Our Guides

Archie Ofenstein “”
Archie Ofenstein
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Terlingua, TX
Favorite Rapid: #4 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: Our North Office Headboatman has been rafting for eleven years, making him a crafty veteran. Along with managing day to day outpost responsibilities, he ensures a fun trip for you and yours in any section of the Arkansas River. He loves gadgets and knives, and Archie also drives a real mean shuttle.
Andrew Bowlin “”
Andrew Bowlin
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Collegeville, PA
Favorite Rapid: #6 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: In his five years as a guide for AAE, Andrew has been able to gain the ranks all the way to Assistant Headboatman. Andrew enjoys going to the Gauley River in West Virginia every fall to run big class V whitewater. But his skills on the Arkansas are definitely on par. He enjoys picnics, skiing, and cuddling on the couch.
Judd James “”
Judd James
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Danville, AL
Favorite Rapid: #4 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: Our Southern Gentleman will guarantee to make you smile from the get-go. His easy going personality and fantastic jokes will provide for an experience. This fourth year guide recently checked out in the Numbers and is ready to showcase his skills.
Mark Niernberger “”
Mark Niernberger
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Favorite Rapid: #5 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: Valley famous rock star from the well-known band “Leadville Cherokee”, will guarantee to get you and your family down the river and ensure an absolute blast in the process. One of the few guides at AAE that feels comfortable in any boat with any group of paddlers.
Matt Bart “”
Matt Bart
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite Rapid: #5 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: One of those guys that is excellent at everything he tries, including rafting. His other interests include a mean game of disc golf, soccer, and snowboarding. His quirky personality will you make you smile the whole way down the river.
Pat Smith “”
Pat Smith
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Rome, GA
Favorite Rapid: House Rock (The Fractions) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: Pat rejoins the AAE staff after a two year hiatus to the East Coast. Along with safety kayaking for us, Pat is a veteran guide capable of guiding any stretch of the Arkansas River. Welcome back, Pat!
Ben Lucas “”
Ben Lucas
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Cumming, GA
Favorite Rapid: #4 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: Ben Lucas is our ultimate safety kayaker… In his free time, Ben loves dropping big waterfalls and running class VI creeks around the Buena Vista area. On our advanced Numbers trips Ben will keep a keen eye on you to ensure a safe fun time, he’s not too shabby at guiding a raft also.
Levi Marable “”
Levi Marable
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Hiawatha, KS
Favorite Rapid: #6 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: One of AAE’s longest tenured river experts, Levi is responsible for the training of rookies every year. Pay attention if you are fortunate enough to have this amazing rafter as a guide, for he is the epitome of a white water expert.
Dugan Doyle “”
Dugan Doyle
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: WI
Favorite Rapid: Zoom Flume (Brown’s Canyon) Brown's Canyon Rafting

Strange But True: This second year guide just started working at AAE, but we are stoked to have him on board. His help around the outpost is unmatched and his river skills seem to follow suit. Dugan is a ski instructor during the winter and makes home in Leadville, CO.
Katie Kelly “”
Katie Kelly
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Burlington, WI
Favorite Rapid: #4 (Numbers) The Numbers Rafting

Strange But True: One of the most extreme rafting ladies around. When Katie is on the water she means business. A fifth year guide with a laidback personality, but not on the river!
Robbie Laughlin “”
Robbie Laughlin
Zodiac Sign:
Hometown: Westwood, MA
Favorite Rapid: Raft Ripper (Brown’s Canyon) Brown's Canyon Rafting

Strange But True: Known around the valley as “WhiteWata Wobbie”, this 2nd year heartthrob guide has recently gained a sweet new tattoo. His interests include everything outdoors; snow boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and of course rafting.