Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

River Diva’s professional failures blamed on men.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a post on my Facebook feed from some photography studio that is running a series on empowering women, like that hasn’t been done to death already. But one of the photos caught my eye and not in a good way.


The standard “you go grrll!” lines are parroted here along with the hard-done-by photo complete with the stock expression of suffering and sadness at the hurt she has experienced due to the evils of the world, evils that have undoubtedly been perpetrated by the nastiness of the patriarchy, which is another word for masculinity, which is another word for men.

The underlying context here is that the poor female rafting guide would be a huge success if only those nasty men would get with the program. After all, she boasts of numerous certificates so she must be good, right? Funny thing though, I’ve never heard of any half decent rafting outfit giving a damn about certificates. What matters is how good you are on the river, and it only takes one trip down the creek to see that. Frantically waving your certificates as proof of your ability is tantamount to the short guy insisting on how tall he really is.

The fact is that if there are companies in three countries that will never employ you, that’s nothing to boast about. Her perception may well be that they don’t hire women but in reality I suspect that this is her convenient shield that enables her to hide from the world and from certain ugly truths. It is all too convenient for women who are competing in a male dominated industry, and let us not forget an extremely physical industry where people’s lives are on the line, to pass off their professional disappointments as proof of discrimination against their sex.

Anyone who has read my first book will be familiar with my struggles and setbacks as a rafting guide. I have been discriminated against, lied to, and unjustly accused of criminal activity amongst many other bad experiences. These are the variances of life. We all go through them but some of us learn and move on while others choose to play the blame game. My own experiences would make pretty devastating reading if I was a woman instead of a man. They would take on an entirely different context; one very similar to what this woman is claiming.

The thing about blame is that you abdicate your own personal power in the process. This results in you being literally powerless which then results in a photo where you look sad and hard done by. It’s also a huge disservice to the women that work in the rafting industry who are successful by dint of their own efforts. Women who fail and who get seduced by the feminist siren song are doing a disservice not just to themselves but to those women who took their setbacks on the chin and kept on moving forward in spite of them.

Feminism isn’t about lifting women up, it’s about putting men down. The implicit message in the Facebook photo is that all of you men in the rafting industry have been complicit in undermining her success. The default position for men in this circumstance is one of guilt at their failure to get behind “equality”, or as the photo states, “an outdated notion of what a woman should or could be.” This woman’s poor circumstances in her professional life have nothing to do with any failure of hers, rather it is the failure of men that have caused her to suffer setbacks, and if you don’t get with the program and placate her outrage then the predictable label of misogynist shall be placed upon you.

The saddest thing about this photo were the comments that accompanied it. An endless stream of males castigating themselves and their gender with lines such as “we can do better”. These are men who are attempting to make themselves acceptable to women by buying into feminist tropes. Men do this because they see the visual rewards – they are told by society that they are “good men” as defined by the feminist agenda. And it’s better to be publicly told that you are a good man rather than a nasty misogynist.

Keep in mind that rafting is a very masculine industry and that the men in general are usually a cut above the norm. But yet we still see this immediate jump to believe that their own masculinity is something to be ashamed of when any half-baked vixen saunters by with a bad attitude and history to match. The best way to really demonstrate your worth as “a good man” in the eyes of feminism is to denounce any man who has the temerity to stand up and question the motives of the woman who is making the accusation and casting the aspersions. Thus I was on the receiving end of more men than women who were outraged that I wasn’t getting with the program.

This will continue in the future and the end result will be a lowering of professional standards so as to better accommodate feckless women who have no business being in the industry. It is the natural order of things and one only has to look at modern military forces in the Western world to best see this in practice, (not to mention fire and police departments).

Personally I know that this woman is lying. I worked for ten years in Italy and I would challenge her to publicly name this company who supposedly will not hire women due to their gender. I also worked in Canada so I challenge her once again to name names. And I have many contacts in Switzerland whom I am sure will provide me with accurate information if I request it. I have no doubt that this woman was called a bitch because she is one.

Men are continually shamed by the feminist agenda for not “manning up” but a woman cannot tell you how to be a man. Until men actually do man up and tell these female harpies to get out of their industry and get back in the kitchen where they belong then we will continue to suffer this ridiculous situation of women who do not measure up and who subsequently contribute to destroying industry standards, and all aided and abetted by men who debase themselves by constantly seeking feminine approval.

My message to women who want to join the rafting industry is simple:

The bar is here. If you can get there, great. If not, go away. Lives depend upon it.


Gay marriage and the Chesterton fence.


On Milo.


  1. She’s had work as a river guide. Based on past posts of yours she makes the same money as everyone else. So what’s the problem? Oh wait a minute I know. They’re not singing her praises enough to meet her needs.

    That and they probably fired her ass, because her narcissism got in the way of doing the damn job. My bet is that it’s an extremely small world in the river guide business, and your name gets around really quick, especially if you’re a problem. That’s why she can’t get hired in some places.


    Reading between the lines in your books, a significant proportion of the clients are women. So this woman is saying the women are rejecting her?

  3. Floyd R Turbo (American)

    Apparently the company that she works for now has 22 male guides and 7 female guides. The women all seem to be happy, smiling, little girls in their company bios so maybe they’re not as sensitive as Ms. Cudnik.
    My entire experience with whitewater rafting comes from reading your book, but it seems to me that the American river isn’t as challenging as for example the White Nile. In the photos they’re not even wearing wetsuits.
    I had no idea that they do that stuff around here (it’s only an hour from my house). I might go up there and check it out.

    • Adam

      The American is apparently a nice river to raft. I’ve heard that the South Fork is the best bit, although I could be wrong.

      We didn’t wear wetsuits on the Nile either. No wet suits is a sign that you won’t freeze your arse off if you fall in. Go check it out and report back with a field trip report.

  4. Wil

    Well writtten, Adam.

  5. rvermn

    Personally, I want my guide to know the river. I dont want someone who tried guiding all over the world. I want someone who knows that particular river. It matters. If I need a guide, its not because iam doing class 2. Its life and death.

    • Adam

      It is indeed life and death. Too many operators and guides do not take this into consideration. I have seen things go bad on a river. It happens very very fast.

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