KOKATAT Ambassador TEAM MEMBER | Expedition Whitewater
Age: 27 years old
HOMETOWN: Truckee, CA
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” Edward Abbey
Born and raised in Truckee, California, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Carson has always loved exploring his backyard. His parents met working as raft guides in California in the seventies, and he developed his love of rivers from their passion. While growing up, Carson enjoyed all the activities any kid from Truckee would; downhill skiing, cross country skiing, biking, hiking, running, and playing in the mountains. His parents bought him a kayak for his 13th birthday, but it wouldn’t be until 3 years later at the age of 16 that he finally learned how to roll.
While at university in the Bay Area, Carson would make the journey to the mountains nearly every weekend to go play. During the summers, he spent his time working as a raft guide on the American Rivers and the Tuolumne, trying to kayak as much as possible on his days off. The fall quarter of his junior year, Carson took off school to travel to Chile and Argentina for three months, only to return during the fall again after graduating from university. His senior year he also fit in an eighteen-day trip to Mexico to explore the mountains near Veracruz.
Now, Carson works for Sierra Rescue, teaching swift water rescue and wilderness medicine classes all over the western half of the United States. In his free time he travels around the world exploring rivers. Carson wrapped up his 2017 year with a trip to New Zealand and will be heading to Norway in 2018.
Carson is driven by his love for rivers, exploration, and a desire to see more places that not many people have been before.
“My long term goals are to push myself to be the best I can, both on and off the river, to continually represent myself and the sport of kayaking in a professional manner, to always learn new things about running rivers, and to share my knowledge of rivers and safety. My short term goal is to train hard and compete in all the extreme races I can this year, find new rivers in new countries, and find new rivers here in California.”