University of Alaska Fairbanks Team Biographies
John Manthei, The Folk School, Boat Captain
I’ve been in love with water since I was a very young child. Much of this I attribute to my father and his love of fishing and his willingness to take me along even when I was too small to “sit still and stop scaring the fish”. I still love water and just about everything associated with it. Over the past 40 plus years I have spent countless joyful hours exploring, hunting, fishing and gathering along the Tanana River and it’s tributaries. I can’t imagine a summer without a river and a self made boat to float on it. I can’t imagine a river without mud, sun, wind, a dramatic big sky, solitude and fresh fish. When not on the river I am a carpenter, furniture maker and teacher and one of the founders of the Folk School.