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Our Master Guides

John Ortt

Home River: Pigeon
  • Hometown
    Melbourne, Florida
  • Experience
    10 Years

John Ortt is a seasoned Master Guide and River Outpost Manager with 19 years of experience, providing unparalleled outdoor adventure experiences at NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center). A native of Melbourne, Florida, John is well-acquainted with numerous rivers, including his home river, Pigeon. His passion for the outdoors is rooted in his love for kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and snowboarding.

An Eagle Scout, John initially joined NOC to work outside and maintain his physical fitness. However, the vibrant community and the diverse locales he gets to explore have kept him here. One of his favorite activities at NOC is white water paddling, which aligns perfectly with his famous quote, “A man of wisdom delights in water.”

John’s dedication to providing guests with memorable experiences reflects his love for NOC, which he describes as “full of great moments with wonderful characters.”

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