Our office staff and river guides are the most responsible and professional folks in the river rafting business. From your first phone call to your farewell at the end of the trip, we are dedicated to providing you with a warm and memorable experience.
|Zachary Collier was born and raised in Nevada and was drawn to California where he discovered backpacking, skiing, mountain biking, and river rafting. Zach soon began exploring rivers throughout California, which lead him to raft various rivers around the world. Zach started guiding for ECHO on California’s Tuolumne River in 1998 while finishing graduate school at Stanford University. After four years of teaching and traveling, Zach was hired by Dick and Joe to help run ECHO. Zach now manages all of the day-to-day operations and still happens to get in some river time every summer.
|Molly Reagh is a California native and recent transplant to Oregon. She is a novice boater, with hopes of spending a lot more time on rivers throughout her life. Molly loves cultural exchange and meeting new people and has lived in Mexico, Argentina, and Brasil. Despite her time abroad, she is currently enthralled by exploring the West Coast - hiking, backpacking and soaking in the incredible beauty of her native land.
|Janda Rhea headed out west after finishing college and hasn't looked back. She arrived in Oregon in 2001 and quickly fell in love with the mountains, beaches, forests, and (of course) the rivers. Janda is a great steward of the environment and can always be found on river trips searching for microtrash. In the office, she makes sure we recycle everything possible. She loves to share her enthusiasm for the great outdoors with our guests, and you'll love the details she remembers when planning your river trip.
"Spending 6 days in the wilderness really reminded me how fun life can be and made me feel like a kid again!" - Janda
Dick and Joe
|Dick Linford was raised in Wyoming and New Mexico. He went to California and after graduating from the UC Berkeley became a high school teacher. He began river guiding in 1970 and two years later started ECHO with Joe Daly. He and his wife Suzie currently live in Bend, Oregon, where Dick skis when there is snow and hikes, bikes and boats when there isn’t. He is the co-author and compiler of Halfway to Halfway, a collection of stories about the world of river guides. He is now collecting stories for a sequel, to be titled Halfway to Halfway and Back.
|Joe Daly was born and raised on the Susquehanna River in rural upstate New York. After finishing college at the State University of New York at Albany, he worked as a teacher for 10 years in New York and California before meeting Dick Linford and forming ECHO in 1972. After 35 years of operating ECHO, Joe remains active in many aspects of the business and still manages to get in his river days every summer - smiling all the way. Now semi-retired, Joe lives in Berkeley, CA and contributes a story or two to Dick’s on-going river anthology project Halfway to Halfway. When not running rivers, Joe spends time trying to save them.