Guide Real Talk

Guide Real Talk: Life as a Guide Turned Outfitter

Guide Real Talk: Life as a Guide Turned Outfitter

For many guides, moving toward owning an outfitting business is a sustainable way to continue to participate in the industry of guiding. The Redside Foundation wanted to know more about what it takes to transition from guide to outfitter or guide/outfitter.

For this quarter’s Guide Real Talk, we talked with Erik Weiseth, Ron Ens and Zach Collier about the challenges and rewards of running the show.

Guide Real Talk: A Guide's Guide to Addiction

Guide Real Talk: A Guide's Guide to Addiction

“In boating and in recovery, I’ve been around for just long enough to know that I don’t know sh%#. The unknown always looms ahead of me. I let go of my ego, my expectations, and I push forward, leaning into what is downstream, whatever that looks like. In recovery, I trust my values, I trust my commitment to myself, I trust this trail I’m blazing, and I trust that the discomfort won’t last and that it’s good for me.”

Idaho Guide Marisa Mirviss shares how she has navigated recovery as a guide.

Guide Real Talk: Remembrance

Guide Real Talk: Remembrance

Remember the guides that tested and tamed you, who brought you their hearts on their dirty sleeves and in return took care of yours. Remember that boat they rowed, and who rows it today. Remember the joy you share with the currents. This unspoken joy is what makes these fellow guides become precious gems in our timelines.

Idaho guide and Redside Guide Liaison Courtney Smart shares her thoughts - and discomfort - with remembrance.

On the Edge of Things: Grief & Guiding

On the Edge of Things: Grief & Guiding

I wish there were easy answers and condolences but there aren't. I can’t tell you to stop going into these mountains and out to these rivers any more than I can tell you to stop breathing. How do we take care of a community that lives on the edge of things? What do we do when our livelihood is so often intimately connected to our sadness? How do we reconcile our loss with our own close calls?