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Interview with Nate Zabloski

Offbeat Interview Series with Nate

Nate ‘Baby Buffalo’ Zabloski


Born and raised in Massachusetts, Nate discovered the west and never looked back. He dove into commercial river guiding, learning the art of various crafts including oar boats, paddle boats, snout-rigs (motorized) and sport-boats (motorized), in Moab Utah. After a few years, he discovered the Division of Wildlife Resources and ‘fish squeezing’ trips. Since 2006 Nate has worked studying and monitoring the endangered fish species of the Colorado River Basin. Finally deciding that Moab was the place he wanted to put down some roots, Nate helped build his first home. Now a proud homeowner, it’s not uncommon to find him tinkering about the yard on one project or another. Nate has moved on from fish squeezing, to shoulder season business endeavors in Moab. Come summertime you will find him on the Salmon Rivers because Idaho is the place to be!

In his free time, Nate is an avid river runner, backcountry skier, mountain biker, Motorhead, and all-around adventurer. His lady friend Nicole, likes to join him in his adventures as often as possible, from her home in the Northwest. He also journies up to her home, where they enjoy climbing mountains, yoga and each other.

Given the chance, Nate will be paddling with and running safety for the Rainbow Fleet of Canyons Duckies. He hasn’t completely taken to kayaking just yet but loves any opportunity he gets to ‘Safety Duck’. He likes to go big in the paddle boat, so if you ride with him you may just get the chance to HIGH SIDE!!

The Interview

If you could be a river superhero, what would you be?   A form of Super Nate that can breathe underwater and in the air

What is your favorite dress up theme?   Baby Buffalo

What is your ‘go-to’ crazy hat night creation?   Captain Shady Hat

What brought you to Canyons?   The call of Idaho, good friends, and a high water trip

How many years have you worked here?  Two

What is your favorite thing about Canyons?   The Love and the Style

If you could describe Canyons in 3 words?   Flossing Rafting Family

When you hear the word Idaho, what comes to mind?   Hot springs and clean clear wild rivers

What are your top three favorite camps?   Little Soldier, Loon Creek, Haynie Bar

Your favorite hike?   Martin Mountain

Top three favorite rapids?   Velvet, Rubber & Big Mallard

Currently, what is your nemesis rapid?   House of Rocks rapid in high water

What river do you want to run that you haven’t yet?   Tatshenshini-Alsek

What do you consider a ‘real’ job?   A job that can sustain your lifestyle

If you could only have one kayak in your quiver, what would it be and why?   Remix 69 because it is solid and stable 

What is your favorite thing to cook on the river?   Grilled shrimp

If you could take a musician or band down the river today, who would it be?   Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

What is your most memorable swim in a river?   Big Drop 2 in Cataract Canyon

What is one of your river rituals or superstitions?   Dress up the last night and party!

What is the most valued non-river-related item that you bring with you on every trip?   My acoustic guitar

What is your favorite groover spot?   The motor well of my J-Rig

About Ariana Lowe

Running rivers is one of the greatest passions in Ari’s life. Ari’s warm demeanor, kind spirit, sense of adventure, and endless creative talents are a huge part of TEAM CANYONS. Ari is an avid kayaker, skilled oarsman and talented watercolor artist.

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