I'm a Geography professor, and my schedule allows me to get outside quite a bit. I grew up 15 minutes from the SF American, raft guided from age 17, did my graduate research in the McKenzie River in Oregon, and eventually landed with my wife in a 1924 California Bungalow in Pasadena, at the base of the San Gabriels.
I enjoy getting on any stretch of river, be it a local class II run I have to hike into, a high water snowmelt run, or laps on Brush Creek.
I also enjoy snowboarding (Mt Baldy and Mammoth) and Mt Biking (local rides in the SG's)
2011 was a pretty good year so far. Got on most sections of the Kern at 4,000 and below, Brush, Upper and Lower NF Kaweah, Merced at 6,500. Local runs included EF and WF of the San Gabriels, Bear Creek, and Cattle Canyon (1st D? haha?!)
Rivers so far in 2004:
Kern: Limestone, Chamise, Thunder, Ant Canyon, Cable, Powerhouse, Brush Creek, Lower Kern
Merced, SF American, MF American, 67 in Montreal, Buseater, Kings, NF Kings, Tuolumne, Cottonwood Creek (San Diego)
Rivers in 2005: Santa Margarita, Santa Ynez, Brush Creek, Kern (forks, limestone, fairview, chamise, ant canyon, cable, powerhouse, Miracle-Democrat), Merced (140-Railroad), Mokelumne, SF American (Gorge), MF American
2006: Currently on injured reserve, recovering from a shoulder separation/bursitis. Look to be boating soon. Got in a few good runs, including SF American, Tuolumne, Lower Kern at the end of the season.
2007: So far rafting in Spain (Noguera Pallaresa). Kayaking: Forks, Chamise, Brush, Limestone, Ant Canyon, Powerhouse, lower Kern, Lower Tuolumne, Merced (Chevron), NF Mokelumne (Tiger Creek), White Salmon (BZ-lake), Lower Wind, McKenzie, Lower Metolius.