- RIVER SCHOOL
- FLY FISHING
“Shwa,” is a rafting and fishing guide as well as one of Great Northern’s coordinators. Shwa grew up in North Dakota but now lives in a yurt in Columbia Falls where he, his wife (whom he met and married at Great Northern!), and his cute black lab, Kaia, make beautiful pottery at Glacier Roundhouse Pottery.
has been guiding the Middle Fork for six years and is also a rafting coordinator. Joe’s main activity consists of running after or frantically looking for his rebellious new puppy and taking her rafting. When he’s not doing that, you can find him reading texts of Eastern philosophy. Joe is also a certified ESL instructor and plans to spend some time in the near future teaching English in Vietnam! If you’re in Joe’s boat, make sure to hold on to him tight going through the Bonecrusher rapids to make sure he doesn’t fall out.
Great Northern’s office manager, is back for her fourth season at the company. A native of southern California, she decided the beach was overrated and made her way up to the mountains of Glacier (fortunately for us!). You will most often see her going out of her way to assist someone, whether it be a coworker, customer, or even a plant.
also known as "Korps" by friends, has been guiding on and off for fourteen years. He has been with Great Northern for three years and is one of our rafting coordinators and Glacier River School instructors. In the winter along with his wife and son (Marly and Tade), he moves down to Utah where he works as an avalanche forecaster and gets to shoot a howitzer for the Utah Department of Transportation.
works as a rafting and fishing guide for Great Northern over the summer. During the other months of the year, he sheds his life jacket and dons the title of Dr. Sprenger to go to work as the Musical Director of the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and as first violinist of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra in Texas. While in Montana, Dr. Sprenger trades his concert violin for a fiddle and plays in Great Northern’s famous company band, Sloppy Sue and the Satisfiers.
has been guiding for over 10 years on rivers in Montana and Colorado but has been with Great Northern for four years. A native from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers), Pennsylvania, he moved to Montana in 2001 to guide fly fishing and never left. He is still guiding fishing trips and is now also one of our Glacier River School instructors offering a ton of river and rescue experience. In the winter he heads south to his sailboat, Cacique, with his lovely girlfriend, Jordan.
is a fourth year guide and ACA- certified Level 4 kayak instructor who attended St Lawrence University in New York. He now spends his winter in Alta pursuing deep powder and steep runs. Don’t let his seemingly passive demeanor fool you, Greg is a no-nonsense river-running machine who swims Class IV rapids for fun.
Originally from Illinois, made the move to Northwest Montana four years ago and has been a guide at Great Northern for three seasons. When he's not on the river you may see him cruising down the highway on his Harley or kicking up some sand in a game of volleyball. Recently he has found a passion in building tiny homes.
is a second year guide at Great Northern but spent a summer working in our office prior to that. He is a originally from Spokane, Washington and is now a graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in Performance Theater. After this summer, he plans to move to Seattle, Washington. If you're lucky enough to have him as your guide ask him to sing his original Great Northern Rap.
is here for her first year at Great Northern but has guided rivers on the east coast prior to this summer. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Natural Resources Conservation and a minor in Native American studies. She loves climbing, paddling, horseback riding, skiing and painting and is obsessed with farm fresh ice cream. In the winter she heads down to Big Sky Ski Resort in Big Sky, Montana skiing in some awesome snow.
is originally from Marysville, WA but she has spent the last 6 years in Missoula. This is Lindsay's first year at Great Northern and she does a lot more than spend time on the river. You may see Lindsay driving your trip or checking you in at the office. One of her quest's in life is to see every national park by the time she turns 30.
(pronounced Seen), is originally from Wisonsin and has spent time in Alaska where he guided river trips. He's now at Great Northern for his first season with us. Some things about Sean: he loves working with wood and water (all wood, all water; no discrimination) He's also very fond of cheese fondue and tear drop trailers and his spirit animal is a sea turtle.
or "Club Neil", is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and is a first year guide at Great Northern. Outside of the raft world Neil spends his time skiing in Alta and finding the flow on his mountain bike. He also stays busy as a freelance graphic designer. Although he loves the city he'd still rather sleep in a tent any day of the week. He's best know for his amazing rice cooking techniques.
is a first year guide here at Great Northern from Berea, Ohio and is now a resident of Colorado. He is a student at the Colorado Mountain College studying Outdoor Education and Sustainability. He also volunteers for an adaptive ski program . Some things Cole is passionate about is rafting, water balloons and slip and slides.
is a first year guide here at Great Northern. Originally from Bozeman, Montana he now resides in Missoula where he is going to school for a degree in Education. When he's not studying in Missoula or rafting on the Middle Fork he is playing hockey, backpacking or camping. Hunter once fought a grizzley bear .... and won.
made his way to Whitefish, Montana from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania about 6 years ago to be in the great outdoors. He is now a first year guide at Great Northern. The rest of the year he is busy working on an organic farm in Whitefish. He loves snowboarding, fine dining and camping all over Montana.
is working in Great Northern’s office for the second time this year but by the way she runs the place, you’d guess she’s been here for years. A graduate of Williams College, she lives in Alta in the winter with her husband Brett, who is one of our guides, and teaches music lessons in Salt Lake. Brett and Marly welcomed little baby Tadem who is Great Northern's cutest mascot and also the youngest new guide in training.
is a second-season office staff and bus driver. Originally from Divide, Colorado she studied Natural Resources and art and mastered life while driving a Red Bus for Glacier National Park. While cherishing her new Montana family of Jammer Grandpas, she fell in love with Cheif Mountain and achieved her goal of reaching it's summit. Now all that's left is figuring out how to ride a horse through the whitewater.
is a second year office staff who has lived all over the country. (New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and New York to name a few.) She now calls Montana her home and will be spending her winter in New Mexico at Taos enjoying the snow, doing photography and waiting for another epic summer season in West Glacier.
s also one of our first year office staff from Bozeman, Montana. This spring she graduated from the University of Montana with a fancy degree in Political Science and International Relations. After this summer she plans to continue to postpone the real world by travelling throughout South America. She has traveled all over and spent her freshman year of high school in Montpellier, France living the french dream.
works with Glacier Park Weddings and assists in the planning and coordination of weddings and events here at Great Northern Resort. Originally from Missoula, Montana she got her bachelor's in jellyfish reproductive habits at the University of Oregon and will be moving to Seattle this fall.
is Great Northern’s chef and is the wizard behind the amazing food on all of our meal trips. Meg sources local organic food, much of it from her own garden, to create the impressive three-course meals your guides will cook up for you right on the side of the river if you’re on a full-day, overnight, or dinner trip. Meg credits the Universe for sending her inspiration for her recipes, and who has better taste than the Universe?
is the head housekeeper at the resort. A tough lady with a sweet spot for all the raft guides, Bernie has assumed the role of company mom. She keeps everybody in line and makes sure we feed and bathe ourselves. You can find Bernie running around the grounds keeping the cabins ship-shape and reminding the guides to wash behind their ears.