GIVE US A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF.
I was born and raised in Hood River Oregon, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. It didn't take long for me to find a love for the outdoors. I spent my days growing up exploring the incredible hikes, waterfalls, and campsites that the CRG has to offer.
Taking in the beautiful views of my hometown in the Columbia River Gorge.On top of Mitchell Point in Hood River, Oregon.Having a peaceful moment at the foot of a waterfall in the CRG
At 5 years old I found a special place in my heart for soccer and the list of team sports I competed in just kept growing as I got older. Although soccer was always my favorite sport, I also played basketball, tennis, volleyball, and participated in track and field.
Playing soccer in High School.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO WHITEWATER? WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A GUIDE?
It wasn't until the Summer of 2010 that I found out how fun whitewater rafting really is. I had been rafting when I was younger on the Deschutes River, and White Salmon River and now I'm proud to say that just four short years later I have added the Wenatchee River, Green River, Skagit River, Tieton River, Wind River, Klickitat River, and Hood River. As well as experienced multi day trips from 3 days to 25 days on the Owyhee River, Rogue River, and Grand Canyon. The last four years of my whitewater exploration have been a blast, and I don't see myself slowing down anytime soon.
Finding a new love - stand up paddling
I spend most of my free time out on the river - rafting, stand up paddling, or furthering my skills in a whitewater kayak. I also enjoy hiking with my dog Rio, working in my garden, and hanging out with friends.
Stepping out of my comfort zone and furthering my kayaking skillsMy dog Rio and me at Umtanum Falls in Ellensburg, WA
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RIVER AT WILDWATER?
This is a difficult question to give only one answer. My favorite river that Wildwater offers is the Wild & Scenic White Salmon River. The White Salmon has great class III-IV rapids to offer and my favorite part of the White Salmon trip is class V Husum Falls. I also LOVE the Wenatchee River for its playful wave trains and fun Spring time flows.
Justine and friend Jaime giving a BIG high-five over Husum Falls with Lance guiding
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RIVER OR MULTI-DAY TRIP?
I spent 25 days on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon February of 2011. I loved the month spent rafting, camping, and exploring the magical slot canyons of the Grand. I feel that the Grand is definitely a trip you have to do at least once in your lifetime, and can’t wait to get out there again!
Rowing on the Grand Canyon, February 2011Taking in the beauty of Elves Chasm on the Grand Canyon
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
- Mark Twain
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL AND WHY?
My spirit animal is a river otter. Friendly, social, curious and loves spending time on the water and hanging out on the banks of the river.
Written by: Justine Bryant
Justine manages the office at Wildwater and leads the sales team. If you have called Wildwater chances are you have talked to Justine. Justine's job in the office is to guide you to the perfect river for you, and your group and we think she does a great job at it.
You won’t only find Justine in the office from the months of April - September, you can also find her running shuttle, taking photos, or guiding a stand up paddling trip.