River Rafting Guide Profiles
Andrew Brachle grew up just a stone’s throw away from the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. He began his rafting career on Shoshone of the Colorado in 1999 just prior to graduating high school. Since then he has logged over 10,000 miles on more than 75 stretches of whitewater from West Virginia to Washington State.
In 2009 he opened a gymnastics facility and a CrossFit gym with his beautiful and talented wife Teresa. You can find them rock climbing below Ajax, floating the Valley Floor in inflatable kayaks, biking over Lizard Head Pass, or rafting the San Miguel River in the breathtaking backyard they call Telluride.
Josh Johnson started raft guiding for TO in the spring of 2003. Since then he has developed a deep love for the river that has taken him down wild and scenic rivers such as the Grand Canyon, The Rogue, The Salt and The Middle Fork of the Salmon.
"I love the perspective the river reveals. Whether by raft, kayak or paddle board, the current of the river allows one to enter a medium perfectly tuned to the rhythm of nature".
Kris’s passion for the river began at an early age in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he grew up rowing drift boats for his fish-crazed father. He picked up kayaking in high school and began guiding rafting trips for Telluride Outside in 2005. His boating experience ranges from the cold waters of Alaska to the desert rivers of Arizona. He’s most at home, however, in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Western Colorado.
As one of the owners and head guides of Telluride Outside, Kris thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion for rivers with everyone. He spends his winters as a ski racing coach for the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club and guides for elk in the fall for Telluride Outside’s sister outfitter Telluride Hunting Guides.
Mark began rafting for TO in 2011. Since beginning his rafting career, Mark has floated rivers all throughout the Americas and obtaining over 5,000 river miles. Mark has spent enough time on rivers to obtain his trip leader status and guide instructor status under Colorado statute.Mark is also a full time member of San Miguel County Search and Rescue where he has pursued numerous medical and water certifications including swiftwater and whitewater rescue, outdoor emergency care and wilderness first responder. "I get anxious every winter while I wait for rafting season to roll around. I love being on the water every day and interacting with guests from all over the world. It is incredible living on the western slope of Colorado and having so many amazing rivers here in our backyard." Mark also guides fly fishing trips and photography tours for TO and is a ski instructor on the mountain in the winter.