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Staff are alphabetized by last name. Click on their names to read bios and guest reviews.



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Larry Abels, Wildland Trekking
  • Operations Director

Larry Abels, Wildland Trekking 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.

"The value of outdoor recreation to the public is no secret to those of us in the industry and is gaining awareness worldwide. Less talked about is the value that a business like WTC provides to its' staff. For our guides, taking people on trips is their dream come true. Without a shred of sarcasm, 'living the dream' is something heard frequently in our buildings. As an administrator, working to support our staff so that they can share their dream with their guests is my own dream come true."
 

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" - 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." - 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)

Scott Abrams, Wildland Trekking
Screening and Logistics Manager

Scott Abrams, Wildland Trekking 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

Stephen Ackley, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Stephen Ackley, Wildland Trekking 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 (Stephena 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.

Casey Andrews, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Casey Andrews, Wildland Trekking Casey's love for nature began when he grew up as a surfer and waterman on the beaches of Southern California.  He moved to Monterey in 2009 to study Environmental Science, where he fully realized that his passion for the ocean carried over to mountains, deserts, canyons and other wild places.  He became obsessed with backpacking and rock climbing adventures in the Sierra Nevada mountains and started guiding ocean kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking amongst California's coastal ranges.  After college, he worked as a wildlife biologist in the Southern Sierras for two seasons, spent time in the Moab area teaching outdoor education, climbing desert towers in Utah, and guiding for Wildland Trekking.
 

Testimonials

"Our guide, Casey is awesome; he was invaluable to our Havasu Falls trip. His knowledge of the area enable us to enjoy the waterfalls at the right time in perfect order to avoid crowds. He also kept us safe, by sharing his knowledge and quickly learning our abilities. He's a good cook, my cousin calls him Emeril! Nice guy, really made us thankful that we picked Wildland Trekking." - Sharon H.
"The four day Havasu Falls trip was amazing. The waterfalls are spectacular. The campground is very nice. The equipment provided by WTC was excellent. Our guides Casey and Natasha were great; very hard working and accommodating. They start their days by 5AM and go non stop until after 9PM. We saw everything the trip had to offer and were safe in all of our adventures. Great meals. All the planning went smoothly. WTC is a very customer oriented and friendly company. This was our third WTC hike in three years and each one was fantastic. The American southwest has so much to see and explore. We hope to hike again with WTC next year." - Raymond R.
"Casey was absolutely incredible! He is a killer chef, knew tons about the surrounding peaks/ wildlife/ plants, and was so hardworking. All around he is an awesome guide. He made the trip a blast. I'm ready to go on another trip with him already! Dude deserves a raise." - Alyssa D.
"My two daughters and I absolutely loved our guide Casey and we will look him up for a future trip to Yosemite. Casey pickup up our trip when our scheduled guide became ill and couldn't make it. It may not have been possible for me to reschedule so I was very grateful to Casey to take our trip on in stride. I was also very impressed with our meals, we had great food and fresh food for most of the trip, which I didn't expect to eat so well in the backcountry. I was also impressed with WTC staff in promptly responding to my multiple emails as I tried to purchase all my own gear and be prepared for the trip. I will be recommending Wildland Trekking to others and do plan to take another trip." - Tamara W.

Matt Angelo, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Matt Angelo, Wildland Trekking Growing up in New England, Matt Angelo fostered a passion for the outdoors in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Subsequent exploration took him to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, then to the Colorado Rockies and finally to the Greater Yellowstone area of Montana and Wyoming. Having worked as a ski instructor and youth cycling coach, Matt has become heavily involved in the educational aspect of the outdoor industry; an interest reflected in his guiding. Matt is a Wilderness First Responder. When not leading trips Matt is likely climbing, trail running, skiing, playing music or otherwise exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
 

