About Us – Barker-Ewing Whitewater
Barker-Ewing River Trips offers the #1 summer activity in Jackson Hole! A family-owned and operated Snake River outfitter with professional guides, 5-star river trips and an outstanding safety record since 1963, you can rest assured you’ll have the trip of a lifetime!
Meet the Ewings and Tibbitts – Jackson Hole Rafting Experts
Heather, Frank and Patty (top photo), David Tibbitts and Frank Ewing (bottom photo)
Frank began guiding on the Snake River in Jackson Hole in the late 1950s. In 1963, with the Barker family, Frank and Patty introduced Barker-Ewing to the valley. Their love for Jackson Hole and all it encompasses continues to provide the foundation for the family business.
David Tibbitts is the new owner of Barker Ewing Whitewater. His love of the river and Jackson Hole began in the 70’s. He purchased Jackson Hole Whitewater in the mid 80’s and has done great things for the valley. His hard work and dedication to the business has shown over all the years! The foundation of the family business feel is very important to David as was Frank.
What we believe?
- We believe in small trips, unparalleled personal service and going above and beyond for a greater overall experience. While we maintain one of the largest permitted whitewater rafting outfits in Jackson Hole, we do not believe in overfilling our rafts. We offer custom, manufactured rafts that provide not only a seat for each participant but room and comfort for the ride as well.
- We believe in a relaxed pace, not a hurried trip. We believe in going with the flow of the river! Why hurry your experience on the water? In addition, we allow time at the end of the trip for you to change out of your wet clothes for a dry, comfortable ride back to Jackson.
What sets us apart from other Jackson Hole Rafting companies?
- We have an outstanding safety record. Just ask, or contact the Bridger-Teton National Forest for an unbiased response.
- We prepare excellent meals featuring the finest and freshest meats, produce and ingredients in our commercial kitchen.
- All of our river trip meals are served and enjoyed at one of our two private riverside camps along the Snake.
- Our Teton Views Scenic Float Trip we are privileged to offer is in partnership with the historic Snake River Ranch. It is a trip unique only to us with an exclusive launch and landing that no other outfitter has access to.
We love what we do and it shows!
The Tibbitts family continues to own and operate this local river rafting company. 2018 marks our 55th year!
“As we move into our fifth decade, we’re more than ever dedicated to our core principles: close attention to detail, insistence on quality and safety, belief in the wonder of what we offer, and a firm grounding in the reality of the rafting trips we are privileged to share with our clients. These principles have served our clients, our staff and our family well. They won’t change.”
Meet Our Jackson Hole Whitewater Rafting Guides
Andrea La Fevers
From Boca Raton, Florida, Andrea (On-Dray-Uh) studied Humanities and Spanish at Villanova University while playing Division 1 Water Polo for 4 years. In 2011, Andrea backpacked for a year in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She also studied in Buenos Aires for 5 months and traveled solo through Argentina and Chile. Last spring, Andrea rafted 23 days on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon before coming back for her 3rd summer with Barker-Ewing. You can hear Andrea’s voice on 89.1, Jackson Hole’s community radio station!
Austin grew up in the lush, wild and wet Pacific North West in Bainbridge Island, WA. He attended the University of Montana and graduated with a degree in Ecology. Upon graduating, Austin has spent his time traveling bits of the world doing everything from snowboarding to surfing and rock climbing in South America, SE Asia and the beautiful US of A. In the shoulder seasons, he works for an outdoor education company called Naturalists at Large, where he can hone his wild flower identification skills and S’more making tactics! This is Austin’s 1st year whitewater guiding at Barker-Ewing.
Originally from Weare, New Hampshire, Blake graduated with a degree in Adventure Education at Plymouth State University. A huge Boston sports fan, Blake’s dream has always been to catch a home run ball at a Red Sox game, but any major league team will suffice. During the winter, you can find Blake making snow for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This is Blake’s 4th summer guiding for Barker-Ewing. Did you know… Blake’s choice of music is Billboard Top 40! When asked what he loves to do in his free time, Blake says “I do it all”. What a well-rounded guy.
Eric is from the beautiful coastal town of Rye Beach, New Hampshire. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to graduate with a major in mathematical sciences from Colby College in 2013. Eric played football and lacrosse at Colby and is an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). For the past three summers, he worked as a lobsterman, operating his own boat out of Rye Harbor. In the Fall, he traveled around SE Asia climbing and studying Thai boxing. Eric moved to Jackson to work as a “lifty” at the ski resort this winter, and this is his 1st summer guiding with Barker-Ewing.
