Meet the Indigo Creek Crew

Professional, Fun, and Family Friendly

Our crew of guides and staff is exceptional and you will enjoy spending time with them. From the moment you first call us to the completion of your trip, every encounter you have with Indigo Creek Outfitters will impress upon you a level of professionalism, friendliness, and courtesy that can’t be matched.

We choose our staff based on the belief that personality and company culture are the two most important things in our business because they have the greatest influence on the memory of your experience with us. We’ve chosen a staff that enhances your outdoor experience. Our crew is fun, happy, and family friendly. We are 100% tobacco free and love rafting with kids. We have very little turn-over in our staff and take pride in having a happy crew.

Glen Finch – Guide

Hometown: Livermore, California
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

Glen hails from Livermore, California and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. Before discovering the river, Glen played two years of football at Southern Oregon University as a defensive lineman. Glen guided for us in 2011, 2012, and 2013 before moving to Australia where he worked for the Outdoor Education Group. Glen returned to Indigo Creek Outfitters in 2016.

Dillon Cole – Guide

Hometown: Daytona, Florida
Surfing, U.C. Santa Barbara

Dillon was born near Lake Tahoe, California, but spent the majority of his childhood in Florida. In what many consider a modern miracle, he graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in the spring of 2016, despite having spent the majority of his college time surfing the gnar and living the dream. He works for Kern River Outfitters and helps us when the “Kern Burn” sets in and the water dries up in the Southern Sierras.

 

Nick Pabst – Guide

Nick PabstHometown: Lafayette, Louisiana
Spanish, Centenary College of Louisiana
M.A.T., American College of Education

Nick came to Indigo Creek with years of whitewater experience and an ability to make anyone smile. When not in a raft or kayak, you can probably find him fishing a nearby stream or studying feverishly to earn his teaching credential.

 

Frank Debaugh – Guide

Hometown: Belair, Maryland
Physical Therapy, Southern Oregon University

Frank might be the most outdoorsy guy you’ve ever been around. He is a student at Southern Oregon University and is studying Physical Therapy. He works part time at the Ashland Outdoor Store and splits his summer guiding days with Indigo Creek Outfitters and our sister company, Rogue River Journeys.

 

Julie Smith – Office

Julie SmithHometown: Concord, California
Sociology, Southern Oregon University

Julie worked at Southern Oregon University as an Academic Advisor for nine years prior to joining Indigo Creek Outfitters. She’s now our “rafting advisor” and works in our reservation office. When she’s not helping guests plan their rafting trips, she stays busy as a mom to Carson and Elijah.

 

Robert Schaaf – Driver

Robert SchaafHometown: San Jose, California
English, Chabot College

Robert Schaaf was born in San Jose California and grew up in the East Bay. He served in the US Army in Germany as a scout and after his service he returned to the US for a time before moving to The Netherlands to live with his wife and children. When his oldest son wanted to go to high school in Ashland he came along and has been enjoying life here in Southern Oregon ever since.

 

Will Volpert – Guide

Hometown: Inverness Park, California
Business, Southern Oregon University

Originally from Inverness Park, California, Will has called Ashland, Oregon “home” since 2004. He worked as the Operations Manager for Kern River Outfitters and continues to guide fly-fishing trips for Idaho River Journeys. Will is serving his third term as a Director on the board for the Siskiyou Mountain Club.

 

Where are they now?

We stay in touch with our past crew members and you never know when they might show up for a “celebrity guide” appearance.

Thorn Lyons – Guide

Thorn LyonsHometown: Athons, Ohio
Undeclared, Ohio University

Thorn guided in Utah before heading to Ashland in the winter of 2015 and discovering the Rogue and Klamath Rivers. He quickly became one of our core crew members. He loves seeing new rivers and is a regular in an inflatable kayak on the Applegate River during the winter months. In August of 2016, Thorn moved to New York City to become a model….

 

Taylor Moellerich – Guide

Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

Taylor graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and in 2013 left for Australia to work for the Outdoor Education Group. She returned to Ashland in 2016.

 

Tyler “T.J.” Vandehey

Hometown: Salem, Oregon
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

Having traveled to Ashland from his hometown of Salem, Oregon, T.J. has stayed busy working outside. He has worked for Indigo Creek Outfitters since our very beginning and has played an integral part in our operation. Previously, T.J. starred as a trail crew member of the Medford B.L.M. Get to know more about T.J. here.

 

Emily Berlant

Emily BerlantHometown: Grants Pass, Oregon
Environmental Studies, Southern Oregon University

Emily is from Grants Pass, Oregon and is pursuing an Environmental Studies degree at Southern Oregon University. We were lucky to have Emily oversee our office from 2013-2015. She now works full-time for the Blue Sky Program of Pacific Power.

 

Althea Sullivan

Althea SullivanHometown: Eugene, Oregon
Environmental Science, Southern Oregon University

Before coming to Indigo Creek, Althea taught whitewater kayaking for the City of Eugene Outdoor Program. She was the whitewater program coordinator for the SOU Outdoor Program for two years. In 2016 she graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Environmental Studies and now works for the City of Eugene.

 

McKenzie Woolley

McKenzie WoolleyHometown: Eugene, Oregon
Environmental Science, Colorado College

McKenzie worked Nugget trips for Indigo Creek in 2015. At the time she was working on a farm outside of Jacksonville, Oregon. Now she’s traveling the west looking for Big Foot.

 

Torrey Johnson

Torrey JohnsonHometown: Ashland, Oregon
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

An Ashland, Oregon native, Torrey graduated with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. Torrey is a Wild Land Firefighter Spring through Gall and spends his winter working a plethora of different jobs.

 

Robert Ginsbach

Hometown: Mill City, Oregon
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

Rob grew up in the town of Mill City, Oregon. He graduated with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. He guided for Indigo Creek in 2011 and 2012 and now works full time at the Ashland YMCA.

 

Brandon Worthington

Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Southern Oregon University

Brandon guided for Indigo Creek Outfitters during our 2011 and 2012 seasons. He graduated from Southern Oregon University in the spring of 2013 and is currently based out of Klamath Falls guiding fly fishing trips on the Klamath River.

 

Endorsed by Thousands

 

Why Indigo Creek?

At Indigo Creek Outfitters we take pride in the quality of trips that we run. We are lucky to work in a fun and exciting industry, but we are most fortunate to have the best customers on Earth who make the work we do a true pleasure. Here are a few great reasons to choose Indigo Creek Outfitters for your rafting trip.

  • Happy and friendly guides
  • Smart logistics
  • Free parking
  • Incredible testimonials
  • No extra charges
  • “Local’s Choice”
 

Our Rafting Center

All of our day rafting trips meet at our rafting center, located a couple blocks from downtown Ashland, Oregon.

Indigo Creek Outfitters
130 A Street #2B
Ashland, Oregon 97520