Testimonials

"Our trip was very long and tiring, but totally worth all the effort. The Bunsen Peak hike is fantastic and beautiful. A trip to be remembered and Matt provided great information on Yellowstone and surrounding." - Lori B.
"Totally fab experience!! I would not hesitate to recommend one of your trips. You take glamping to another level. It was so nice to have meals prepared and the dishes done after a long day of hiking. Totally amazing..Matt and Alexi made it look easy. They were excellent guides." - Lisa N.
"Our guide, Matt, was exceptional. He had excellent knowledge of the area and did a wonderful job handling the variety of personalities in our group." - Camille D.
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Linda Angeloni, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Linda Angeloni, Wildland Trekking Linda grew up on the east coast and fell in love with the alpine mountain west as a teenager during her first trip to Colorado in 1973. Since that time she has lived and worked in Alaska, California, Colorado and Montana. Linda cherishes the simplicity of life when surrounded by the natural world and infuses that sentiment in everyone she guides into the outdoors. She has worked as a field geologist for over 20 years traveling to four continents. While raising a family in Montana, she followed her passion for teaching and skiing, and now spends her winters working full time as a ski instructor for Beaver Creek. In her spare time, Linda kayaks, gardens, bicycles and plays music. She also loves to cook and travel to foreign cities. Linda thrives in both the backcountry or front country.
 

Testimonials

"This was a terrific tour. Our guide Linda was amazing. We saw absolutely everything we wanted to see in Yellowstone." - Kevin F.
"Linda was great and very patient with our selfie taking teens. We had a great experience." - Helga S.
"Everything was beyond our expectations. The guides, Linda and Jen were Awesome! They were very knowledgeable and patient. The hikes were well planned and thoroughly enjoyed. This was our family's first real hike and they were very helpful in making us feel comfortable on the trails and throughout our time together. Lunches on the hikes were impressive, and the food at the lodges exceeded our expectations. The tour was well worth the price as everything was planned and taken care of for the entire vacation. We will definitely be return customers!." - Regina F.
"My family and I truly enjoyed the trip. Jen was a great guide and fun to be around. Linda was a good balance to Jen and they made a good team. It was so nice to have all of the lodging, meals, transportation and itinerary planned for us. Everything ran smoothly and the lunches and snacks were delicious. Overall I think the trip was well run from start to finish." - Christine H.


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Greta Baier, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Greta Baier, Wildland Trekking Born and raised amongst the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, Greta grew up spending most of her childhood in the woods. She discovered her love for the outdoors and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Education from Penn State University. Soon after graduating, she moved west to Colorado to pursue her outdoor career. Working as an outdoor educator in Colorado and Wyoming she began working for NOLS as a field instructor. When not working, you can still find her outside following her passion for ultra running, skiing, rock climbing, and horse riding. Greta has been working as a guide and educator since 2013, sharing her love for the outdoors and knowledge with others.
 

Testimonials

"Greta was a fantastic guide. The whole trip was very well organized, and we even had to work around a rock slide which blocked a main road, causing the company to have to find alternative accommodation - which was accomplished seamlessly. Wonderful trip! This was our second Wildland trip, and will not be our last!" - Tim & Kathy G.
"Greta was the best guide we've had yet. Have been on many adventure trips worldwide and is was amazing. Helpful, knowledgeable and unflappable. Such an asset! Would love to travel with her again." - Sarah L.
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Brad Ball, Wildland Trekking
Risk Management and Training Director

Brad Ball, Wildland Trekking Brad Ball, 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.

Missy Ballard, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Missy Ballard, Wildland Trekking Missy's passion for the outdoors started when her father took her out on frequent hunting trips in the woods of central Michigan. Born and raised in Detroit, she loved escaping the city to enjoy the serenity and peace of the woods at a young age. By the time she was 20 she decided to save up all the money she could to start a new life out in the wild west. Making a home in Arizona, she spends her time backpacking with her dog and appreciating all that nature has to offer.  Her feet have taken her across the mountains of Colorado, the deserts of Utah, peaks in California, and beaches in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She has a background in Wilderness Therapy, has spent time helping out at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, loves learning about medicinal plants of the southwest, and is CPR and WFR certified.
 

