000 miles on this stretch of the Snake River. He has a degree in History from Montana State University, and between river seasons works as a middle school teacher in Bozeman. Eric plays concertina, banjo and guitar in several local folk groups. He is an expert Nordic skier, and an avid consumer of science fiction.
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 son.
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.
Hank grew up in Moose and enjoyed exploring the Grand Tetons just beyond his back door. He studied geology at the University of Wyoming. His interests include skiing, fishing and of course, river running. Besides guiding on the Snake, Hank has boated the canyons of the Green, Colorado, and Rogue rivers. Hank joined us in 1985 and works as a ski patroller in the winter.
Mike began guiding rivers back in 1972, including the Colorado, the Yampa, the Green and the North Platt; in 1997 he first joined the Barker-Ewing crew. Now after an absence of several years, he has returned to Jackson Hole and the B-E team. Mike’s a great “observer” of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and if he doesn’t know the answer to a question, he’ll be sure to get back to you later with the answer!
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.
Jim came West after earning a degree in history from Duke University. Jim has been guiding on the Snake since 1994, 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.
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 started and co-owned Westbank Anglers and has been a Teton County Planning Commissioner. He joined Barker-Ewing in 2013. Reynolds is also a real estate broker.