Scott Tygrett

Trip leader for 25 years, with 27 years of whitewater experience

Favorite Rapids: “On the New River at medium-to-high water, the Keeneys and Double Z. At lower water, it’s Lower Railroad because of surfing. On the upper Gauley, it’s Lost Paddle and Sweet’s Falls.”

Rafting memories: “I had 6 ladies around retirement age who told me they were call girls. It turned out that they were retired telephone operators that asked ‘Number, please’!”

“Then there was Gary Peeks, who went to sleep on the boat at Jump Rock and at Sleeper Shoals. Gary and most of the boat, who were laid out asleep as well, woke up in the river, saying ‘I’ve NEVER had an alarm clock that good.’”

Advice for first-timers: “Come with an attitude to have fun and get wet, but please listen to your guide and do as they ask. They are the ones who are out there every day, and know how to have fun so you and your family and friends a great time!”

Chris Kette

Nickname: Kette

Hometown: Lancaster, OH

Trip Leader/River Guide/Fishing Specialist/Boy Scouts of America Whitewater Merit Badge Counselor

Started in 1988

Favorite Rapid: Pillow Rock on the Upper Gauley River

Best River Memory: “Dancing with Jesco White (of the Wild and Wonderful Whites) on Whale Rock. And ending the day with the same number of people you started the day with!”

How did you get in the biz?: “I hooked up with New and Gauley River Adventures at a Columbus Sports Vacation Boat show and loved to paddle. Perfect combo.”

Advice for a first-timer:  “Be up for the adventure, and listen to your guide.”

Did the lower Gauley last year and the upper this year. Had fantastic experiences both years. Great company to go with.