Jock Richardson

About The Teacher

Nick-named, “Old Man River”, Jock was hired so Brian would have one guide older then he is!  Jock is a local boy who grew up in northern and coastal British Columbia with stops in Stewart and Haida Gwaii.  He dedicated his youth to climbing which eventually led to a love affair with rivers in the early 80’s.  He “cut his teeth ” on the Kicking Horse, Chilko, Chilcotin, Taseko, Babine, Tat-Alsek and Firth in the days of bucket boats.  The self-bailer, for you younger folks, came into fashion in 1981 as historically we used to bail the boats after each rapid while fighting off pterodactyls!

Jock’s international experience includes Nepal, India, Africa and Costa Rica.  He fell in love with the Arctic in 1977 while on a remote climbing expedition on Baffin Island.  He first rafted the Tatshenshini in 1987 and has worked close to three decades on these northern waterways.  In winters, Jock works as a ski hill risk manager, avalanche forecaster and as a mountain rescue specialist also teaching wilderness first aid and Swiftwater Rescue courses.  He is a fan of cooking, natural history and enjoys nothing more then sitting around a campfire telling stories – and there are many!


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