Testimonials

"Missy was wonderful!! The food they cooked was outstanding, who knew you could have good quality Pad Thai and Fajitas while camping! She brought an enjoyable and memorable experience for the group. Missy even took the time to get to know each of us on a personal level, great touch! ~ Missy enjoys her job and it shows!" - Lori N.
"Had a wonderful time with our group exploring the beauty of the Havasupai nation's lands with Missy Ballard who is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. Very organized hiking & camping adventure seeing the many Havasu River waterfalls and pools with tasty and healthy food selections. Definitely worth going!" - Al B.
"The guides were amazing! Above and beyond helpful and informative. They made this trip more interesting than if I had done this trip myself." - Stephanie T.
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Stefan Ballek, Wildland Trekking
Trip Staffer/Guide

Stefan Ballek, Wildland Trekking Stefan Ballek 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.

James Barrett, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

James Barrett, Wildland Trekking James Barrett 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.

Kate Bartholomew, Wildland Trekking
Sierras Area Program Manager

Kate Bartholomew, Wildland Trekking Kate grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2011 with a B.A. in Spanish. She worked as a business analyst for a small government contracting company in Washington DC and later within the technical staffing industry in Boston. Unhappy with her career and city life, she opted to take a trip out West. This trip transformed into a lifestyle change that involved quitting her 9-5 job and exploring the Colorado Plateau and high Sierra. Fully enthralled with her new lifestyle, Kate joined her boyfriend on a 4-month journey hiking and packrafting over 800 miles in Patagonia. In the process she found herself and her vocation. She started working for Wildland in 2016 as a warehouse assistant for the Sierra´s program and became the Program Manager a year later.

Ali Beach, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Ali Beach, Wildland Trekking Growing up in England, Maryland, and Germany, Ali welcomes and thrives in changing environments. Her love of the outdoors and camping started at a young age hiking in the Alps and has evolved into exploring the mountains all around the Rocky Mountain West. She now resides in Jackson, Wyoming among the Teton and Wind River Mountain Ranges, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing as often as possible. The migration out West began when she moved out to Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Design then later a Masters Degree in Architecture in Utah, and has been balancing a fusion of outdoor lifestyle with creativity ever since. Living in various mountain towns, Ali has worked as a backpacking guide, ski instructor, and designer - sometimes all at once. Ali values sharing outdoor experiences and skills with people of all walks and spreading a passion for the natural world.
 

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Elizabeth Bechok, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Elizabeth Bechok, Wildland Trekking 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.

Chris Benson, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Chris Benson, Wildland Trekking Chris spent his formative years growing up in New Mexico, and graduated in 2006 from Western State Colorado University with a B. A. in Geology. He is currently a candidate for a Masters of Arts in Science Education at Northern Arizona University. Since 2003 he has enjoyed extensive field work as a river guide, mountain guide, ski patroller, avalanche forecaster, outdoor educator, and most recently, as the Southwest Program Director for the Colorado Outward Bound School. He has worked over 1,000 days in the field in places like Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Washington, and Ecuador.
 

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Myriam Bishop, Wildland Trekking
Iceland and Alps Coordinator/Guide

Myriam Bishop, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

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"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.

Pete Blau, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Pete Blau, Wildland Trekking Pete grew up in Oregon and fell in love with nature through spending time exploring Central Oregon and skiing at Mt. Hood. He headed out to Bozeman, MT for college but instead of studying for exams he found himself skiing the local mountain. His big break came when he enrolled in a Himalayan Ecology program that took him to Nepal. Ever since then he has been traveling to raw landscapes that entail big mountains and interesting cultures. After bouncing from ski town to ski town and instructing for multiple outdoor education programs, including NOLS, he is now setting up basecamp in Central Oregon to pursue a masters in ecopsychology and integral human development. He loves to share his passion for connecting others to nature while backpacking through marvelous areas!
 

