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North Wash Outfitters

North Wash Outfitters was established in 2005 to offer others the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in the Four Corners region. We have spent many hours in and around the canyons and mesa's that are now in the newly established Bears Ears National Monument.
Jared Hillhouse was working for world renowned Climbing, Rigging, and Canyoneering guru Dave Black (Author: "Canyoneering - Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons) guiding at-risk youth. After Dave's Federal Program was cut in the spring of 2005 Jared and his wife Amanda opened North Wash Outfitters that Fall.
Originating in Bluff, Utah, North Wash Outfitters eventually moved locations to Blanding in 2009. This created more opportunities to gain access to the canyons and back country they loved quicker. The company has guided clients from all over the world and during their visits to the area, has been lucky to share the vast expanses of canyons and ancient history of the region.
While Jared works with the clients, Amanda hangs out in the back ground telling him what to do and how to do it for everything to run smoothly. Give North Wash Outfitters a try, you won't be sorry you booked a trip with us!

Our Canyonering guides are trained and certified to assist you with the knowledge and confidence to take you Canyoneering and hiking in these remote area's. These places will quickly become the highlight of your vacation to the beautiful Four Corners region and Bears Ears National Monument.

Meet Our Team

jared hillhouse

Jared "Canyon Bug" Hillhouse
Certified Pro Guide and ACA Instructor

Jared has been guiding and instructing for nearly 2 Decade's. As a certified Canyoneering Guide and Instructor, Jared delights in introducing newcomers to the sport and to this canyon country. Jared loves the expressions that clients have when they accomplish the task for the first time. Jared is the ropes team Commander for the San Juan County Utah Sheriff's Search and Rescue team as well as working full-time for the city of Blanding as a police officer. His interests include boating, hiking, camping, fishing, video editing and production and spending time with his family.

Jeff Tucker

Technical Canyoneering Guide
and Instructor

Jeff is an avid outdoorsman that loves getting out and exploring the canyons with his wife. Jeff has been exploring the wilds of southern Utah for many years and has been heavily involved in leading youth groups to many of these destinations. Jeff decided that it was time to get offical training and after spending time with Jared in his training courses, he knew he wanted more involvement. When an opportunity opened up for Jeff to jump on board, there was no hesitation. Jeff's other passions include waterfowl hunting, horseback riding, camping, fly fishing and hanging with his family.
If visiting the Moab area, Jeff and Tammy have some gorgeous Nightly rental Properties.

tammy tucker

Tammy "Desert Dove"Tucker
Technical Canyoneering Guide
and Instructor

Tammy is a full-time nurse in Moab Utah and spends her spare time caring for her horses and diving into canyons all over the Colorado Plateau. She was raised on a ranch near Delta, Utah. She is married to Jeff Tucker, a perfect match in their love for the outdoors. Camping, hiking, canyoneering, rappelling, horseback riding, you name it, she does it. Tammy started sharing her love of the outdoors with her kids since they were small and is now working on her grandchildren.
If visiting the Moab area, Jeff and Tammy have some gorgeous Nightly rental Properties.

Lisa Kussmaul

Lisa Kussmaul

Lisa spent a lifetime of teaching and helping others and it shows as she works with students through the techniques and problems solving involved in Canyoneering. 

After retiring from teaching Lisa and her late husband jumped into their motorhome and Airplane (yes, she was also a pilot) and travelled all across the west working as camp hosts at various exotic locations until they landed in Moab. While in Moab teaching flight instruction they hooked up with a guide that started taking them out and showing them the slot canyons. Lisa became instantly hooked and started exploring more and more on her own until she decided that it was time to become a student and get some proper training. Lisa breezed through all the classes and even came back multiple times to each to keep her skill set fresh. We decided that we better put her to work teaching again and she is great. 

In her non-canyoneering time Lisa has set roots down in Moab with her pets and works part time at the OK RV Park.  

Matt Harmon

Matt Harmon

If you've met Matt you won't ever forget that experience. Matt is the boisterous voice of the teaching cadre at North Wash. Alwyas outspoken and willing to offer a though, Matt is also one of the best friends you could have. 

Matt started his Canyoneering experience like most of us tagging a long and jonesing for the the next invite into a canyon. Matt participated in the North Wash Technical and Advanced Canyoneering courses with hsi two boys in order to become more self sufficient and feel competent to get out on his own.

In his non-canyoneering time and while jonesing for that next adventure Matt travels a lot for work as an agricultural investment consultant and loves to get up early in the morning and watch the stock markets. Matt has been a great addition to the team and he is definently the life of the party when around.  

Amanda Hillhouse

Administrative Assistant / Designer / Advertising

A silent partner in the company, Amanda works in the office, specializing in the advertising, marketing, design work and Social Media. Amanda has a Master' of the Fine Arts degree and uses those skills when Jared comes to her with crazy design ideas. She has the final say on video production as well as digital and print materials. She too loves the outdoors. Camping, hiking. and especially fishing. Amanda teaches at the satelite campus of Utah State University as well as tend to three girls. She is the back bone of the company.

Testimonials

"...Jared, the main instructor and owner, is, from what I could discern, one of tenish of the top names in the canyoneering community. To no surprise, he’s a stud, and you are in good hands. He carefully disseminated information so that you aren't quite drinking from a fire hose, but assuredly you will push your risk fuzzy factor a time or two. Since this is a prereq of canyoneering, his presence assures you it will at least be under the prescriptive eye of a respected expert..."
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"Went with a couple friends knowing nothing. Walked out with the knowledge I needed to get started. First canyoneering season was a success for me and could not have done it without the help of North Wash Outfitters."
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"What an awesome experience! My husband arranged for a private lesson with Brett as our guide. My husband has done everything you can imagine but I am a suburban housewife with kids. In fact, the day before we went, I was saying "No, I don't want to do this!" Brett talked to us and reassured me on the drive down..."
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"Our first time and hopefully not last day Canyoneering in Leprechaun Canyon. We were in very good hands all day, felt safe yet were made to think about how to overcome obstacles rather than just be told what to do. I would wholeheartedly recommend North Wash Outfitters to anyone, a fantastic outfit who cared about us as a group and..."
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"Jared is a seasoned search and rescue team member and did most of the teaching. He was assisted by his two guides Brett and Aaron. They kept it light and fun but were serious about safety. Great conceptual classroom learning helped take away some of the nerves when you get out into the canyon. Definitely a learned a lot which..."
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"NWO's Technical Canyoneering Course went above and beyond my expectations. At three instructors for five students, the level of instruction was terrific. We covered and then field-tested a wide range of canyoneering techniques, and I feel well-prepared to descend canyons up to 3B ratings now. Hats off to Jared and his crew!"
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