50wsRivers-24Susan Elliott

Susan has instructed kayaking to cancer survivors on the White Salmon River, WA and to the kids on the Salween River in China. She has taught raft guide courses in the Pacific Northwest and science lessons with World Class Kayak Academy.  Through stories for magazines and industry blogs she has shared river adventures, stewardship actions and conservation initiatives with the public. Currently, Susan is infusing Wild & Scenic conservation strategy into a river recreation plan in China’s first National Park on the headwaters of the Mekong River.  She is also wrapping up a masters degree in River Engineering at Oregon State University, equipping her with a deeper expertise of the function and necessity of free-flowing river systems.  


50wsRivers-20Adam Elliott

Adam grew up guiding in the Grand Canyon and went on to study design management and product development.  As the Guide Manager for China’s Last Descents River Expeditions, Adam manages river logistics in Mandarin and contributes to a business strategy founded in preserving river wilderness in a place where Wild & Scenic Rivers do not yet exist.  He is an expedition photographer and instructor, a media maker and great cook. Adam contributes a passion for challenging whitewater, rich wilderness experiences and beautiful photos and video. He also does a mean dutch oven hatch chile casserole, fresh guac’ and margaritas. 


Our adventure side-kick, Wallace can usually be found obsessively staring at a ball or stick, sitting happily in the sunshine, or snuggling on Susan’s lap in the raft.



More information on Susan and Adam’s background of river conservation work, river guiding and instruction, and project management can be found here.


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