Testimonials

"Our guides were terrific and were true professionals from start to finish. They were educational, hard working, very safety oriented and committed to high standards for back country living. They were mindful of our trip goals and worked hard to ensure we were satisfied. Our trip to the Wind River Wilderness would not have been possible without Wildland Trekking." - Michadel S.
"The guides we had, Pete and Jillian, were super, very mature beyond their years, and confident in the surroundings. Our whole group were very favorably impressed and would highly recommend them to others. From the minute we registered to the final parting, we were in expert hands and very professionally taken care of. Great adventure was had by all!" - Michael P.
"Pete was absolutely fabulous. Cannot say enough about him or his lunches. Just outstanding!!!!" - Angela V.
"Our guides, Pete and Tom were professional, personable, concerned about our safety and the environment. Overall we had a great experience." - Jim K.

Adrianne Bouchard, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Adrianne Bouchard, Wildland Trekking Adrianne Bouchard grew up in California and developed a love for the outdoors from a young age. After attending college at UCLA she ventured into the world of outdoor education by leading trips for kids all over California. Highlights of her work experience include sea kayaking in Alaska, leading service trips on Caribbean islands, and backpacking throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the winter she is an avid skier in addition to traveling the world for climbing trips in warmer climates. In her time off Adrianne can be found exploring new places via mountain biking, climbing, trail running, and cooking vegetarian meals around the campfire with friends. 
 

Testimonials

"Adrianne and Sally were very professional and meticuiously prepared for our daily treks. They really were the main reason our trip was so enjoyable. Their preparation and attention to details for lunches on the trail were truly amazing." - Joe S.
"What a great trip! The trip was more than I had hoped for!!!" - Kevin P.
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Eddie Bowers, Wildland Trekking
Yellowstone Program Manager/Guide

Eddie Bowers, Wildland Trekking 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 southwestern United States, visiting as often as possible until moving west several years later. Eddie has since racked up over two years of full time guiding experience in the Grand Canyon and Havasu Falls. He lives part of the year in Flagstaff, AZ and the other part in Breckenridge, CO where 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

Wally Brandt, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Wally Brandt, Wildland Trekking 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.

Ciera Brecto, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Ciera Brecto, Wildland Trekking Ciera developed a passion for nature at a very young age, and it has stuck with her throughout the years. She grew up in the Phoenix area, heading north for family camping trips whenever the opportunity arose. After attending Northern Arizona University, she received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in the spring of 2013. Hiking has always taken up a large portion of her free time, but she went a step further in 2015 when she thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, at which point hiking took up all of her time. She realized the importance of time spent outside, for her and for others, and decided to become a hiking guide to make sure she was doing her part in that movement.
 

Testimonials

"Hi Ciera, Thank you for all you did to make our trip the memorable experience it was!

Without your assistance and reassurance on the Beaver Falls cliff, I might still be clinging there! And the ascent up Mooney was so much less stressful than it could have been with you being my second set of eyes. You can never really know how much your kind of nonjudgmental encouragement means to your clients.

I know you will have a successful future in this business, thank you!" - Susan Glassman
"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.
"The guides, Kurt and Ceara, were absolutely fantastic. So patient and so accommodating of the various fitness levels of our group. I also appreciated how they interacted with our group the entire time, rather than held back and "observed". There were several WTC groups in Havasu at the same time and our group knows we had the best guides." - Charlotte H.
"Ciera was awesome and at ease in handling my friend's diet requests and helping us up and down especially at Mooney Falls. She is just a great guide and clearly loves being outdoors and sharing her love for the outdoors! I have nothing but praise for the excellent experience I had with Ciera and the tour. This was one of the best trips I have ever taken." - Lisa O.

Katie Bryce, Wildland Trekking
Screener/Guide

Katie Bryce, Wildland Trekking Katie Bryce grew up in a Wisconsin farm town hiking, camping, cross country skiing, and dog sledding with her family. Every year her parents took her and her sisters backpacking out west, where she fell completely in love with the outdoors. She earned a BA in Wilderness Leadership and Environmental Studies at Prescott College, giving her countless opportunities to backpack all over North America’s wilderness. Katie lives in Flagstaff and guides hiking and backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls and Southern Utah. When not guiding, she enjoys work as a massage therapist in Sedona. "I am tremendously grateful to my parents for introducing me to the great outdoors" - it's become a life long passion I love to share with others!"
 

