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HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Corey A.

Corey Aldred grew up in rural Pennsylvania, surrounded by lush forest and endless Amish farm country. Intrigued by a more rugged outdoor lifestyle, he moved out west to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and attended Colorado Mountain College where he earned degrees in Outdoor Education and Sustainability. His summer jobs during his college years included working for local nonprofits and as a naturalist for an environmental education summer camp. After graduating college he landed a dream job leading guided backpacking trips in the remote and wild places of Alaska. He aims to instill a sense of empowerment in his clients so that they can continue to enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly on their own long after their guided trips are complete. It has become his greatest joy to share moments of grandeur and beauty with people from all over the world on their trips of a lifetime.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jack A.

Jack was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona. He then moved up to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University. Jack graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Community and Commercial Tourism/Recreation. While in Flagstaff, Jack worked guiding all over the Southwest, in beautiful places such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Havasupai, Marble Canyon, Lake Powell, and all over Norther Arizona. Jack spends a large percentage of his free time participating in various outdoor activities such as backpacking, rock-climbing, mountaineering, and skiing. He believes spending time outside is essential for a healthy attitude and lifestyle.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Josh A.

Born and raised in the sprawling metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona, Josh learned quickly the value of wild spaces. He was lucky to spend his childhood exploring National Parks throughout the country as well as the cooler climes of Northern Arizona. Monthly family getaways to the forests and canyons of the Mogollon Rim fostered a love of wilderness that strengthens to this day. He made his first voyage to Havasupai with his Dad in sixth grade and blames 10 days on the river in 2009 for his current obsession with Grand Canyon. Josh graduated Arizona State University in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and Geography with a minor in Recreation and Tourism. Proximity to the Canyon allowed for many weekend sorties where he learned his time was best spent with others below the rim between massive stone walls. Josh is a certified Wilderness First Responder and enjoys creating safe, educational experiences and lasting memories for his guests in the outdoors. Currently, when not hiking Grand Canyon, he enjoys snowboarding, climbing, canyoneering, spending time with family and taking his dog Charlie on long road trips to beautiful locations in the western United States.


TESTIMONIALS

A supported trip (where our goods are carried and food is taken care of) is such a wonderful way to enjoy an outdoor trip! All stress is lifted and we were submerged into nature. The place itself was incredible and will be remembered for a lifetime. It was unfortunate the huge number of people there on the 1st day but it quieted down. Josh made everyone feel welcome in camp and got us to all the great spots. He even seemed to be known and well liked by locals too. Would have enjoyed a little more hiking on day 3 but it was still a great day.
— Tracy B.
It was an incredible experience made even more magnificent by Josh's experience, preparation, as well as his breadth and depth of knowledge of Grand Canyon history, geology, flora, fauna, and the trail itself. I can't wait for my next adventure!
— Dawn D.
Josh was a great guide. He is passionate about the Grand Canyon and conveyed his passion with well timed information and readings he had saved.
— James K.
Amazing trip! Josh was fantastic. Great attitude. Always helpful and very knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon. Couldn't have been a better experience.
— Jordan K.

ASSISTANT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Larry A.

Larry fostered his love of the outdoors growing up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania and on family camping trips to PA’s old-growth forests. Larry’s career path began with leading trail crews. 3 years as a wilderness therapy field instructor preceded a move with his wife to Flagstaff where he began Grand Canyon guiding in 2010. Larry started working in the WTC warehouse 2011, and through hard work, dedication, wisdom beyond his years, and a natural ability to lead he worked his way up to Operations Director.


TESTIMONIALS

On a business trip to the States from Australia so I decided to add in a little adventure sightseeing and signed up for the rim to rim Canyon tour with Wildland Trekking. So glad that I did! It was the most wonderful tour.
— Yasmine McCafferty
We really enjoyed Larry's professionalism, knowledge, humor, cooking, relaxed attitude, and attention to detail of our trip. I really think he positively enhanced our whole experience.
— Theresa F
This was a wonderful lifetime experience guided with the highest professionalism i'd hoped for - safety, knowledgeabity, real leadership, preparedness, high company values & commitment. I learned so much & so enjoyed those 4 days. I unreservedly recommend this fine company & its staff.
— Stephan Guba (geologist, australia)
The guide Larry was knowledgable and safety conscious, food and equipment were great and the Canyon was magnificent. I highly recommend this to travellers from all over the world.
— Rob P.

SCREENING MANAGER

Scott A.

On his first mountain climb near Yellowstone, at eight years of age, Scott Abrams decided anything worth doing is worth doing on foot. That decision, made 20 years ago, sparked a passion in him to extensively explore the fantastic mountain ranges near his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. Eventually his passion for hiking the mountains led Scott to a career working with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). His next leap landed him at the Wildland Trekking Company doorstep, where he now shares his love of hiking and outdoor adventure with all who are willing. Scott is our Logistics Director and guides trips in the Grand Canyon, Utah and Yellowstone.


TESTIMONIALS

Scott had his hands full with this group, and he really was professional and patient with us. I was sick 2 days and felt he was very kind and watchful. We got fresh veggies every single night, and delicious hot meals. The trek itself was exciting and a wonderful adventure. I loved every minute once I felt better. Your company is the best!!
— Dyan Flemming
Yet another very positive experience with Wildland Trekking. The guide (Scott Abrams) was great, and the food amazing. I cannot even put into words how beautiful the Grand Canyon was.
— Rachel Rutt
The scenery was fantastic and the trail gave a wide array of vegetation and water features. Scott was fantastic. He was never condescending and truly wanted us to have a great trip. When I was having problems, the sneak took extra weight from my pack without telling me until we stopped for the night. He was so gracious about our different levels of experience and fitness that we all felt like pros.
— Tish Gentry

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Stephen A.

Stephen grew up backpacking in the rolling Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern United States. Though the seeds that would one day grow to be his passion for the outdoors had been planted, it wasn’t until he discovered rock climbing in college that he committed himself to sharing his love for the great outdoors with others. He loves teaching, cooking, traveling, stargazing, and drinking coffee on crisp desert mornings. Providing his guests a memorable experience and promoting an appreciation for nature is his ultimate goal. Stephen is a Wilderness First Responder and an AMGA certified rock climbing instructor in addition to being a wilderness guide for Wildland Trekking.


TESTIMONIALS

Our guides (Stephen A and Myriam) were excellent! We felt very well taken care of in every respect. Meals were great and they were very attentive to the special dietary needs of one of our group. This was VERY much appreciated. They were very knowledgeable about the area and gave lot of insights into geology, plants, wildlife etc.. We are very glad we decided to do this trip as a guided hike and are so pleased we chose Wildland. We would definitely use this tour company again.
— Elizabeth and Paul G.
Our wonderful hike down to Phantom Ranch with Stephen Ackley was fantastic. He was a fountain of knowledge not only of flora and fauna, but of geology as well. And the lunches were amazing. Fresh watermelon anyone?
— Tom and Molly R.
My sister-in-law wished to celebrate a milestone birthday with a special memory. Well, she certainly received that and more with our Grand Canyon/Phantom Ranch trip organized through Wildland Trekking. Phenomenal pretty much sums it up! From our descent via the South Kaibab trail to our 2-night stay at Phantom Ranch to the ascent along Bright Angel trail, I can honestly say that the trip exceeded my every expectation! The Grand Canyon is truly a marvel of nature - surreal almost. But to top it all off, our two guide, Stephen (Ackley), was topnotch. All I can say - if all of your guides are of the same caliber and character, you indeed have a superb team in place. Stephen was very knowledgeable about the Canyon's geology, history and of particular interest to me, the biology. Both were eager to relate interesting facts and answer any and all questions. And the lunches - all from provisions that they carried in their backpacks - were fabulous, filling and nutritious, to boot. Their attentiveness to the smallest detail was amazing. So an immense Thank You for the trip of a lifetime. Recommending Wildland Trekking will definitely be a 'no-brainer'.
— Carol G.
I was very impressed with the knowledge of the guide with respect to geology, history, anthropology, and local fauna and flora. I very much appreciated that he took time during the hike to draw attention to and discuss the many natural features of the Canyon environment.
— Jim H.

LEAD ADVENTURE CONSULTANT

Ann B.

Ann Marie Bubb is an avid hiker, backpacker, climber, and skier. She has been living in Southwest Colorado for 15 years, exploring the wonders of the San Juan Mountains and the Colorado Plateau nearly that whole time. As long time co-owner of an outdoor gear store, Ann is an expert in almost all things outdoors. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois and has had guided trips in the four corners region. When not helping Wildland Trekking guests find, prepare for, and get the most from their trips – or out having adventures of her own – she can often be found volunteering, enjoying local music festivals and spending time with friends.

RISK MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING DIRECTOR

Brad B.

Brad, owner and co-founder, has well over a quarter century of professional experience in wilderness and adventure travel. As a long time senior instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the executive director of Sylvan Rocks Climbing School and Guide Service, and as a state, federal, and consulting forester, Brad has spent the entirety of his career in the outdoors. He is passionate about providing meaningful travel experiences that leave people with a sense of wonder with the natural world. Brad is also a strong voice for conservation, as it is a lifestyle and a mission for him. He is married and raising two young outdoor adventurers in Flagstaff, Arizona.

UTAH ASSISTANT PROGRAM MANAGER AND GUIDE

Brea B.

Brea loves to play outside in as many ways as possible. She is excited about rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, riding her dual sport motorcycle, dancing to live music, paddle boarding, camping with her husband and 2 year old son, and feasting with friends. She has been living in St George since 2016 and has completely fallen in love with living in Utah. Brea has been working in the wilderness therapy industry since 2012, living with teens in the backcountry. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, with a minor in Outdoor Education. Throughout college, Brea guided at a high ropes adventure course and zipline; and found a lot of joy in guiding people outside their comfort zone and has been doing just that ever since. 

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Carmelina B.

Growing up in Southern California, Carmelina’s love for the outdoors began at a young age. As a child she went on family camping trips in the San Bernardino mountains and San Diego beaches. As she grew, her love for the outdoors snowballed into her passion. She would spend her free time backpacking in the Sierra, eventually climbing Mt. Whitney, and in 2016 she thru-hiked The Colorado Trail. Carmelina has lived, worked, and played throughout California, North Carolina, and Hawaii. In the off-season Carmelina lives and travels internationally, slowly enjoying the food, culture, and climates of various affordable counties. Carmelina’s hobbies include hiking, backpacking, travel, and landscape photography.


TESTIMONIALS

Carm is a very strong backpacker, who maintains an excellent attitude and patience when confronted with hardship. One hiker on our trip would not have completed the hike without her carrying much of his pack on very difficult terrain. She should receive a bonus, or at least recognition from her management.
— Eugene C.
I add a fabulous time discovering a tiny part of Yosemite. Our guide, Carmelina, did not spare any effort to make it the most enjoyable experience possible. She is a super woman. Kudos to her. It was fun and I'll come back. Epic!
— Van G.
Carmelina is an excellent guide. Because of the area's fires, she had to make several adjustments in the itinerary. But she knows Yosemite so well, that everything turned out to be great, especially on the last two days. I would certainly recommend Carmelina to future clients.
— William W.
Our guide Carmelina was fantastic, she had a great attitude, was very knowledgeable, cooked great meals, friendly, helpful, all the good stuff, would highly recommend her. Everything from start to finish was very easy, the trip was well organised, we had a great knowledgeable guide, great food every day, all in all a great experience, Wildland Trekking were a great company to travel with.
— Marina C.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Chris B.

At the early age of 18, Chris left home in Kansas to Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. By the end of this long journey by foot he would arrive at the conclusion that, for Chris, nothing but a life spent in the outdoors would ever be satisfactory. In 2020 Chris graduated from Prescott College with a Bachelor’s in both Adventure Education and History. As a trip leader on hiking and backpacking trips, he aims to provide guests with a safe and comfortable opportunity to form meaningful connections with natural spaces. Outside of work you might find him wrenching on bicycles, fishing, or polishing up his chess game.

WYOMING PROGRAM MANAGER/GUIDE

Eddie B.

Eddie Bowers is originally from Mississippi, where his love of the outdoors developed early while spending summers at “the lake” with family and friends. It wasn’t until 2003 that he discovered the beauty of the Western United States, and after that visiting as often as possible until moving west several years later. Eddie has since racked up well over a decade of full time guiding experience in the Grand Canyon and Greater Yellowstone area of Wyoming and Montana. Since 2015 he has been a program manager in the Yellowstone National Park area. When not guiding or running the Wyoming program for Wildland, he enjoys snowboarding and climbing Colorado’s famous 14ers. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.


TESTIMONIALS

"I wanted to thank you, and particularly our guide, Eddie Bowers, for the great Grand Canyon trip (New Hance Loop Hike) my daughter Sonja and I just had. My expectations were totally blown away by the actual experience. It was the first time to the Grand Canyon for both of us, and we were truly awed by everything we saw and did. Eddie was unbelievably knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon and incredibly skilled as a guide. Even beyond that, he is a kind an interesting person and, especially as far as I’m concerned (I way underestimated the physical challenge of this hike), a compassionate yet firm motivator. I NEVER would have made it without him. We will definitely be back to the Grand Canyon, and will definitely be calling on Wildland Trekking again. You are the greatest!
— Luisa Hagemeier
Mr. Bowers did great not even taking into consideration he had 3 folks w/ special dietary needs (2 vegetarians and a Crohn's patient). He was patient, professional, and informative the entire trip. He was well versed in all elements of his job, kind, patient, and a pleasure to be around. It is not a question of if I will use Wildland Trekking Company again, but when and where.
— Matt Lawson
Excellent experience from the time I booked to the end of the actual hike. Eddie was professional, organized, an excellent cook and it was obvious he had our best interest in mind regarding safety. We all had an outstanding experience because of him. He is very personable, friendly and has great stories. Very genuine person!
— Harry S.
Eddie helped us achieve an unforgettable experience!
— Debra Roberts

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth’s back country explorations began as a teenager hiking many portions of the Appalachian Trail. She began venturing into the vast desert Southwest in 2000.  She hiked in Zion, Bryce, Arches, and of course Grand Canyon National Park as well as the Escalante and Dark Canyon Regions.  She was hooked on the diversity of Flora and Fauna with their resilient desert adaptations, the brilliant night skies, and rich aesthetic beauty of Canyon Country.  She rafts on the Colorado River as much as possible and enjoys exploring side canyons, new trails, and standing under desert waterfalls.  Elizabeth studied indigenous agricultural practices in arid lands for her graduate studies and loves sharing this interpretive knowledge with others.  Let’s go for a hike together!


TESTIMONIALS

Elizabeth was really lovely and kind with us. She prepared absolute amazing gourmet meals everyday for the group and was always willing to help. Thank you!!! The atmosphere in the group was excellent and I had a brilliant and an unforgettable time!!! Extremely recommended trip!
— Sandra V.
Our guide Elizabeth was fantastic. She took great care of us!! We hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon...in July...it was hot and it was hard. She was a great cheerleader and took every precaution. It was appreciated and warranted.
— Jessica W.
Wonderful experience - it was a bucket list item and absolutely did not disappoint! THANK YOU!!!!!
— Kristen W.
Elizabeth was a wonderful guide with the ability to balance the different physical levels, interests, and personalities of the group.
— Cheryl and Tim M.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

James B.

James grew up in the Central Coast of California, playing outside and wandering through the woods. Over time, weekend camping trips gave way to backpacking trips as his passion for the outdoors grew. In the years since then he has worked in corporate team building, climbing and rappelling instruction, and got him start guiding river and backpacking trips for Northern Arizona University’s Outdoor Adventures program. In 2015, James graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. When not in the field, James enjoys mountain biking and climbing around the Colorado Plateau.


TESTIMONIALS

My wife and I did this trip, we are 58 and 60 years old. It was not easy, but not that difficult. James paced us very well so we still had time for the side hikes that add an incredible amount of enjoyment to the over all trip. We both loved it, such a wonderful experience and sense of accomplishment when you look back over the Canyon at where you had just hiked, it is very hard to believe that you had just been thru it. The beauty of it all is unbelievable. Food was great, snacks were great, well thought out. James telling us about the different geological layers etc was very interesting. James also encouraged us to go to the Park Ranger talks at Phantom Ranch and Indian Gardens camp grounds and we are glad he did and we went. The talks were very good, very informative and we highly recommend going to them. 5 stars for the overall experience.
— Gordon & Brenda P.
Trip was outstanding. James is an outstanding guide and very devoted to the clients as well as the overall welfare of the national park. A trip I will remember for a lifetime!
— Richard K.
Needless to say the trip exceeded our expectation in almost every sense. The guides, James and James, were triple threats. They were extremely knowledgeable, entertaining, and best of all accommodating to the different levels of hiking within our group. They provided snacks throughout the trip and there were no points in the trip that we had to worry about. Not only will I be using Wildland in the future but I highly recommend them for any hiking adventure; whether someone is headed out for their first time or even if they are a season backpacker that just happens to be passing through. Thanks again Wildland and both of the James for an amazing trip!
— TJ Kinion
James was an awesome guide. He was very knowable, made delicious meals, and kept us safe.
— Anna B.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jason B.

Jason Bull is originally from the Bay Area (CA) and began his guiding career in 2005 as a river runner in Colorado. He has a background in environmental sciences and a love for the outdoors, particularly the unique desert landscapes of the Southwest. In addition to leading hikes, Jason also enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater river trips. Since 2013, he has been a fixture in several of Wildland Trekking’s program areas, including Grand Canyon, Sedona, Utah Canyon Country, and the Colorado Rockies.


TESTIMONIALS

Our Red Rock hiking tour was incredible. Top notch service. Jason Bull was excellent! He was informative, patient and took everyone’s abilities into account. He is very well educated. He was funny. He is kind. He cooks the BEST food on the trail. He brought us to great restaurants. His trail meals were incredible. Definitely a memory of a lifetime!
— Cherie S.
Just returned from a fabulous 3 day hiking trip down the canyon with Jason Bull. He was the greatest guide ever and made this the most memorable trip of our lives. He was a wonderful educator, we felt so safe with him, a fabulous cook and just a genuine, kind person. Thank you for a phenomenal experience. We look forward to our next adventure with your company in the near future.
— Sally K.
Get a trek with Jason Bull as your guide! he not only does what you expect of an excellent guide, but he adjusts the itinerary for the participants and local conditions - on the fly. He is also a terrific chef, his meal prep was beyond belief - and unexpected. Very pleasant and knowledgeable!
— Jerry W.
Our group's guide, Jason Bull, was extremely competent in describing the Canyon's geological features and plant life and pointed out vistas that we might have missed had he not been with us. And Jason was a FABULOUS cook! He took care of a toe issue for one of the members of our group, and she was able to make the rest of the hike with no issue. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. I will definitely book again with Wildland and hope that we will draw Jason as a guide.
— Judith S.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jennifer B.

Jennifer grew up in Ventura, California where she backcountry skied and surfed all in the same day. Hiking, backcountry skiing, swimming and surfing is how Jennifer spent her formative years. Jennifer attended the University of Montana where she earned a B.S. in Recreation Management. After college Jennifer moved to West Yellowstone, Montana where she ran a summer camp for children ages 6-12. The camp explored Yellowstone National Park almost daily. In 2006, Jennifer moved to the Big Island of Hawaii and reconnected with her love of swimming and surfing. In her free time Jennifer played in the ocean and backpacked Volcano National Park in search of the best secluded beaches. Jennifer moved back to Montana in 2018 to work as an Interpretive Guide in Yellowstone National Park. When she is not guiding, Jennifer heads back to Hawaii.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jillian B.
Jillian grew up exploring the woods around her home in Northern Virginia. She loved hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, swimming in lakes, and just playing outside. However, it was a roundabout path that led Jillian to Wildland Trekking. First, she earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and became a Systems Engineer. It did not take long for Jillian to realize that working in an office was not for her. She left her math job to become a Ski/Snowboard Instructor at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia. Jillian had found her dream Winter job, but it took a bit longer to find a Spring/Summer/Fall job that she was as passionate about. She explored many interests including dog sledding and wine making. Then, Jillian had the opportunity to fulfill an old dream of hers, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. After completing this great adventure, she was hooked and knew she wanted to guide others on backpacking expeditions. So, she completed another thru-hike, this time on the Pacific Crest Trail, and then started guiding trips with Wildland. In the off season, Jillian teaches skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.

TESTIMONIALS

Our trip to Havasu Falls was a once in a lifetime experience. Our guides Jake and Jillian were absolutely the best!!! I took my daughter and we have memories for a lifetime. I would recommend this trip to everyone!!!!
— Kristine M.
Havasu Falls Tour is amazing! A wonderful oasis worth exploring! Wildland Trek Guides are incredibly knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of guiding people of all ages and maneuvering them down steep trails, crazy ladders and other obstacles. They also know the special hidden gems that you would miss checking it out by yourself. And on top of all that they know how to cook and provide great food options. Would definitely recommend.
— Andrew H.
The guides, Jillian and Jake were nothing but top notch. Well done.
— Kent S.
Myriam and Jillian were awesome! I was with my 16 yeR old daughter with no hiking experience and they could not have been better with her. They were a combination of guide, teacher and coach and gave us an experience to last a lifetime.
— Peter G.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Justin B.

Justin was born and raised in the exotic wilds of central Wisconsin, where he attended and eventually worked at a summer camp that took adventure trips around the U.S. Those trips and working at archaeology field schools in Central America in college led to his love of worldwide travel. Working as an archaeologist and guide since school, he has been lucky to travel and work across all seven continents, with trekking in Nepal to Everest Base Camp, finding hidden hot springs in Iceland, and climbing Aconcagua in Argentina among some of his favorite experiences. In his spare time, he is an avid reader, and enjoys mountain climbing, camping, and spending time between Montana and Door County, Wisconsin.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Magda B.

Magda grew up in Vermont, where she formed a deep love for nature, animals, outdoor adventures and sports. In college in Canada she studied Kinesiology and Psychology and played D1 soccer. She spent 5 summers living on a remote Alaskan glacier with 150 Alaskan huskies and guided sled dog tours. After college she spent a full year training an Iditarod race team in Willow, Alaska, where she greatly deepened her connection to and understanding of the Alaskan wilderness, and backcountry adventure travel. She then completed a Master’s degree in Sweden in Sports Science with her research focused on Iditarod mushers. Itching to get back into guiding work, Magda led bikepacking expeditions in the Southwest through Kroka Expeditions and now lives in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where she is part of the Wildland trekking team. For fun, Magda loves dog mushing, backcountry skiing, trail running, skijoring with her Alaskan huskies, rock climbing, and anything active and adventurous!

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Michael B.

Michaël started to work for a travel company in Iceland during the summer when he was 16. Over the years he got the opportunity to explore the country from the shores to the summits. During the winter, he used to be studying mountain geography at Université Savoie Mont-Blanc (France) where he got his Bachelors Degree, before joining a master program at the University of Iceland. As he moved to Iceland, he joined one of the units of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, and specialized in mountain rescue. He is also trained as a professional glacier guide level 1, and certified Wilderness First Responder. He is particularly interested in understanding the landscape and its processes, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge about Iceland. His favorite recreational venues are the unearthly surroundings of Vatnajökull ice cap and the colorful Fjallabak Nature Reserve. As one of Wildland’s main Iceland trekking guides, he truly loves to take people to forgotten paths and side-trails, and to give them a taste of Iceland’s delicious food culture to provide a multi-sensory travel experience.


TESTIMONIALS

Michael is the type of guide one can only hope to have. This is because guiding isn't just a job for him but an opportunity to share his passion for the truly unique Icelandic environment with worthy guests. Our guide asked us for one word to summarize the trip. My word was "passion". This is because it was his passion for the Icelandic country and environment that turned a great trip, into an unforgettable one.
— Joseph P.
Michael did a really great job taking us off the beaten path, it really enhanced our experience.
— Christopher D.
Both guides were fantastic and well prepared. Michael shared a lot of his fantastic geology knowledge. Antwan with is mythology tales. Both guides kept everyone engaged even with the large difference in age. going off the trail made all the difference and the great meals.
— Russell P.
Wildland and it's guides place a premium on its customers experience while backpacking cross-country. That is not always the case with other outfitters. This was my second trip with Wildland and my first out of the country. The guides were well prepared and knew the area well enough to take advantage of some uncharacteristically nice weather. The value added from their knowledge of local geology, names of features, Icelandic history and mythology was incredible.Let's talk food. The meal plan was fantastic. I've never eaten so well out of a pack. Wildland is highly recommended and I can't wait to plan my next trip with them!
— Kenny K.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Myriam B.

