We all crave incredible experiences, whether it’s watching a beautiful mist hang in the lush canopy of a rainforest or watching waves crash against the cliffs of Ireland. Mountains, deserts, glaciers — If you can dream it up, we can make it happen.
Our guides want to get you outside, to take you to amazing places only a small percentage of people will ever see, to wake you up, make you feel alive and help you finally scratch some items off your bucket list.
So, what can you really expect from a guide? Well, we are the people who handle all the nitty-gritty details of an adventure so that you can focus more on the landscapes and experiences (and less on fixing the stove or patching the raft). We’re also trained to keep you safe and respond to emergencies. And… we can take you to the best local breweries, get you off the beaten track, and share some stories with you around a campfire.
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Experience : The Great Northwest has giving me opportunities for over 25 years of hiking, climbing, rafting, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, mountain biking, and beachcombing.
Education: B.A. Religion, M.A. Teaching
Certifications: WEA Leadership, LNT Awareness Training, First Aid/CPR/AED Certified, Class B CDL, WA State Social Studied Endorsement
Perfect Day: Backpacking with my family to an alpine lake, roasting large amounts of red meat over a fire with cold IPA in hand, and scrambling up a nearby peak and watch the sunset.
Bucket List: Run a high ridge in Scotland with a kilt and blue paint, trek the Himalayas, climb Kilimanjaro and then go on safari, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
Nickname: Lonscent – stands for funny accent, because as a kid I grew up in North Carolina before moving to Washington.
Position: Program Director
Hometown: Maui, Hawaii
Experience: Travis grew up with the ocean as his playground and the steep slopes of Haleakala as his backyard. Following in his father’s footsteps, which usually led him to the edge of a large cliff jump or into the raging surf, his love of the outdoors began at a very young age. His passions include surfing, paragliding, back-country snowboarding, and way too many other things to list.
Education: AAS in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education, Wilderness First Responder, LNT Master Educator
Insight on Travis: Travis has a magical ability to create the perfect adventure and has a deep passion for sharing the experiences that he loves. Don’t expect him to share his raw Ahi tuna, but do expect him to share a hilarious story about something crazy he has done in life.
Self Description: I am an ocean-minded mountain man, who loves nothing more than his family.
Interesting Fact: A rare eye disease caused Travis to be Legally Blind without the ability to wear glasses or contacts at 21 years old. Ten years later, an experimental surgery in a foreign country cured his disease, and he now has 20-25 vision.
Hometown: Port Angeles, WA
About: If Andy’s life was shaped like a tree, some of his branches would be rivers. A lifetime surrounded by adventures, recreation, and a focus on just being outside.
Experience: Wilderness therapy guiding, rock/ice climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, wilderness survival, wilderness medicine, WEA Outdoor Leadership, AAI Alpine Rock Leader 1&2, Avalanche Level 1, Master Leave No Trace Educator. Andy is very passionate about climbing (rock or ice), skiing, mountain biking, and any excuse to get outside.
Education: BA Outdoor Recreation, concentration of Outdoor Leadership from Western Washington University.
Random fact: Andy hasn’t worn jeans in over ten years.
Position: Managing Member
Hometown: Seneca, Oregon
Experience: 12 years experience as a full-time back-country professional. He serves on the curriculum committee for the Wilderness Education Association and is a certified high-low angle rope technician, Wilderness First Responder Instructor, and ATV Instructor.
Hobbies: Hunting, Mountaineering, Rock/Ice climbing, Sky- Diving, Mountain biking, Camping, Skiing, Horn- Hunting, Orienteering, Golf, and Wood-working.
Education: Currently seeking BA in who-knows-what (it always changes!), AAS-Survival and Rescue
Position: Managing Member/Curriculum-Designer
Hometown: Great Falls, Montana
Experience: 12 years as a full-time back-country professional. Ricky serves on the Board of Directors for the Wilderness Education Association as the current President and, in the past, has served as Vice-president and chaired the Curriculum, Standards, and Accreditation Council.
Certifications: Wilderness First Responder Instructor, Certifying Examiner-Wilderness Education Association (WEA)
Hobbies: Orienteering, Mountaineering, Kayaking, Trekking, Adventure Racing, Long-distance running and Rock/Ice climbing.
Education: MaED-Curriculum & Instruction, University of Phoenix; BA-Workforce Education/Program Development, Southern Illinois University; AAS-Survival and Rescue
Position: Managing Member
Hometown: Urbandale, Iowa
Experience: 13 years as a working outdoor professional. Jarrod specializes in global survival techniques and international travel safety. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder Instructor Apprentice, WEA Outdoor Leader, and as an Operational Risk Assessment Manager.
