Mark Crawford

Senior Trip Leader

Where do you call home?

USA – wherever my luggage is!

What do you love most about multi-day trips?

Exploration. Its where the unknown is enlivened by creativity. The true self can be exposed to the environment. Step away from what is known.

When did you start working for Water By Nature?


Your best river meal you like to prepare?

Anything curry based!

Favourite Rapid?

Casa de Piedra on the Rio Futaleufu in Chile

Most important piece of equipment you take on every adventure?

Common sense.

Biggest achievement to date?

Having the resilience, composure and perseverance to overcome doubt and failure.

What do you do when you are not on the river?

Quality time with family and friends. Inward and outward exploration.

Best River story? Favourite rafting trips?

When opportunity met occasion, adversity met ambition and everyone was willing (even if not ready), the adventure was on. This happens for many if not most on expedition rafting trips. And I for one try to be appreciative of the journey. That being said…. when language becomes the barrier, the story becomes a bit more technical (or complicated)

Anywhere still on the rafting ‘bucket list’?

The world is your oyster!

What will you do when you grow up?

Become a better version of my current self.

Tell us something that people may not know about you?

I am one of six siblings and have over 60 first cousins. My ‘river family’ is a mere extension of this.