Nicholas is from Buffalo, New York, where he grew up fishing and exploring the Great Lakes. He attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies. Leaving his Buffalo job as a car salesmen, Nicholas couldn’t wait to move to Jackson Hole and get back in nature. He spends his winters on the slopes and playing banjo fireside. This is Nicholas’ 1st summer guiding whitewater with Barker-Ewing. What you might now know: It is his dream to hand-craft his own banjo and guitar one day. If anyone has any advice for him, pass it along!
Kody grew up in the hills of Vermont splitting wood and making maple syrup. In high school he started cross country ski racing and went on to race Division I for Colby College, graduating with a degree in Geology in 2014. After college Kody moved to Stowe, Vermont for a year, and will be returning to Jackson this summer for his second season with Barker-Ewing. Last summer he was the master of flipping pancakes and grilling steaks as the Pine Creek chef. When not working he can be found he can be found skiing, mountain biking, climbing, or brewing beer. Kody’s latest adventure was riding a motorcycle to a remote part of northern Canada, breaking down, and trying to find a way to hitchhike back home.
Originally, Brooke is from the beautiful Castle Rock, Colorado. Brooke studied Communications at Colorado State University. Go Rams! With her love for the mountains Brooke moved to Vail,Colorado where she worked for Burton for two winters. Brooke loves the nature and playing outside, and has a great sense of exploration. Brooke moved down to Georgia where she became a guide and found her new love for boating on the Chattooga river five years ago. Jackson’s impeccable mountains is what drew Brooke here just over two years ago. You can find her snowboarding, fishing, boating , and dancing around to bluegrass on her spare time.
Daniel isn’t really from anywhere, he grew up all over the world and decided to settle down in the Jackson area last year. Daniel studied Enviromental Geology at UC Santa Cruz. Since college, he’s worked on drilling rigs, farms, bakeries and taken students traveling around the world. He fell in love with the Teton area at first sight. In the winter time Daniel works as a ski patroller and Grand Targhee. He can be found in his spare time rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, mountain biking and exploring the Tetons.
McEnery “Mac” Garrett is originally from Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in history and a minor in rhetoric. During the winter he works as a lift operator at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He is a fan of both the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Braves. He enjoys fishing, skiing, hunting and playing golf in his spare time.
JP likes to think he was born in a canoe but he really is from Wilmington, Delaware. JP graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2015 majoring in English and Environmental Studies and has a minor in African Studies. He studied abroad in Kenya, where he spent three weeks kayaking the headwaters of the White Nile River in Uganda. In the winters, JP works at a kids’ retail and rental shop, and still manages to ski Jackson every day. After spending the last six summers guiding canoe trips in Algonquin Park, Ontario, this will be his first summer in Jackson Hole. JP wants to start a small ice cream truck business but also serve poutine out of it.
Raleigh grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia, an area most famous for its rich civil war history. He went on to attend the University of Virginia and graduated in the May of 2013 with a degree in English Literature and Language and continues to love to read. He is also an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and will never forget the summer he spent in Alaska. After moving to Jackson in the fall of 2013 Raleigh has continued to challenge himself in all aspects of outdoor adventures. In the winters Raleigh works at the Local Restaurant and Bar and is an avid skier and mountaineer. During the summer in addition to fishing and floating the river, Raleigh is an avid runner and has competed in events ranging from 5ks to 50ks and races in between. He loves the Virginia Cavaliers, the Washington Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, dogs, travelling, adventure, and playing ultimate frisbee.
Born and raised in the mighty evergreen trees of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, Travis grew up exploring Cascadia as a hiker and a skier. Over the last eight years he has worked away the summer and fall seasons at wineries, stomping on grapes, running forklifts and making wine — a barrel monkey extraordinaire — in California, Oregon and New Zealand. In the winter he has worked as a lift operator, ski patroller, janitor, and a cook: whatever it takes to live in the mountains and slide around on his telemark skis. He is currently enrolled in a Viticulture and Enology program back in Walla Walla, WA. This is his second year with Barker-Ewing.
Born and raised in Livingston, Montana Lorraine grew up playing in the Bridgers all winter and the Yellowstone River all summer. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in psychology and human and family development. Not long after graduation and landing a “real-lifer job,” Lorraine decided she’d boogie down to Jackson for a ski season. Well, the snow has melted and the rivers have risen and Lorraine is still here. She enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, and accomplishing things.
Max was born and raised in the small town of Rye Beach on the seacoast of New Hampshire. He recently graduated with a degree in physics from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was an outdoor orientation trip leader, and a member of both the football and lacrosse teams. In 2014, Max lived on the south island of New Zealand where he backpacked and adventured for six months. Before working at Barker-Ewing, Max was a lacrosse coach, landscaper, and captain of his own lobster boat with his brother, Eric, as his first-mate.