KC Bess


United States



Growing up in the red rock country of Southern Utah, KC transitioned from scrambling on rocks as a kid to sport and trad climbing throughout the western United States as a young adult. Climbing lead him to the Teton and Wind River Ranges and opened the door to river running and professional guiding.

KC has been working as a guide for the past 20 years and has been a risk and operations manager for 15 of those years. KC has explored and done expeditions on rivers throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and New Zealand. He serves as a member of the Teton County Search and Rescue Team, giving him valuable skills and experience as a technical rescuer. All these activities and experiences provided him the opportunity to begin teaching technical rescue and to start Black Fox Rescue Institute and Wounded Bear Medicine.

KC is a Wilderness EMT, and an instructor trainer for Rescue3 International and Sierra Rescue International. He is a class five ACA instructor and International Rafting Federation Assessor.

He has embedded with camera operators, sound technicians, producers, and cast members in remote locations in the US and Internationally.

In his free time, KC enjoys trail running, backpacking, climbing, and rafting with family and friends.

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