Maine Rafting and Hiking Guide: Christine Rholl
Name: Christine Rholl
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Age of First Rafting Trip: 10 at the ASCI at Wisp Resort
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2015
What type of guiding do you do?Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Leadership Programs
What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
I love getting to share my passion for the river with people everyday!
What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
It has to be the Penobscot. There’s nothing better than rafting thrilling class V rapids and 12 ft waterfalls with beautiful views of Maine’s tallest mountain. While it’s hard to choose a favorite rapid on the Nob, I have to go with the Falls. It is a whitewater playground!
Where do you adventure when you are not working?
Usually, I head right back to the river whether it’s for a good surf session at the third drop at Big A, a quick Gorge/Crib lap, or an afternoon high water play run on the Kennebec.
What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
Ski Patrol at Sugarloaf
Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Whitewater Level II and Recreation Guide
Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Penobscot Guide of the Year Award
Iron Paddle Award
Outstanding Performance Award
When I’m not on the river or skiing, I also enjoy SCUBA diving, birding, and ceramics.
What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
A few of my favorites:
Lochsa River, Idaho
Colorado River, Arizona
Cheat River, West Virginia
Stranda River, Norway
Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?