Maine Rafting and Hiking Guide: Ashley Tempesta

Maine Guide Ashley TempestaName: Ashley Tempesta
Hometown: Waterford
Age of First Rafting Trip: 15
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2014

What type of guiding do you do?
Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Canoeing, Leadership Programs, backcountry camping

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
There are so many things that make this my favorite job of all time. I have forged some incredible friendships with the people I work and play with at Northern. The energy that our guests and guides bring to the table makes this such a special place. I love that I get the chance to share the history and peacefulness that our rivers have to offer, and finally, our brewery offers a pretty tasty way to end your day.

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
I personally love Maytag, a 14 foot standing wave that is formed during high water on the Kennebec. Not only is this a fun and thrilling wave to hit, it is also where my husband and I were officially pronounced husband and wife!

What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory?
While I love everything about rafting, I really enjoy the opportunity to cook lunch by the river over our giant fire pits. It’s always fun to show off that we’re more than just raft guides!

Where do you adventure when you are not working?
I love to adventure with my husband and dog. You can find me mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, canoeing, climbing and skiing in the off season.

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
I work as a School Counselor at an alternative education high school where I am fortunate to have many opportunities to share my love of the outdoors with our students.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Registered Maine Guide
ACA Swiftwater Rescue Level IV
CPR/First Aid
Presently obtaining WFR
Outstanding Performance Award
Guest Service Award
Outstanding Service Award

What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
While I haven’t had as much time to explore other rivers, I have played on the Swift in New Hampshire and the mighty Saco. I plan to raft the Rio Ara in Spain this summer and will hopefully make it to the Grand Canyon one of these years!

Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
Magic Hole IPA all the way!

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