Myriam Bishop grew up in the French Alps, and started hiking before she started school. Joining outdoor trainings available in the area, as well as Nature Conservation events, she entered an outdoor recreation program in high school. Caving, backcountry skiing, rock-climbing and then mountaineering were her favorites. She has a degree in Outdoor recreation and Tourism. She started guiding hiking and backpacking trips in Iceland in 2002 and hasn’t since stopped sharing her passion of the outdoors, showing off the beaten track’s nature marvels. She got addicted to travelling and has since explored and hiked on 4 continents, from Sahara sand dunes to Greenland glaciers, Hawaii, New Zealand or Alaska. Her never ending fascination for plants, animals, and landscape formation drew her across the Southwest a few times before she decided she had to settle here in order to explore and share this amazing Canyon Country. She has the European Mountain Leader and Wilderness First Responder certifications.


TESTIMONIALS

Trip of a lifetime. Seen things that were breathtaking and won't soon be forgotten. WOW!!! Thanks for the great time from two fantastic guides... Myriam & Zoe.
— Paul Jurchuk
My wife and I wanted to do something different for our honeymoon, so we signed up for the Havasu Falls trip and went to Sedona afterward. Ann Marie was very friendly and effective at getting us signed up and I appreciated that. When it came time for the trip itself and we met the guides (Myriam and Zoe) it became quite a special trip. Myriam and Zoe were simply great. Friendly, knowledgeable, great cooks, and just a joy to have as our guides. After finding out we were on our honeymoon, they went out of there way to get a bottle of sparkl ing juice and a card signed by everyone else in our group for a dinner toast the second night. I can't say enough good things about them. It says a lot about your company to have people like this working for you. Whenever we get back to that area, we'll definitely look you up for another trip.
— Andrew Sauber
Myriam was such a hard worker! I can't believe how well she took care of us! She is a great cook, as well as a careful and experienced guide.
— Julie F.
Myriam was a FANTASTIC guide! Is there a rating above excellent? If so, I would rate her that high. I've hiked the Grand Canyon previously, but her knowledge of the Canyon and fun, positive attitude made this a superior experience. She made a very hard decision regarding one of our group who had to drop out on day one. I have great respect for her professionalism and good judgment in this matter. Many thanks to Myriam and Wildland Trekking for a well-executed, enjoyable backpacking trip.
— Cathy P.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Noah B.

Noah grew up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He went to school at Northern Michigan University. There he studied Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management Skills. He soon fell for the beauty of the outdoors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where he enjoyed getting outside surfing, backpacking, and climbing. After graduating Northern Michigan in 2019, Noah set out to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail. Noah Currently lives in Bozeman, Montana where he enjoys his time getting out backpacking or backcountry skiing in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. He is passionate about safety, adventure, and the pristine beauty of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for his guests.

SCREENER/GUIDE

Ron B.

Ron Bubb has been living, working, hiking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, and canoeing in the four corners region for more than 15 years. He has an MBA and worked in state government before leaving his home state of Illinois for the west in 1996. Since that time, he has opened and operated three outdoor gear shops in Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado and started guiding for Wildland Trekking in 2008. “I want to help people get into the backcountry. That’s what I feel I was put on this planet to do.” Ron lives his purpose by guiding trips in the Grand Canyon, Utah, Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone.


TESTIMONIALS

Ron was great. The trip exceeded all expectations. The food was particularly noteworthy. We were a pretty diverse group, but Ron helped make us a team. We had a lot of laughs despite cold and rainy weather. A wonderful experience.
— Nancy McCarthy
Ron was just a great guide. I can't say enough about the food! It was way above expectations. Great job all around!
— Paul Creamer
Ron Bubb was an excellent guide who truly went above and beyond to make this a great trip. He deserves accolades for the amount of work he put into this trip. His attitude and professionalism were top notch even during the most trying of times.
— Jason Louis
Just returned from a rim to rim hike with Ron and I have to say that was one of the best hikes I've been on. Ron was freakin incredible and the food was out of this world. Ron never ceased to amaze us with what he'd pull out of his pack next and his knowledge of the canyon and the outdoors in general was incredible. Great trip, great people, great guide, great memories. I'll be back again.
— Joseph Massowd

Grand Canyon & Sedona Manager

Stefan B.

Stefan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He moved out west to attend NAU in Flagstaff, and graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership and Education. Since moving to Flagstaff he has fallen in love with the southwest. He is also an Eagle Scout, NOLS alumni, avid rock climber and backpacker. He is an attentive guide who cares about the safety and enjoyment of his guests, and he’s extremely knowledgeable about being in the outdoors and about the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau and the Southwest. Stefan’s goal with leading any sort of trip is to inspire a sense of stewardship and appreciation in others around him.


TESTIMONIALS

Great trip! It's true that the more fit your are the more you enjoy the hike! Make sure your boots are welllllll broken in. Stefan was awesome! If you want a guide that rocks asks for him. Fully recommend.
— Mike and Emily J.
Whether you've never been hiking before or are a backcountry veteran Wildland has repeatedly shown me that they can deliver a trip that will leave you with lifetime memories.
— Mike R.
Stephan did a great job. A very personable, knowledgeable and interesting young man. He did a great job of keeping everyone safe, pacing the trip to the level that kept it comfortable for those that were in poor physical shape yet at a speed that was not too slow for the rest of us.
— Terry G.
Stefan made this a wonderful trip.
— Karen D.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Wally B.

Wally Brandt was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. A graduate of Ohio University with degrees in Sociology and French, Wally spent his post college years living and shaping young minds in wilderness education and therapeutic programs, including living outside for a year practicing bushcraft. Wally has been guiding and exposing himself and others to the therapeutic benefits of Southern Utah’s national parks and public lands since 2015.


TESTIMONIALS

Wally was a wealth of information. Great day hike in Zion with Wally. Learned so much about the eco system, area, history of park. Would highly recommend when visiting Zion. Lunch was delicious. Everything you could possible need was supplied for by Wildland Trekking. Will definitely do another tour with them in the future!
— Linda A.
Wally was absolutely the best tour guide we ever had! He knew all the questions I asked (I asked a lot), he was down to earth and also made the most incredible lunch you could ask for! My expectations were high and he blew them away and then some. Great job and look forward to another trip!
— Patrick R.
Wally was a superb guide and very interesting person. Our day in Zion could not have been better. We appreciate Wally's attentiveness, insight, and ease with which he related to each family member.
— Kelly H.
Wally went above and beyond as a guide. The meal he brought and prepared was superb. I would totally recommend Wildland Trekking and tell folks to ask for Wally if possible.
— Peggy H.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Ben C.

Ben grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He has always held a deep love for the outdoors but during his university education studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder Ben grew into his great passion for rock climbing. Climbing has taken Ben all around the world but he still considers the Western United States home. Ben has a great interest and passion for the Colorado Plateau and all of the diverse ecosystems it has to offer. Though climbing is a primary passion of his, Ben loves to explore wilderness for the adventure of the experience whether that’s through climbing, biking, rafting, or simply romping through slot canyons. Aside from his outdoor pursuits, Ben has a passion for outdoor adventure film making and photography.


TESTIMONIALS

For my first hike this was awesome! The scenery was beautiful the people were great. I definitely enjoyed this trip. Alexi and Ben are awesome guides. They were helpful to me as well as others. Being gluten free can be a challenge, but the food was excellent.
— Shelly S.
This trip was amazing! I have zero complaints on any aspect of this trip (other than wishing we were already back at Havasu Falls). The guides were knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful! We will be looking into going on another Wildland Trekking trip in the future!
— Katherine C.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Bob C.
Bob grew up in Chicago and made a conscious effort to spend his free time exploring the county forest preserves and the lakes and woods of northern Michigan. A steady stream of Thoreau and Farley Mowat books and a trip to the Colorado Rockies at age 18 ingrained a love of the mountains and nature in Bob. After serving in the U.S. Army as an infantry medic, he moved to Colorado and then Montana where he has lived for the past 24 years with his wife and children. Bob worked for nearly 20 years in environmental protection and has backpacked extensively in the wilderness of the northern Rockies and throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for the wild places he loves with others.

TESTIMONIALS

Bob was a fantastic guide! His knowledge and professionalism really made our trip special. My trip was with with my 11-year old daughter and he was able to tailor his knowledge to both adult and pre-teen levels extremely effectively. I will absolutely refer to Wildland Trekking for any future trips due to my experience with Bob.
— Leland O.
The experience of being out in the Wild in Yellowstone was unforgettable, I knew that part wouldn't let us down. However, the trip would not have been as enjoyable without Bob Clark, our guide who throughout the trip was good humoured, patient, thoughtful and a fountain of knowledge. His hiking fitness is second to none. His cooking skills were excellent, the nicest food we had on our visit to the US was while camping in Yellowstone. Thanks again for a wonderful trip!
— David B.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 5-day backpacking trip in Yellowstone. Our excellent guide kept us safe and provided us with great information about the park and its components. We loved the route, the food, and the company! Thanks Wildlands for a great trip!
— Ann T.
Bob Clark, the guide was a pleasure. A true steward of the park and dedicated environmentalist.
— Richard K.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Brian C.

Brian Cresson has been exploring the great outdoors and chasing adventure from a young age. Originally raised in Illinois, he moved to Northern Arizona in 2004 after falling in love with the area. In addition to hiking and backpacking, Brian is an avid rock climber and spends a lot of his free time climbing with friends throughout Arizona, California, and the great Southwest. Prior to joining wildland Trekking, he worked in the Phoenix area as an Emergency Department Technician, EMT, and an artist. Brian finds great joy in sharing his adventures and stories with others and looks forward to meeting new adventurers and friends every day!

Email Marketer & Guide

Dakota C.

Dakota was raised on the trails of Northern Arizona. A Flagstaff local, Dakota was the child of an outdoor junkie and forest ranger and many a weekend were spent exploring the vastness of the Colorado Plateau with his dad. He fell in love with the rivers of the Southwest and began guiding white water rafting trips at the age of eighteen, spending the subsequent five years floating down river as much as possible. Though he still loves the Southwest’s scenic waterways, he has shifted his attention in recent years to exploring the many remote areas of the Colorado Plateau. When not guiding, Dakota likes to get back on the river, climb, and delve into the seldom traveled slot canyons of Arizona and Utah.


TESTIMONIALS

I had never been on a guided backpacking trip, but with Dakota as our guide and the quality of the equipment, meals, and itinerary, I will definitely be using Wildland Trekking again! I have already had friends ask about the trip details after seeing photos of our adventure!
— Rhonda M.
Our hike to Havasu Falls exceeded all expectations. It was fun, challenging and beautiful. Dakota our guide was a big part of what made it so special. Thank you!
— Carol F.
My son and I recently took a trip to Havasu Falls and it exceeded all of our expectations! It was a beautiful journey and our guide Dakota took care of us on all levels - cooking wonderful meals, planning our days, and educating us with Grand Canyon facts the entire way. It was a memory of a lifetime and Wildland Trekking did an amazing job! Many thanks!
— Leslie T.
Dakota was a wonderful guide. He was very kind and helpful and showed a great maturity for his young age.
— Melanie J.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Daniel C.

Daniel grew up in the Southern Appalachian mountains and enjoyed getting outdoors from an early age. After his first job in the outdoor industry as a raft guide in North Carolina he knew that he wanted to continue to help others connect to nature. He graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management in 2016. After school he spent a season in Australia guiding wilderness expeditions for teenagers that included backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing. Upon returning to the States he began working as a Wilderness Therapy guide in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. In 2018 he moved to Western Washington and continued guiding for at-risk youth in the Olympic Mountains. Near his home in Port Angeles, Daniel also guides sea kayaking tours and he has spent time working with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s youth and traditional culture programs. Daniel’s other passion besides the outdoors is playing music. He plays in a band in Port Angeles.

PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR AND GUIDE

Doug C.

Doug is a Santa Fe native and was raised in New Mexico and Oklahoma. His first backpacking adventure was in the New Mexico mountains when he was 10 years old. A Grand Canyon guide since 2008 (with Wildland Trekking since 2009) he has guided over 175 treks into “the Canyon”. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School and earned a degree in history from Penn State University. In addition to guiding for Wildland Trekking he coordinates the company’s Philanthropy Program, is a Santa Fe area tour/hiking guide and since 2008 has instructed field courses for NOLS. He is a passionate wilderness educator and enjoys sharing with others the unique natural and human history of the Colorado Plateau region. Doug resides in Albuquerque.


TESTIMONIALS

We feel very lucky that Doug was our guide. His knowledge of the Canyon and his ability to communicate was suburb. He inspired confidence. And he knew when to step back and let us experience the majesty of the Canyon.
— Peter R.
Doug was extremely professional and genuinely cared about the experience that each of his guests had. His passion for the outdoors was contagious and his knowledge not only of the Grand Canyon but other National Parks and history and geology as well was incredibly intriguing.
— Maria B.
From the beginning Doug knew it would be difficult for one of our party to complete the trip successfully without assistance but his positive and determined attitude made it possible for that person to fulfill the quest of a lifetime, to hike the Grand Canyon. Doug’s words of wisdom were always proven correct and his relationships with park rangers and their respect for him was evident.
— Steve T.
Doug was an excellent guide, companion and an expert across the board. He provided us with camaraderie and enthusiasm as well as leadership, reconnaissance, technical skills, excellent first aid and knowledge of canyon country. In particular we credit Doug with making some solid decisions in respect to river crossings, my ability to continue on a badly sprained ankle (which was the right call), water sources, time spent moving with full packs, etc. We also had fun! Doug was a wonderful companion whose company we enjoyed immensely.
— Tara M.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Graham C.

Graham is an outdoor educator and mountain guide originally from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee. His earliest backpacking experiences were centered around the trails of Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to guiding with Wildland Trekking, Graham instructs for the Northwest Outward Bound School in the Pacific Northwest, and he leads a nonprofit co-operative in Flagstaff. Graham is an avid canyoneer, whitewater paddler, mountain biker, and rock climber. He holds an active WFR certification with CPR via NOLS, has participated in a multi-day Level IV Swiftwater Rescue course via the American Canoe Associattion, maintains Leave No Trace awareness training, and has completed Single Pitch Instructor training with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Clients and students alike delight in Graham’s sense of humor and genuine interest in teaching.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jeanelle C.

Jeanelle Carpentier, originally from Camano Island, Washington, was very fortunate growing up to have the opportunity to travel and spend endless hours outdoors with her family and friends. In 2009, she broadened her horizons and moved to New Zealand. Living overseas brought her a huge sense of clarity in her life and opened many new doors. Doors which would lead her now to over forty states, twenty countries, and studying abroad. She has been working in several national parks and residing in mostly small mountain towns for several years. Her passion is being able to share the great outdoors with others, and she loves meeting new people. She is thrilled every day to be working in one of her favorite national parks, the Grand Canyon.


TESTIMONIALS

My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Janelle was fun, patient, and interesting. The lunch she prepared for us was truly delicious. I was a little nervous hiking down with the icy tail on the Canyon, but she had great gear and made the process go very smoothly. Great guide!
— Kristine Grimshaw
The trip was well organized and well considered. Jeanelle was the most thoughtful, capable, considerate, intelligent and delightful guide we have had. And, we have had many guides in our travels. We are recommending her, and Wildland, to our friends and family. Everything from the hikes chosen by Jeanelle on our second day to the food was exceptional.
— Eva Frank
Awesome experience...loved the tour, the group, and the guide!
— Karen Fey
Our tour guide was awesome! She was very knowledgable. The tour/hike was very organized and the food was great. Great people, great hikes, and great food! Recipe for success. Excited to go on more Wildland Trekking hikes in the future.
— Kurt Karanovich

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jessica C.

Jessica grew up in Minnesota, gaining an appreciation for wilderness exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  From there she moved to Boston where she earned a double degree in Biology and International Affairs while learning about mountains from New England to Alaska to Costa Rica and China.  She has since been fortunate enough to turn her hobbies into her career, working as a wilderness technician, rock climbing coach, ski instructor, and ice climbing guide.  She moved to Montana in 2017 to enjoy all of those things in one place.  In her free time Jessica enjoys reading, running, and trying to keep her houseplants alive.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jose C.

Jose grew up in the farming community of Huayllaccocha in the mountains near the Sacred Valley in Peru. He is fluent in Quechua, Spanish and English and holds a degree in tourism from Americana University in Cusco. He has been guiding tours and treks in Peru since 2006 and has been working with Wildland Trekking since 2015. He has an immense amount of knowledge – gleaned both from experience and from formal education – about the Inca, Machu Picchu, the mountains around Cusco, the Peruvian Andes in general, tourism and customer service. Jose’s hobbies include photography, birding, trekking, history and exploring new routes around the “Lost City of the Inca”, Machu Picchu!


TESTIMONIALS

Jose and Betsy were fantastic. So incredibly knowledgeable and also just very nice, wonderful people. Thanks to the whole Wildland team, my family and friends had an incredible experience. We had a few hiccups -- from changes in who was going on the trip, to cancelled flights, to a stomach bug or two -- and Wildland and our guides helped us through each one. We were in great hands start to finish, and our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and delightful people!
— Denise S.
If you want to take a trip of a life time, plan yours with Wildland Trekking. Everything is TOP notch. Trips include everything, there is nothing hidden or implied that you will incur any additional expenses. Other companies maybe cheaper, but remember "you get what you pay for". You will not have to worry about anything. They have got you covered. It makes for such an enjoyable trip You can just take it all in and not have a care in the world. Jose and Steven made a great blend.
— Camilla H.
Jose and Betsy were great leaders and companions. I expect to go more Wildland Trek's. The Short Inca Trail trek was exactly what I was hoping for with a good mixture of hiking, history, views and food. Our guides were great and took of every need.
— Bob M.
Our guides, Jose Condor and Betsy Harter, were beyond outstanding, we could not have asked for more.
— Michael C.
My husband and I are finishing up our Inca tour. We are so happy we did it. The scenery, the food, the Andes....everything was spectacular. I wanted to let you know what a great tour guide Jose Condor is. He is patient, mild-mannered, knowledgeable, and attentive. He simply made the whole experience for us. Looking forward to our next hike which we think will be in Banff. Thanks for providing us with such great vacations.
— Padma G.
Salkantay was our second trip with WT and was exceptional. Jose’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Incas turned a truly fantastic hike into a walking history lesson. And of course, all the usual WT trappings like tremendous food, great hospitality and superb company were there in abundance. It won’t be our last trip with WT for sure!
— Lawrence and Sarah B.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Josh C.
Josh grew up in Kansas, spending the majority of his time outdoors playing football, riding bikes, climbing trees and boating. It wasn’t until college that he got a real taste of the west.  After experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park on a long weekend, Josh decided it was time for a move.  Josh started his outdoor adventures in Estes Park, Colorado working as an animal packer.  Since moving west Josh has found new outdoor pursuits to take up his time. Those include hiking, llama packing, backpacking, photography and skiing all across the Rockies and the Colorado Plateau. Josh is passionate about protecting wildlife, education of the public and sharing the beauty of the western US.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Laura C.

Laura grew up in Connecticut, spending the majority of her time racing sailboats, playing street hockey, and climbing trees. Her love for the outdoors has been with her forever, but this passion really began to take root when she moved to northern Utah to pursue a graduate degree in Geology. Once out west, Laura fell deeply in love with the wild landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Area and southwestern Utah, spending most of her time climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, and backcountry snowboarding. She now resides in Teton Valley, ID with her partner and two doggies. Laura is super grateful for the opportunity to work with llamas in these beautiful areas, and loves to share her passion and knowledge for these areas with guests!


TESTIMONIALS

Incredible trip! The llamas were awesome, Laura was simply phenomenal and the hike itself was perfect. The overall experience left me wanting more and to return for another trip with Wildland ASAP.
— Dave R.
Laura is a fantastic guide. There are really no superlatives that adequately describe her skills. We ate so well thanks to her that I gained a pound. Her knowledge of our surroundings is superb which made for fun and interesting hikes. She also knew where to get those awesome huckleberry milkshakes which were very well received by all of us during the drive back to Jackson. I will be going on another trek and I hope Laura is our guide again.
— Geoff R.
Laura was an amazing guide! She knew so much about the area, was so thoughtful throughout the trip and an awesome chef!!! The llamas were great and I loved listening to Bo tell us about them!
— Bonnie R.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Matt C.

Matt grew up primitive camping with his brothers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. They found a love for nature and adventure while building huts, fishing, foraging and sleeping in the pine needles around a fire. His later expeditions have taken him 1,000 miles to the Canadian arctic in a canoe over 64 days on a route he pioneered, to the summits of two 8,000 meter peaks, 277 miles through the Grand Canyon, and on long hitchhiking trips through New Zealand, Australia, The US and the British Isles. While he has guided professionally on the Colorado Plateau, The Basin & Range and The Mojave, The Sierra Nevada is his favorite. An ex Wilderness EMT and a shameless high-fiver, Matt loves his job.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Mike C.

Mike grew up skiing and running in New Hampshire, and took up rock climbing as an adult.  On a road trip to the desert Southwest he discovered his truest passion – hiking. Only four months later he was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and discovering what it means to be an ultra-endurance athlete. With a renewed sense of adventure, he has since cycled across the country, thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in only 2.5 months, and worked as a bike messenger in Austin, TX.  In addition to guiding for Wildland he is currently training to break the “Fastest Known Time” record on one of America’s long trails.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Samantha C.

Born in Colorado and raised in central California, Samantha earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Recreation from Chicago State University. She also received her Masters degree in Recreation Resource Administration from Southern Illinois University, and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Along the way, Samantha has designed and facilitated numerous recreation programs in a variety of settings. Early on, she knew she had a knack for working with diverse populations in the outdoors, and has realized this goal through her work as a guide for hiking trips in the desert of Utah. Living intentionally and doing everything with a meaningful purpose is how Samantha lives her life. In her spare time, she loves rock climbing, swimming, backcountry baking, and exploring Southwestern Utah


TESTIMONIALS

It was an awesome adventure and Samantha did an excellent job guiding us. We had such a blast. Wildland is top notch. Food was out of this world good, not what we expected backpacking it was real food!! Thanks Samantha for taking care of us. We are looking forward to our next adventure with wildland trekking soon!! Good Customer Service and preparation info before we went. Thank you!
— Becky H.
Our Zion In A Day private tour was a perfect choice because our awesome guide was able to tailor our tour to the abilities and interests of a preteen. Samantha obviously loves her job and loves helping others appreciate every detail about the park. Highly recommend for families!
— Kimberly R.
Our guide was phenomenal for the entire duration of the trip. She was full of information, fun, and professionalism. She exceeded our expectations to the fullest with meals filled with choices, color, and nutrition as well as restaurant choices that far exceeded our imagination. She was filled with humor and tended to our every need whether it was encouragement or medical attention. Honestly, it became a joke of what Samantha would pull out of her pack next. The cherry on top was the sunrise view at Bryce Canyon where she brought coffee to french press, hot tea, and cocoa. We even paired our box of chocolates from Stone Hearth Grill with the drinks. I would recommend Wildland Trekking Company to anyone interested in a hiking trip the company offers and specifically Samantha Cooke as a guide.
— Emily Sue G.
Samantha Cooke was an excellent guide! She made our trip enjoyable in so many ways, it is hard to put it all in an e-mail. A few highlights include: -Samantha provided excellent service with a great disposition and positive demeanor; -Samantha anticipated every possible situation and was prepared for everything; -Samantha made a hiking trip seem like a luxury vacation by providing amenities we never expected; and -The quality of the lunches she prepared and restaurant selections were beyond our expectations; We would highly recommend Samantha to others and will definitely request her as our guide on any future trips! Samantha Cooke and Wildland Treking made a hiking trip seem like a luxury vacation! The service, food and amenities were excellent.
— Noel S.

WEB AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

Scott C.

Scott, owner and co-founder, grew up hiking and backpacking with his family in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. He’s sure backcountry hiking is severely contagious and doesn’t have any known cure, because once afflicted with it, the constant desire to “get out” has plagued him his whole life. He has a degree in English and Professional Communication and has worked in the adventure travel profession most of his career. In 2005, along with partners Steve and Brad, Scott co-founded Wildland Trekking with a mission to enrich guests’ lives and contribute to conservation.


TESTIMONIALS

Loved every minute of this trip. The guide really knew his stuff and I always felt safe and in good hands. I'll be coming back next year without a doubt.
— Susan B.
The Hermit loop Grand Canyon hike was a trip of a lifetime. Wildland is a very professional company to deal with and did a great job of preparing us for our hike. Scott was awesome!!
— Ed S.
Fantastic experience. Our guide, Scott, was very professional and informative. He always made sure that we were all havimg a good time. Offering a car ride at the end of the trip to look at the Canyon from other entry points was especially appreciated. I would strongly recommend the company for anyone thinking of taking a guided hiking trip.
— Tamas S.
It was an absolutely terrific hike and experience. Looking forward to doing another one. Scott was great, and very patient with my girlfriend, who had difficulty with the hike. Haven't stopped thinking about how fun it all was, since we got back.
— David D.

DIRECTOR OF SALES

Steve C.

