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A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. _c.s. lewis

Posts Tagged ‘rafting’

First Swimmer.

Posted by abramjanson on June 17, 2009

Hello Friends.

It appears I am human… Haha… Just kidding… But seriously… I finally punched my ticket for the first swimmer of my guiding career (i’m not counting some crazy lady last year who jumped in… 😛 )

Had the all day trip… everything was going great. Good lines in the rapids… Good conversation in the boat… great lunch… and then came Siedel’s Suckhole.

I just straight up got worked.

And… Then she just went out the back.   I watched her go… slow motion… head over heels out the back of the boat… She got sucked down… shot under the boat… and came up 10 feet in front… meanwhile… we were still getting worked in the hole. 🙂 It was quite the good surf that is for darn sure.

The important part… I kept us from flipping. 🙂

And in my defense… Easily the rapid that serves up the most carnage on that entire section of river… It’s legit.

It happens to the best of us… I guess. Haha.  As always… It’s a humbling experience and you really get a renewed realization of the enormous power that the river possesses.  Check out a little video of some Siedel’s action below… to give you a little taste of my day… 🙂

Just got worked.



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the summer stache.

Posted by abramjanson on June 8, 2009

So… I went through a little change a couple days ago… 🙂


From bearded greatness… to masculine mustache. 


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Posted by abramjanson on May 23, 2009

Hola. So… I’m near close to being done with the first week back to Noah’s.  It has been a great experience.  I love the people here.  They are simply a blessing.  It is a super uplifting and encouraging environment to work in.  Sometimes… I even feel it is too nice or too encouraging… But I guess maybe it is better to error in the positive rather than the negative.  Regardless… I have really enjoyed my time here so far.  I am really joyful in my decision to return.  Training has been tough, but not nearly as tough as I thought it would be.  We ran the Narrows three times on Thursday and busted out two trips down Brown’s filled with tons of scenarios.  The practice has been great. Laura Freddy flipped in the Narrows yesterday which was an interesting situation to watch unfold. Anywho… I went and hung out at the Bread House tonight and an impromptu worship session broke out.  It was really good for me to sit and listen and quiet my heart.  I don’t know if I sang a word… but I didn’t have to.  It was a blessing in my life and it provided some much needed ‘quiet’ time alone with myself.  I have been learning a lot this week about who I am and who I want to be.  We have been discussing a lot of different aspects of our company and our jobs as guides and the consensus is that we are more than just river guides. 


  • Guiding is simply a medium in which we get to minister to the hearts of people.

With this… we have been discussing why ‘we’ exist and the core values of Noah’s.  Allow me to share with you our mission statement and values and some assertions that have really spoken truth and challenged me.


  • Our Mission:
  • To challenge and encourage people in their relationships with God, others and themselves.
  • Our Values:
  • Excellence
  • I will seek to be excellent in all aspects of my work – pushing myself to be a contributor and not a consumer in all I do.
  • Relationships
  • Out of an extension of my love relationship with Christ, I will choose to love others well – beginning with those closest to me and then also to whomever God brings into my path.
  • Teaching and Training
  • Out of an extension of my love relationship with Christ, I will choose to be developed, and also pour myself into the development and encouragement of those around me.
  • Extraordinary Customer Service
  • Out of an extension of my relationship with Christ, I will seek to love my customers by providing “extraordinary customer value.”
  • Recreation
  • My time outdoors is one of my favorite extensions of my relationship with Christ.
  • Challenging thoughts and assertions regarding these values:
  • If people do not feel safe and cared for they will not rust me and it will therefore deafen their ears to anything I have to say.
  • I choose to be authentic – to not hide my true feelings, strengths and failures.  I will offer all of these parts of myself to staff – as an incomplete non-perfect human that is growing and learning.
  • I commit to not say anything negative about another member of my community.
  • I choose to acknowledge that people are the reason I do what I do.


  • World Rockers:
  • I recognize that the motivation for my own personal development can only come from within. I can respond by rising to the occasion, or ignoring the opportunity.  I choose to rise, respond, and grow.
  • I choose to seek out my gifts and talents and exploit them like never before – realizing that what my community needs is 100% of what I have to offer.
  • I will seek opportunities to help develop those around me, and speak words of life into their circumstances.  I choose to encourage people – not discourage them.


It is easy to say this company is challenging me and turning me into a better lover of kingdom purposes and people.


Challenges of the heart are difficult ones to deal with.


Traveling mercies.

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Posted by abramjanson on May 19, 2009

Greetings friends!

So… It has been a little bit of a wild ride for the last week of so.

Finished school on Wednesday. Packed up and returned home Thursday evening. Unpacked everything from school and repacked everything for Colorado on Friday. Drove just over 17 hours Saturday. Slept three hours in a super sketch truck stop in the middle of Kansas. Woke up. Drove an hour. Took a nap. Woke up. Drove the rest of the way to the ‘Springs.’ Had coffee with friends. Drove to BV. All day rock climb Monday. Two riv trips today. I’m exhausted. However… all is well. I can’t complain. We start second year river training tomorrow which will be very challenging physically and emotionally. I’m pretty nervous but looking forward to it.

I went fishing on the Ark today after dinner and managed to bring in 6 browns and 1 rainbow in the span of about 45 minutes.

To some it all up… The riv is huge. The mountains are covered. The fishing is good.

What else could I ask for?

Oh yea… and the people are sweet. 🙂

Traveling mercies.

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