Meet Your Futaleufu Expedition Guides


Mitch Sasser

Mitch’s life changed the first time he ran the Futaleufu.  After years of professional guiding and instructing in New Mexico, Mitch found his way south to Patagonia to explore some of the greatest whitewater  on earth.  He found it and he never returned.  Now, after 10 years as a full time resident of the village of Futaleufu, Mitch spends his time raising his 3 daughters with his wife Tatiana and getting out on the river as much as possible.  With summers spent on his local river and the rest of the year traveling the continent teaching swift water rescue courses, Mitch is a busy guy.  Certainly, there are few other people you’d rather run the river with than Mitch.


Wendy Hinton - Global Descents GuideWendy Hinton

Wendy started her rafting career on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama and has been in love with rivers ever since. She has left New Mexico to search out other rivers in the U.S and beyond, working in Zambia, Colombia and California to name a few. She loves to share her passion for the river with everyone in her boat. She is also the backbone of the Global Descents headquarters in New Mexico and spends her summers guiding the many different sections of the Rio Grande river basin. When not on the river, Wendy enjoys walking her dogs on area trails and kayaking her local rivers.


Dave Kashinski - Global Descents GuideDavid Kashinski

When it comes to finding someone to explore a new river or jump on board for anything adventurous, Dave is the first in line and the best partner you could choose. He started running rivers as a kid growing up in Aspen, Colorado. At the age of 17 he started his career as a leading river guide on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Working during the summers as he earned his degree from Brown University, Dave’s passion for the river never subsided. After school he continued to follow his passion for running rivers and has become a world-class river guide having worked in many destinations including Chiapas, Belize, Chile, India, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.


Kenny Kiley

Kenny grew up on the banks of the Sandy River in northern Oregon. River running is in his blood and he has made it his life pursuit in every aspect. Kenny is an accomplished class V rafting and kayaking guide and other than his home rivers in Oregon you’re likely to see him on the mighty Zambezi safety kayaking or guiding a raft. When Kenny is not guiding he is hard at work in his shop making custom wooden paddles and oars under his brand, Blunt Family Paddles. Kenny always has a smile on his face and is regularly requested as a guide for our returning guests.


Duke Bradford

Duke Bradford has worked in the adventure/tourism industry for more than a decade. From the back of the raft to the forefront of his two adventure-based businesses, Duke excels at finding innovative ways to show wild places to people around the world. He continues to travel and to network extensively in order to maintain the highest levels of creativity and originality in his vision of adventure travel; and somehow he still manages to paddle and ski a couple hundred days a year! Duke lives in Keystone, Colorado with his wife, Anne, and their son, Cassius.