Sam Jansen

Sam started guiding in the Grand Canyon in the early ‘90s and by now his blood is mostly river water. He also guides on the mighty Alsek and other rivers in Alaska. Off the water he’s a writer and filmmaker. On the water he’s a menace with a bucket. He loves poems about pigs and stories about coyotes; hiking fast and far; and burying his boat in huge waves.


(You can visit Sam's website and view some of his filmmaking projects at


“Sam was always excellent at balancing being organized and directed with ‘flexing’ when circumstances dictated the need.  I never felt deprived because something hadn’t worked out.  Serendipity was always present.” – P.C. Sept 19, 2012.