River Guide Glimpse: Brooke Lofthouse
It’s time for another glimpse into the river guide life! This week’s episode is brought to you by Brooke Lofthouse, a second-year Salmon Raft guide. Brooke was a fantastic addition to the Salmon Raft team in 2016, and we are excited to have her return for Summer 2017.
Brooke comes from a big family in a small town called Rexburg, in southeastern Idaho. She comes from a family who loves the outdoors. They spent their summers and holiday weekends at a family cabin near Yellowstone or camping near the Tetons. Brooke was brought up with lots of skills that make her a well-rounded addition to the Salmon Raft crew. This year, Salmon Raft is girl-powered, with half of the team being a fearless female! We love that our ladies pay close attention to detail and take special care of our river guests. Brooke is the question-asker-master, too, making sure that she focuses on doing things right the first time.
A Utah State University Aggie, Brooke worked hard and played hard in school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation, and her GPA tells me that she was very studious 🙂 She was the founder and president of the Aggie Ski and Snowboard Club, and spends her free time watercolor painting and sketching. Before college, she worked at Solitude Mountain Resort as a lift operator. This makes sense, considering Brooke has been skiing for 21 seasons…
Why I’m a River Guide
Brooke spent her childhood in the outdoors, and began her commercial river guide career in 2013. Her training took place in the eastern part of the country on rivers such as the Pigeon, Ocoee, Nolichucky, New, and Gauley Rivers.
After learning on some big eastern water, she took her skills back to the west, and guided on the Snake River through Jackson, Wyoming. It was on these trips that Brooke honed in her nature interpretive skills, being able to identify an absurd variety of flora, fauna, and geologic features. Brooke is curious by nature, so it’s easy for her to pick up new river lore and pass it along to fellow guides and guests. She also spent time rafting on the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park and Cataract Canyon, not too far from where she grew up.
Most recently, Brooke has been exploring rivers in the Upper Colorado River Basin: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon, Green River through the Gates of Lodore, and the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument.
I have been splashing in streams and rivers since I was little. The outdoors has been a huge part of my entire life, yet river guiding is the most fulfilling endeavor to date. Sharing nature and providing enriching outdoor experiences is something I live for. I quickly fell in love with the river, the people, and the lifestyle, and have been coming back to guiding each summer since.
This year, we are excited that Brooke will be completing an internship with Salmon Raft on top of spending the majority of her days on the river. Some of the projects that she’ll be working on include creating an activity book for kids to pass the time on the bus ride to the river, organizing a “Junior River Guide” program for kids, and help to create a guest survey so that we can continue to grow as a company that is proud of our product.
We should all follow Brooke’s motto:
Life doesn’t have to be boring, so don’t be boring!
Thanks, Brooke, for coming back for another great season! We look forward to sharing lots of river days, belly laughs, and campfire games with you.