“I love being a female guide, I think it’s the coolest thing in the world.” – Ashlyn Molino
The forgiving nature of the Main Payette’s drop-pool rapids makes it the perfect river to learn to guide on. While it has a big-water feel, the consequences of messing up are low, which also make it a very accessible river.
“I feel so thankful that I came into adulthood while learning to be a river guide.”
Learning to be a river guide is about more than reading rapids—it’s about learning to read yourself. After the initial intimidation of stepping into a male-dominated profession, the Main has taught Ashlyn to embrace making mistakes. On and off the river she approaches life and guiding with a can-learn spirit.
“I make mistakes all the time [and] I’ve kind of realized that I never want to be the most experienced person in the room… I don’t really see that as a hurdle or a competition, more of a learning opportunity. That knowledge and that expertise isn’t something to be coveted but to be shared.”
This is Ashlyn Molino and the Main Payette River is her home run.
Editor’s Note: Watch the full My Home Run series on YouTube.