Meet Wesley (Wes) Myers
Wes has been a part of AzRA his whole life, literally! His mom, who works in the office, started working for AzRA before Wes was born, and has been working here ever since. As you’ll read below, he started working in the warehouse for AzRA when he was in High School, and started guiding officially in Grand Canyon shortly after graduating. It’s been neat to watch him grow up and into his guiding role! Read all about him below.
Where were you born? Tell us a little about yourself.
I am from Flagstaff, Arizona. Born to adventurous parents. I grew up camping, boating, hunting and generally enjoying the mountains and canyon country around Northern Arizona
What’s your history with AzRA?
Both of my parents have worked at AzRA. I remember my first river experiences on the San Juan with AzRA company employee trips. My first Grand Canyon trip was in 2003 and my dad was the trip leader. It was an 8 day, 2-boat motor trip. I started working in the warehouse in high school and then began guiding in 2014.
When did you start guiding?
As a junior in high school I did my first 2 trips as a guide for GCY on the San Juan River.
What types of trips do you guide?
I drive motorboats, paddle rafts and oar rafts. I have goals to safety kayak and run dories soon.
What are your favorite rapids and hikes?
There is nothing in the world like Hermit at high water. Pure unfiltered and simply amazing fun. I love hikes to incredible views and luckily I also enjoy steep difficult terrain. Eminence Break and the Tabernacle are my favorites.
Any interesting facts about you?
I enjoy reading and writing poetry outdoors, usually about outdoor adventures.
What do you do when you’re not at AzRA?
I work toward practices like yoga and playing guitar. I spend time with family.
Do you have hobbies?
Hunting and fishing with my friends and father have always been special times. Seasonally, I ski, mountain bike and surf. Also, all kinds of yard games like horseshoes, bocce ball, frisbee, etc.
What do you love about Grand Canyon guiding?
I love that every trip is different and we are set up for tremendous opportunities for life-changing experiences and personal growth. I get to share my passion for the place and watch the Grand Canyon share its magic with anyone willing to receive. My job is a top 10 vacation. Makes me feel lucky and like I’m in the right place.
Any advice you’d give to guests?
Look through your eyes more than a camera. Let go of life beyond the rim. Seize the many opportunities of each day. Welcome challenges and lessons that come with it. It is your trip to enjoy, no one else’s. Be present, bear witness, go in peace.