Steve Cundy, owner and co-founder, worked as a natural resources specialist for federal and state governments before discovering his passion for leading people into wild places. After this revelation, he spent his working life as a wilderness counselor for at-risk youth in Utah and as an outdoor educator and hiking guide, before co-founding the Wildland Trekking Company. Steve is a personable and attentive owner and guide who is dedicated to seeing that his guests get as much out of their wilderness hiking experience as possible. Also an avid rock climber, he can usually be found scaling the cliffs of his usual haunts when not in the office or the field.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Tiffany C.

Tiffany Cooper grew up in Mississippi where she started camping at an early age with her grand parents. Her love of the outdoors was born from weekend getaways to lakes and forests in the area where she grew up. In 1999 she graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor’s degree in Fitness management. After college she moved to Montana, where she was all about hiking and exploring Montana and Wyoming for over 2 years. It was in 2002 however that her life was forever changed – she moved to Arizona and started hiking the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau. “I fell in love with the Canyon and do not think I can leave. I have been guiding in the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau now for more than 8 years {since 2004} and see no end in sight!”


TESTIMONIALS

This trip far exceeded any of our expectations! Thank you Wildland Trekking and a heartfelt thanks to our guide Tiffany. We couldn't have done this without you!
— Dave and Debbie Wiens
Fantastic guide, food, & overall performance! Way better then I would have ever imagined! Tiffany ROCKED!!!
— Mary Schardt
"I thoroughly enjoyed the hike and would recommend Wildland Trekking. Tiffany was awesome! A wonderful blend of friendliness and professionalism. An experience I shall never forget.
— Roger Carter
I am so glad that I chose to take a guided tour of the Grand Canyon. Everyone was very enthusiastic and genuinely loved their work, which inspired my enthusiasm and made my trip awesome from the get-go. My guide was a wealth of knowledge and made the trip that much more amazing with all the information on the Grand Canyon--not just the history and geology, but little nooks and crannies that were fun to check out. Tiffany was also an amazing cook and did a great job working with my gluten sensitivity and making tasty dishes that were healthy.
— Joylyn Bopp

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Zach C.

Zach got his start hiking and climbing in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and studied civil engineering in the Adirondacks. After getting his degree, Zach went on to live and work seven years in the Indian Himalayas, teaching math and outdoor education at an international boarding school. He met his wife on a trek in Nepal and moved to China for two years before returning to the US to pursue a career in guiding and outdoor education.

Zach loves exploring new places and sharing the excitement of discovery with students and clients. In addition to backpacking, he is an experienced rock climber and mountaineer and has completed courses with NOLS, The American Alpine Institute, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, and the AMGA.

When not exploring the outdoors, Zach is an avid baker and cook specializing pizzas and sourdough bread.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Brittney D.

Brittney grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. With a degree in Psychology her early career was as a part of a clinical anxiety research team. It just took one backpacking trip in Yosemite, however, to inspire her to leave the cubicle world behind. Soon after, she was guiding for a wilderness therapy company in Utah. For two years she lived in Australia, leading teenagers on outdoor education backpacking expeditions. Her travels have mostly been through a hiking lens, having backpacked in Central America, Africa, Scandinavia, Spain, throughout southern Australia, and across much of the American west including a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. When she’s not on trail you might catch her wood carving, slack-lining, or whipping up a new recipe. Britt wants to share the magic of the wild! From dips in the alpine lakes of the Sierra Nevada to exploring deep slot canyons in southern Utah, her goal is for her guests to leave the wilderness as inspired as she was on her first trip.


TESTIMONIALS

Our guide Britt is amazing!! We enjoyed her company and her knowledge of wildlife and Yosemite. We learned a lot about Yosemite from her. She provided us with the best meals, way more elaborate and delicious than we expected! She was very sure of the trail and we felt confident following her. She was quick to point out interesting things on our hike and enlighten us with informative stories. We would highly recommend her and would book with her again and again!
— Jenna C.
Brittney was an outstanding guide who had a genuine and deep connection to Yosemite and a great ability to read and work with the group dynamic. She handled the changed itinerary due to snow, the busyness of the park etc. with wonderful flexibility and our group had an awesome time despite the challenges. Also, I appreciated that she put a lot of thought and care into accommodating my dietary needs.
— Stacy N.
Brittney wa an amazing guide! She was easygoing and extremely competent. She put everyone in the group at ease, even in situations where some members were worried (heights, tarantulas...). She was also a great cook and I was blown away by the food (sushi in the middle of nowhere, Utah?). Really really enjoyed each hike we did over the course of the trip, particularly Phipp's Arch and the Peek-a-Boo/Spooky canyons.
— Zoe H.
Amazing Yosemite trip! Fantastic guide who was informative, fun, accommodating, interesting, and a great communicator before, during, and after. Definitely planning on more Wildland trips in the future.
— Nicole W.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Casey D.

Casey grew up in California’s Wine Country, but found a passion for adventure that was seeded early on during his family trips to ski at Lake Tahoe and explore the Pacific Coast. He graduated from Sierra Nevada College with a bachelor’s degree in Global Management and Outdoor Leadership. Since then Casey has been fairly nomadic, wandering around the American West as well as exploring numerous countries in Asia, Central America and New Zealand to ski, backpack, surf, climb, raft and scuba dive. Casey is a Wilderness First Responder, backcountry cooking aficionado and values a well-placed dad joke. He has guided rivers in the red rock desert of Utah and still guides rafting trips on the Salmon River in Idaho. When he is not traveling Casey has made his base camp in Driggs, Idaho living in the custom van he built. He is grateful for the chance to share his passion for the outdoors while exploring the Greater Yellowstone area on Wildland Trekking trips.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Guy D.

Guy Dobyns grew up in Indiana, but fell in love with the Southwest at an early age during family backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. He escaped the corn fields of the Midwest as soon as he could for the grander landscapes of the West. He is passionate about getting people outside, and has worked in a variety of wild places. Aside from guiding for Wildland Trekking, he was an outdoor educator for a high school in New Mexico, coordinated logistics for an Outward Bound school in Utah, and guided ice climbing and rafting trips in Alaska. The Grand Canyon remains his first and best love though, and he has been exploring the Canyon by foot and raft for more than six years. Guy enjoys sharing his knowledge about the geology of the Canyon and its history of human exploration with guests, but most of all he just loves introducing new people to his favorite place in the world.


TESTIMONIALS

These two guides were awesome, their meals fantastic, and their ability to make sure we were safe at all tips was appreciated. Keep these guys. My wife flew out by helicopter and I appreciate your asking Guy to wait until she was out of the canyon. Sorry we held him up, but he was very positive and willing to wait with me.
— Cindy, Katie, and Andy B.
Hi, We are pleased to provide this reference for Guy Dobyns following our 3 day Grand Canyon Arizona trek 7-9 April 2013. Guy was exceptional in every respect: preparation, attention to detail, safety, master chef, punctuality, patience, flexibility, knowledge of geology, social history, flora and fauna, archeology and architecture- plus interpersonal skills of an exceptionally high level. Guy is a wonderful ambassador for your company, and we will have no hesitation in recommending Wildland Trekking.
— Dr. James Davies and Helena O'Hare
We were supposed to originally hike Hermit Loop but due to the government shutdown and closure of the National Parks we weren't able to. We were given the option to hike Havasu Falls - it was a great option. Our group was also combined with another group so we had two guides - Guy & Kopavi - which was a great as I'm not a fast hiker and this gave our group the option to speed walk out of the canyon on the last day or hang back with me and go at a more leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery. Both guides were super knowledgeable about the area - flora, fauna, natives, etc. and they were great at sharing this info. Also, can't say enough about how great they worked as a team setting up camp, making meals etc. And special thanks to Guy! His patience was incredible and I was so incredibly thankful for his guidance up and down the cliff face to and from Mooney Falls and subsequently Beaver Falls. The Beaver Falls hike has been the most exhilarating, thrilling, adrenalin rush hike of my life! Not one that I will soon forget. I have a huge fear of falling and I'm not crazy about heights so it was definitely a challenge for me that Guy helped me face head on!
— Sheila O.
Only a few words about our guide Guy Dobyns. He is not just a good guide and a good cook, but also very attentive, knowledgeable and informative, and a hell of a nice young man. Thanks Guy.
— Giuliano V.

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Jennie D.

Hailing from rural Massachusetts, Jennie grew up exploring the woods in her backyard. These early experiences launched her into her career as a tour guide. She hiked, camped and led visitors from all over the world across Northern and Central America, from the salmon runs of Alaska to the blue waters of the Caribbean. Then, she took her adventures further afield, guiding intrepid travelers on three continents. Now she’s thrilled to return to one of her first outdoor loves, hiking the Colorado Plateau, where river-carved canyons and upended rock layers tell the story of distant geological upheavals.

GRAND CANYON & SEDONA ASSISTANT PROGRAM MANAGER

Jordan D.

Jordan grew up exploring the creeks and woodlands of Oklahoma and beaches of Texas. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marines which took him to several far-reaching corners of the United States and the World. By his mid-twenties, Jordan developed a passion for our planet’s remote wildlands–be they mountains, deserts, or oceans–and environmental stewardship. Upon his return to the States, Jordan met his wife on a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon. They share an adoration for the American West and would eventually call Arizona home. After studying anthropology, earning a law degree, and practicing as an attorney, Jordan decided to leave the office behind and become a guide in the backcountry.

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Nathan D.

Nathan grew up in Alberta, and so he has had the pleasure of being near and in the Rocky Mountains his whole life. He enjoys all aspects of walking through the mountains – whether taking the path less traveled on remote overnight trips, or taking in the familiar sites visited by tourists time and again. Nathan has been guiding for nearly a decade, so you’re sure to hear some interesting stories and learn a thing or two about the spectacular mountain environment that we call home!

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Chris E.

Growing up in Northern California, Chris has always been active hiking, biking, or training Muay Thai kickboxing. One Easter Sunday, a storm would have him sheltering in a cave a few hundred feet up the sandstone spires of a local state park.  Several hours later, the storm would cease, opening up to a beautiful moonlit sky that would change his ideas about life.  After walking 200 miles to settle a bet, he would go on to explore the Grand Canyon, thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail, and spend 50 days solo backpacking Yellowstone and the nearby Beartooth-Absorokas. These days, you’ll find him still exploring the Grand Canyon, Sedona, The San Francisco Peaks and the Arizona Trail.  He also enjoys training Jiu-Jitsu and taking his cat Arthur for walks.

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Derek E.

Originally from small town Ontario, Derek first came to western Canada after completing the Outdoor Adventure program at Algonquin College and hasn’t looked back since. Spending hundreds of days in the backcountry, Derek prefers multi-day backpacking trips. One of his favorite experiences was guiding a 19-day expedition through Banff National Park and guiding the West Coast Trail 10 times. Derek currently lives in Canmore and when not out hiking you’ll find him at the climbing gym.

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Jacob E.

Jacob grew up surrounded by concrete in Phoenix, Arizona, always yearning for forests, rivers, and mountains. Soon he moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University and spent as much time as he could wandering the woods. After completing a B.S. in Environmental Studies, Jacob pursued his childhood dream of becoming a firefighter. He worked as a wildland firefighter in the summers and for a Fire & EMS agency during the off season. After chasing fire, Jacob obtained a Masters in Sustainable Communities and found his calling in taking people outside. In addition to scholarly pursuits, Jacob is trained as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Recently, Jacob relocated to Asheville North Carolina to continue to tend his calling in helping others find deep connection with nature. He is often found backpacking, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, gardening, bird watching, tracking, and bow hunting.

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Sergio E.

Sergio is a Mexican – Chilean alpinist, rock climber, adventurer and mountain guide, who has spent much of his life in nature trying to live in harmony with his environment. His skills as a guide and mountaineer have allowed him to develop his abilities in high mountains, on big walls and over long distances, as well as to experience extremely remote places. He’s instructed for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and has been guiding in Mexico, Chile, Bolivia and Perú for over 20 years, and has worked as a Campus Chief for summer camps for kids in southern India as well as Operations Manager for the Tourism Department of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He’s traveled all over the world, cycling in northern India, sea kayaking in the Patagonian fjords, running up high in the Andes and climbing in countless locations. His practice as a Zen monk has led him to a deeper awareness of the world around him. He fluently speaks English and Italian, some French and his native tongue, Spanish.

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Connor F.

Connor was born in Ohio but spent many of his childhood summers backpacking with family in the North Cascades of Washington. It was there in those high alpine lakes that a thirst for the outdoors first began brewing, and it’s been bubbling away ever since. After graduating college in 2014 Connor found a summer job in Yellowstone and has spent nearly ever summer since exploring the back woods, rocks and crannies of the Northern Rockies, both above ground and below. Connor is a dedicated hiker, caver, reader and writer. When Connor is not guiding trips he’s often found working his other passion in life: fermentation. Whether it’s in breweries, kombucheries or working winery vintages, Connor enjoys honing his craft in the US and abroad.

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Darrek F.

Recently returned to his childhood home, Darrek resides amidst the evergreens in Washington State, where he often explores his local Cascade Mountains and abundant surrounding national forests. His appreciation for the outdoors was developed in his formative adolescent years in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where his love for backpacking and mountaineering began in ernest. He has spent much of his adult life working seasonally in the US national parks, with many fine and scenic places becoming his own backyard for a time. Eventually the love for the outdoors led him to tour-guiding and showing off the nation’s natural wonders to people from across the globe. When he isn’t working, he enjoys snowboarding in the winter, floating along rivers in the summer, and kicking back with a good book in his hammock whenever he can find the time.

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Kyle F.

Kyle Felts grew up in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains and developed a love for the outdoors on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, and James River. He graduated from The Golf Academy of America in 2012 and worked in the golf industry for several years before leaving to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2014. After completing the thru hike, he realized how passionate he was about backpacking. In 2016 he traveled to the Pacific Northwest exploring several national parks and wilderness areas. He has now settled down in Asheville to guide in the Great Smoky Mountains.


TESTIMONIALS

This was an experience of a life time, I will be back for more hikes and now plan to hike the entire AT some day. We spent 6 days in the back woods and walked three days on the AT with a fabulous guide, Kyle. He cooked us gourmet meals and helped to take care of us the whole trip. Had great campfire conversations and learned a lot about the woods, the AT, and mother nature. Met many people along the trail and they were all very nice. We were lucky enough to see a momma bear and her two cubs as well. Would recommend the Wildland Trekking Company to anyone.
— Rick L.
Kyle is really good at his job. He was very understanding, patient with all the questions and listened to everybody's stories, etc. He managed a diverse group very well. I didn't realize how much stuff he had to carry - he was a sherpa. He made it a great experience. Keep him happy and keep giving him more opportunity. He is good. Thanks. This exceeded our expectations for the trip.
— Jim B.
Kyle and my fellow travelers were the best. I am forever grateful for their companionship and good cheer.
— Diana O.
"We had a fantastic time - Chris and Kyle were a super guides. They certainly didn't let adverse weather conditions change their positive attitudes! Wouldn't have changed a thing about our trip.
— Jeanne S.

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Chris G.

Chris grew up exploring the mountains of North Carolina, first with his family, and later on his own as a rock climber and mountain biker. Once he realized that he thrives in the outdoors he pursued a career in guiding, receiving a B.S. in Outdoor Experiential Education and Recreation from Appalachian State University. After graduating, he immediately drove west, knowing the mountains and opportunities for adventure were much bigger. He has since spent time guiding in California, Utah, Colorado, and now Arizona, working primarily in wilderness therapy and youth development. Chris is really excited to share his passion for the outdoors with folks who are eager to see new parts of the world, and is always exploring new places to share that excitement with guests!


TESTIMONIALS

Chris was great- 5 star guide.
— Randall and Jila N.
I loved every minute of being out in Yellowstone. Chris was the king of dad jokes and shocking good camp food. Already thinking about my next trip out west.
— Audrey K.
From start to finish, our experience with Wildland Trekking was fantastic. We couldn't have been happier with our guides, Laine and Chris, unless they had carried us out of the canyon personally. That would've REALLY been great! In spite of rain, undelivered gear and hiccups that couldn't have been foreseen, Laine and Chris never lost site of the objective at hand, which was to protect our group and to make the most out of our situation. I would sign up again with Wildland without hesitation.
— Cyndee L.
Chris and Laine are two incredible people and you are fortunate to have them. Their zest for life and their surroundings is infectious. They were the utmost professionals, amazing cooks, and friends for life. This trip was more than I imagined. Thank you to both of them for making memories I'll forever cherish!
— Shannon K.

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Jen G.

Jen was born and raised near Birmingham, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Kinesiology from Auburn University.  Her love of hiking and camping started at 17 with a spontaneous 65-mile, 7-day hike in the mountains near Cimarron, NM.  Before college she interned for an outfitter where her outdoor passions grew deeper as she discovered rappelling and climbing.  Following her freshman year of college, she spent the summer in Africa (which included living on an island and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro).  Most of her college breaks were spent hiking and backpacking.  Immediately after college, she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (2200 miles) in 138 days.  Although her work as a DCA-based flight attendant for American Airlines soon carried her to many countries and opportunities for other experiences, her desire to be outdoors prevailed. She continued to add more miles to her long-distance backpacking list by completing the Colorado Trail and a thousand miles of the Continental Divide Trail. Jen lived in Montana for a couple of years where she worked at REI and a gym as a certified personal trainer. Most recently she worked as a wilderness therapy guide in Vermont.  In addition to hiking and backpacking, she also dabbles in: skiing, mountaineering, scuba-diving, and surfing. You can find Jen in her travel trailer headed for her next adventure.

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Anita H.

Anita moved to Chile in 2012 and is fluent in English, Spanish and German. She started working as a trainer for endurance horses and was guiding horse treks in Pucon. She came to Puerto Natales as a tourist to explore the Torres Del Paine National Park. In 2013/14 she started working for in the outdoor industry in administration and logistics as well as assisting guides on excursions to grey glacier, on the W-trek and guiding full day trips. She is a qualified wilderness first responder. In 2017 Anita earned the certification from Municipalidad Torres del Paine to become an official Patagonia guide.

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Betsy H.

Betsy Harter was born and raised on a small farm in southwest Missouri. Raised with 4 brothers and a sister, her family spent their summer vacations camping at local lakes and canoeing on the local rivers. She moved to Colorado in 2001, at the age of 19, to become a river guide, an adventure from the git-go that changed her life forever. She spent 3 months traveling around the west after her first summer of river guiding, a week of which was spent falling in love with the Grand Canyon. She vowed to someday live and work in this amazing place. Over the next decade she river guided and managed a rafting outfitter in Colorado in the summers. During the winters she spent time skiing or traveling to various countries around Central and South America. She spent several of those winters working as a river and eco-tour guide in Costa Rica and Argentina before moving to Flagstaff. She now works full time as both a river guide and trekking guide in the Grand Canyon. With a degree in Neuropsychology and a minor in Biology, Betsy is devoted to keeping society connected to nature by making every trip both meaningful and educational for each individual, while focusing on protecting the environment.


TESTIMONIALS

3 weeks in the US - every day was perfect and we had a lot to see - but this trip made the day to our best!!!
— Andreas S.
Betsy was a fantastic guide. She was knowledgeable about the Canyon's geology, archeology, and human history. She was warm and helped my sons feel comfortable. In short, Betsy was a perfect guide. We were novice hikers, and our guide not only helped us with this hike but taught us about hiking for any future trips. She was knowledgeable, kind, and fun! I highly recommend Wildland Trekking and would use them again for a future excursion.
— Allison F.
Betsy was an excellent tour guide. She has vast knowledge of the canyons, hiking and did I mention, an exceptional healthy cook! You could tell that Betsy LOVES her job. She is an excellent hiker, guide and overall good caring person. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to do a guided hike. Overall, hiking Havasu Falls was a very beautiful experience. This was a once in a lifetime hike. One that I and my friends will never forget. Thanks Wildland Trekking!
— Vicki P.
"Havasupai Falls Premier Trip is and always will be one of the most exciting excursions if my life. We formed a life long connection with Betsy and look forward to many more trips with her as our guide! The fellowTrekkers are now our friends on Facebook and we are communicating about future trips.
— Mary and Mark M.

DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS

Chris H.
Chris Hoge developed a love of backpacking and climbing in the Appalachian Mountains of his home state of Tennessee. After earning a B.A. in Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Tennessee, he headed West looking for a change of scenery. His quest landed him in Flagstaff, Arizona where the Grand Canyon grabbed firm hold of him, and where he guided Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking trips professionally for more than 5 years. He also migrated north in the summer to lead trips in Yellowstone. Eventually the green mountains and laid back hospitality of his Southern roots drew him back home, where his extensive experience, professionalism, and knowledge of the Appalachians were put to work in the position of Great Smoky Mountains Program Director and Lead Guide. His long held affinity and experience with  international travel and hiking led him to his current position as the Director of International Operations.

TESTIMONIALS

I have told all my friends at work to look at your website if they are planning a trip and looking for a guide service. I was so impressed with Chris and his ability to make us feel at ease, and point out the unique qualities of the area. And he is a very good chef. Loved the food, and all he did to make our trip so enjoyable and memorable.
— Linda O'Connor
Chris was a great guide! It made this adventure as safe and easy as was possible. I have already recommended your company to a friend of mine who wants to do a trip with her son, and will also book future trips of my own through you. Everything was first class!
— Cindy Studebaker
This was an amazing and completely unique experience. The food was awesome beyond our wildest expectations so nutritious and filling. Chris had a great knowledge of the area and knew just how to push us to get the most out of us but knowing when our limits were met. I would recommend your company to anyone as you are skilled and experienced enough to deal with any kind of group on any kind of tour.
— Fiona Godfrey
Chris is a natural and very informative to boot! He made the trip great and he went out of his way to take care of us including carrying some of our load on the last day to make it easier for us! Recommend him highly!
— Julie W.

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Fletcher H.

While Fletcher grew up in a quaint San Diego beach town, Fletcher’s love for the outdoors began while exploring the ocotillo deserts of Eastern San Diego. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cal State Monterey Bay and while attending University, He realized that he had a passion for natural interpretation and understanding the natural world. He also became involved in the schools budding outdoor recreation program. This is where Fletcher found his home. After adding on an Outdoor Recreation and Education minor, Fletcher graduated and realized that guiding was the best way to combine both his skills and joys was through guiding. Fletcher guides to bring people more connected with the magnificent world we share.

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Kurt H.

Kurt grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He cultivated his love for the outdoors hiking and rock climbing around The Santa Catalina Mountains. At Northern Arizona University he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Outdoor Leadership and Education and became a certified outdoor leader. After leading backpacking trips and tours with the university he traveled to New South Whales to work as a backpacking guide for 6 months. The experiences encouraged him to seek out Wildland Trekking Company and continues to facilitate positive experiences in the outdoors for visitors from around the world.


TESTIMONIALS

The trip was excellent. I also want to add that our tour guide, Kurt, made quite the impression on my two boys. They would not stop talking about him and his awesome outdoor skills all the way home.
— Gloria C.
Kurt was an amazing trip leader!!!! He made us an amazing Lunch and was really great to spend the day with. He really was a great tour guide pointing out everything we wanted to see while making us feel comfortable with the hike! We really enjoyed our hike with Kurt!!
— Lindsey G.
A HUGE shoutout to Natasha and Kurt. They were incredible guides. Very knowledgable, forever patient and knew how to strike the right balance of pushing the group for adventure plus the practical and safety factors when out on the trail. They could also easily toggle between the adults and kids across our group. Overall the trip was fantastic and the guides really were amazing. By the end of the trip Kurt and Natasha felt like old friends to me (the dad); and big brother / big sister to my 11 year boy. Two weeks later, he's still talking about the trip.
— Dan C.
Kurt and Tasha were fabulous!!!! We loved everything about the trip from the people, guides, equipment and camp set up to the amazing variety of hikes, especially down to Falls. My teens and I loved it all! Kurt and Tasha worked beautifully together and were wonderful with the kids and adults alike. I was incredibly impressed with the registration process, the admin staff answering all our questions, and the safety aspect of making sure my health condition was appropriate for the trip and the others involved. I am very impressed with Wild Land Trekking.
— Lauren U.

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Louie H.

Louie Clark Herron was born in the glacier-razed plains and pastures of Indiana. As a boy, he was raised with a deep appreciation for wilderness and the outdoors. National parks and monuments were always the highlight of any family vacation. His mother’s love for history and story telling bred a passion in him for exploration. Setting off at an early age Louie began traveling the dramatic landscapes and rocky terrain of the Western United States. After working and living in Yosemite National Park for over a year, he went on to work in Glacier National Park where his experience in nature would change his life forever, and for the better! Seemingly an outdoor addict, Louie now finds himself captivated by the hidden treasures of the Grand Canyon and the stunning scenery of the Southwest. As a recent landowner, he hopes to become self sufficient with organic gardening and environmentally sustainable practices. When he’s not hiking, climbing, or biking, Louie spends his time creating natural medicines and herbal remedies from the abundant plants and herbs the desert has to offer. Above all, Louie is here to share his passion and enthusiasm for nature with guests looking for an extraordinary adventure. Lets Hike!


