Sebastian Muñoz guides for Indigo Creek Outfitters and is currently in Medellin, Colombia, enjoying the tropical rivers. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (Hydrogeology), ran the Grand Canyon that winter, and then spent the following summer on the Rogue. He loves cooking and once competed in an Iron Chef style competition where the only useable appliance was a microwave. His winning dish was ice cream.
What is your connection to the Rogue River?
I’m a River Guide and recreational Snorkeler on the Rogue since May of 2018.
What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue?
The river features (waves, holes, eddies, boils) are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I attribute it to the lighting, the color of the water and the geology which spans the entire rock triangle (igneous metamorphic and sedimentary). This means there are a wide variety of different features as the river erodes through different layers. Also the bears.
Where is you favorite spot on the Rogue?
Mule creek canyon. The whirlpools and boils in the tight canyon create a completely immersive audio visual experience. I always lose track of time in that canyon.
Is there a sense of community on the Rogue River?
Yes. The community is one where everyone is out on the water to get lost in the wilderness and have a good time. If someone is stuck on a rock, forgot soap or beer, people are willing to lend a helping hand.
How has the river changed you?
It has reminded me to cherish the moments spent in the places you love, and allowed me to feel the joy of sharing your love of something with others.
What is the personality of the river?
Serene and solemn. Its a special place where if you listen to the river stories start to unwind and unravel.
If you see a water snake in any of the creeks or on the banks of the river sit and watch it for awhile. They weave in and out of ripples, eddies, and boils that must be terrifying for something their size. It’s like watching a professional kayaker swim their way up a class V rapid.