Offbeat Interview Series with Ren
Hi! My name is Kathryn (Ren) Egnew, and I was born and raised right here in McCall, Idaho. I grew up skiing, kayaking, rafting, and mountain biking, but soccer and horseback riding were my main focus until college. After a (very) short stint as a college athlete I moved to Moab to be a river guide for Sheri Griffith River Expeditions. After a summer in the desert I relocated to Bozeman MT to go back to school for GIS and Snow Science. Five years in Bozeman taught me to love the outdoors more, took me all over the world to ski and kayak, and helped me find my passion at the crossroads of guiding and backcountry awareness and stewardship.
I was living abroad when the pandemic began, so I bailed back to the States and landed in McCall. What was supposed to be a couple months “reset period” turned into a year and a refound love of Idaho. I am currently spending my time working towards my AIARE teaching and guiding certifications in the winter, and playing on the river and tending to my garden in the summer. Happy to be home!
Rowing the Big Drops in Cataract Canyon for the first time.
Going left at Bedrock Rapid in the Grand Canyon…it wasn’t technically a guided trip, but no one in my boat knew much about rivers and it was certainly a spicy line!
Anything leopard print!
I have always been drawn to the sense of camaraderie and family at Canyons. It is this unwavering sense of place and unconditional love that has made me want to be a part of Team Canyons for a very long time.
Adaptable, bold, creative.
The beautiful clear water and the hot springs!
I would be a river otter because they are so good at playing and napping with equal voracity.
Never talk about the Big W! (wind)
A sketchbook, coffee/cocktail mug, and a good river dress.
Any spot overlooking a big rapid. It helps move things along and gives you another chance to scout!
I know this is extra cheesy, but the river really has taught me to go with the flow and to be comfortable working with what I have at the moment.
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