TESTIMONIALS

One of the places I've always wanted to see is Havasu Falls, known as the Garden of Eden in the desert, I recently returned from a wonderful 3-day trip to Havasu Falls. Our guides Louie and Kenton where amazing, had the time of my life. Louie & Kenton are thoroughly professional in their approach to their business. The 27 mile hike (round trip) is strenuous in terms of elevation gain or loss, walking through sandy stretches in warm temps is work! But with there knowledge and experience made everything run smooth!
— Cor van H.
This was my first experience hiking and camping outdoors.I was a bit worried if I would enjoy it , but Louie made it worry free.I couldn't have done it without him. So much preparation went into the trip and everything seemed flawless. All I had to do was enjoy the sights and make new friends. This was the way to go.
— Suzanne B.
We had a great time with Louis and he structured it very well for our children (10 and 12).
— Joanne W.
Guide was excellent, above and beyond expected.
— Jodi B.

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Matt H.

Matt Hergert grew up in Northern California, but has moved around a lot and lived in seven different states. In 2014 he completed an Outward Bound Instructors Course in sea kayaking and mountaineering in Washington. He then moved to Grand Canyon National Park where he was the lead guide for a bicycle tour company, working there for three seasons and traveling in the off-seasons. He has since guided kayak day trips and overnight trips on Lake Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park, and kayak trips in Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. Matt has been to 31 National Parks and is a wildlife and landscape photographer.


TESTIMONIALS

This is a trip you don't want to miss! Matt and Michael provided our group of 11, ranging in age from 13 to 69, a marvelous experience: informative, funny, caring, kept us safe and on schedule without rushing. The camp site was comfortable and well kept, the food....high end coffee!!!...plentiful and tasty; fun nights around the campfire. Hot showers available at the end of the day! Each day was an adventure and all paces for hiking honored.
— Cathy C.
Matt and Scott were wonderful guides. This was more first trip with wildland trekking and the guides did a great job keeping a positive group morale. Both are great guys and would like to take a trip with either of them in the future if they switch to a different national park in the future. Looking forward to the next Wildland Trekking trip.
— Sris M.
I can't thank Wildland and our guide, Matt Hergert, enough for a GREAT trip. Every detail was handled; all we had to worry about is having our "personal" stuff. Matt is a very creative camp cook and had a menu that my whole family enjoyed. We were awestruck at the beauty of Yellowstone and were able to enjoy it in solitude through this great hike. When Yellowstone didn't have our attention, Matt kept us entertained with some great stories. It was funny listening to him and my 12 year old son trade corny jokes. My family and I will have a multitude of wonderful memories from our short 4 day trip and we are all grateful to Matt for keeping us fed, entertained and most importantly, safe.
— Sanford R.
Matt (guide) as well as the whole group were excellent company for the the entire trip.
— Robert B.

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Montana H.

Montana’s love of the outdoors began during childhood summers on her grandparent’s rural Midwestern farm. During college on the California coast she based her academic pursuits largely around what brought her outside, earning a Bachelors in Earth Science and Physical Anthropology. After her studies she traveled widely throughout the rural American west in search of more practical pursuits. She spent six years hiking, backpacking and working on small-scale organic farms expanding her love of plants and her relationship with the land. Her travels have brought her in close contact with many wild places including Washington’s rainforests, Alaska, and southern Utah’s canyon country. She delights in sharing her love for the natural world and in facilitating a sense of stewardship among her guests. When she’s not in the field Montana loves to garden, forage and spend time in the kitchen with friends.


TESTIMONIALS

Our guide, Montana Horchler, was super from the first sound of the pot of water boiling in the morning for coffee until the end of the day, when she had scrubbed all of the dishes and we had regaled each other with highlights of the day and discussed exciting notes on what to expect the next day. She guided us to places no one would have found on their own, secret views, fossils, petroglyphs as well as provided stories of the area outside of anything you might read about. I will eagerly take a trip lead by Montana again. The entire group enjoyed each other's company so much we got together for dinner afterwards to exchange phone numbers and photos.
— Jim M.
Montana was an OUTSTANDING GUIDE--upbeat, encouraging, tireless, knowledgeable, skillful, relaxed yet thoroughly in command, and a master chef--WOW, did we eat well! This was an A+ experience and we will be back with Wildland for more.
— Deena B.
The North Coast trip is an awesome experience along beaches and through rain forest. We saw an incredible variety of wildlife, from whales to falcons. Our guide, Montana, was fantastic. She made the whole trip a wonderful experience. She worked hard while making the trip a really relaxing experience. We had a blast!
— Robert K.
I was so impressed with our 2 guides, both were so knowledgeable about the trails, formation of the area, geology, wildlife, and Montana was especially amazing in regards to the plant life. The food was beyond my expectation, fresh, healthy, delicious and the presentation of the meals were worthy of a magazine cover. These 2 young women are a real asset to your company.
— Karen B.

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Rachel H.

Rachel is a southeast girl who grew up exploring rhododendron-filled forests and blue-hued mountain ranges. Her love for hiking grew as she went backpacking in Shenandoah National Park, George Washington Forest, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Rachel’s other passion is rock climbing, and she got her first taste of the wild west on a climbing trip to Joshua Tree. She has since traveled extensively throughout the West including an ascent of Mt. Rainier and vast exploration of the Grand Canyon! The Canyon is one of Rachel’s favorite places, and the Hermit Trail is one of her all-time favorite hiking trails. Finally, you’ll be glad to know she loves backcountry cooking and – believe it or not – thoroughly enjoys washing dishes too!


TESTIMONIALS

Our guide was amazing! She knew about the area, landscape, plant life, and was able to answer most general questions. We had a wonderful time!
— Kirk S.
Rachel was awesome! She has tremendous energy, good knowledge, a warm personality, and always positive attitude. Exhibits strong leadership for someone so young. I hope Wildland Trekking takes good care of her! She was a joy and made the trip a success for me and my son.
— Jim P.
Rachel and Ken were fabulous. They made my younger "chat about everything" son feel completely at home and my older "help out with everything" son feel useful and important. And they took splendid care of the rest of us! Rachel even made a special trip back to the hotel to return my son's hat, which he had left in the van!
— Denise S.
The trip was fantastic!! Is there a better description for our guides attitude than excellent?? Rachel was more than outstanding!!! Can I arrange a trip to that area for longer than 4 days? I'm thinking more like 6 days??? I would stay there for 6 weeks if I could!
— Jim H.

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Robert H.

Robert was born in Phoenix, Arizona but grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. An ACL injury playing high school football led Robert into the outdoor recreation of Tennessee. He developed a love for backpacking trips and biking. Robert received his BA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee, where he worked with museums and national battlefields to help develop green and sustainable technology initiatives to help the Park Service save money. This eventually led him to a career as a Trip Leader, which he has worked since 2014. Robert is a musician, a huge fan of football, and enjoys helping small businesses throughout Arizona with their marketing and community services, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He currently resides in Prescott Arizona.

HIKING GUIDE

Shayne H.

Shayne Hall grew up in Tucson, Arizona where he found a passion for the outdoors during his first backpacking trip, a solo excursion into the Rincon Mountains. In 1998 he spent 105 days hiking 720 miles from the border of Mexico to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. While passing through the Canyon on this life-changing backpacking journey, he met a hiking guide who sparked his interest. In 2001 he began his guiding career. “I love to see people blown away by the intense beauty of the Canyon. Also seeing friends and families bond during their time in the Canyon is the most rewarding part of my job.”


TESTIMONIALS

Shane!!! He is an amazing guide and person. I felt he and I really clicked. His knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Grand Canyon (and his willingness to share it!) really made the trip awesome for me! His meals are well thought out and top notch. The Ghirardelli mint chocolate quesadilla was a masterpiece!
— Kate Hyatt
Pay Shayne more Money! He is an awesome guide!
— Stella Peters
Our experience with you it’s been awesome, we couldn’t ask for more. And there are lots of reasons but all of them are related to Shayne. WHAT A GREAT PROFESSIONAL AND PERSON HE IS!!! My God, he’s the best!!! He made the whole experience so enjoyable!!! If we had known in advance what we know now, we would have paid the double just to have him!! Everything was wonderful, he took care of us in the best way ever, we ate better than in most restaurants, we learned lots of things in every step of the hike, he would stop and show us this and that, he would answer all our questions, always made sure we had plenty of water, food... always made sure we were ok. We felt SO safe with him! We were amazed by all his knowledge of the environment… he just loves his job and you can tell it and also, his love for the Grand Canyon and all its plants, stones and animals… everything! And above all, he’s such a great person… he seems to know everybody in the Grand Canyon! Rangers, other guides… everybody seemed so fond of him, and no wonder!! The minute we left we already missed him!! We will recommend you to all our friends (we have already) because this experience it’s not to be missed. We are happy beyond words!
— Jordi and Mireia
The custom hike we did with Shayne Hall was nothing short of fantastic! Shayne was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Grand Canyon and our hike was something that my family will never forget. We can't thank you enough for such a memorable experience!
— Julie C.

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Charles J.

Charles grew up just outside the San Gabriel National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles, where he spent his childhood hiking with the family’s Golden Retrievers. He traveled extensively with his parents stateside and internationally, with an emphasis on the deserts and red rocks of the Southwest. By the time he was 30, he had visited all fifty states and over a dozen countries. This thirst for adventure and new experiences brought him to Norway in the summer of 2009 for a month-long National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Backpacking and Sea Kayaking program. It was this trip that confirmed his love, appreciation, and need for the outdoors. Music is the other half of his heart. Charles attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating with a Professional Diploma in Professional Music. Charles is a Wilderness First Responder, and will be certified in Avalanche Safety (AIARE 1) in December 2019.  He is an accomplished indoor and outdoor chef. He also enjoys history, hiking with his Husky and off-roading in his 2003 Jeep Rubicon.


TESTIMONIALS

Charles was a terrific guide for our first snowshoeing trip! He managed the challenge of guiding an athletic twenty-something and a less athletic sixty-something around Bear Lake at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet. Charles was consistently encouraging without being over-protective, and made this a wonderful first experience. And on a later trip, he cooked a delicious trout dinner under a tarp in a mountain rainstorm. Highly recommended as a guide! We will definitely be asking for him as a guide again.
— Margie P.
Charles was our guide and he did a fantastic job. He gave us great commentary about the area and allowed us to explore at our own pace and comfort. He was extremely helpful and we would recommend this trip to anyone else.
— Dan C.

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Jillian J.

Jillian began her love of the outdoors in the Appalachian mountains. She grew up climbing small peaks and wanted more. After teaching Special Education her lust for nature brought her to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She has since guided in multiple national parks and visited even more. Backpacking is where she feels at peace and centered. When she isn’t working she is teaching yoga, skiing, reading or playing with someone else’s dog.

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JP J.

JP is from Santa Barbara, California. In high school, he was introduced to the outdoors on backpacking trips through the southern Sierra Nevada mountains and backpacking in Yosemite National Park. Since then he hasn’t met an outside he didn’t like. Jp’s career as a guide started as an instructor at the same high school outdoor education program and summer camps that first exposed him to the mountains. Jp returns every summer to be assistant director of Camp Wahoo! Where he teaches youth many of the same skills he uses in the field. He is also an avid whitewater kayaker, trail runner and snowboarder in his free time.


TESTIMONIALS

I just got back from the Best of Utah trip. This is my third adventure with Wildland Trekking and per usual, they did not disappoint. The scenery, guides, food, equipment and companionship were top notch! Thank you Jeanelle and JP for making our trip one to remember!
— Eric H.
This was a trip of a lifetime for me. I called it the OMG trip because that's what I kept saying all through the hikes. My brother and I took this adventure together. I'm an avid hiker but knew I would be slow on these climbs. The guides, J.P. and Jeannelle were helpful and encouraged me every step of the way, all the way to the top. At 73, I felt great I accomplished what I set out to. A great adventure with my brother! The food was outstanding and the guides, the absolute best. Looking forward to my next adventure.
— Dori H.
This was a once in a lifetime trip. The trails were all different and that added to the excitement. Our guides- Jp and James, were amazing and I would gladly go on another adventure with them. Also have to add that one reason I was so sad for the trip to be over was the awesome food that the guides prepared.
— Victoria R.
WE had such a great time! Everything was perfect! JP our guide was the best and the food was awesome. Thank you for the great experience. We're looking forward to our next trip!
— Robert H.

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Julie J.

Julie Jurkowski was born and raised outside of Chicago, but it wasn’t until she moved West in her early 20’s that she felt she had truly found her home. She has lead outdoor education and adventure trips with a number of companies over the past eight years. Many of these trips have been with at-risk youth as she believes whole-heartedly in the healing power of nature. She has hiked from Georgia to Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail and has lead trips in places from Alaska to Hawaii and North Carolina to Arizona. Although she is currently a Flagstaff resident and a graduate student in the Climate Science Program at Northern Arizona University, she is most at home in the backcountry and spends as many nights under the stars each year as possible.


TESTIMONIALS

Oh my gosh, what a trip! Julie is an absolute gem! Her meals were well planned, thoughtful, beautifully presented and most delicious! She was completely professional regarding health and safety, while at the same time genuinely engaging and fun. I appreciated her knowledge, her patience, and definitely her sense of humour. Thanks so much, Julie, we will always fondly remember you as a special member of our group. I enthusiastically recommend the services of Wildland Trekking. Nicely done!
— Gina M.
Julie Weaver was an integral part of the wonderful experience we had on the Grand Canyon hike this spring.
— Lynn Z.
Julie and Sam worked very well together although they didn't know each other before the trip. They are different people but very complementary. They were able to navigate the group's dynamics very well despite some awkward personalities. It was great to have two guides for a bigger group. I preferred that to having just one guide for a smaller group. We have made new friends along the way. Julie did a fantastic job of cooking plenty and very good food in rather basic conditions. Sam went out of his way to show us scorpions at night which was very memorable.
— Corrine and Tom C.
Steve and Julie worked great together and created an awesome trip for us. They worked very hard on the meals and ensuring everyone was comfortable. Their knowledge and experience is priceless. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
— Angela A.

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Justin J.

Justin grew up in Idaho, spending much of his childhood in the great outdoors. He has lived in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming and has enjoyed hiking and camping in all three states. He also has a love for animals, raising horses, llamas and goats on a hobby farm with his family. Justin has worked with children and teenagers as a special education teacher and a Scout Master for the past 13 years. He continues to share his love for the outdoors with his family, guests and pretty much anyone who will listen to him for more than a few minutes.

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Alexi K.

Alexi is a self-described globetrotter, musician and bird-nerd. Alexi was born in New York City and raised in rural New England. He studied biology in university and went on to become a field ornithologist, banding birds and leading research crews in remote areas in the States and abroad. In between these jobs, Alexi backpacked through Oceania, Southeast Asia, South America, and the American West. The call of the canyons eventually drew him to Flagstaff, where he landed his dream job leading backpacking trips in Grand Canyon. When he’s not guiding, Alexi is picking his mandolin in Flagstaff or exploring the Southwest with his dog, Francis.


TESTIMONIALS

Our Yellowstone hiking trip was awesome in every way. We were very impressed with Wildland Trekking and their professionalism. Their booking and registration process was smooth and efficient. They provided everything we needed! Their equipment was high quality. They even set up the tents for us, we didn't have to do anything. They provided trekking poles, bear sprays for each person, sleeping bags and mattress pads, backpacks. Our campsite was super and had easy access to the restrooms and showers. They had an amazing variety of snacks and drinks and food every day! Alexi and Thomas were our guides and we loved them! They were very friendly and so much fun! They looked after us very well, making sure we were always safe and comfortable. They kept up a good, comfortable pace with the hikes and even if you lagged behind, one of them would always be at your side. They were very knowledgeable and we learned many interesting things from them. They were excellent cooks and our meals were so delicious, interesting and each different. We had a wonderful group too so along with our guides, we all shared a great camaraderie. All in all, our trip was simple the BEST!
— Lolita D.
THIS TRIP WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF OUR LIVES! Our guide Alexi, was fantastic! He was organized, informative, showed us places that we never would have seen, a GREAT cook, and went above and beyond our expectations all four days!! Can not say enough good things about him!! The hikes, camping, equipment, meals, and knowledge gained were exceptional.
— Cheryl B.
I liked the honest, non judgmental attitude of our guide Alexi. He was capable, knowledgeable and kind. He was able to meet the needs of 6 different people on the trip. The trip was spectacular, and the food was super. Thanks for a fabulous trek.
— Joey W.
Alexi was a great guide! Great conversationalist, knowledgeable about the area and wildflowers, and a fantastic camp chef. The guide was great with the llamas and I thoroughly enjoyed their company as well. The daily Llama drama was entertaining and added an enjoyable element to the experience. The entire trip went smoothly without a hitch! The scenery was beautiful and I felt the trip was appropriately described. I felt prepared and felt safe the entire time. I will recommend this trip to others. I truly can't say enough positive things about our guide, the llamas, and the entire experience.
— Christina O.

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Bob K.

Bob Kraus was one of our first employees and worked with Wildland Trekking for nearly a decade. He passed away from natural causes at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on October 22, 2014 doing what he loved most in this world – introducing guests to the natural world. Bob was one of a kind; a guy you immediately liked, he had an easy laugh and an easy personality. Conversation with Bob outside, around a campfire, seemed the most natural thing in the world. He did things old school, kept things simple, and his guests fell in love with him for it over the course of days in the wilderness. We’ll never forget Bob and we miss him every day.


TESTIMONIALS

Bob was an incredible guide for my dad and I when we did the south rim a few years ago. It was our first trip together and bob was patient, helpful, knowledgable, and took great care of us. Also a very interesting person who I admire for following his passion for the outdoors, exploration and helping others. I'm not really sad because he lived and enjoyed everyday and taught me a lot without saying much
— Tejas P.
A Review I wrote in May 2013 about Bob: In Early May we joined guide Bob Krause of Wildland Trekking Company for a six day base camp trek through Zion, Bryce, and the Grand Staircase of Escalante. What an amazing adventure. From the skyward reach of the walls of Zion, to the depths of who-dos of Bryce, to the river walks and slot canyons of Escalante every day was a new adventure of unimaginable awe and beauty. Our small group of four from all around the country bonded with our guide to share the adventure together. Our guide, Bob Krause, tirelessly wore the hats of cook, nurse, equipment expert, geologist, naturalist, driver, and of course, guide. His knowledge of the area took us places few people get to see and experience things not describable in a brochure. Returning to camp each night Bob would cook up dinner and around the campfire each night we relived the excitement of the day. The mornings came quickly and were greeted by the aroma of coffee and breakfast cooking on the grill. Then it was off to another adventure for the day. If you are looking for diveristy of terrain and scenary in the beautful Southwest, I would highly recommend Bob and Wildlife Trekking Company's Zion, Bryce, Escalante tour with Guide Bob Krause. It wasn't meant as a tribute to Bob but it sure seems fitting now. God speed, Bob Krause! You will be forever missed.
— Paul P.
Bob was the best! I remember him pointing out "petrified snow" to us in the canyon. We all actually believed him for a few seconds and then had a good laugh.
— John R.
My husband and I had Bob as our guide for our first backpack trip with Wildland Trekking: the Gallatin Crest Traverse. What a great guy! He was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable as well as an awesome cook! Everyone in our group bonded with him instantly-he was so likeable. My husband and I admired him for doing something that he loved. Our condolences to his family as well as the Wildland family.
— Jennifer D.

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Cameron K.

Cameron spent his younger years living in and enjoying the outdoors of Michigan and Arizona. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Biology and Education, Cameron has spent most of the last 30 years administering many outdoor programs, guiding, working in outdoor film production, and teaching about environmental and outdoor education. Cameron is frequently seen skiing, hiking, climbing, skateboarding, boating and generally having a good time in the outdoors. Elements of conservation and experiential education are at the core of Cameron’s teaching and outdoor style.


TESTIMONIALS

I can't begin to tell you how happy we were with our hike. Arriving and experiencing the enormity of the Grand Canyon left me a bit anxious and hesitant about our scheduled Tanner Trail hike. My daughter and I consider ourselves to be pretty fit, but began to feel a little intimidated once we saw what was ahead of us. Cameron was quick to answer all of my questions and immediately put me at ease and assured me that modifications could be made if necessary. Needless to say, the hike went off as scheduled and couldn't have gone better! Cameron was the PERFECT guide for us! His passion for what he does is more than apparent and made for an informative, challenging, and unforgettable experience! I will be sure to recommend your company and Cameron to everyone I know! And FYI his lunch was the best fare we've had in Arizona!! Thanks again!!
— Maria H.
This was our first trip to the GC. Our 23yo son told us that we needed to do this before we're unable too! The GC is just breath taking. Our guides could not have been more knowledgeable or helpful. Hiking into the GC was the way to go. Going down was voluntary but coming out of the canyon was mandatory!
— Marsha D.

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Dara K.

Dara Kelly is passionate about sharing her love of wild places. After doing an intensive, field-based semester with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), she began seeking more rugged adventures. Dara spent five years working in outdoor education in Vermont before moving to the west coast. She has professional experience as a river guide, snowboard instructor, ropes course leader, and backpacking guide. Dara has made several excursions to Central and South America, where she enjoys exploring ancient ruins and camping along the Pacific Coast. She is currently living and playing in Flagstaff, Arizona and works for Wildland Trekking in Arizona, Utah and Wyoming.


TESTIMONIALS

Dara is a fabulous guide and I would go out of my way to seek her out as a guide in the future. She puts safety first and carried an incredible amount of gear in that gigantic backpack. She always made sure that our needs were met first without even a hint of complaint. She is highly competent, and my family and I felt very comfortable with her. I would give her the highest marks!
— Shana P.
Our guide Dara did a stellar job, especially considering the challenging weather conditions at the start of our trip. We had hail followed by rain the first night and yet we were able to stay dry and (mostly) warm. Despite the wet weather and low temps, she was very upbeat and managed to feed us well. And the scenery along the Boulder Mail Trail was spectacular!
— Robert C.
An awesome trip! Better than I had hoped for. Our guide Dara was so good! She was professional, kind, knowledgeable, and a great cook! So enjoyed her meals and her company. She made the trip enjoyable and relaxing. The hiking was rewarding, especially the day we hiked to Beaver Falls. Just some spectacular scenery that is a must if you love the outdoors!
— Deb W.
We were really impressed with our Guide, Dara Kelly. She was well organised, knowledgeable and always looking to make the hike enjoyable for us. She worked tirelessly preparing our camp site and meals and organizing each day to meet the expectations of all the hikers. If we had to give a mark it would be 10/10! Fantastic.
— Barbara & Robert D.

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Dean K.

Dean Kelly was born in Ireland but grew up in the Northeast. He earned a BA in Environmental Studies and Education from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Dean was a science teacher in New York City for five years. He has remained in education in that he is now a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) instructor as well as a Wildland Trekking Company hiking and backpacking guide. Dean home base is in Flagstaff, Arizona where he spends his free time rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and running.


TESTIMONIALS

We had a great time considering that no one of us knew what to expect! Dean Kelly and Scott Moore were wonderful and did a great job encouraging, supporting and keeping our 8 family members in line! We can't wait to do another trek with Wildland again - this time heading to Grand Canyon/Havasu Falls! Thanks again!
— Ella P.
Our guide Dean was not only professional, knowledgeable and safe,he was a great guy to simply talk to and was a key part of our enjoyment. He's a great cook too. Top bloke. Testimonial: We had an amazing experience and have left with new friends and fantastic memories.
— Yasmine M.
Dean was an outstanding guide: both knowledgeable and an amazing cook. He is a real credit to you at wildlands.
— Hannah W.
Dean was very professional and helpful. He made us feel at ease in any situation (even when we met a grizzly bear!), very attentive to everybody's needs (strong or less strong hikers), he allowed us to enjoy every part of the trip and was also a very good cook! I'd like to mention also the drivers (Kevin and Brian) that were both very nice.
— Elisa R.

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Joe K.

Joe grew up playing in the woods in Northwest Oregon. He spent many years working in the San Francisco Bay Area while squeezing in backpacking, skiing, biking, and kayaking in his spare time. In 2008 Joe realized the office grind wasn’t for him and decided on a career change. He decided to indulge his passion for hiking and backpacking by going to work as a guide. He’s also a good guy to have along in a pinch. Joe is a volunteer member of a search and rescue team, having participated in many wilderness search and rescue missions all over Northern California. As part of that team Joe teaches wilderness medicine, navigation, backpacking skills, snow survival skills and search tactics to other volunteers.


TESTIMONIALS

Everything was excellent from Joe, our guide, to the stunning scenery of Yosemite.
— Richard D.
Joe was a fantastic guide and made the trip an adventure of a lifetime.
— Ben M.

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Karla K.

