Guides and Instructors

Staff Bios

JJim-Bio-Picim Cochran

Jim is an avid whitewater kayaker and has been guiding rafting trips for over a decade. He has worked in the experiential education field in a variety of positions which include the development of summer programs ‘and an alternative education school. He is also a former director of an adventure travel company. He is a high and low ropes courses facilitator, and has certifications in swiftwater rescue, wilderness medicine and CPR. He is a Licensed Maine Guide and is working toward his master’s in education. On weekends he can be found hunting, kayaking and skiing with his wife and daughter.


maine-rafting-guide-clay-vetterClay Vetter

Clay is our non-stop voice on our trips. His great sense of humor makes him a favorite guide among clients. He has been guiding raft trips for several years. Clay is a Licensed Maine Guide and has certifications in First Aid and CPR. He is also a high and low ropes course facilitator and a vocational rehabilitation counselor. When not guiding, Clay enjoys playing drums, skiing and hiking with his Black and Tan Coonhound.


ropes-course-guide-nick-rudowskiNick Rudowski

Nick is a talented musician, he shoots video, takes pictures, and makes music to document our ELC Outdoors experiences. A former Boy Scout, he has led backcountry trips with youth for many years. He is a high/low ropes course facilitator, mountain biker, skier, snowboarder and writer who has been published in Powder Magazine as well as a teacher. When not working, he can usually be found skiing or biking.