Shawn Cole

Operations Manager


Forks, Washington

AVA Employee Since


Favorite Trips

Phoenix Full Day


Shawn has always enjoyed showing people his passion for the outdoors, and being a raft guide has allowed him to pursue that passion. Now that he's the Idaho Springs Operations Manager, Shawn gets a taste of all stretches of Clear Creek and rafting day by day.


Great Teacher & fun experience

Shawn made our first experience with rock climbing so much fun! He was so patient, kind, encouraging and did I mention patient? He was an awesome teacher too! My 10yo required some one on one to make it more than 10ft up and Shawn walked him through it as far as he wanted to go, then helped him down slowly. My 14yo finally made it to the top with his help. I learned so much with his guidance and may have found a new hobby to enjoy for myself! With all of Shawn's experience he's a wonderful wealth of knowledge and a great teacher for beginners or better. I highly recommend him for your next rock climbing experience.

Fabulous! Shawn and Cate couldn’t have been better!!!

Cate and Sean were FABULOUS guides! Very fun and enthusiastic. We felt safe and enjoyed our ‘alternate’ plan when Via Ferrata got rained out at Granite. The whole staff were kind and accommodating. We also enjoyed Mt Evans twilight Via Ferrata. My only concern was that our guides weren’t as enthusiastic or informative (Sunshine was good, Emily not so much- sorry ????, maybe a bad day?). We’d come again, but more likely go back out to Granite- a further ride but the guidance there was more professional and thorough.

Amazing memories!

My eight year old daughter and I did the Idaho Springs zipline adventure. We both LOVED it! She zipped tandem with Shawn and was fearless with him. He made her, and me, feel comfortable and ready to try this new adventure. My daughter loved it so much that she now wants to be a zip liner for Halloween! ????. Thank you for a wonderful adventure!!