Karla grew up in Seattle very much a city girl. She had only been camping twice prior to her college years, during which time she volunteered her way onto a Grand Canyon river trip as a science tech. Immediately in love with the canyon, she finished up her degree in Environmental Science, packed up and moved to Flagstaff, AZ. Once there, she completed her masters in biology at Northern Arizona University, focusing on plant ecology in arid environments. She has continued to work as a researcher both above and below the rim for 15 years, while spending as much time backpacking and hiking the canyon as possible. Having made the transition away from research to being a full-time hiking and river guide, she is passionate about teaching her guests about the flora of the canyon. When Karla isn’t hiking in the canyon, you’ll find her gardening, skiing, planning an adventure with friends, hiking somewhere else in Arizona or enjoying a good beer and live bluegrass. She is looking forward to sharing her love for her favorite place on earth: Grand Canyon!


TESTIMONIALS

Karla was fantastic and full of great information about the Canyon. She told us about how the canyons were formed, talked about all of the foliage/trees, rocks, lizard prints, very informative. She had a great pace and made the slower hikers feel good about lagging behind, kept us side tracked with conversation and nice breaks to rest. When she said the Tanner Trail was going to be strenuous, she wasn't exaggerating. We loved the hike, we did not want something normal and congested with people. The views were absolutely worth all of the sweat!
— Micah P.
I had a wonderful trip! Karla, our guide was positive, encouraging, experienced, a fabulous wealth of knowledge and passionate about her job, and the Grand Canyon. I met wonderful people on the trip. It was very well organized!
— Tammy G.
My guides, Karla and Ciera Brecto did a wonderful job. Both are amazing company, have entertaining personalities and are very knowledgeable of the area. This trip had been on my bucket list for years and Karla and Ciera made the trip even more memorable. They are both hard-working guides, who made my group feel totally at home. Karla carefully guided my best friend down (and up) Mooney Falls who normally refuses to go and freaks out past the second rung on an eight-foot ladder. Both of these ladies are an amazing asset to your company.
— Tammy B.
Karla was perfect for us!
— Laura R.

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Michelle K.

In her university years Michelle quickly discovered the great outdoors as her place of rejuvenation and restoration. Michelle finds a great sense of joy moving and exploring and treasures the simplicity of life that comes from time with mother nature. Michelle is certified as a Hiking Guide through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Michelle has a background of teaching and enjoys leading students on outdoor education trips. She loves to share her passion and knowledge while facilitating meaning and educational outdoor hiking experiences. She finds great satisfaction in meeting new people and watching community develop out on the trail. When not working Michelle can be found skiing, running, cycling, and competing in races. She loves trying new things and most recently rode her mountain bike from Banff, Alberta to Mexico.

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Moshe K.

Moshe spent much of his childhood in Israel where he first became enamored with the great outdoors.  After leading a wilderness program at a large summer camp for many years, he decided to pursue a B.A. in Adventure Education from Prescott College.  After graduating Moshe settled in Las Vegas, NV, and has led numerous expeditions in the American Southwest, Alaska, the Appalachian Trail, Tanzania and Israel.  Additionally he has spent time backpacking and hiking in India and Thailand, and has completed a basic mountaineering course in the Indian Himalaya. He has also attained multiple outdoor certifications, including Leave No Trace Master Educator, Utah Whitewater River Crew license, American Avalanche Association Level 1, and is a Wilderness First Responder.  In his spare time Moshe enjoys backpacking, rafting, skiing, Scuba/Sky Diving, and the occasional mystery novel.


TESTIMONIALS

Moshe was our guide for this trip. I cannot think of enough good things to say about his talents as a guide. We nerded out completely on geology, plants, and birds - it was wonderful. I was very nervous about this hike after reading about some of the spots with exposure and looking at Google images of the trail. However, I never once was worried about my safety and Moshe was great at motivating us to keep going and letting us know when the trail was going to be a bit tricky. He prepared a wonderful lunch for us and accommodated by husband's vegetarian diet very well (but also brought some meat for him and me to enjoy which was nice). Overall we had a great experience and hope to do other hikes with Wildland (hopefully with Moshe as our guide!)
— Janell S.
This was an absolutely amazing trip! I must admit, I was a little anxious about this trip...all for no reason. It was so well orchestrated and organized. I loved it! The food was shockingly awesome! And the views...the whole experience was awesome.
— Betty P.
Overall extremely pleased with the trip, the organization and communication, and absolutely LOVED both of our guides. They worked well and efficiently together, they were always considerate and thoughtful of the groups needs, very patient and competent. They really enhanced my enjoyment of the entire trip - it was super!
— Bonnie L.
I loved the trip! Eddie and Moshe are the best- professional, informative, fun and good cooks as well!
— Claire L.

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Roseana K.

Roseana comes from a big family of laborers who worked under the harsh Arizona sun like her. Her abuelito, born under a Mesquite tree in Tucson, unknowingly planted her soul in the same Sonoran desert. She grew up feeding Javelina and getting stuck full of cholla cactus. Her purpose flourished as an Environmental Science student in Flagstaff, Arizona. The new ecosystems of pinon/juniper and ponderosa ignited her connection with nature and the desire to help others find their own. She fell in love with the Grand Canyon and soon thereafter, the wonderful community of Wildland Trekking. Her education has extended from the canyons, monuments, and First Nations of the Colorado Plateau, to Rocky Mountain peaks, deep seas, and rainforests all over the world. Her second love became the grizzly country of Yellowstone National Park, where she guides. She returns to guide in the Southwest every Spring and Fall to maintain a balanced seasonal migration.


TESTIMONIALS

This trip exceeded my expectations and is now one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Our guide, Roseana, made this trip as special as it was. She made safety her number one priority, which was obviously important in bear country, but she also was willing to share her knowledge, stories and passion for Yellowstone back country. She strictly adheres to "Leave no Trace" policies because she understands this is such an important aspect of preserving these beautiful natural wonders. I would request her again in a heartbeat and am already planning my next backpacking trip. I would encourage anybody to book their next adventure with Wildland Trekking, you won't regret it.
— Erin P.
I had a wonderful experience on this trip! Our guide, Rosie, worked so hard to make this a fun, exciting and even relaxing trip. She was extremely knowledgeable of the area and people of Supai. Rosie was an excellent cook and fixed one delicious meal after another. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone and hopefully they will be as lucky as me and have Rosie as their guide!
— Rebecca C.
Rosey Cruz is an amazing guide, so informative and wonderful. I am planning a Utah trip with Rosey as my guide since this trip was so memorable!
— Diana C.
Our guide was fantastic. Her knowledge and history of the Grand Canyon made it interesting. She showed great leadership, adapted to our physicial needs and led the way. We are planning another adventure and Roseana Cruz will be our guide. Thanks Rosey and Wildland for removing one off our bucket list!
— Garry B.

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Steve K.

Steve Klefstad fell in love with the Grand Canyon on his first rafting trip in the summer of 2002. Less than a year and a half later, he moved to the South Rim where he lived and worked for Grand Canyon National Park. A side trip took him to Colorado, where he spent two summers guiding rafting trips on the Arkansas River. The Canyon was in his blood though, so he returned to Arizona where he now leads backpacking and river trips throughout Grand Canyon and the Southwest. Thrilled to be guiding for the Wildland Trekking Company, Steve is looking forward to meeting you and sharing with you the Canyon that he knows and loves.


TESTIMONIALS

Steve was awesome. Spectacular trip.
— Peggy S.
Steve was a terrific guide: great attitude, well organized, good cook, well equipped to meet the needs of a group with mixed abilities.
— Susan Schultz
GREAT TRIP. STEVE WAS AMAZING AND WONDERFUL WITH THE KIDS. THANKS SO MUCH!
— Jennifer T.
Steve Klefsted was an absolute delight. He was cheerful, helpful, patient and a fountain of knowledge. Not only did Steve know all there is to know about hiking, he knew the formation of the canyon, the plant life and the wild life (most of it is in Flagstaff). He put up with two 62 year old flatlanders from sea level (Houston, actually 64' above msl) and never frowned just once. Ann Marie was a complete delight in helping me with our booking and made it quite easy and simple. Your equipment lists were quite thorough and easy to follow and Whole Earth should be sending a referral fee to you guys any day now. All in all one of the absolute best trips of our entire lives. You are to be commended on running a top notch show. Health cooperating, we will be back and in better shape.....don't know how to deal with that altitude though!
— Kathryn and Ted N.

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Aaron L.

Aaron Lind hails from southern Illinois. His five summers working in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks inspired his lust for international adventure. After moving to New Zealand, he made the right connections and began his career guiding in the outdoors. Since then Aaron has been a snowboard guide in Japan, lead backcountry glacier and sea kayaking trips in Alaska, and travelled to Guatemala to lead backpacking trips on 13,000 foot active volcanoes. In his free time, Aaron enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and working on his Jeep.


TESTIMONIALS

I want to thank our wonderful guide Aaron, he was an amazing leader, we felt safe all the way in a bear country, learnt a lot from him, enjoyed our tasty meals, he was fun and very easy to communicate with. I and my friend think he is one of the best people for this job! He made our trip memorable, thank you Aaron!
— Pankratieva E.
The Heart Lake to Snake River hike was great! Our guide was very good, and he handled everything and everyone with patience and professionalism. His knowledge of Yellowstone and the animals, plants, tracks, and mountains that we saw made the trip very informative. Climbing Mt Sheridan was fun and offered great views, and soaking for a little while in the hot springs where they merged with the Snake River was nice! I would recommend this trip to anyone new to Yellowstone who wants to learn some of the best practices for backcountry camping, and also for those who want to see some of the most beuatiful and remote parts of the park. Thumbs up to Aaron our guide!
— Gary J.
Aaron and everything about the trip was excellent, thank you.
— Peter D.

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Carlos L.

Carlos was born and raised in San Diego, CA where his passion for the outdoors was first ignited through his love of surfing, diving, and spearfishing. While attaining his Bachelors degree in the study of Global Heath and Development at the University of Arizona, Carlos took to the mountains and discovered his affinity with rock climbing, long-distance backpacking trips, and mountain biking. Some of his most cherished memories include going on adventure surf trips in Baja California, 3 months living and working in Guatemala, and rock climbing in the Cochise Stronghold in Southern Arizona to name a few. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and in the past, has logged experience working as both an outdoor educator and an outdoor adventure guide based out of Southern California. Carlos is a light hearted individual who is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge of the outdoors and is dedicated to making sure his clientele have a truly rewarding experience.

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Grace L.
Grace’s passion for the outdoors began at a young age with family camping trips in Red River Gorge, trail running with her dad, and rappelling in nearby state parks. After getting a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communication from Purdue University, Grace looked for opportunities to be a voice for nature. For three summers Grace was an interpretive park ranger at Grand Teton National Park. From leading hikes up to glacially carved lakes to campfire programs about the history of the bison, Grace spent her time connecting people with nature. When not in uniform Grace hiked, backpacked and camped in surrounding public lands like Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Range. After growing her passion with the park service Grace now plans to guide across the country and eventually across the globe. Her other interests include cooking, art and poetry.

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Jeevan L.

Jeevan Lama is an adventure enthusiast and a world traveler who specializes in Himalayan destinations including Nepal, India and Tibet. He was born near the Langtang region of Nepal in a place called Helambu. After finishing his high school graduation, he followed the path to build his experience in Adventure travel throughout the Himalaya. Jeevan studied outdoor education, leadership development and attended several conferences about Adventure Travel. He has been working in the field since 2005 and has a proven track record as a trip leader and tourism entrepreneur. He currently serves as a board member for TAAN, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. Jeevan started working for Wildland Trekking as a Nepal Program Manager in 2015. Jeevan is also actively involved in several charities and community projects, which support disadvantaged communities in Nepal. “Adventure is not easy at all, dare yourself to do something out of the ordinary.”

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Katie L.

Katie is originally a native of Michigan and now resides on the remote central coast of California in Big Sur. From a young age, Katie has always been recreating in the outdoors. She attended Eastern Michigan University on a full ride athletic scholarship playing soccer for 4 years and winning a MAC Championship. After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Science she set sail on an adventure that landed her on the opposite side of the country in California. Along her journey she turned her focus toward health and wellness specializing in yoga, personal training, Thai massage, and most recently Ayurveda medicine. Living In Big Sur she has access to some of the most beautiful rugged terrain spending her time hiking, biking, fishing, and feeding her soul with Mother Nature. In addition to her love with nature, she also is a firefighter/EMS in Big Sur, committed to protecting the safety of the community she so adores.

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Liz L.

Hailing from the great state of Colorado, Liz has been exploring the mountains her whole life. Her early years consisted of playing in the dirt on the softball field, taking her playing to Lehigh University and then in Germany. Playing professionally was a great joy and the mountains continued calling. Weekend and vacation trips to the woods was not enough. In 2017 she spent a 6 month season living as a  backcountry trail crew member, building and repairing trails in the Sierras. That adventure took her to New Zealand where she lived and worked for a year learning the outdoor industry even better. She can’t wait to hit the trails and share this beautiful place with you.

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Natasha L.

Natasha was fortunate to grow up in Hawaii where she developed her passion for exploring the natural world; spending countless days on the water and exploring the beautiful mountains. She earned a double degree in Biology Conservation and Photography from the University of Washington in Seattle. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and proceeded to learn its natural history, with her primary focus in plant ecology. Throughout her undergraduate career she had the opportunity to merge her two areas of interest, ecology and art, and to pursue outdoor recreation with the intention of sharing her passion and concern for the natural world with others. After studying primary succession on Mt St Helens and climate change effects on wildflowers on Mt Rainier, she moved to the outdoor guiding profession and led kayak and sailing expeditions for young adults in Washington and Southeast Asia, worked as a multisport and naturalist guide at Evergreen Escapes, and joined the Wildland Trekking team. When not guiding she can be found taking photographs, practicing martial arts, rock climbing and most other things that get her outside.


TESTIMONIALS

Brian was excellent in every way. So helpful, positive and encouraging. Since I was in the slower end of the group, I did appreciate his ability to help me make this 'my own hike' and not that of the other. Natasha is an absolute professional ! I had total confidence in her. The guides helped to make this trip a beautiful and awesome experience.
— Jeanie L.
Thank you, Wildland Trekking! We had an amazing trip. Our guides, Katie & Natasha, were top notch! I can't say enough good things about the them, the trip or your service. I will definitely take another trip with you and highly recommend you to all of my friends, family and coworkers. The guides were knowledgeable, the meals were awesome, and all of the information provided beforehand was spot on. I can't say enough good things about this entire experience!!
— Kelly D.
Two inspired guides with incredible culinary skills. We had great group dynamics - 12 of us. Weather was fantastic, scenery was breath taking. I'm glad I followed the suggestions about training. I'm 70 and no one had to wait for me!
— Derek G.
After a flash flood canceled our hike after the first day I was looking forward to finally getting into the canyon. The Falls are everything I wished. Our guides were very patient with my photography stops.
— Robert P.

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Tolman L.

Tolman grew up in the Napa Valley and attended the California Maritime Academy thinking that he wanted a career in the merchant marine industry. After a short stint working on tugboats in Alaska, he realized that he needed to follow his dream of working as a backcountry guide. From Boy Scout backpacking trips to a NOLS Patagonia Mountaineering course, inspiration came from a young age to spend as much time as possible in the wilderness. In 2014, he finally took a big step towards his goal and took an interpretive guiding and bicycle tour job at the South Rim of Grand Canyon. Initially thinking this would be a single-season gig, he ended up living and working in the South Rim Village for five years. He fell in love with the canyon like so many before him, and he still has a hard time believing that he gets paid to share with others the wonders of such a place. With plans to settle permanently in the area, he purchased an off-grid property 25 miles south of Grand Canyon and is currently building a tiny home.

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Adriana M.

Adriana grew up in Northwest Montana surrounded by the mountains of Glacier National Park. Her love for the outdoors and hiking began at an early age and lead her to pursue a career sharing that enthusiasm with others. She spent several years guiding in Glacier National Park with the off season spent as a volunteer ski instructor. After that three amazing years were spent guiding in The Grand Canyon, as well as supervising a trail maintenance crew, where she enjoyed the satisfaction of making the rough trails as hospitable as possible for visitors. Adriana’s next adventure took her to Yellowstone, where she fell in love with the wonder of the park after spending a winter leading snowmobile tours there, and now calls this amazing place home. She has visited and hiked several dozen National Parks and can be found, skiing, motorcycling, exploring backroads, and mountain climbing in her free time. She can’t wait to share this amazing and beautiful place with you!

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Blair M.

Blair was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up exploring the creeks and trails of the Santa Cruz mountains. While he started as an avid hiker, mountain biker and surfer, he found his passion for climbing, mountaineering and backpacking while attending university in Scotland. Since then he has worked in outdoor education, private guiding and trail work, helping to facilitate outdoor experiences for others. He has traveled and worked in various places around the world, having guided in Tasmania, worked for the park service in British Columbia, and led backpacking trips in the southwestern US. When he isn’t working he enjoys playing guitar, traveling to foreign lands, working on his truck or reading a good book.

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Chris M.

Born in North Dakota and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, one could say adventuring to new places was innate to Chris. While growing up, Chris was dedicated to soccer, which allowed him to travel all over the country. When he wasn’t playing soccer, his family would go on local camping and hiking trips. By following his passion for soccer, it ultimately led him into university, where he pursued a degree in Health and Physical Education, all while playing the sport he loved. After university, Chris moved up to Maine and started working as a PE teacher. During his time off from teaching, Chris would explore all over New England. Trips would range from climbing along the rocky coast in Acadia National Park to section hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail. It was at this time Chris decided to move halfway across the country to Flagstaff where he can chase a life of adventure. By applying his skills as a teacher, Chris hopes to educate others on areas that are so inspiring to him.

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Dylan M.

Hailing from the ‘land down unda’, Dylan grew up exploring southeast Australia and took many trips overseas with his outdoorsy and active family. Dylan studied Physical and Outdoor Education in Melbourne, graduating in 2015. In that same year, he began working at The Outdoor Education Group as a Group Leader. Over the next four years Dylan led school students on one to three-week trips from hiking to white water rafting in a wide variety of environments. In 2016 Dylan completed a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. He has also been on hiking trips in Northern Scandinavia and Spain. He has a passion for sharing amazing experiences outdoors and fostering positive connections with the land. Dylan has now made the big move to the United States in search of new experiences.

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Edgard M.
Edgard Mora – originally from Cusco, Peru – was very fortunate growing up with the opportunity to travel and spend endless hours outdoors with his family and friends. He studied tourism and graduated to become an official Peruvian certified guide. Edgard has more than 15 years of experience in guiding, cultural tourism, hiking, and mountain biking. He has endless knowledge of Andean culture as well as the details of classic trekking routes that follow the ancient Inca pathways. Edgard says “My strong connection to my country, its people, and its lively cultural traditions will add to your travels immensely. My hope is that connection will help fuel your appreciation of the Andean people and our beautiful country.” Some of Edgard’s other hobbies are wildlife & nature photography as well as traveling.

TESTIMONIALS

Edgard was great throughout the entire trip. He was always well prepared and provided interesting information at every point. The hike itself was wonderful (a bit colder then we were expecting) but it was great! The cooks on the hike were amazing!!! We were constantly impressed with the amazing food they prepared. Having hot soup at the 14,000 feet while camping helped so much with the cold. The restaurants in Cusco were wonderful. The equipment that was provided was great. We had an amazing trip and were glad we went with Wildland. Thanks.
— Meghan M.
The entire trip was amazing and surpassed my expectations! Edgard is an incredible guide; I learned so much and was impressed by his attention to detail, including organizing everything, keeping us well informed of the plans, and making sure everyone was feeling well and taking care of themselves on the hike. I would definitely use Wildland again!
— Leslie W.
Most memorable experience of my life! From learning history of the ancient ruin of Saksaywaman, amazing views of Ollantaytambo, to highlights of Wiñaywayna Incan ruins and Inti Punku “Sun Gate” of Machu Picchu. Edgard’s immense knowledge of Andean culture has made this trip amazing, beyond words. Grateful to everyone else who made this experience so memorable, details and logistics of the trip were very well organized. Would do it all over again, if had the chance!
— Anna P.
I was nervous about the difficulty of this trip, but I trained as well as I could for it. Edgard Mora was an incredible guide both in his delivery of fascinating information and in his patience and support all along the way. Everything Wildland had set up ran smoothly, and I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see Machu Picchu and experience the challenge and beauty of the Incan Trail. If you want to see Machu Picchu, this is the way to do it. And if you're going to do it, ask for Edgard to be the one to lead you.
— Kathy C.
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you for making our trip and my birthday so special! Edgard was such a fun and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed getting to know him and our other local support staff. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
— Rebecca O.

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Elaine M.

Elaine Maier was raised in Arizona and has spent much of her time hiking and backpacking the Southwest. For over 20 years she has hiked extensively in the Grand Canyon. Elaine has been professionally guiding at the Grand Canyon for 8 years, spending 100-plus days on the trail each year. She also works as an instructor for the Grand Canyon Field Institute and now makes her home as a Grand Canyon resident year-round. She has also taught backpacking and hiking classes for several Parks and Recreation Departments in the Phoenix Area. Elaine leads many of our Grand Canyon day hikes and an occasional multi-day trip. She’s a true professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the geology, flora, fauna and history of the Grand Canyon. Being a Grand Canyon resident, Elaine also secure last-minute backcountry permits for us from the Backcountry Information Center.


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Hello Elaine, I just wanted to say how much me and Cathryn enjoyed the trip. You are the best guide ever, the real deal I can’t wait to find a reason to come back. Including one of the pictures we took together. Happy New Year!
— Beatrice C.
Our trip was amazing! The family vacation of a lifetime. Hundreds of photographs and THOUSANDS of memories. Our guide (Elaine) provided geographical, historical and biographical information about the canyon and those that have explored, developed and visited it. Thank you Wildland Trekking!
— Cathy T.
Eddie and Elaine were outstanding. Our 3 kids still talk daily about them and the life lessons they taught us along the way. This was our first ever long hike/real hike experience. We lost ourselves in the adventure and beauty of God's amazing work of the Grand Canyon. Our guides were the best on Earth! What an awesome experience; it will never be forgotten.
— Penny B.
Elaine was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and understanding. The hike was everything I hoped it would be.
— Leon B.

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Francisco M.

Francisco was born and raised in Ohio, where he developed a love for the outdoors at an early age exploring the forests and rivers of the Midwest. After graduating from Miami University in 2007 with a degree in Marketing, he went on to work in Chicago, IL; Normandy, France; and Barcelona, Spain as a Logistics Broker. The fast paced life of sales just wasn’t cutting it and in 2014 he decided to sell almost all of his belongings and thru- hike the Appalachian Trail. A renewed love of life and adventure, and the confidence to tackle anything led him to complete the Triple Crown of long distance hiking; completing the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and the Continental Divide Trail in 2016. After moving to Asheville, NC to start a new life in the mountains, he knew that sharing his rediscovered passion for life and the outdoors as a backpacking guide was the only way to go.


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Francisco was very knowledgeable, personable, and a great cook. He provided history of the area, a lot of information on wildlife and flora/fauna, along with stories from his 3 Thru-Hiking trips.
— Michael R.
Well organized trekking company, helpful staff, great tour guide. I got to see fabulous fall colors of smoky mountains!
— Hawk Z.
We had a wonderful trip to the Smoky Mountains (Deep Creek family trip), our first with Wildland Trekking. The trip was very well-organized and well-paced. And our guide was amazing: knowledgeable and enthusiastic, great with my 14-year-old daughter, helpful with camping tips, cooked fantastic meals, and was kind, funny, and accommodating. We couldn't have hoped for a better guide or trip experience!
— Elaine M.
Francisco was an amazing guide who went above and beyond to make sure the group we comfortable. He catered to everyone's ability level and experience. His knowledge of the mountains was great and ensured we had an amazing time.
— Rachel M.

DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS

Jacqui M.

Jacqui Mandell discovered the Grand Canyon at an early age on a family vacation, and it has inspired and guided her life ever since. She went on her first Grand Canyon backpacking trip as a student at Arizona State University, where she earned a BA in Geography. That first trip triggered a passion for backpacking that she immediately felt compelled to share with others. She has now been backpacking in the Grand Canyon for more than 13 years as well as learning about its cultural history, flora, fauna, and geology. She has also explored wild parts of Southern Utah, Oregon, and Hawaii, and has made it a lifelong goal to share her passion for hiking and backpacking with others. She spent more than a decade in customer service/sales before being inspired to join the Wildland Trekking team in 2012. Jacqui is a certified Wilderness First Responder and currently resides in Phoenix. When not guiding, she is busy raising her two young children and hiking with them every chance she gets!


