Tyler Wendt – O.A.R.S. Rafting Trips

Tyler Wendt works at O.A.R.S. Rafting Trips and lives in Angels Camp, California. He first floated the Rogue River in 2008. When he’s not on the river, you can find him at O.A.R.S. headquarters helping others plan their trips.

The Interview

What is your connection to the Rogue River?

I work, mainly on the office/administrative side of things, for O.A.R.S. I tell people I talk to that the Wild and Scenic Rogue River is my favorite river trip. I can’t seem to manage getting myself out on one trip a year, although that will always be my goal.

How long have you been recreating or working on the Rogue?

I came to the Rogue later than I would have liked; 2008 was the year of my first trip.

What are your favorite qualities of the Rogue River?

I love the densely forested canyon and the fun and challenging rapids. And I love that we can find a true wilderness out there.

Favorite places on the Rogue?

Mule Creek Canyon, at the base of Stair Creek Falls.

Is there a sense of community on the Rogue?

River magic bringing people together.

Has the Rogue River changed you?

I was lucky to go on many river trips as a kid, but the Rogue wasn’t one of them, which is too bad. Now that I have two little ones of my own (3 year old daughter and 6-month old son), I’m anxious to get them on their first Rogue trip. Might have to make it annual thing.

What is the personality of the Rogue?

Like Goldilocks, the Rogue finds a glorious middle: not too long, not too short; not too easy or too hard. Perfect.

Anything else?

Everyone who takes a trip on the Rogue River loves it!