Testimonials

"The overall trip was fantastic and our guides were exceptional. Both of them" - Katie and Rob" - obviously knew what they were doing, seemed to enjoy themselves, and were very tuned in to how to make the trip a great experience tailored to our particular group. Wonderful!" - Nancy Giles
"Overall satisfaction" - excellent! We will do another trip with Wildland sometime in the future. Most enjoyable. Thank you, Katie." - Lynne Kovacs
"Doug and Katie kept us going and made the trek unbelievable. Katie, the Cathedral Stairs were not bad at all because of our wonderful conversation while heading down. You two were wonderful with Denise as well....That could have turned into a bad situation, but you knew what to do. I actually loved going into Monument Creek at night and appreciated Katie pointing out the monument as we entered the camp site. The day hike to Granite Rapids goes without saying!!!! everyone loved that too. It was so nice to have that time to relax and absorb the wonders of the river and canyon. Hermit Creek camp and sleeping under the beautiful night sky , another fabulous experience! We all loved the food you prepared for us and the snacks you provided for us as well. All in all, it was a perfect trip and far exceeded my expectations!" - Wendy Sloan
"My husband and I went on the Best of South Rim Base Camp tour with Katie as our guide. It was part of our honeymoon and our first time at the Canyon. We were blown away by not only the beauty of the Grand Canyon but by our awesome experience and adventures during our 4 day trip! Katie made our trip so special for us, and was knowledgeable fun to be with! We loved the hikes, and will never forget our sunset rim dinner! Once in a lifetime experience! We cannot wait to hike with Wildland again :)" - Kathleen S.

Ann Bubb, Wildland Trekking
Lead Adventure Consultant

Ann Bubb, Wildland Trekking 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.

Ron Bubb, Wildland Trekking
Screener/Guide

Ron Bubb, Wildland Trekking 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

Jillian Buckley, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jillian Buckley, Wildland Trekking 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.

Jason Bull, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jason Bull, Wildland Trekking Jason Bull is originally from the Bay Area 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 skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. He has recently worked in the fields of wildland conservation, forest management, and renewable energy procurement, and recently finished up his Master’s degree in Climate Science and Solutions at Northern Arizona University.
 

Testimonials

"I wanted you to know what an incredible guide we had, you have. Jason took great care of us, made sure we were safe, provided great meals and overall made us comfortable, feel safe and took care of all our issues and needs. I don't think we were a needy group, but we all have our idiosyncrasies and Jason put up with our whining and complaining a lot better than I thought or that I would have. Jason is a great ambassador for your company and we could not have had a better guide or person to take care of us. He also made sure that we ate well and the quality of our food was great, i.e. organic fruits and vegetables. We wish Jason well in his endeavours and your company success, and look forward to another adventure in the future." - Ken O.
"Jason, what an incredible moment we have lived with you. You have been the best guide ever; keeping the pace, excellent knowledge of the environment, enhancing the sense of adventure and effort, amazing cook and on top with a great sense of humour!

Thank you from the bottom of our heart. Let us keep in touch. We will send you photos soon." Frederic D.
"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.
"Jason Bull is an excellent, professional guide. He is quite knowledgeable about the canyon and the surrounding area. He seemed to never tire of our many questions. He related to each group member, and he struck the right balance of moving us along and allowing us our own pace and space. He was a significant part of what made our trip so memorable and perfect - as well as the great weather!" - Adele J.

Maryann Burke, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Maryann Burke, Wildland Trekking Maryann grew up on the mesas and plateaus of Colorado. She has always been an explorer. As a young child, she was constantly wandering away from her parents! This adventurous spirit has not left her, but has only become safer and broader. Maryann graduated in May 2008 from Western State College of Gunnison Colorado with degrees in Outdoor Recreation and in Clinical Psychology. During college she worked as a raft guide and in the ski industry. After college she worked for 5 years seasonally for a non-profit outdoor experiential education program in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the raging waters and deep canyons of Utah.
 

