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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!  She helps mostly behind the scenes and is our logistics (multi-day food planning, travel help, hotel stay) extraordinaire.

McCarthy River Tours Guide Sam Cox
Sam Cox
Lead Guide/River Manager

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 is our lead Multi Day Guide and River Manager, in his spare time he volunteers for local Search & Rescue and leads Snow Machine tours in the Winter.  Sam knows how to pick a camp, can grill a mean Cajun chicken and has the finest pancake cooking skills in McCarthy.

Elvie Underwood
Office Guru

Elvie grew up in Kenny Lake, just 90 miles from McCarthy and packs a wealth of local knowledge!  She is our office guru, if you call or come in during the summer, Elvie will most likely be the one to greet you.  She is learning the rafting trade and often guides Glacier Hikes and Stand Up Paddle Board Tours.  If your lucky enough to get her as a guide, get ready for a treasure trove of local knowledge!

Kevin “Albo” Albinson
Lead Guide Emeritus

Kevin has spent a lot of years rowing the rivers of Wrangell St Elias National Park with us.  While responsibilities now keep him away for parts of the summer, Kevin still loves to spend time on the river.  He also helps coordinate all the fun behind the scenes projects that make your trip with us unique and authentically Alaskan.   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.

Maggie Long

Maggie started working for us as an intern, she has worked her way up to  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.  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

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!