All our trip leaders are registered and master Maine guides with first aid and CPR training. We take pride in our safety record, and our guests’ well-being is our first priority.
CHIP COCHRANE began guiding with his father, Warren, and grandfather, Herb, at age 11 in 1971; since then he has accumulated more than forty five years of Allagash experience, just completing his 165th Allagash trip! A former World Cup downhill racer for the US Ski Team, Chip now coaches developing alpine racers at Carrabassett Valley Academy during the school year. In recent years, Chip has captured first place medals in several National Downriver Whitewater Open Canoe Championships, and is currently a 20-time national canoe poling champion. Chip is also a whitewater canoe and kayak instructor and recently became a private pilot.
LANI LOVE began guiding with Chip in 1988, and has worked as a whitewater raft guide and kayak instructor. Lani has won several national titles in downriver whitewater canoe racing and is the reigning female national canoe poling champion. Lani quite often guides trips with their two daughters, the fourth generation, Chloe and Czari. Lani is also a recreation winter guide for Maine Huts & Trails in the western mountains of Maine, an adventure racer and a physical trainer.
WARREN COCHRANE, Yale '60, a Maine guide since 1957, began running Allagash trips in 1951 with his father, Herb, and lead trips in Maine and Canada until 2002. A former teacher and coach, he has owned and operated a mail-order business specializing in anti-aging and sports nutrition. Warren taught workshops on canoe poling and efficient paddling, and has won national awards in poling and downriver whitewater canoe racing.
February 2019 update. After a 20-year struggle with Parkinson's, Warren passed away peacefuly in his sleep. His own love of the sport of canoeing was only surpassed by his passion to share his knowledge with others.
LINDA KOSKI has led trips with Warren since 1984, and has served as our trip coordinator for 17 years. She practices as a massage therapist year round and although she doesn't guide any more, she still loves to get out on the water as often as possible.