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Nik Merlino
Founder & Guide

Nik first came to the Kennicott Valley as a child with his Father.  With over 15 years rafting experience and 25 years experience in the Kennicott Valley, he is never short of a story to tell.

Gina Merlino
Operations Manager

Gina is the brains behind our operation!  When you call, chances are it is her voice you will hear on the other end.  There are no questions too tough for Gina and she is always happy to help with a smile.

Kevin “Albo” Albinson
River Manager

Kevin is the grease of our rafting machine, he helps organize logistics, herd the guides and keeps the day to day operation flowing smoothly, all while finding time to lead both single and multi-day raft trips.  With over 20 years of experience in the industry, you could say he “knows a thing or two about a thing or two.”  Kevin grew up in Minnesota and has paddled all sorts of watercraft throughout the United States.

McCarthy River Tours Guide Sam Cox
Sam Cox
Guide

Sam learned to raft on the crowded rivers of Colorado, now he spends his time avoiding the congestion on the rivers of Wrangell St. Elias National Park.  Sam knows how to pick a camp, can grill a mean Cajun chicken and has the finest pancake cooking skills in McCarthy.  When he’s not “shredding the gnar” on the river, he enjoys water in its solid state, working as a ski lift operator in the winter!

Maggie Long
Office Manager/Guide

Maggie started working for us as an intern, she has worked her way up to office manager & guide and were thankful to have her on-board!  Maggie loves all the outdoor opportunities that Wrangell St. Elias National Park and McCarthy have to offer.  While she is often answering the phone, scheduling adventures & sorting schedules, Maggie loves sharing the wild of Alaska with our guests.  From glacier hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and single and multi day rafting, you can always expect a smile and great local knowledge!

Sam Aslan
Guide

Sam came to us from the adventure industry of Colorado.  He has been a quick study in both glacial river rafting and hiking.  He is quick with a story, easy on the jokes and is happy to answer any question you can come up with!  As a bonus, Sam also moonlights as one of our office staff periodically, so you might just get his cheery voice when you call!