Wyatt Zylawy, Raft Guide, Musician, Hunter
Born and raised about 3 miles from the Gorge on the family ranch, Wyatt is no stranger to it’s waters and has been rafting and kayaking since he was old enough to swim. When he is not on the water, Wyatt enjoys the outdoors in other ways through hunting deer, elk as well as wolves. Being an avid singer/songwriter in the family brother bluegrass band, you will also find him with his guitar in hand doing what he loves most – playing music. When on the river with Wyatt ask him to sing a few songs for you! I’m sure he will be happy to oblige. This is Wyatt’s second season with Western Waters.
Nick Zanetos, Raft Guide, Carpenter
Originally from the flatlands of Ohio, this will be Nick’s 3rd summer in Montana. He is now a full time resident of Missoula and currently works as a carpenter in the off-season. Nick grew up rafting with his dad all throughout the West and rowed crew at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. When he’s not outside playing in the mountains Nick enjoys catching some live music in missoula and watching his beloved Ohio State Buckeye football team.
Cathy Compton, Raft Guide and Teacher
Cathy has lived in Coeur d’Alene, ID for over 30 years. She has worked as an educator in the CDA school district for over 20 years and is the coach for both Cross Country and Track at CDA High School! She is the mother of 3 very adventurous children and the proud grandma of a beautiful 4 year old grand daughter. She enjoys running, hiking, biking, ice climbing, rock climbing, camping, snowshoeing, skiing, and of course kayaking and rafting! Cathy has worked in the White Water Rafting business off and on for the last 12 years. On your raft trip, ask her about her trips to multiple rivers around the world!
Alexandra Rich, Raft Guide, Outdoor Enthusiast
Alex, 23, is a transplant from Southern California and has been living in Missoula, MT for almost four and a half years. A graduate from the University of Montana with a degree in in Environmental Studies, she enjoys backpacking, fishing, stories over the campfire and riding down the Gorge in an airplane tire. She has floated down the Snake River in Wyoming and the Lochsa in Idaho, as well as the beautiful Clark Fork. This will be her second season guiding on the Alberton Gorge for Western Waters.
Delani Hanley, Raft Guide, University of Montana Athlete
Delani grew up in Alberton, MT, and has been swimming in the Clark Fork River for as long as she can remember. She is currently a student at the University of Montana working towards obtaining a Nursing Degree and she also runs on the University of Montana’s Track and Field Team. For the last two years, she has been working in the Alaskan Peninsula in a remote fishing camp helping out the local villagers with whatever she could. She loved working in Alaska, but Montana is where her heart is. Anything having to do with the outdoors has to do with Delani, so she’s always up for a good time. Delani is just a happy-go-lucky gal with a thirst for adventure!
Sara Forsythe, Operations and Marketing, Co-Owner
Sara grew up in South Dakota and fishes with a pole, bobber, and worm. She screams loudly when going through rapids, and holds onto rafts when they flip causing problems for her husband Jared. She is the Founder of the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) in Missoula and now works as an art teacher in Coeur d’Alene with her husband while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventures with Western Waters behind the scenes during the summer months.
Jared Forsythe, Fishing Guide, Raft Enthusiast, and Owner
Jared grew up in West Yellowstone Montana, exploring the many fishing holes, mountains, and rivers in his backyard. Attending the University of Montana provided him with yet another great backyard–Montana’s Bitteroot Mountains and the rivers of Northern Idaho. Jared graduated from the University of Montana in Environmental Science. Offering outdoor adventures in his home state only seemed fitting. He is one of the best Montana River Guides in the Missoula and Coeur d’Alene area!
Natty Role, Raft Guide and Science Teacher
Natty grew up floating the multi-day rivers of central Idaho where he began his guiding career. Natty joined Western Waters in 2005, guiding on the Clark Fork River in the summer while coaching kayaking in various foreign destinations in the winter. Natty is now a high school science teacher in Montana and spends more time with a fly rod than he does in a whitewater kayak. He returns every summer to guide for Western Waters. He is one of the best Montana River Guides!