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MIDDLE FORK AND MAIN SALMON RIVERS, IDAHO

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!

In your guiding career (on or off river), what has been your favorite “woohoo!” moment?

Rowing the Big Drops in Cataract Canyon for the first time.

In your guiding career (on or off river), what has been your most memorable “uhoh!” moment?

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!

What is your favorite dress-up theme?

Anything leopard print!

What intrigues you about working for Canyons?

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.

What are three words that describe you?

Adaptable, bold, creative.

What is your favorite thing about the Middle Fork or Main Salmon?

The beautiful clear water and the hot springs!

If you could be a river creature, which one and why?

I would be a river otter because they are so good at playing and napping with equal voracity.

If you could bring anyone on a river trip, who would it be and why?

Beyonce.

What is one of your river rituals or superstitions?

Never talk about the Big W! (wind)

What are your personal top 3 MUST HAVES on a river trip?

A sketchbook, coffee/cocktail mug, and a good river dress.

Where is your favorite groover spot?

Any spot overlooking a big rapid. It helps move things along and gives you another chance to scout!

What is the most important lesson the river has taught you so far?
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.

About Katie Proctor

Katie's favorite thing is being out in the wild running rivers, climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars with her son, pup and partner Colin. She is a Mama, boatwoman, yoga instructor, massage therapist, writer, mountain biker and up-for-anything adventurer!

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