Offbeat Interview Series with Kelli
Kelli ‘Teacha’ O’Keefe
If you could be a river superhero, what would you be? Whitewater Wonder Woman
What is your favorite dress up theme? Definitely Disco!
What is your ‘go to’ crazy hat night creation? I’m a big fan of the Big Horn Sheep! All you need is a Cam strap and Aluminum Foil!
What brought you to Canyons? I met Greg on my first trip in Grand Canyon 8 years ago as an assistant for AzRA! Immediately I fell in love with Greg’s contagious attitude. I ran into him that winter and he said, “Hey! Come check out Idaho!!”. The following summer I was able to go on the Canyons training trip, and a few years later…here I am!
How many years have you worked here? 5 years
What is your favorite thing about Canyons? I love the family atmosphere… our guides are amazing, our guests are awesome, and we get to spend our summers on two of the most beautiful rivers out there! I also really love the fact that as guides, we get to switch boats every day which is all decided upon at coffee talk!
If you could describe Canyons in 3 words? Family, Love, Duckies
When you hear the word Idaho, what comes to mind? Hot springs, Whitewater, Potatoes
Your favorite hike? Little Pine
Top three favorite rapids? Tappan Falls (MF), Powerhouse (MF), Split Rock (MN)
Currently, what is your nemesis rapid? Sulfur Slide in a sweep boat or a willie
What river do you want to run that you haven’t yet? Futaleufu in Chile
What do you consider a ‘real’ job? Getting paid to do something you love!
If you could only have one kayak in your quiver, what would it be and why? I’m a rookie in the old kayak….so I’m happy to be in a boat that I can roll over in!
What is your favorite thing to cook on the river? Migas!!
If you could take a musician or band down the river today, who would it be? Creedence Clearwater Revival
What is your most memorable swim in a river? Seidel’s Suckhole on the Arkansas
What is one of your river rituals or superstitions? I try not to have any rituals or superstitions
What is your most valued non-river-related item that you bring with you on every trip? My pillow…. We tend to spend more nights on the river than we do inside. So it’s so nice to have a cozy sleep kit….especially for Team Canyons coffee talk!
What is your favorite groover spot? Cradle (MF), it’s so fun to look downstream at that beautiful little ducky muncher