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River Rafting Whitewater Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

River Aquatic Recreation, Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Adventure Travel, Eco Travel Domestic, Eco Travel International, Tour Guide, Whitewater Rafting, Out Fitter, River Recreation Aquatic Accidents On Rivers

Expert Witness No.578

Colorado

Areas of Expertise:

River rafting, kayaking, and canoeing, on whitewater rivers and on flat, moving rivers.

Outfitting and guiding river trips and other outdoor trips, in the United States and abroad.

Injury and death on rivers.

Historical uses of rivers, historical commerce on rivers, historical development of river law, legal navigability of rivers, disputed ownership of the beds and banks of rivers, public boating and fishing rights on rivers, environmental policy on rivers.

Spanish-English translation and interpretation, for tourism, business, and law.
River Issues Experience:
Executive Director of the National Organization for Rivers, a  national member­­shipassociation of canoeists, kayakers, rafters, fly fishermen, and river conservationists, 1978 to present.

Executive Secretary of the American Canoe Association, the Olympic affiliate in the United States for national and international canoe and kayak racing, 1976 to 1978.

Has researched, written, and edited numerous articles on river running, appearing in CURRENTS magazine, 1978 to 1995, and other publications.

Has gathered and analyzed river accident reports from around the United States and the world, and written numerous articles about river accidents.

Has testified about river issues at various hearings of government agencies and legislative committees regarding river safety, river conservation, and public rights on rivers.

Has prepared numerous press releases, and spoken at press conferences on river subjects.

Has testified as an expert witness in river accident cases involving rivers in the United States and Canada. (See separate list.)

Has written reviews of numerous books, articles, and videos about river running and river safety.

River Business Experience:

and guided kayaking and rafting trips on the Bio-Bio River in Chile, one of the world’s most challenging major whitewater river trips, and on other rivers in Chile and Argentina, for nine seasons, 1986 to 1995. Hired and supervised other guides.

Instructed kayaking and rafting in Colorado, Utah, and California for twelve seasons, 1974 to 1986. Hired and supervised other instructors.

Supervised the rental of canoes, kayaks and rafts to the public for four seasons, 1979 to 1983.

River Running Experience:

Has run most of the major recreational rivers in the United States, and various rivers in other countries, using rafts, kayaks, canoes, and dories, 1966 to present.

Has raced in numerous state and regional river races, and in the 1974 U.S. National Whitewater Championships.       

    
River Film Production Experience:

Available upon Request

River Education and Teaching:

Learned river running from world champion Roger Paris during seven seasons in the 1970s, from William McGinnis, author of Whitewater Rafting, from Greg Moore, author of Idaho Whitewater, and from other nationally recognized experts.

Former students include U.S. national champion John Fishburn, Olympic champion Chris Spelius, national women’s champion Nancy Wiley, and other river running experts.
General education:
Graduate studies in land use policy, University of Washington, Seattle, 1975.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1974.
Diploma of Hispanic Studies, University of Barcelona, Spain, 1971.
Other experience:
Raced in various sailboat races, including the 1968 Transpacific Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu.)

Experienced alpine and nordic ski racer, rodeo contestant, and rock climber. Certified in CPR. Certified ski instructor.

Spanish-English translator and interpreter for courts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and for Pacific Chemicals Engineering (a Colorado corporation with operations in Chile.)

Publications Authored:

Articles in various river magazines, 1972 to 1978.

CURRENTS Magazine, issues 1 to 60, 1978 to 1995. Edited the magazine. Researched and wrote some articles. Hired and supervised other writers and editors. A number of the articles covered river accidents.

The National Rivers Website, 1995 to 2006. Researched and wrote much of the material, hired and supervised other writers and editors.

NORS press releases, position papers, and letters of comment on government agency proposals. Researched and wrote these materials, and also hired and supervised other writers and edited their material.

NORS river law materials. Draft book titled Public Rights on Rivers. Draft folder titled “Public Ownership of Rivers in the United States.” Article titled “Boating Rights on Rivers in Colorado” appeared in the proceedings of the Western Water Law Conference, Gunnison, Colorado, July 2001.

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