Maine Whitewater Rafting Guide Drew Bates
Name: Drew Bates
Hometown: Presque Isle, Maine
Age of First Rafting Trip: 12
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 2021
What type of guiding do you do? Whitewater Rafting
What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors? All of the guides can be depended upon to make proper choices on the river. This ensures every guest has the best day possible.
What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river? The falls on the Penobscot River
What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory? Watching all the guides and their crews hit Maytag on the Kennebec!
Where do you adventure when you are not working? Anywhere that I can white water kayak
What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors? Operate terrain park groomers at Sugarloaf, building jumps and race courses.
Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Wilderness first responder
My mom says I’m the best guide
What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
Moose river, New York
Gauley river, West Virginia
Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
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