Maine Rafting and Hiking Guide: Splashley Tempesta

Maine Guide Ashley TempestaName: Splashley 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, Leadership Programs

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
Hmm, don’t make me choose!! There are so many things that make this my favorite job of all time.

Here are my top three, in no particular order:

1) The people! 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.

2) My office happens to be one of the most beautiful places in the state of Maine. Whether I’m floating on the Penobscot or the Kennebec the beauty of these rivers can’t be beat.

3) The beer! Because who doesn’t want to finish their day with a tasty brew?!

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
Again, there are so many great choices!

I have a very special relationship with Nesowadnehunk Falls on the Penobscot river. The falls are both thrilling and rewarding if you have a ‘can do’ attitude…..and if you don’t raft directly over little hole, just ask me the story one of these days.

I love the challenge that the Dead river offers me as a guide, it’s important to have your head on a swivel at all times. I have another “special relationship” with Mile Long Rapid that ends with a big feature called Satan’s Hole. It usually gives my guest’s and I an exhilarating and fun time!

The Kennebec is just good old fashion fun! There’s so much to do on this river and it offers a chance to surf and swim.

What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory?
Going through Satan’s Hole at the end of Mile Long Rapid on an overturned raft with a bunch of crazy Bulgarians shouting for joy after having climbed onto the upside down boat. We are still friends to this day.

Every ‘play’ river run ever.

Where do you adventure when you are not working?
I love climbing and monkeying around the cliffs and mountains of New Hampshire. I also love skiing and playing with my fellow guides in the off season. I love to hike, fish, bike, ski and travel whenever I get the chance.

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
People call me a “Renaissance woman”, which I think is a polite way of saying I don’t have a grown-up job yet. I love to guide in the winter, practice my climbing skills, substitute teach and work at Maine Medical Center as a phlebotomist.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
I have received guide awards for ‘Outstanding Performance’ and the coveted ‘Guest Service Award’.

I am O.E.C certified and am in the process of obtaining my Maine Recreational Guide license (update: Ashley is now an official Maine Recreational Guide!)

Special talents include but are not limited to: making origami fortune cookies, telling cheesy jokes, putting up with Ryan Roderick, knowing all kinds of fun and interesting nature facts and making the best gosh darn Key Lime Pie you’ve ever had…with ice cream on the side of course.

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 am currently applying for my dream trip on the beautiful Grand Canyon. I also would love to raft the Futaleufu in Chile.

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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