TESTIMONIALS

Winter Rim to Rim to Rim was a fantastic experience. Our guide Jacqui was amazing, she was so passionate about the Canyon and her meals were a treat. The solitude of the winter trip makes it all the more special, we rarely saw anybody once we left the southern part of the Canyon. It's been a week since we finished and I can't stop thinking about the trip, go for it!!
— Jack E.
What an incredible journey with some really great folks. Thank you Larry and Jacqui for sharing the beauty of the canyon with us AND taking such great care of your charges. Taylor said it best..'it was a game changer!'
— Tracy S.
Keep doing what you're doing!
— Llyia K.
Jacqui was amazing, and the Wildland Trekking guides of other groups were equally friendly. Greatly appreciate the family friendly attitude of the company. Jacqui catering to our eating preferences was wonderful.
— Sara P.

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Jennifer M.

Jenn grew up in a flat, forested region of Canada and moved to California at the age of 20 where her passion for the desert was kindled. Immediately enthralled with the landscape, she developed a love for hiking, camping and exploring the mountains and desert surrounding Los Angeles. Spurred on by a love of travel, exploring the unknown and learning the idiosyncrasies of new locales, Jenn became an avid backpacker and road tripper. Now living in Sedona, Jenn uses the red rock country as a base camp for exploring the desert southwest – photographing the landscape and researching historical and archaeological sites of the American West.


TESTIMONIALS

Jenn McCarthy was outstanding! She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and prepared a delicious lunch! She was also very encouraging to a member of my family who was struggling with the ascent up the Kaibib trail. She made our Grand Canyon trip very memorable and enjoyable!
— Michael S.
Jenn was awesome! We had such a great time in Sedona with her. The hike was great and the food she provided was fantastic. It was a perfect day!
— Wendy M.
We had a private group of five friends, which gave us flexibility in our schedule and the details of the hikes themselves. Everything was perfect--the knowledgeable guide, the beautiful scenery, the backpacks you supplied, the weather and even the meals!
— Ladd T.
It had snowed the evening prior to my trip which made the landscaping surreal. Every turn was a whole new piece of eye candy! The journey was spectacular and my top notch guide, Jenny McCarthy, was spot on... a TRUE fountain of knowledge! Never met such a genuine person who's respect for the environment and people was refreshing! It was a personal journey on my birthday and Jenny surprised me with a celebratory mini cake... white glove service and surprise. I hope to partake in another Wild Trekking Adventure. Next is overnight... day trip went by way too fast!
— Gail M.

PATAGONIA PROGRAM MANAGER

Jhona M.

Jhona was born in Punta Arenas, Chile and raised in Puerto Natales, living almost all his life in Patagonia. He studied Tourism and Hospitality Managment in Santiago de Chile, learning all what he needed to know to work in the field that he loves, adventure tourism. Since he was young, he’s been working in Torres del Paine Natioanl Park as a guide assistant, porter, and in operations and logistics. He’s a nature lover and passionate proponent of sustainable tourism. He loves to explore the world, experiencing and learning about differents cultures, sharing beautiful moments with people from other countries. He believes wholeheartedly that the world is way too big to stay in the same place too often! When not guiding, he enjoys cycling, hiking and learning about Chilean folklore.

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Mark M.

Mark grew up hiking and camping with his dad, road-tripping across the country to see the best of our National Parks. This love of nature led Mark to an 8-year career as an agricultural engineer with the USDA, working with farmers and ranchers to improve conservation on their land. As work took him to beautiful rural areas throughout Pennsylvania and California, Mark couldn’t resist the urge to find his way into the outdoors full time. Now, he is excited to spend every day doing what he loves: sharing his passion for adventure and conservation with anyone who will join him. Mark also works as a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger, trail crew member, and poison oak magnet in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness.

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Mike M.

Mike grew up in Southern California and joined the Air Force at 17.  His military service took him to far off Northern California where he explored the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He helped lead a troop of Boy Scouts up Half Dome in Yosemite and learned that leading and teaching in the mountains was a blast. After the military, Mike moved to the Pacific Northwest where the Cascades and Olympics became his new backyard. He joined The Mountaineers, an alpine climbing club, where he learned Alpine Scrambling g0ing on to become an instructor and program chair. He continues to lead and teach new mountaineers.  Learning to not just get to the top but how to place each step to enjoy the journey has been his most important lesson.

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Scott M.

Scott Moore is one of our most veteran guides, and one of our core Yellowstone guides. He lives in Missoula, Montana and has been an outdoor leader for more than seven years. From the hills of Romania to the peaks of Montana and Wyoming, there is nothing he enjoys more than backpacking and hiking new, beautiful places with others. To mention just a few highlights, he has taught leadership for Outward Bound in Costa Rica, instructed at Outdoor Education centers, and rode the high seas on an EPA environmental survey ship. Scott guides for Wildland exclusively in Yellowstone National Park. In the early years Scott ran our Yellowstone program nearly single-handedly. Reliable, friendly, and knowledgeable, Scott is, and has been for years, an enormous asset to the Wildland Trekking team.


TESTIMONIALS

This was our first back country backpacking trip and it was a fantastic experience! Scott Moore, our guide, was great. He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, which made the trip that much more fun. We would recommend Scott to anyone, he truly loves what he does and that makes all the difference in a trip like this! Wildland Trekking Company is first rate, we would recommend to anyone interested in this type of adventure to use them. We are already looking forward to a trip with WLT in the future. Thank you again!
— Carrie and Jeff Coleman
Planning was very good (orientation meeting, length of trip each day was good for the group we had); 'off day' we hiked to a peak, I think Sheep Mtn, very cool! Scenery of course was awesome. Scott was excellent. Very good temperament, even when a couple of people in the group needed extra help or time. VERY safety conscious of bear, which gave me comfort throughout the week. I was a little surprised he had not hiked this trip before (which concerned me going in) but turns out I don't think it mattered. I would definitely recommend Scott to anyone going out.
— Mike Torchia
Great trip, great price, great guide - I recommend this outfit without hesitation.
— Steven W.
Wonderfull trekking with Scott and Tom. Beautiful landscape and real School of Life for children (9 & 11). We'll never forget it!
— Olivier A.

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Thad M.

Thad Miller has been exploring wild places since his first “self guided hike” of the neighborhood at age 2, much to his mother’s displeasure. He grew up in Georgia but has lived in the Four Corner’s Region for over a decade. He has guided a variety of adventures from hiking and backpacking to mountaineering in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusettes, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Alaska. He has spent the last 12 years ardently exploring the wild country of the Southwest both professionally and personally. When not guiding, he works as a paramedic and flight medic in Southern Colorado, which is where he calls home. Thad is an extremely thorough and knowledgeable guide, and is dedicated to making the trips he leads true peak experiences for his guests.


TESTIMONIALS

I would like to take this opportunity and say thank to Wildlandtrekking company. Me and my friend Jason did Grandview Tour with your company and we had really great time. It was really good organized and we had great experience. And special thanks to our tour guide Thad who is very professional and very knowledgeable guide. We did hikes in Canada and in other countries and I have to say that he is by far most professional guide we meet.
— Dmitri C.
I had my first full week off of work in eight years. I wanted to do something different, something magnificent, something outdoors, and something that would be a lasting memory. I called Wildland and spoke with two different people. Both people listened and advised the Bechler River trip. I was fortunate, there was a trip on my week off. The week was physically challenging, the beauty was exhilarating, and my mind was in the most relaxing, beautiful place it had ever been in. Our hike guides - Thad and Ron - were phenomenal; they were professional, knowledgeable, leaders, communicators, care takers, excellent cooks. These gentlemen gave me the week of my life.
— Gail D.
Other than the Grand Canyon trip, this trip could not have been more beautiful. The guides, Steve and Thad, and other members of the group were great to be with. We very much enjoyed the three days together.
— Don K.
Tiffany and Thad were terrific! I don't believe there was anything that they could have done to make our trip more enjoyable.
— Lyn L.

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Brian N.

Brian Nelson grew up outside Los Angeles. He moved to Arizona to attend NAU in Flagstaff, and graduated with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management, with an emphasis in Park Protection. Since moving to Flagstaff he has fallen in love with the Southwest. He is also an Eagle Scout, an avid rock climber and a backpacker. Brian cares deeply about the safety and enjoyment of his guests, and he’s extremely knowledgeable about the natural and cultural history of the Grand Canyon and the Southwest. Brian’s goal is to provide the best experience possible and to create a lifelong memory for his guests.


TESTIMONIALS

Brian was absolutely wonderful. He maintained a good hiking pace that matched the level of our group, adjusting to our slow moments or bursts of energy. He also was very transparent in terms of the upcoming terrain, distance and duration, sun exposure and temperature. This helped all of us prepare physically and mentally for each day's hike. He also knew struck the perfect balance between professionalism and good socializing, participating in our groups' discussions and getting to know each other. I would highly recommend him and look forward to any trip he guides!
— Elizabeth M.
We could not have been more pleased with the trip. Brian's skill, not only with backpacking, but also with reading the members of the group and anticipating their needs is outstanding. This is our second trip with Wildland trekking and I'm looking forward to traveling with you in the future.
— David H.
I cannot imagine a better guide than Brian Nelson. He was fun, knowledgeable, and so concerned for our well-being on the trip. This guy deserves all the accolades in the world! He made the trip for us.
— Austin D.
We had an excellent time hiking Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon! Our guide Brian Nelson was fantastic and very professional. His knowledge and experience in the Canyon was very evident and very much appreciated. I would highly recommend this hike and Wildland Trekking!! Thanks for a wonderful time.
— Michelle R.

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Cody N.

Cody developed his love for the outdoors during his childhood in Verde Valley, AZ with Sedona at his back door. Cody attends Northern Arizona University. He cites the climate, proximity to family, and the amazing wilderness of northern Arizona as his motivation to settle in Flagstaff. After realizing his true passion for outdoor recreation, Cody changed his major to Recreation Management which he is still currently pursuing. When asked why he changed his school path from engineering, he says: “What would be a more fulfilling life than facilitating fun?” When not on the trail, you can find him rock climbing, hiking, volunteering, watching baseball, or reading about history and science.


TESTIMONIALS

My husband and I recently returned home from a 3-Day Havasu Falls Summer Tour guided by Cody Norman. He was friendly, genuine, knowledgeable, and resourceful. His interactions with everyone seemed genuine and personable; but more importantly, his positive attitude was absorbed by all of us. We have gone on full day guided tours with other companies many times in the past, both in the US and internationally. This was our first multi-day adventure led by a tour guide. We were hesitant about using a guide, but felt we wanted to know about the culture of the land and help staying in Havasu Falls. My husband and I are moderately active, but didn't realize how much we'd appreciate Cody's help setting up camp and cooking dinner on the first day after a 9-mile hike in the summer heat. Similarly, we were grateful for his knowledge of the areas lands (local history, culture, and the current community), which he shared more of on the second day; and his encouragement to the whole group getting home on the third day after an early start. Further, all of us were pleasantly surprised by Cody's culinary skills. We knew meals were included in our tour, but everyone expected simple sandwiches and generic camping dinners. As someone with many food allergies, Cody made sure to feed us delicious meals (steak and black bean burritos, tortellini alfredo with chicken, banana pudding parfait, and pound cake with fresh berries/fresh chocolate ganache - to name a few) that were sensitive to my needs without any loss of flavor. Cody made sure to demonstrate professionalism as our guide and represented Wildland Trekking very well. While we were on our trip, my husband was already asking about other tours your company offers in anticipation of future excursions with Wildland.
— Lauren V.
From start to finish, Wildland Trekking provided one of the best vacation experiences my fiance and I have ever had. We've joined various tours, from trips in Iceland to Indonesia, but Havasu Falls has far outdone the rest! Aside from the perfectly serene hike and camping location, the organization of the trip was exemplary. Cody, our guide, was very communicative prior to our departure and generous and helpful the entire duration of the trip. Once in Havasupai, he revealed several lesser known gems (from beaches to waterfalls) for a truly unique experience. Oh, and I can't forget the best part: his food was delicious! We're depressed to have to eat our own cooking now!
— Tamar P.
We had an amazing time hiking down the Grand Canyon. Our guides, Cody and Kenton were amazing and truly did all they could to make the experience a great one. They were knowledgeable, patient and were a good team. Being vegetarians, we weren't sure what the meals would be like, but they were delicious. The falls and the water were so beautiful. Great exercise, great hiking, awesome scenery and waterfalls, sore feet and muscles, early mornings, but one heck of an adventure. Thank you Wildland Trekking!!
— Cindy and Kevin M.

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Jeff N.
Jeff got his first taste for the outdoors from his family in and around Memphis, TN. He was no stranger to water sports or just hanging out in the woods. After joining the Boy Scouts and while working at Kia Kima Scout Reservation for five summers, he gravitated more towards interests in backpacking and climbing but still enjoyed his time at camp as director of the water skiing program. Later he would achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He moved to San Diego, CA and found a wonderland of rock to be climbed. While living out West he worked at a local outfitter but something was missing. Jeff moved to Flagstaff and earned his degree in Parks & Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University in 2014. During his internship with a local rafting outfitter he traveled the Grand Canyon several times. Living and working in Northern Arizona, Jeff has a great appreciation for the natural beauty and processes that have shaped the western landscape. In his free time he enjoys playing music, climbing, and gardening.

TESTIMONIALS

My partner and I had a wonderful experience on the three day Huvasupai Falls trek. Neither of us are experienced hikers and we only started doing day treks at home to prepare for this trip. The training definitely paid off but the hike was actually more manageable than I expected! Our guides were excellent and really put us at ease at the orientation meeting. The food they prepared was top notch and plentiful, especially the breakfast burrito feast on the first morning! Our guides were knowledgeable and, perhaps more importantly, made us feel safe and at ease throughout the three days. The scenery of the canyon was amazing to be effectively inside and our geologist guide was able to give us information we wouldn't even have thought of asking. We wouldn't hesitate to book another trek with Wildland.
— Hannah M.
We had an exceptional experience on our Grand Canyon day hike. Our guide, Jeff, was knowledgeable, professional, organized, prepared and fun! Although we had high expectations for the day (after all - it's the Grand Canyon!) - they were exceeded by Wildland Trekking. Using a skilled guide made us feel comfortable that we could maximize our day. All the gear we needed was provided and Jeff also exceeded our expectations for snacks and lunch. He provided a beautiful picnic spread that our group thoroughly enjoyed. We will definitely do another tour with Wildland Trekking Company.
— Sindy C.
Couldn't have asked for better guides. Their enthusiasm for their job made our experience all the more interesting. Easily the highlight of our 4 week stay in the USA. Thank you so much.
— Adam B.
Our guides were excellent, very knowledgeable, professional and worked extremely hard to make our trip as enjoyable as possible.
— David H.

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Jenna N.

From a young age, Jenna appreciated the feeling of moving her body and the satisfaction that came from self-propelled activities. Feeding off of the energy of wild places, she has spent five months following the white blazes along the Appalachian Trail, two weeks hiking across Baffin Island, 15 days exploring the high altitude passes of the Nepalese Himalayas, and over 500 nights sleeping in her tent. She lives a life creating adventure and opportunity and is passionate about teaching others how to find and create their own adventure. Always in search of a new adventure she can be found anywhere but indoors!

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Kyle N.

Kyle Nush grew up in Round Lake, Illinois and developed a love for the great outdoors from going on family vacations to National Parks with his parents. Kyle graduated in 2017 from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science, Geography, Earth Science and GIS. Kyle has always wanted to be outside, so summers were spent on the East Coast guiding in the White Mountains for the Appalachian Mountain Club, or on the West Coast guiding hikes in Yosemite. Kyle is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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Kyle O.

Kyle O’Donnell was born and raised in New England. During his early career, studying neuroscience and researching in the Boston area, he found that he spent all of his time devising ways to leave the city. Often this meant exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He spent most his free time hiking, skiing and biking in the region, and decided he’d rather explore the wilderness than continue his career as a researcher. In 2017 he made the decision to leave the city and hike the Appalachian Trail. The thru-hike solidified his desire to make a living in the outdoors, so he headed west to guide primitive backpacking trips with at-risk youth. He taught shelter building, wood carving, fire making and rock climbing in the Utah desert. When he isn’t guiding you’ll find Kyle skiing, mountain biking or rock climbing wherever the weather is cooperating.

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Max O.

Max grew up in Ohio, but an obsession with the mountains prompted him to pursue his college education in Colorado. He focused his passion for the inner workings of the natural world as an undergraduate studying ecology and geology at the University of Colorado, where he also developed a love for rock climbing. After graduating, Max traveled the world to climb, bike, and hike, but he always returned to the mountains and deserts of the American West, where the complexity and beauty of the land provides endless inspiration. A strong advocate for the transformative power of nature and human-powered adventure, Max loves sharing stories of the outdoors through writing, photography, and, of course, in-person with the guests on his trips.

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Michael O.

Michael was born and raised in the farmlands of Iowa. As an active member of the Boy Scouts and through family vacations out west he quickly gained a great appreciation for the outdoors. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Anthropology, Michael moved to Southern Utah and travelled, working seasonal jobs to facilitate a life spent in the outdoors. Through his travels, Michael has developed a deep passion for the exploration of wild places and loves to share that passion with others. In his spare time he enjoys hiking trips, biking, and climbing.


TESTIMONIALS

This was our first experience with Wildland Trekking Company, and we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We had a much better experience with a trip that was organized with a professional guide. We loved the stress-free aspect of the tour: no driving, no making hotel accommodations, no packing food, or deciding where to eat. Our guide, Michael O'Connell, was exceptionally accommodating. He paced the trip just right for our group. He was knowledgeable, patient, and made sure we experienced as much as we could on our three-day Yellowstone tour. We will definitely use Wildland Trekking for future adventures!
— Tony and Lenore B.
Michael was a phenomenal guide. My sons adored him. As a woman, I was slightly nervous about the arrogance and/or low-level misogyny that I often encounter in male guides. I had nothing to worry about. Michael treated us all with dignity and encouragement and was extremely professional. I would highly recommend him to a friend and would hike with him again myself.
— Cindy D.
My brother and I took part in the three day Hike and Inn Yellowstone trek. It was a bro-venture for two 60 and overs. Our guide, Mike McConnell, was very good and we got to know our fellow hikers. The trip was a perfect way to see many of the parks best features. Just enough hiking each day and time to take in the wonders of the park. I would highly recommend this short and fun trek.
— Allan S.
Michael was a fantastic guide - if there had been an option for better than excellent he'd have got it. This was my first trek with wild and trekking and I had an unbelievably fantastic time. Thank you!
— Mike A.

CANADA PROGRAM MANAGER

Anna P.

Anna has called Banff home for the past 9 years, and still feels like she has only scratched the surface in terms of adventures to go on and exciting new places to discover. Working in different areas of the tourism industry in Banff nurtured a passion for sharing the enjoyment she finds in exploring the area with people who are visiting. When she’s not planning and guiding trips, Anna can still be found out in the mountains whether it’s on multi-day hikes, mountain biking, canoeing or rock climbing, there’s always more to discover! Anna’s favorite mountain is Castle Mountain, and her most epic adventure to date is the Wapta ski traverse from Bow Lake to the Great Divide Lodge near Lake Louise.

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Dan P.

Dan grew up outside Minneapolis, Minnesota and started out his career as an aerospace engineer. He discovered his passion for the outdoors, however, by joining a search and rescue team in Northern Minnesota. Since then, Dan has guided mountain and trekking trips in both Norway and Nicaragua, and completed his wilderness emergency technician course in the Scottish Highlands. He loves to share his enthusiasm for hiking, rock climbing, and travelling with his guests and always has a funny story or corny joke to share.


TESTIMONIALS

Dan was outstanding. Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We enjoyed getting to know him.
— John B.
Dan has a great attitude and is an excellent guide.
— Jason R.
Great trip. Dan was an excellent guide.
— Lyle P.
Dan is a very professional, intelligent, and knowledgeable guide who is most attentive to his clients's needs. He was well-organized and personable and gave clear inst ructions to the group regarding each day's plans.
— Francis L.

Staffing Manager

Ken P.

Ken’s passion for the outdoors was born at the age of 10 when he first visited his grandfather in Arizona; they went hunting together and it opened up a whole new world to him. Soon after that trip his family moved to Arizona, his father’s home state (the Parkers have lived in Arizona for 5 generations and a love for the Sonoran deserts is deeply ingrained). Ken’s love of the southwest wilderness continued to grow, and eventually he graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a BA in Psychology. He worked as a mental health professional for several years, and felt his greatest successes came when he and the patients participated in outdoor activities together. His dream is to one day combine his expertise in guiding (on hiking and backpacking trips), his love of the outdoors, and his passion for helping the mentally ill with a customized wilderness therapy program in Arizona.


TESTIMONIALS

We loved our guide, Ken Parker. He was everything you could ask for in a guide - helpful, energetic, enthusiastic, resourceful, knowledgeable, organized, strong as an ox and a great cook! What a perfect way to experience the Grand Canyon! We got the full backpacking and hiking experience without having to do any planning or worrying. Our fantastic guide took care of every detail and enabled us to just hike hard, have fun and soak up the beauty.
— Heather H.
Ken was great--kept us moving while letting us soak in the experience. Highlights and tidbits provided on the hike were informative and interesting. Birthday brownies were yuuummmyyy.
— Linda H.
Our guide was very knowledgeable. I learned so much interesting information about the area from him. The meals were delicious and well planned. He was very informative and attentive to any of the group member's needs. A great people-loving personality and a fun person to be around.
— Anita W.
The trip was well planned, well equipped and very well led. The Grand Canyon and its Havasu Falls are stunningly beautiful. The two knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders adapted to the needs of our group and always prepared us well so that we felt confident and happy with the whole trip. I am over 60 and was travelling alone but was instantly comfortable with the rest of the group. A very memorable trip.
— Heather R.

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Tom P.

Tom was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He gained a love for mountains and wild lands at a young age on family ski trips to the Green Mountains of Vermont. At the age of 20, he decided to pursue this love further and moved to Bozeman, Montana, where he currently resides. He has a B.S. in Geology and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. During his time in Montana, Tom has gained a deep appreciation of the wildlife, natural history and geology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and enjoys passing this appreciation on to his guests. When not guiding backpacking trips, Tom enjoys hiking with his dog, split boarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing and looking at rocks.


TESTIMONIALS

Our llama trek was challenging and beautiful.The scenery was amazing and the guide was really nice. They were passionate about their jobs and were motivated to make our experience the best one possible. It was inspiring! Beautiful scenery around every corner!
— Lila W.
Tom was VERY patient and kind to everyone!!
— Alyson S.
Awesome trip and cant wait to do it again. Tom and Mikaela are great and were the best tour guides ever!!!
— Heidi W.
I can't give enough positive reviews. We typically don't travel with guides and we're hesitant, but figured it would be worth it to have all the permitting taken care of for us. I'm so glad we chose Wildland! The equipment they provided was immaculate and high quality, the food was delicious and our guides were incredibly courteous and taught us a lot on the trip. It was a well thought out itinerary and every part of the trip was organized. Thank you!
— Morgan M.

Pacific Northwest Manager

David Q.

David’s love for the outdoors was fostered early by his family, exploring the woods and White Mountains of the great state of New Hampshire as a child. David graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012, with a degree in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education, and has been working in the outdoor industry ever since. He spent a few years after school as a whitewater guide in northern Maine during the summer, and a ski and snowboard instructor in Vermont before heading west for Colorado. Once he transitioned to Colorado, there really was no looking back. David has been guiding and managing outdoor programs ever since in various states across the country for the last 7 years. In 2019, David sat on the Executive Board for the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition, establishing Nevada’s own Office of Outdoor Recreation for the first time. In his spare time depending on the season, you’ll likely find him backpacking, backcountry skiing, or exploring new waterways of the Pacific Northwest!

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Eddie Q.

Eddie started hiking and skiing as a boy in the Adirondack mountains of upstate NY and this love of the outdoors that started early became a lifestyle.  As soon as he was able, Eddie moved to Colorado so he could spend as much time as possible hiking, biking and skiing the backcountry.  His first outdoor leadership job was was teaching cross country skiing at the Nordic Center in Beaver Creek and from there Eddie worked as a guide for Meet the Wilderness introducing inner city kids to the wilds of the Colorado Rockies.  Eddie has enjoyed many outdoor jobs over the years guiding trips in the US and overseas, serving as a ranger in Olympic National Park, and working as fire fighter/EMT at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.  Most of Eddie’s work is seasonal so he can spend plenty of time in the outdoors doing what he loves the most, backpacking, backcountry skiing and exploring the world on backroads and trails.  Eddie has managed to camp on all seven continents and loves sharing his passion for the outdoors with others.