Hobbies: Backpacking, mountaineering, rock-climbing, scuba diving, skydiving, mountain biking, beer brewing, adventure racing, canoeing, white-water rafting and traveling. His personal hobby is to fill as many passports with stamps as possible!
Education: American InterContinental University — 2008, MBA, International Concentration; 2007, BA, International Relations
Hometown: Tomahawk, WI
Experience: A life so far filled with family, snowboarding, navigating rivers, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, and promoting adventure for everyone. He has also completed a Level 2 Avalanche Course, a Mountain Bike Guiding course and received a Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification.
Education: AS in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership (In Progress)
Hidden Secrets No More: Has went over 11,000 nights in a row without snoring. Spent his teenage winters hiding frost nip from his parents due to being broken down on his snowmobile in northern Wisconsin. Would quit his strong addiction to pizza if the Green Bay Packers could win every week till the end of existence. Could spend the rest of his life outside so long as the coffee is hot every morning. His dog Marty means more to him than water means to a fish. Don’t get in the way of Jesse and his dog Marty or his cup of java.
His Perfect Day: Sunrise split-boarding tour, pizza for lunch, afternoon of rafting a Northwest river, Mexican food for dinner, finished off by friends, Marty, and campfire as a nightcap.
Hometown: Portland, OR
Experience: 6 years of Backpacking, Climbing, Mountaineering and Skiing in the Pacific North West, South West and parts of Europe.
Education and Certifications: Mazamas ICS, Mountaineering First AID, AIARE Level 1; Pursing BA Sociology from the PSU Honors College.
My Perfect Day: Climbing on some alpine ridge as dawn breaks, ski back down to the valley for coffee and a breakfast burrito, then soak in a hot spring with good people or a book.
Talk To Me About: Art of all kinds, literature and poetry, ancient history, international culture, rainforest ecosystems, plants and fungi.
On My Bucket List: Climb Ama Dablam and visit the source of the Ganges.
Hometown: Portland, OR
Experience: With over ten years in the industry, Kevin has held many positions including nonprofit Board Member, National Park Backcountry Ranger, Oregon State Parks Interpretive Ranger, and Outdoor Adventure Guide. When not leading trips, Kevin is often climbing up the face of a cliff or deep in the wilderness.
M.Ed. in Environmental Education with certificates in nonprofit administration, leadership, and NW natural and cultural history
B.S. in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership with an emphasis on Outdoor Experiential Education
A.S. in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership.
Certifications: WEA Certified Outdoor Educator, LNT Master Educator Instructor, NAI Interpretive Guide, WMI WFR and CPR
Genie wish: Indestructible bowl that produces any food/drink when ordered.
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Experience: Isabelle grew up playing in the backcountry of Oregon and spent a few summers as a backpacking guide in Colorado. From cross-country skiing to backpacking to rock climbing, she is always looking for a way to get outside and play!
Education: B.A in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wilderness First Responder
Bucket List: Travel to or work in Antarctica, shave my head, hike the PCT, become a doctor, become a crazy old dog lady.
Education: Backcountry Survival, Whitewater rescue, Outdoor School Leader, First AID/ CPR
Best Trip Story: Climbed Mt.Hood my first time with a broken splitboard, wonky crampons attached on with ski straps, and no sun-screen on a not so cloudy day, So much fun!
Perfect Day: Morning dog park adventure at 1000 acres with my awesome wife and crazy pups, afternoon white water (river or ocean), evening rock show with plenty of IPAs, spooky movie before bed to keep the dreams weird!
Education: Wilderness Leadership Degree in progress, Whitewater Rescue Technician, AIARE Level 1, LNT Trainer, First AID/ CPR, Alpine travel and rescue skills
Best Trip Story: Having someone wander through camp in the middle of a whiteout storm… Ask me about it, it’s creepy!
Perfect Day: Waking up early on the mountain for a summit!!
Hometown: Austin, Texas (though I’ll probably tell you Colorado)
Experience: Growing up camping and hiking with my family ingrained in me a love of everything outdoors. In grad school, I led courses in caving and cave diving, which taught me how rewarding it is to share these experiences and skills with others. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the last several years traveling throughout Europe, Asia, and Central and South America soaking up all the trekking, diving, caving, climbing, and outdoor adventures these areas have to offer.
Education: BSc in Marine Biology, MSc Wildlife and Fisheries. Dive Instructor and Wilderness First Responder.
Little Did You Know: My pediatrician gave my mother a copy of the book “Your Strong Willed Child” when I was 6 months old. My first job after college was working as a scuba diver for NASA, then I left to be a deckhand on private megayachts. I haven’t owned a car in 5 years. Lost my appendix in a small town in Thailand. Spent a year living in Peru and working as the Volunteer Coordinator for a non-profit. I dislike running for approximately 5 days a week, sometimes for multiple hours.