Testimonials

"Maryann had a wonderful upbeat positive attitude. She was very friendly and personable which made the trip comfortable. Wonderful trip! Gorgeous views, wonderful sunsets and trip of a lifetime! I will trek with this company again for sure!" - Angela L.
"Jennifer and MaryAnn were amazing guides. Very competent and confident. I felt completely safe with them. They both have different personalities that worked so well together. Both just seemed to love what they do for a living. It was a joy to be with both of them. I felt like I learned so much from both. And...the food...was outstanding. I was so happy when it was lunch time! Jenn and Mary Ann made us all feel very special and they truly paid attention to our individual needs. I cannot think of one thing I would have wanted to be different on the trip. I don't know how/who put this group together. The 8 of us worked great together. We were similar in age and health. Amazing trip!!" - Karen C.
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Doug Campbell, Wildland Trekking
Philanthropy and Outreach Coordinator/Guide

Doug Campbell, Wildland Trekking Doug Campbell was raised in New Mexico and Oklahoma and went on his first backpacking adventure when he was 10 years old. He earned a degree in history from Penn State University and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School. A former Social Worker, Doug has been guiding treks for The Wildland Trekking Company since 2009. He also instructs wilderness courses for NOLS and United World College-USA. He is a passionate student and teacher of wilderness and the natural and human history of the American West and enjoys sharing with others the unique, diverse and inspiring wonders found there. 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.

Jeanelle Carpentier, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jeanelle Carpentier, Wildland Trekking 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

Bob Clark, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Bob Clark, Wildland Trekking 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.
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Samantha Cooke, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Samantha Cooke, Wildland Trekking 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 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.

Tiffany Cooper, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Tiffany Cooper, Wildland Trekking 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 hiked and explored 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

Dakota Copeland, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Dakota Copeland, Wildland Trekking 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.

Jeremy Cox, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jeremy Cox, Wildland Trekking Jeremy began a life of travel and adventure at a young age, exploring the desert Southwest with his parents at age 3, living in a state park, and going on his first solo backpacking trip into the Everglades at age 15. Upon graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2004, he chose to be stationed on a ship near Seattle, Washington for the abundance of alpine rock climbing, backpacking, and mountaineering opportunities. Jeremy was transferred to San Diego in 2008, where he completed his time in the Navy and spent two years at a non-profit working in clean energy advocacy. Feeling the pull of the wilderness, he took the steps to follow his dream of a life working in the outdoors. Starting in 2012, he got certified as a Wilderness EMT, became a NOLS instructor, and began guiding backpacking and rock climbing trips for several companies all across the West, in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. Jeremy loves to guide people into the wilderness, by helping them to feel comfortable and able to learn and explore the beauty of nature. When he’s not in the field, Jeremy divides his time between Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego. In addition to backpacking, he enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, sailing, making large-scale art projects with friends, and continuing to learn and explore.
 

Testimonials

"The trip to Havasu Fall was amazing. Words and pictures cannot capture the majestic beauty of the terrain. To see the landscape change from dessert to cottonwood trees and cool rushing waterfalls left me in awe. You can't beat the luxury camping experience either. We were so well taken care of, all we had to do was enjoy ourselves. Our guide Jeremy was great. His knowledge of the terrain, wildlife, and history of canyon made the trip that much more enriching - oh and he was a great chef too. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants get out there and see how beautiful our country really is." - Karen F.
"It really comes down to this...Every firm has to treat their employees fair and good, in order for employees to treat the customers fair and good. And that really comes through. Jeremy Cox really understands this type of travelling good. He got us from A to B, without making it stressful. Give this man a raise. Greetings from Peter from Denmark :-)" - Peter H.
"The tour was great! This was my 3rd Wildland tour and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first two. Jeremy was an excellent guide. He was very professional and knowledgeable of the Yellowstone area which was a huge positive to the overall trip experience. Meals were outstanding (especially for 6 days in the backcountry) and everything was well organized. The importance of safety and the carrying of bear spray while hiking in bear country was always stressed and I felt we were safe at all times. Overall it was a great 6 day trip!" - Kristin G.
"I would not hesitate to take another trip with this company! Every detail was accounted for and every day of the trip was magical. The incredible food was such a great bonus as well. The guides, Jeremy and Rachael, were fantastic, energetic, and never failed to give us a maximal experience. From extra adventures to fun games, we were always entertained." - Jenny W.