TESTIMONIALS

This trip was absolutely incredible. I had never camped before, and I loved every moment of it. It was a great group, the hike was so rewarding, and the guides were wonderful! They were extremely knowledgeable and informative, the views of the Canyon were amazing, and even the food was top notch! I can honestly say I now have a passion for the outdoors after this trip, and I want to go on many more hikes with Wildland Trekking. Such a great company, I recommend them to anyone seeking an adventure!
— Michaela M.
Everything was superb, Eddie was an awesome guide. He was flexible, hiked us at a good pace to accommodate the entire group, made us feel safe, and told great ghost stories!!! Truly one of the most beautiful secrets on earth. The scenery took my breath away, as did the hike, which made it all the more special to reach the turquoise destination hidden deep within the canyon. From my photos, most of my friends assumed that I was in Thailand. Nope, no giant buddhas or grand palaces here. Just natural, real, tangible beauty!
— Kerry P.
One off my bucket list, thanks Eddie for such a great time, Patrica and I enjoyed the whole trip.
— John T.
Eddie Quinn did a great job guiding us. I didn't use sock liners and my boots were a little too tight so, I ended up with blisters on the hike in. Eddie was well prepared with mole skin and duct tape. The duct tape worked amazingly well and I was able to hike out without any discomfort where the blisters had formed. The food prepared was amazing and way better than I expected. We had a great time and took a bunch of pictures in order to solidify our memory of this wonderful hiking experience.
— Dave E.

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Adam R.

Adam grew up fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping in the deep pine woods of East Texas. At Baylor University he serendipitously stumbled into the Environmental Science building after leaving the rock gym and began what would become a decade long career in environmental work. He has worked as a biologist across the country, from bushwhacking through Appalachia restoring native Brook Trout, basking in the island life with sea turtles on the Texas Gulf Coast, to running the rivers with the salmon of Northern California. He has also spent time guiding fishing and hunting trips on the Texas coast. He maintains a passion for fishing, hiking, hunting, and biking. The thing he is perhaps most passionate about is sharing the beauty of the wild world and tuning in to its rhythms.


TESTIMONIALS

This was my first trip with Wildland and I was impressed with the organization from start to finish. While anyone can hike on their own, I found that the expertise and knowledge of our tour guide was well worth it! Wildland provides snacks, a backpack and trekking poles and our tour guide, Adam, packed the most amazing lunch in a beautiful part of the park and showed us some great spots in Zion that we wouldn't have known to hike through on our own!! He was accommodating as far as what we wanted to see. Thank you!!
— Nancy V.
Adam was excellent at setting the pace, sharing knowledge of plants and geology. Lunch was excellent. The trekking poles were extremely helpful. Hike was less strenuous than anticipated which was a good thing. THANK YOU Adam for everything.
— Chuck & Marie T.
Adam was fantastic and went above and beyond to ensure we had a memorable experience. He also carried and prepared THE BEST PICNIC LUNCH anyone will ever have. I wish we could take him on every trip!
— Andrea M.
Adam was absolutely amazing - well informed and a delight to be with. He really was the best guide we had during our stay. I would highly recommend him to our friends.
— Gwendolyn D.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Ashley R.
Ashley Ravestein grew up in the forests of Ohio and became captured by the West at age thirteen during her first backpacking trip to Montana. Spurred on by a high school teacher, she studied natural sciences at the University of Illinois while earning dual degrees in geology and philosophy. Working from a solid foundation of outdoor and leadership skills learned from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and personal trips Ashley is equally at home in the desert and the mountains. She splits her time working as a field instructor for NOLS and leading trips in the Grand Canyon for Wildland Trekking, and eagerly shares her enthusiasm for the outdoors with anyone willing to go on an adventure with her.

TESTIMONIALS

Ashley was the perfect guide. Low-key but ultra-professional. Had everyone's respect, admiration, trust, friendship. Knew her stuff, worked flat out all trip, gave us enough rope while still being watchful. Learnt plenty from her and would recommend her as a guide without reservation.
— Stephen E.
Chris and Ashley were awesome...they were very knowledgeable, helpful and easy going. They were able to balance the trip in a way that everyone was able to have a once in a lifetime experience. Already looking forward to my next trip!
— David S.
I just wanted to drop a note after we got back home from our Grand Canyon Adventure to tell you what a great time my son Adam and I had on our day hike on the South Kaibab Trail. We were very fortunate to have Ashley Ravestein as our guide on our 4/2 hike. She was everything that we could have wanted in a guide; attentive, happy, very knowledgeable and very patient with us. Thank you!
— Chuck W.
We had the best time with our guides Doug and Ashley who were super professional and prepared for our trip, and also cooked the most amazing meals.
— Cheryl G.

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Brian R.

Brian grew up in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, spending weekends and summers exploring the creeks and woods of the area. As a teenager, Brian began hiking and backpacking, finding a passion for wild spaces that has driven his life. After college, he moved out west, landing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In the years since then, Brian has developed a love of facilitating meaningful and educational outdoor experiences. For the past 4 years, he has worked as an interpretive guide, ski guide, and hiking guide. When not guiding, Brian is often traveling, climbing, hiking, or exploring wilderness areas all over the country.


TESTIMONIALS

I found Wildland by surfing on the internet and I am glad that I did. They made my trip to YellowStone more memorable than I could have ever dreamed. They are elephant and first class in my book and I wouldn't have had half the experience out there without my guide Brian and their experience. Great job, Wildland!
— Nicholas C G.
Brian was great! The trip was me and my three hyper 13 and under kids and he was really engaging with them and they loved him and the trip and had so much fun!
— Liz S.
I really enjoyed this hike. It was accurately descirbed on the website and a good balance - steeper, heart raising on the ascent and a nice pace and elevation loss on the descent. Brian was professional, fun and knowledgeable. He was a good balance of personable and also dropped right into "guide/safety" mode when we saw a badger right in front of us on the path. Overall an excellent experience for a solo hiker!
— Ally M.
Brian Richards was an outstanding hiking guide. His energy, enthusiasm, and area knowledge was amazing!
— Barb B.

NEPAL TREKKING GUIDE

Chandra R.

Chandra is originally from Dhankuta, the eastern part of Nepal. He grew up in a family with eight siblings and his life was sometimes challenging. He used to walk two hours to school every day and after he finished his high school he went to Kathmandu in search of work. Through his friends, he found work as a porter for treks throughout Nepal. His first trek was to Everest Base Camp in 1996 with a group of American trekkers. After working as a porter and assistant guide for 14 years and studying Adventure tourism, Chandra became a certified lead trekking guide. Chandra is very experienced, compassionate, sincere and has a great sense of humor. He started working with Wildland Trekking in 2017 and has led hundreds of treks all over Nepal.

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Chris R.

Chris hails from both southwestern Wyoming and northern Utah, where he spent as much time as possible hiking, biking, snowboarding, camping, fishing, and hunting. Upon completion of a distinguished career with the United States military in 2016, he returned to the Rockies to enjoy mountain life with the intent of helping people to connect with nature and the environment. He currently lives in Montana where he takes every opportunity to hike and backpack throughout the region, pursue fish with a flyrod, rock climbing, mountaineering, rafting, snowshoeing, and spending time with his dogs. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and possesses several additional rescue certifications.

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Craig R.

Craig grew up in upper upstate New York just outside Rochester. His family spent summers camping in Canada and winters shoveling endless deluges of wet, dirty snow in New York. Upon heading south after earning a degree in English, Craig took up east coast surfing in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. A love of the west and desire to be around bigger mountains brought he and his wife to the southwest. Using Las Vegas as a home base, Craig frequents the backcountry hotbeds of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California, and on occasion, the surf breaks of San Diego. He is an active snowboarder, rock climber and mountain biker. A NOLS alumnus and Wilderness First Responder, Craig has been guiding professionally in the Grand Canyon since 2011. In the front-country, he’s a contract copywriter and marketing consultant.


TESTIMONIALS

The Grand Canyons, spectacular views and the peacefulness of the canyon. Our guide was also was very knowledgable and a very good cook, which made for a wonderful experience.
— Darren B.
Great nature, very enjoyable with good guiding, which we had.
— Martin B.
Our Guide was excellent and food was outstanding. Seeing the canyon from the inside was amazing. Learning about the plants, rocks, etc from our guide was an added bonus
— Ryan T.
Both guides were excellent. I understand this was one of Craig's first trips, and he seemed like a seasoned expert. I was very impressed with the hike and with the whole process.
— Kathryn C.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Dan R.

Daniel grew up in St.Louis and would spend the weekends in the rolling hills and valleys surrounding him. From a young age, Daniel would hike with his mother and go horseback riding, fishing, and camping with his father. When he was 18, he and his friends set out on a week-long trek of the Ozark Trail. He has since hiked portions of the NCT and PCT to name a few. For the past 10 years Daniel has been involved in the Specialty Butcher and Restaurant Industry, opening several restaurants and butcher shops in New York City, Chicago, and LA, while helping small farmers bring their products to local consumers. Tired of the weekly grind of the restaurant industry, Daniel has decided to direct his passion for the outdoors into guiding.


TESTIMONIALS

Really can't say how grateful we are to Daniel for making this such a great trip! Wildland took care of everything and all we had to do was strap on our packs and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Five stars all around!
— Jeffrey O.

HIRING DIRECTOR/GUIDE

Emily R.

Emily has been guiding backpacking, multi-sport adventures, and supporting youth-at-risk in wilderness settings since 2005. In the outdoor industry she has also worked as a Medical Case Manager, Field Manager, Assistant Field Director, and Regional Director. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Prescott College with an emphasis in leadership and outdoor programming. She is also a Wilderness EMT. Emily loves the soul recharging power of the wilderness, the community created when groups travel together, and the growth that comes from outdoor excursions. For fun, Emily loves running, road and mountain biking, playing racquetball, cooking, and connecting with friends, family and new people. She has backpacked over 3,500 miles throughout the country and in New Zealand, including a thru-hike of the Appalachian and Long Trails. She currently lives in Durango, Colorado.


TESTIMONIALS

Emily Rolando was awesome!! She was more than a guide she was a member of our group. She was helpful, kind, funny, adventurous. She had us all at ease and confident in ourselves that we could hike the Grand Canyon with no problems and she was right. Food was delicious and couldn't have asked for a better trip! It was perfect!!
— Katie O.
Our trip was awesome beyond words! Dakota and Emily were the best guides ever! The whole experience was perfect in every way. Thank you!!
— Jan W.
Emily Rolando was an outstanding organizer and guide. Having been on numerous multi-day trips both guided and unguided, she is among the best that there is, wholly professional, expert, knowledgeable and spirited.
— Aaron K.
Hello Wildland Trekking This is just a short note on behalf of our group, all hiking last week in Havasupai ..to thank you all, and especially Emily our guide...to make our trip so wonderful and memorable. The care, the organization, the preparation and guiding were all amazingly extraordinary and Emily with her smile and incredible energy made it so much more enjoyable for all of us And thus,,,we thank you all And we appreciate all Warm regards On behalf of our entire group Zita/Laurie/ Steve/ Aaron and Jozef
— Anonymous

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Eric R.
Eric was born and raised in Virginia, and after graduating with a journalism degree, he decided to explore the West. He worked on a trail crew that took him all over California for three months, and knew that he had to come back. Starting in 2017, he began leading camping trips to Yosemite from San Francisco. Since then, he has guided trips to National Parks in California, Arizona, Utah and Washington.

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Helen R.

Like many of us, Helen first saw the Grand Canyon on a cross country road trip with her family. As the daughter of a U.S Army officer, she traveled the world living in places such as Hawaii and Europe. During her professional career she worked for Arizona Highways magazine, which gave her the opportunity to learn about the Grand Canyon from numerous photographers and writers. After years of driving between Phoenix and Grand Canyon just for a day hike, she took a big leap accepting a job with the Grand Canyon Association as Director of Marketing and Outreach and later as the Associate Director of Philanthropy. Living and working at Grand Canyon National Park allowed her the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about the Canyon’s human and natural history. Helen has trekked internationally in Nepal and Africa. In 2016, Helen completed a 21-day, 240+ mile backpack on the John Muir Trail. Helen lives in Flagstaff with her husband Wayne Ranney, geologist, trail guide and author of “Carving Grand Canyon”.


TESTIMONIALS

Helen our guide was great. The trip was informative, personalised and well paced. I have moderate acrophobia and Helen took care of how I felt throughout the whole trip. I was encouraged to complete the 3 miles round trip down and up the canyon with no problems. I am now looking forward to doing the rim to rim hike sometime in the future! Thanks Helen and Wildland trekking for making this trip such a fun and memorable one! :)
— Ching Huey Ee
Marvelous, Helen our guide was fantastic. We enjoyed every moment of it. Nice to start so early as it become quite warm in the middle of the day. It will be one of the best memories in our lives.
— Therese J.
I could not give this trip anything but the highest rating. Guides, prep, food, and entire experience were top notch!! This tour was fabulous and well worth the money! Our guides Wayne & Helen Ranney did an amazing job preparing us and taking care of us through the entire trip. They truly know the Grand Canyon and have a pure love and respect for it that is infectious!! We feel so fortunate to have chosen this tour and to have met Wayne & Helen!
— Teresa A B.
Helen was an awesome guide! She knows so much about the various facets of the Grand Canyon (geology, education, trail maintenance, history....) and we had a great time learning and hiking. Gear was great, lunch was hilariously gourmet (Helen peeled a cucumber) and the overall experience was the best introduction to the canyon we could have hoped for. We will definitely be back!
— Jessica S.

SIERRAS PROGRAM MANAGER AND GUIDE

Jake R.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jake’s love for the outdoors started at childhood. Every summer he would head north and go hiking and camping with his dad and brother. After a 15 year career as a chef, Jake wanted something different. He quit his job, packed up, and headed west. Jake has been in California now for 6 years and has hiked and backpacked all over the state. His most notable and favorite hike was the John Muir Trail, which he hiked in only 11 days. Jake’s hope for the future is to one day become a park ranger.


TESTIMONIALS

Our guide Jake couldn't have been any better. He was knowledgeable about the peak and trails. He gave us a great overview of the park that really helped to put it all in perspective as to the major landmarks. Prepared great meals and was very accommodating. It was a great trip in large part due to Jake's planning and execution.
— Robert Z.
Jake made our trip perfect. Bob and I were the only ones on the trip and Jake quickly sized up our abilities. We feel that we saw the most important and beautiful parts of Yosemite.
— Jim M.
Natasha and Jake were wonderful. Well prepared, attentive and good humored. A marvelous trip!
— Roger A.
As a busy family with 2 very active teenagers it's hard to squeeze in "family time". A trek to the top of Yosemite Falls together was just what we needed! It was one of those bond building, lifetime memory making events you hope to have with your kids. Having a Wildland Trekking guide lead us safely to the top & back, took away all of the usual stresses that come with the uncertainty of trying something new in a place as overwhelming as Yosemite. Our guide Jake, provided the equipment, the food & the knowledge that made our day even better than expected. Thanks Jake!
— Valerie M.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Kelsi R.

Kelsi grew up kayaking through mazelike trails of overarching mangroves, island hopping and biking about her gorgeous Clearwater, Florida home turf. Thanks to her incredible and adventurous parents, she visited 48 US states and almost every National Park by age 13 — a trend that has kept her hungering to spend time exploring and soaking in the natural wonders of our world. She’s since studied and adventured all over Southern Europe, Turkey, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Canada and Hawaii, and doesn’t plan to stop there. She’s loved working on a remote, backcountry Yosemite National Park trail crew, and as a Field Instructor with a wilderness therapy program in Southern Utah. Based out of St. George, UT for almost half a decade now, she can be found in her spare time exploring the lesser-known trails, intricate canyons and waterways of the region.


TESTIMONIALS

Kelsi is a terrific guide; she made us feel like we were hiking with a family member. Very knowledgeable as well - the day was very informative. The experience was outstanding - we enjoyed it very much!
— Tony W.

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Mikaela R.

Mikaela Ray grew up in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Growing up, her family traveled often and the wild outdoors was all she knew. She often went hiking and camping with her father and valued the art of living off the land. She graduated with a Medical Sciences degree from Northern Arizona University, spending a semester abroad for a medical mission in India. Her love of the natural world and the medical sciences led her to remote medical backpacking trips in Peru, Mexico, India and parts of the U.S. She spent years  in the Bay Area as a bicycle touring guide for various companies and returned to share her love of the Southwest. She has been a guide for several years, is an active mountain biker, hiker and  member of the National Mountain Bike Patrol. When not guiding, Mikaela can be found mountain biking around Sedona and preparing her pack for her next adventure!


TESTIMONIALS

Mikaela and Alexi were amazing! They took care of all our needs, shared their knowledge, and were excellent company. They added so much to our experience and the group dynamic. I couldn't imagine this trip without our amazing guides, Mikaela and Alexi. They were the personal touch that made this trip a memorable one.
— Chris C.
The North Rim base camp trek was fantastic! Food was fresh and tasty. Mikaela was knowledgable, friendly and engaging. The guides are great, the views are beautiful! I can't wait to go on another trek!
— Tina L.
We were extremely impressed with all aspects of this trip. The pre-trip information brochure, phone in questions/ answers sessions that I had with several persons prior to the trip, my conversation with Mikaela right before flying out for our trip and Mikaela's knowledge, expertise, attention to detail and safety awareness for us all during the trip were exceptional. This is the first guided trip we have taken and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about seeing the Grand Canyon! I believe we really "SAW" the Grand Canyon and all its beauty from so many perspectives. We would have never been able to do this unguided and gain the perspective of vastness, beauty and respect from the visitor center rim. Thank you to all who made this trip such a valuable experience for myself and our family! Excellent job Wildland Trekking and Mikaela Ray!
— Donna G.
This was one of the greatest experiences of my life! I have traveled the world and was just amazed at the beauty that I saw right here! Mikaela was awesome!!! She was so friendly, helpful and really was a great leader!!!!
— Michelle H.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Pete R.

Pete was lucky enough to grow up with parents who took him camping and paddling in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. He earned a bachelor’s in creative writing from Bemidji State University, and has written frequently for Backpacker magazine. As an adult, Pete has spent a career connecting people with the outdoors. Whether it’s guiding hikes in the New England Berkshires, directing bike trips on the Pacific Coast, running paragliding tours in the Peruvian Andes or leading students in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountain range, Pete believes in the positive power of an awesome time in the outdoors.

As the Utah Program Manager, Pete is responsible for our hiking tours in Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Death Valley National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. He couldn’t be more excited about introducing more folks to the magic of the great American Southwest.


TESTIMONIALS

I could not have asked for a more knowledgeable, upbeat, and engaging person. Pete was the best!
— Maureen L.
The professionalism of Wildland Trekking Company is a result of the people who work there. Pete Rognil was a great guide and I enjoy his enthusiasm for the outdoors.
— Mark A.
Our guide, Pete Rognli, was excellent. He provided just the right amount of support so that each of us was free to shape our own experience while not getting overwhelmed by the serious challenges that the back country terrain presented.
— Dale F.
Pete was a terrific guide. Great helpful orientation. Sure knowledge of the route and terrific preparation to hikers for each leg of it. Worked long and hard each day to provide a good experience. Excellent social skills and good company. And darn good cooking too. I was impressed. And I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Pete's work.
— Kenneth K.

ADVENTURE CONSULTANT

Shane R.

Shane comes from an Arizona family dating back to 1918. He spent his youth outside with his dad and grandfather hiking, camping and exploring Arizona and the western USA. While spending much of his youth in northern Arizona on and near the Navajo Nation, his educational focus became Native American Anthropology and Religious Studies at ASU. He ventured into the art world, with a small ownership stake in a gallery, owned a construction business, and spent years in the motorcycle industry. A chance of a lifetime opportunity resulted in him spending years traveling the world- visiting, hiking and backpacking in 35 countries. At that point, the light came on and he sought work in the outdoor industry. Shane especially enjoys discussing gear requirements and the challenges of Wildland Trekking’s Level 5 backpacking adventures, which is his hiking passion. “As an athlete, I like pushing personal limits, and assisting our challenge-seeking guests to find that their ultimate adventure is extremely rewarding!” When not building trips for our guests, Shane is a competing trail runner, road cyclist and triathlete, and is out paddle-boarding or kayaking Arizona’s waterways.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Amanda S.

Amanda grew up in Garland, Texas, where she spent her earliest years climbing trees and playing in the dirt. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.S. in Kinesiology. In the following months, she answered the call of adventure and moved to Utah to begin working as a Wilderness Adventure Therapy Guide. The outdoors soon became a way of life for her and in 2017 she walked 3,300 miles from Delaware to California. After traveling to Thailand and Canada, Amanda found herself in North Carolina where she currently resides. In her free time she can be found foraging herbs, rock climbing and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Amanda is an enthusiastic guide that loves sharing outdoor knowledge and fostering a connection between the guests and the natural world.

NEPAL TREKKING GUIDE

Chitra S.

Chitra is from the Okhaldhunga Distric of Nepal, which is close to Mt. Everest. He spent his childhood in a small village and completed his high school education. In 1994, Chitra started working as a kitchen helper and porter on trekking expeditions throughout Nepal. After gaining a lot of experience, Chitra was promoted to assistant guide and later certified as a Lead Trekking Guide in 2007. In the course of his career, Chitra did several trainings on Leadership, Advanced First Aid and Risk Management. He has led expeditions all over Nepal, India and Tibet. He started working with the Wildland Trekking Company in 2017. Our guests speak of Chitra’s compassionate demeanor and remarkable ability to be calm in the face of adversity. Chitra is a wealth of knowledge and a valuable asset to everyone he meets.


TESTIMONIALS

My husband and I just returned from Wildland's Annapurna Base Camp trip. What an adventure! It was the trip of a lifetime. We had gorgeous mountain views and loved the cultural experiences included in the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and experienced and our Nepali guide and porter were also wonderful. The entire trip was well organized and we really appreciated having the comfort and security of an American guide to help us navigate the customs of another country. This is a trip that anyone who is physically fit and has trained for can do. My husband and I are in our 60's and we did it. So glad we did! I have also traveled with Wildland in the states and we definitely would recommend Wildland for anyone seeking a guided hiking adventure.
— Karen K.

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Hannah S.

Hannah was born and raised in Maryland, but spent the summers of her college years road tripping across the country to explore the beautiful land in the West. Immediately after graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in Photography, she moved to Southern Utah and fell in love with the Southwest. After working in the outdoor recreation field for multiple seasons, it became clear that her biggest passion was helping others to discover the joy of spending time in wilderness, and also promoting a conservation anywhere and everywhere she could. Hannah currently resides in Bozeman, MT and spends her time hiking, exploring, climbing, and floating the river – finding a new love for the mountains just as strong as her love for the red rock desert. As a member of the Wildland Trekking team, she loves to share her enthusiasm for the environment and help individuals fulfill their goals and dreams in the outdoors.


TESTIMONIALS

I would like to add special praise for Hannah for making our trip an absolute success. She went above and beyond to ensure the trip went smoothly. She was efficient and professional the entire time, all the while remaining enthusiastic and thoughtful. We will definitely recommend Hannah to others, and will hopefully have the chance to take another trip with her!
— Nicole N.
Our guide, Hannah, was excellent- ensuring that everyone's needs were attended to and ensuring that the hike was tailored to suit the individuals in the group. The meals were very creative and well beyond our expectations for hiking food. Hannah was extremely knowledgable, and as well as guiding us, was very sharing with her knowledge of the area ensuring other hikers have a safe hike.
— Christopher N.
Our guide Hannah Singleton was wonderful! She was well organized, extremely helpful, and the meals she prepared were delicious. Not only was our guide great, but so was our group. We honestly felt like family by the time the trip was over. The excursion itself was beyond amazing. With each step forward a better view was waiting for us. The hike up half dome and climbing the cables were both exhilarating. Surprisingly I never once felt fear and that could have been associated with how comfortable our guide made us feel. She was very encouraging! Nothing but great things to say about our experience!
— Lauren O.
Hannah was an amazing guide. My sister, Lauren, and I could not have asked for a better guide or a better trip. Everything was well planned and organized. Hannah really knew what she was doing and easily answered any of our questions. Not only was she knowledgable, she was very warm and friendly.
— Lindsey O.

UTAH PROGRAM MANAGER AND GUIDE

Holly S.

Holly grew up taking annual family camping trips in Northern California, where she developed a conservation mindset and an awe for the natural environment. In college, she discovered that organizing backpacking trips created a way to slow down and connect with friends and herself. Holly followed her problem solving temperament to a career in engineering, and after 7 years, left to purse her passion for connecting people to the outdoors and decided to make Southern Utah home. She continued to engineer creative solutions at home, in the field, and in positions as a wilderness therapy field guide and as a National Park Service park ranger. She commits herself to lifelong learning as a Utah Master Naturalist, entrepreneur, teacher, yogi, thru-hiker, and trail runner. Holly loves that she gets to spread curiosity for the world as a guide for Wildland Trekking.


TESTIMONIALS

Sam and Holly were incredible guides. They were patient, supportive and took care to make sure I had a great experience. The meals were so good and I still marvel at how they did it .
— Joycee V.
I truly cannot say enough great things about this trip and especially our guides, Samantha and Holly. This was my first trip with Wildland Trekking and everything about this experience has been absolutely perfect and highly professional! The information provided prior to the trip was extremely helpful and gave me plenty of information to know how to pack and what to expect.
— Jenny B.

