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Kevin Elardi: River Guide and Manager

February 10th, 2006 Malina

The problem with writing a bio for Kevin here is that were he to do it himself it would be much¬† funnier. But in addition to making you laugh, he can also clean an underground oil tank. Life started looking a whole lot more interesting when he gave up that choice profession and came on […]

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Sammy Russo: Guide and Webmaster

February 6th, 2006 Malina

Sammy came to us by a unique path. After starting off in culinary school and finally getting his B.S in Outdoor Recreation (1999) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he gave us a call from his homestate of Illinois and moved out to California to be an intern (to finish his Degree) in our office in […]

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Hunter Donaldson: River Guide

February 4th, 2006 Malina

Hunter is the genealogist of All-Outdoors. Have a complex question about your Grannie’s 2nd cousin twice removed? Hunter will clear it up in a jiffy. We realized he had this unique talent when he first started working for us and someone asked him how he got the name Hunter, which is somewhat unusual viagra otc. […]

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Mark Reiner: River Guide and Photographer

January 27th, 2006 Malina

CAN: Spin a yarn (words, not merino), play the digiridoo, organize an adventure¬†film festival, take you to Baja with a bunch of sea kayaks, and take Truly Beautiful photographs. You know how sometimes you think cool photos are just dumb luck, especially what with the digital these days? Mark’s images bring it all back home: […]

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Claudette Van Gordon: WC office manager

January 18th, 2006 Malina

You know the saying that behind every great man (or in this case, company,) there’s a great woman? Exhibit A: Claudette, the Grande Dame of the Walnut Creek office. Much like Duct Tape, she can pretty much do it all. From booking trips to year-end reports and scheduling, Claudette keeps it all together; we would […]

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Scott Armstrong: Owner

January 16th, 2006 Malina

Left: Scott A, leading by example Scott, our fearless leader, was basically born with a silver paddle in his mouth and was weaned on the banks of California’s rivers. AO’s history is Scott’s history too. If Scott is your guide you could easily go the whole day without knowing he’s one of the owners of […]

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The Walker Brothers: River Guides and Managers

January 16th, 2006 Malina

Above: Grand Canyon trip 2002. L-R: Adam, Tommy, and Danny. With their custom-welded roof racks, hand-sewn leather bags, and endless wood-working projects, Adam and Danny together are a small dynasty of good ol’ fashioned Yankee ingenuity. Plus, they cook up storm. Just don’t ask them to dance. Between the two of them, the Walkers have […]

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George, Gregg, and Laura Armstrong: Founder, Owner, Guide

January 10th, 2006 Malina

George is our founding father–AO has been the official family business since 1962. Although he handles a lot of paperwork and behind-the-scenes stuff, George still guides a few trips every summer and keeps everyone driving the speed limit and double checking equipment lists. Gregg keeps everybody in our booking (aka the “Walnut Creek Office”) in […]

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Amy diVittorio: River Guide and Manager

January 4th, 2006 Malina

Quick to laugh, jump in the fray, lend an ear and answer the phone in Spanish, Professora diVittorio matches guides with trips, trips with boats, boats with guests, guests with busses, and busses with someone to drive them. Then she does it all over again the next day. Sometimes, if class gets out early, and […]

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Stuart Hornsby: River guide and Manager

January 1st, 2006 Malina

How many people do you know that can drive a tractor, plant daffodils, pair wine with food and guide rivers with the best of them? Oh–and design t-shirts and gardens, plan events and parking lots, draft plans, and be continually good-humored and gracious through gopher holes, spilled coffee and river carnage of all kinds? One […]

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