Maine White Water Rafting Guide: Emily Yearwood

Maine Rafting Guide Emily YearwoodName: Emily Yearwood
Hometown: Caratunk/Skowhegan, Currently Kingfield
Age of First Rafting Trip: 8ish?
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2006

What type of guiding do you do?
Whitewater Rafting

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
The people- staff and guests- and being able to share the river with them. The camaraderie that comes from running a river together is incredible. We, as a staff, depend on each other in a big way. We know we have each other’s backs, and we trust each other. We really are a family. And each day that we get to run the river with guests, new and old, we get to embark on this brand new journey. Each day you are forming a bond with the people around you based on your experience with each other and with the river. It’s an amazing, beautiful, humbling, and powerful place.

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
I know it’s cliche- but I can’t pick just one. On the Kennebec, I love the alleyway as you approach Whitewasher. Super fun, big, rollercoaster waves. I love Big Poplar on the Dead River at high water for the same reason, along with the unknown rogue waves that come to greet you. And for the Penobscot, the whitewater playground that is Nesowadnehunk Falls. You can’t help but smile as you paddle away from that spot.

What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory?
Every memory we decide to talk about in mid-winter with the NO family. Those are always the best, or at least we think they are after some beverages.

Where do you adventure when you are not working?
We say this is the only job you want to do even on your days off, so often times I can still be found on the water! Otherwise, I’m walking in the woods or sitting on my deck with or without my hubs, but always with my dog, Zoey.

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
My husband and I live, work, and play in the Kingfield/Sugarloaf area where I teach at a small, non-profit Montessori preschool.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Level I and II Whitewater Guides License/ Advanced Emergency Response/Guest Award/Kennebec Guide Award/Customer Service Awards. I have a tendency to sing above big rapids.

What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
Colorado (CO), Black and Hudson (NY), Gauley (WV), and Rangitikei (NZ)

Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
Big Mama Blueberry Ale

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