NEPAL TREKKING GUIDE

Jangbu S.
Jangbu was born in the Everest region of Nepal, close to the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (29,029 ft.) Jangbu is a part of the Sherpa ethnic group, which are the original mountain guides from Nepal. Jangbu’s grandparents, parents and most of the people from his community all worked or work as guides, porters and play significant roles in the adventure travel field. When Jangbu finished high school in his village, he started working as a porter, helping carry tourists gear. He sometimes carryied bigger loads than his own weight. After working for few years as a porter, he was promoted to assistant trekking guide. Jangbu studied Leadership Development, Wilderness First Aid, Risk Management and Tourism to become a certified guide in 2002. Jangbu is one of the most sincere, expert & dedicated people at Wildland and has been leading trips in Nepal, Bhutan, India and Tibet for over 27 years.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Jordan S.

Jordan was born and raised in New Jersey but his true home would always be in the mountains. He spent many of his weekends driving to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in order to hike its 48 peaks over 4,000 ft. But these weekend trips did little to quell his thirst for adventure. In July 2019, Jordan grew dissatisfied with his job and life in New Jersey and knew he needed a big change, so drove to the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and started hiking south, eventually completing his thru hike through winter. Towards the end of his journey, he met his girlfriend, who invited him to thru hike the Continental Divide Trail with her. By December 2020, after 5 months of hiking and 3000 miles later, he had completed the trek from Canada to Mexico. Before accepting his guiding position with Wildland Trekking, Jordan also worked as a wilderness therapy instructor in Georgia. Some of Jordan’s other hobbies include ultra running, birding, and snowboarding.

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Kevin S.

Kevin Spach spent his childhood in central California taking frequent trips throughout the Sierra Nevada and spending a year living in Yosemite Valley itself. He returned to Yosemite after receiving a bachelors degree in Art and Design from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2008 and has worked there seasonally since. A former manager of Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, Kevin has spent much of his professional career as a steward of the Yosemite backcountry. His work revolves around facilitating excellent wilderness experiences and his play is exploring the finest in natural beauty. Known in the backcountry by his last name (pronounced SPOCK), he finds life best approached with a healthy sense of adventure and a respectful relationship with nature. Spach has also volunteered on trail and restoration crews in the National and State Parks of Hawaii. Along with naturalism, Kevin values an understanding of cultural history as an integral part of a close connection with place.


TESTIMONIALS

I am so thankful to have found Wildland Trekking. I am not a planner. It is wonderful to show up and be presented with an experienced guide who is knowledgeable about the area, quality gear, gourmet meals, and an overall excellent experience. I highly recommend Wildland Trekking!
— Carol S.
Our guide was brilliant. Very knowledgeable, friendly and ran the tour at our pace. Great mix of spending time talking to us and giving us freedom to do what we wanted. This is definitely the best way to explore and get the best out of your visit to Yosemite. A truly amazing experience and worth every penny. Thank you!
— David L.
This was my second Wildlands tour and just like the first tour it was excellent. Both Ciera and Kevin were fantastic guides - genuinely nice people, very enthusiastic and passionate about their job. It's worth noting that they changed the itinerary of one of the days at the request of the group such that half the group could do a longer more challenging hike which was fantastic. It was very good of them to be flexible and accommodate the request of the group.
— David W.
Kevin was amazing. He was professional, but also very personable and friendly. Although challenging, he pushed us and we had a great time!
— Cassie S.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Landon S.

After spending his childhood exploring the deserts near Phoenix, Landon moved to Flagstaff, AZ to pursue a degree in Forestry from NAU. He naturally drifted more towards the ecology side of the degree, and stayed for a Master of Forestry degree where he focused on biological soil crusts (AKA cryptobiotic soil, or “crypto”). At the core of Landon’s passion for learning about ecosystems is a deep personal relationship with them forged through years of outdoor recreation. Backpacking is the simplest representation of what Landon enjoys about the outdoors, but he also tries to weave the wilderness and multi-day aspects of backpacking into his other hobbies of mountain biking, backcountry skiing, packrafting, canyoneering, and climbing. Landon has always called the Southwest home but has expanded his definition of home to include Colorado, Utah, and California. He has a particular affinity for the Grand Canyon, San Juan Mountains, Utah deserts, and Sierra Nevada but has experience throughout the West and is excited to deepen that. Landon strives to share his knowledge about outdoor recreation and ecology with others, hoping to foster in them a love and care for the protection of these places.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Patty S.

Patty grew up in northern New Jersey and always had a yearning to move West! After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Science her dream came true. She began her career with the National Park Service as an emergency services Park Ranger. Her twenty-six year career included law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, backcountry management and visitor services. She served in Big Bend National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Rocky Mountain National Park and several other areas as part of a National Incident Management Team. After retiring in 2012 from the National Park Service, she began guiding hiking trips. Some of her favorite places to guide include Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Alaska. She is currently certified as an EMT-IV. She loves taking guests to National Parks, exploring and enjoying all the Parks have to offer. When not guiding, she enjoys birding, cycling, fly fishing, hiking and skiing, and traveling with her husband Tom in their camper van.


TESTIMONIALS

Five stars for my Wildland Trekking guided hiking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park! And of course, the key to great guided hiking is… a great guide. Our guide for the five days of our inn-based trip was Patty Shafer, a retired National Park Ranger. Hard to believe that petite, pretty, personable little Patty spent 25 years in NPS search-and-rescue, strapping on snowshoes in bitter winter to locate lost hikers at 14,000 feet, executing daring helicopter rescues in remote areas, and retrieving the bodies of careless hikers who’d put themselves in the way of lightening strikes. Hard to believe, too, that she’d served in NPS law enforcement, slapping the cuffs on bad guys who broke the park rules and put others, rather than themselves, in danger. We always felt safe and comfortable relying on Patty’s wisdom and experience. Patty knows nature! In 25 years in the Rockies she’s come to know every flower, every mountain peak, every pristine and secluded lake, every hiking trail. She delighted in introducing our congenial group of six to her favorite Rockies trails and vistas, and enriched our experience with stories, with science, and with a deeply spiritual sense of the wonder of it all. Patty’s a little Sherpa too – there must be a million miles of hikes in those springy little legs – but she always set a pace that was just right, tuned to the terrain and the mood of the group and the fitness level of each member. Patty made me feel like I was an old friend visiting her in her beloved family home. We talked about so much in those days together! We were a diverse group – a clergyman, a family therapist, a brilliant young doctor and avid photographer, a financial advisor who’d grown up in her father’s hunting and fishing camp, a witty wise-cracking sports enthusiast from Australia – and Patty could engage each of us in stimulating conversation, while also fostering a sense of camaraderie in the group. Patty knew also how to allow times of rest and quiet and solitude. We had the good fortune to meet two other Wildland Trekking guides on our trip. Wildland seems to be committed to continuous improvement of their hiking trips, so they send staff from their central office in Flagstaff out into the field, to experience each of the trips and to assist guides like Patty in various ways. I was very impressed with the two Flag-staffers I met – they were committed rock climbers and backpackers, with graduate education in environmental science and outdoor recreation, and with varied experience in youth leadership training, adventure guiding, and teaching. Wildland Trekking is a well-oiled machine; they’ve earned their reputation as best-of-the-best. From my first contact with them via their website, to the last minute of the last day of the trip, Wildland anticipated all my questions and needs, assisted with every conceivable detail of planning and preparation, and provided a seamless experience that left me with spectacular memories and the warm and comfy feeling of having spent my money wisely.
— Jeffrey S.

PERU HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Roger S.

Roger was born in the Cordillera Negra of Peru, three hours west of the stunning Cordillera Blanca mountain range. He began studying in public school when six years old with his five siblings by his side. In addition to studying, Roger spent much of his childhood helping on his family’s farm. One of his childhood hobbies was trout fishing in the high lakes and rivers around his hometown. At 16 years old, Roger left home and moved to the coast where he worked as a fisherman and finished his schooling. In 2003, Roger moved to Huaraz, the heart of the Andes and the capital of his native region in Peru. He enrolled in University and studied English teaching and tourism. Since 2005, Roger has been exploring, guiding and sharing his passion in the Cordillera Blanca and Huayhuash with people from all over the world. Roger is a certified high alpine mountaineering and trekking guide as well as Wilderness First Responder. You will not find a more articulate, patient and professional guide as Roger. We are incredibly fortunate to have him on team Wildland!

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Ruthie S.
Ruthie spent her childhood summers backpacking, paddling, and climbing in the mountains of western North Carolina at summer camp. There, she developed hard skills, confidence, lifelong friends, and an insatiable thirst for being outside! She studied Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at UC Davis and has since worked on various farms around the world. Her love of fruit trees led her to study forest trees and ecology, and she has worked as a field botanist and ecological technician in Yosemite, Capitol Reef, and Grand Canyon National Parks. She is passionate about food, is always pointing out cool plants on the trail, and truly loves to get to know people in the wilderness, where the barriers of modern life disappear!

TESTIMONIALS

Ruthie is the best guide/educator/story teller/chef/driver/organizer/ and logistics whiz! The gourmet food she prepared from scratch might have been more impressive than the canyon itself. So delicious! Also she had the ability to listen to our vacation wishes and customize the trip so we all got what we wanted out of this wonderful experience. This was one of the best guided trips I've ever taken, and I've hiked all over the world. Thanks for a memorable, inspiring travel time!
— Mary P.
The trip was excellent and our guide was way beyond our expectations. We were not expecting to be catered to and she went above and beyond with not allowing us to prep or clean up from dinner, she even brought us coffee and cocoa in our tent the last morning because it was so cold! She was very knowledgeable, sociable, and maintained a positive outlook even through some nasty weather. She kept us feeling safe which I appreciated. The weather forecast did scare me and and the terrain was sketchy at times and she was a great guide in giving advice and instilling confidence. Your guides are the success of your business and I felt she was trained extremely well.
— Roxanne Z.
Outstanding adventure! Guides were great, not only in their trail proficiency but in their interactive skills with our group. Meals were well planned out and tasty for back country fare. Ruthie's insight in the nuances of the gulch was evident and much appreciated.
— Magnus M.
Michael and Ruthie were fabulous. We were not expecting such healthy gourmet cooking! They also made it a real holiday by allowing us to relax while they set up camp and cooked which was such an unexpected treat. Our guides were knowledgable, organised, diplomatic, flexible and fun.
— Leisa A.

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Tamara S.

Tamara Sciacca is originally from San Jose, CA and grew up in Albuquerque, NM where her love of the outdoors was cultivated by spending as much time as humanly possible hiking, camping, backpacking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. She attended Santa Clara University where she studied civil engineering and played soccer, and later earned a degree in Geology from the University of New Mexico. She has discovered her true passion in guiding, which she has been gratefully doing for over a decade on the Colorado Trail, in Rocky Mountain National Park, and in the Grand Canyon. She resides in Silverton, CO where she loves to spend her time off exploring every nook and cranny of the humbling and mighty San Juan mountains.


TESTIMONIALS

I was very impressed with Tamara's perceptive, calm & confident nature. She was always positive, listened to our individual concerns about the trek and accommodated each of us as we needed. She went the extra mile by showing us fossils & telling us stories about the areas we were walking through.
— Ginny Z.
Tamara was an amazing guide. I had no experience with trips like this and she made me feel at ease, and well prepared for our trip. She taught us about the environment, the Supai people, and so many other things. She is truly a wonderful part of your staff.
— Jodi R.
Our guide, Tamara Sciacca , completed our mother son vacation and made it an all time most memorable experience ever! Her expertise, calm demeanor, patience, wilderness knowledge, desert survival, and cooking skills were paramount in making our trip fun, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Wildland Trekking Company is extremely lucky to have her as part of their team. My son and I would go be thrilled to go to the ends of the earth with Tamara as our guide.
— Anonymous
We loved our guide Tamara! She was awesome and made our trip so much fun. We would love her to guide us on another adventure- possibly Yosemite in CA. Not sure if that's her area of expertise but I'm sure she would be great wherever she is placed!!! Please let her know how much we appreciated her great meals and sweet personality.
— Michelle B.

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Traci S.

Traci grew up building tree forts and playing sports in upstate New York. It wasn’t until 2012, when she began leading international teen service trips with The Road Less Traveled, that she really understood her passion for all things outside. Traci adores traveling and learning; she has backpacked Europe and Latin America extensively and speaks Spanish. She has worked as a full-time outdoor educator in New Orleans as well as spent 1.5 years as a wilderness adventure therapy guide in Utah. When she is not in the Utah backcountry, she can be found rock climbing, skiing, or catching a live music show in Salt Lake. Traci is a compassionate guide who prides herself on delivering a memorable trip filled with adventure, fun, and learning about the natural environment.


TESTIMONIALS

Traci was exceptional on my 4 day Death Valley trek. She had friendly, positive and welcoming energy from the moment she met our group. She thoughtfully checked my gear and offered great tips on lightening my pack. While on the trek, Traci demonstrated a wealth of knowledge about the topography of our terrain. She is an incredibly strong and patient guide. Traci lifted our spirits so many times! What made Traci even more special is her great sense of humor, her sharp intellect and her keen intuition. Traci seems to know exactly what to do and say to inspire her group on the trek. She is a very special person who thrives in this environment. Traci loves what she does and it shows. I have previously climbed to the summit of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Elbrus and Traci is the best guide I've had.
— Judy Krause
Traci was an amazing ‘trail angel’ with a heart of gold & personality that knows no bounds. We can’t say enough about this dynamo. Her stories, her poetry, her love of life were addictive. We felt blessed to have her cross our paths. Hope Wildland will be able to keep her as a Guide for many years to come. We will be truly blessed, if she guides another adventure we are on.
— Jim & Deb Peterson
It was a pleasure to be able to meet and hike with Traci. She is a knowledgeable, interesting and capable person. Her energy is amazing! Her calm, helpful assistance invaluable. She made it a point to explain details to everyone, which really helped. She is an asset to Wildland.
— Maria Iannolillo
Traci was the caring mother hen and made sure we were all okay and comfortable during our hikes. She is very compassionate and also had some great meal ideas! I am definitely signing up for more trips with this company and even request these leaders again!
— Alex Jackson

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Zack S.

Zack Summit grew up in New England, hiking and backpacking with his family. After spending several summers in Colorado Zack moved out west and fell in love with the Grand Canyon and the high desert country. Zack has canyoneered, hiked, and climbed across the Western United States as well as Europe, Alaska, Northwestern Canada, and Patagonia. He graduated from Prescott College in 2010 with a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies and has been guiding in Arizona, Colorado, and Alaska ever since. Zack is a certified Wilderness First Responder as well as an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor. When he’s not guiding, you can find him cooking, climbing, or packing in some much needed calories with good friends.


TESTIMONIALS

Starting almost one year ago when we began to plan our trip with your company up until the last minute with Zack, this was one of the most pleasant vacations we have ever planned. Zack was the best guide we could have ever hoped for. He was very knowledgeable, safe, friendly and any other positive adjective one could think of. The only bad thing is the trip was so wonderful that it flew by (haha)! The food was also phenomenal, which was not expected. This was a wonderful adventure and I would recommend this company, trip and guide to anyone I know. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime.
— Hannah S.
Zack and Betsy worked surprisingly hard to make our trip comfortable and enjoyable. Never realized how hard a guide would have to work. Both were very personable and professional.
— Michael W.
What a fantastic trip! Our guide was great. The Grand Canyon is awesome and our trip was fun, challenging, interesting, well prepared, and informative. Definitely a trip of a lifetime and I hope to do more!
— Kim B.
Careful designed trip + 5-star guide service = once in a life time experience.
— Huan H.

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Ethan T.

Ethan Thrasher grew up on a farm in southwest Virginia where he fell in love with hiking and fishing. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 and spent three years after college as a staffer in the U.S. Senate. Yearly fishing and backpacking trips to Colorado and Montana reignited a desire to be outdoors. In 2018, he moved out west and travelled around the Wind River Range followed by a job as a wrangler for an elk hunting outfitter in southwest Colorado. Ethan enjoys sharing his passion for the Wind River Range and Yellowstone National Park with guests. When not backpacking he can be found exploring rivers and creeks with a fly rod in hand.

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Hayley T.

Growing up camping in the deserts and mountains of California, Hayley’s love for the outdoors started at a very young age. It didn’t take her long to realize that her passion for being outside and exploring nature was just as strong as her love for creating a sense of wonder for the outdoors with people around her. She spent 5 years teaching outdoor education in California and Colorado. She moved to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2013 and there was no looking back – the towering mountains and serene alpine lakes quickly stole her heart. Hayley started guiding hikes in RMNP in 2016 and has a wealth of knowledge of the animals and flowers that call the tundra and forest of the park home. Having hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and guided trips in the Sierras, Hayley’s love for backpacking is obvious and she can’t wait to share it with you! When she’s not guiding she can be found teaching ski school in Telluride, running, climbing, exploring the desert, and enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends.


TESTIMONIALS

Our trip was well organized, professionally led by Hayley Turner and even minute details were covered. Hayley ensured that we understood what the hikes entailed and gave precise directions. Both the trip with its gorgeous scenery and Hayley were wonderful!!! P.S. Hayley really knows how to prep food and serve delicious meals.
— Lynn S.
One of the best trips I've ever taken. We were well fed, well informed and very well taken care of!
— Jake S.
This was my first guided hiking trip and everything about the trip far exceeded my expectations. I was worried about the food situation and thought I might be living off of peanut butter and jelly and oatmeal for 5 days, but that wasn't the case at all. All meals were made with fresh, healthy ingredients which I feel made a difference in my performance while hiking. I was also concerned about altitude since I've never hiked so high before, but my guide encouraged me to take it slow. I didn't have any issues at all and was able to bag 2 peaks, the highest being 13,000ft! I had a blast on this trip and will definitely sign up for more trips with Wildland Trekking.
— Sharon S.
We booked our trip last minute and they were very accommodating and responsive. Very helpful with selections of day hikes. Our guide Hayley was great as well. Definitely use Wildland Trekking again.
— Diana

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Isaac T.

Isaac Tapper grew up exploring the mountains and rivers of Vermont with his family. During college he began working in outdoor education and leading extended backpacking trips. After completing a degree in music he moved to the West Coast to continue exploring wild spaces. In addition to guiding for Wildland Trekking in the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, he is an instructor for Outward Bound in the Pacific Northwest. He also has professional experience as a ski instructor, rock climbing instructor, and whitewater rafting guide. When not sharing his love for wilderness and adventure Isaac enjoys writing songs and cooking for friends. He currently calls Bend, Oregon home.


TESTIMONIALS

My husband and I knew this was going to be a fantastic trip, but it exceeded all our expectations! Isaac was fabulous -- from his knowledge about the area, to his cooking skills, and his enthusiasm -- I can't say enough good things. I've already told so many people how amazing this hike was and how Wildland made it perfect.
— Lauren L.
Thanks for such a memorable experience! Dara and Isaac together made a terrific team and definitely created that extra special feeling on this trip. I reviewed the trip and mentioned Wildland Trekking in my review on Trip Advisor. My second trip experience with Wildland Trekking to Havasu Falls exceed my expectations again. I felt safe, secure, informed and motivated the entire time. The quality and knowledge of the guides is excellent. Top notch company.
— Lisa G.
Issac was an amazing tour guide and a key factor to the success of our trip. He worked very hard to make sure that our trip was comfortable and organized. We also felt safe at all times because he is so knowledgable about hiking and the surrounding area. Wouldn't go on another trip without him!
— Megan C.
Our guide, Isaac, really made our experience! He was very knowledgable and went above and beyond to ensure our experience was perfect. We always felt very safe and secure. Highly recommend him as a guide. We would love to do another trek with him as our guide.
— Julie B.

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Michaela T.

Michaela grew up in the foothills of western Massachusetts where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors by building forts in the forest and spending time by the brook close to her home. Her love of the outdoors blossomed into a lifetime passion when she embarked on her first backpacking trip in Maine in her late teens. Michaela pursued a Bachelors in Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts as well as two Certificates of Outdoor Skills and Leadership from Greenfield Community College and the University of Alaska Southeast. Her explorations brought her to Juneau, Alaska where she resided for four years while guiding on glaciers and teaching at the University of Alaska Southeast. Michaela has also worked for Outward Bound in Maine where she instructed backpacking and canoeing courses for young adults. Her passion for rock climbing and backpacking have brought her to destinations across New England, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, China, Guatemala, and southeast Asia. When she’s not climbing rocks or exploring new trails she enjoys eating ice cream.


TESTIMONIALS

Michaela, our guide, was excellent. As a first time backpacker with my 12 year old daughter, I was nervous at times, especially on some of the scrambles to the top of Mt Conness. Michael made sure everyone was safe and had fun.
— Scott S.
Our guide and the trip combined were absolutely perfect. One day we got hailed on but we can't control nature. Everything went accordingly and while the trip was physically difficult, the experience and landscape more than made up for the hardships experienced.
— Patrick O.
Exceeded expectations in every aspect. Spectacular scenery, great company on the trails, excellent guidance and home cooking! Experienced everything from thunder and lightning to hail storms and rattlesnakes. Only thing we missed were the bears - I guess that's a good thing!
— John O.
Michaela was an amazing guide! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and well prepared for any situation!
— Jeff M.

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Marly U.

Marly Upcavage grew up in Thonotosassa, Florida and the outdoors became her happy place from a very young age. After receiving an Environmental Studies and Geography degree from Florida State University, Marly decided to pack her bags and begin working as an Environmental Educator in Maine, North Carolina, and California. Despite already living the majority of her life outdoors, her hearts calling could not be silenced and Marly embarked on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It was then she developed an affinity for binge walking, but one cannot walk forever! After completing the AT, Marly moved to Utah to become a Wilderness Therapy guide, but again was drawn back to long distance backpacking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Now working with Wildland Trekking, she hopes to share her passion for exploring our beautiful planet on foot and empower others to pursue what compels them.


TESTIMONIALS

Marly is an exceptional person and a guide with very strong principles. She provided enormous support for the team, that one would expect only from the most experienced guide. She was an inspiration to hike farther, to go faster, to enjoy more and to live it all! And she was ready to hike on the Angels Landing even if only one of the people in the group were to go. Marly loves nature and people immensely! She had an amazing energy throughout the trip, and she could transfer it to the rest of us in an unbelievable way and, she is an excellent cook and made the most sophisticated arugula salad with goat cheese for breakfast! This was an unforgettable trip!
— Rodanthy T.
Marly put everything into making sure we were well feed and properly quided. Our meals that were prepared by her were over the top "wonderful and healthy"....gourmet material. For a young guide, she had knowledge and wisdom of the area way beyond her years. I came back from this trip very educated. She was always very upbeat and professional!
— Kim K.
This is the second Wildland Trekking tour I have taken and both have been exceptional. Marly was energetic, fun, enthusiastic, professional and knowledgeable about plant and animal life in the area and have a love and respect for the environment
— Lynn C.
Incredible trip and I am recommending your company to others. I'm hoping and planning on using you guys again for a Yosemite trip hopefully this year if I can make it work. Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. I was blown away!
— Ben H.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING GUIDE

Felipe V.

For years Felipe spent his vacations acting on his passion for exploration: backpacking through Chile, Argentina, Perú and Bolivia. He specifically traveled and hiked a lot through Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia, and in 2010 he decided to leave his city career (as a counselor and life coach) behind and become a mountain guide and outdoor educator. Felipe drove his career towards the outdoors, focusing on the two things he most enjoyed: teaching and traveling. In the process he discovered mountaineering, and in 2012 he began instructing for the U.S.-based National Outdoor Leadership (NOLS), and then guiding trips for Wildland. He is formally trained in Alpine Mountaineering, Glacier Travel, Rock Climbing and Sea Kayaking. He has guided hiking and trekking trips in Patagonia, the Wind River Range and the Pacific Northwest. He his a certified Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Level 1 Technician, speaks fluid English and has led more than 100 expeditions. He is most remembered by his guests and students for his sense of humor and problem solving in the outdoors.


TESTIMONIALS

It was an awesome trip with an awesome local guide that went out of his way multiple times to ensure that our trip went as planned. I can not say enough good things about Felipe. I felt extremely safe and felt as though Felipe knew almost all other company guides and locals throughout the park. This ensured that when we ran into problems such as flooding in the park and roads being closed, Felipe went out of his way to speak to the locals, guides and park staff to get us through even when other hiking companies couldn't get their hikers through. Patagonia was one of the most beautiful, stunning, awesome places I have ever had the chance to hike! The pictures we took were awesome but they don't do the place justice. This was a trip I will never forget! This was my third trip with Wildland Trekking and I will definitely booking again. I can't say enough good things about this company!
— Sheila H.
Felipe was OUTSTANDING. Myriam was amazing. What a team! They were both great with our kids. Geike Lake (I think only on cultural tour) was hands down the best hike we did. This is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. If you could work that into the W-trek tour, it would be worth it 100%. It is such a unique, isolated, and peaceful place. Truly amazing.
— Treveor H.
Felipe and Seth did a great job leading. Overall it was a fantastic trip.
— Ruth Ann C.