Meet Whitewater Rafter, Travis Heyer

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Meet Whitewater Rafter, Travis Heyer

A deep-rooted love for the outdoors and adventure is what led Travis Heyer to Crab Apple Whitewater in March 2010. He joined a new training crew in the frigid spring waters of the Deerfield, where he learned the basics of being a river guide. Days on the river running “Zoar Gap” rapid and learning how to rescue swimmers began a new found passion: guiding rafts through thrilling rapids and providing Crab Apple guests with an experience of a lifetime.

Travis thrill seeking background began long before Crab Apple. He was a competitive freestyle skier, spending his time doing gravity-defying tricks in the air and attempting to land them cleanly. Travis attended the Mount Snow Ski Academy and traveled extensively across North America to compete while balancing a full academic schedule. As with many competitive athletes, Travis had great moments of triumph that were balanced with disappointments and injuries. His biggest obstacle was overcoming a torn ACL and meniscus – common injuries in the world of freestyle skiing.

Travis has left competitive skiing and attends the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he majors inHospitality and Tourism Management.This field of study makes him an even greater asset to Crab Apple and to the hundreds of guests he encounters each season. Travis has a real zest for rafting and enjoysshowing others the wonders and thrills of the beautiful Deerfield River. He is a fantastic, well-rounded guide who works with all skill levels. From working with younger kids on milder trips, to bringing a higher level of excitement to adults looking for big whitewater on more aggressive trips, Travis knows how to quickly switch it up! His background in athletics and continued interest in fitness make him an extremely strong river guide.

A deep affinity for travel has brought Travis to various parts of the globe. He has visited El Salvador and Ireland on pleasure trips and studied for a semester in Costa Rica, where he enjoyed great rafting, as well as treks to El Salvador. Wherever he roams, outdoor adventure is always on Travis itinerary!

More recently, Travis stays in great shape on the river and in the gym. Still a competitor at heart,he has turned to Tough Mudders and other outdoor adventure challenges. Travis has had several great results running these races solo for Top 5 times in the events. The longer and tougher of these events include 10-12 miles of running up and downski area mountains, while completing difficult obstacles such as high wall climbs and muddy crawls.

During the off-season of 2013/2014, Travis tries to balance and juggle all of his interests. Hismain goal is working toward graduating from UMass in May 2014. Additionally, he works at a hotel near his campus as a front desk clerk, which provides him valuable hospitality industry experience. Adding to his busy schedule, Travis travels on weekends and school vacations to Vermont to coach freestyle skiing at Mount Snow. Finally, Travis will again be involved in recruiting Umass students to work at Crab Apple this season. Travis helps advertise for student employment and then screens potential new employees before training begins in the spring.

After spring break at UMass, Travis will be back out on the Deerfield and Millers Rivers with Crab Apple. He is looking forward to high spring flows for exciting rafting trips. In addition, Travis will be a part of the veteran guide staff involved in training the new guide staff before the rafting season gets rolling in May.

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