Scott Cundy, Wildland Trekking
Web and Marketing Director

Scott Cundy, Wildland Trekking Scott Cundy, owner and co-founder, grew up hiking and backpacking with his family in New Mexico, Colorado 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 has worked in the adventure travel profession most of his career. He's ventured professionally to 13 countries throughout North America, Europe, the South Pacific, and Central America. For five years Scott also enjoyed facilitating leadership development seminars and workshops with two training companies, Odyssey Performance Enhancement Network and Klemmer and Associates.
 

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 difficutly with the hike. Haven't stopped thinking about how fun it all was, since we got back." - David D.

Steve Cundy, Wildland Trekking
Director of Sales, Customer Service, & New Programs

Steve Cundy, Wildland Trekking 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.


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Autumn Joy Davis, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Autumn Joy Davis, Wildland Trekking Autumn Joy Davis was born in Flagstaff, AZ and grew up on the East Coast, raised by two park rangers. She has always loved being outside, no matter the activity or weather. She began trip leading in college and quickly fell in love with not only hiking and backpacking but also rock climbing. Since college she has worked for a teen outdoor travel company and a wilderness therapy company. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
 

Testimonials

"My guide, Autumn, was really fantastic. She is knowledgeable and lovely company, and went out of her way to make my trip a great one. Highly appreciated!" - Line S.
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Jordan Dikeman, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jordan Dikeman, Wildland Trekking Jordan grew up exploring the creeks and woodlands of Oklahoma and the beaches of Texas. After high school, he joined the U.S. Marines, which took him to several far-flung corners of the United States and the world. By his mid-twenties, Jordan developed a passion for our planets' 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 their 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.
 

Testimonials

"Our trip to Havasu Falls exceeded my expectations by a long shot! Jordan Dikeman was our guide and he took great care of us. We felt safe navigating the canyon with his experience, commentary, and kindness. The food was amazing and the other hikers must have been jealous of our campground! We were able to focus on the trip and make memories for a lifetime. Thank you Jordan & Wildland Trekking!" - Candice D.
"We did the Havasu Falls trip with 3 moms and our 9 year old daughters. Our guide Jordan was fantastic! He made us feel safe and confident on a journey that got us our of our comfort zone! He helped us experience the very best of this hike and made it really educational while staying extremely patient with our young hikers. He's a great cook as well! Seriously the best experience and far exceeded our expectations! Thank you!!!!" - Kaleena A.
"My husband and I took the 4 day Havasu Falls trip for his 50th birthday and we had a blast! Not only is the area beautiful, but the company was great! Our entire group had so much fun together. We started out as strangers but left as friends. Our guides, Brian Nelson and Jordan Dikeman were the best guides anyone could ask for and mostly the reason for such an amazing trip! They were professional, knowledgeable, helpful, generous, friendly and fun! I was the only person with dietary concerns and they took care of me with every meal... we ate better camping than we do at home! I HIGHLY recommend them as guides, as we felt very safe in their care. Thank you Brian, Jordan and Wildland Trekking for this amazing journey!" - Lori A M.
"On our trip to Skeleton Point on the South Kaibab Trail, we couldn't have asked for a better guide than Jordan Dikeman. He was knowledgeable and insightful about the geology and botany of the Canyon, and made a pretty great vegetarian lunch for us. Despite several complications (on our part) on the trip, Jordan was calm, professional, and more than prepared for any situation we encountered. The hike was difficult at certain points, as one would expect, but certainly unforgettable and highly enjoyable. Any guide who gets a good Beatles song stuck in my head the whole 6+ hours is a good guide in my book." - Mark G.

Guy Dobyns, Wildland Trekking
Pacific Northwest Program Manager/Guide

Guy Dobyns, Wildland Trekking 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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Margie Erhart, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Margie Erhart, Wildland Trekking Margie Erhart leads hiking trips for us in the Grand Canyon and in Utah. She has been a river and hiking guide in the Grand Canyon and on the San Juan River for years. She has hiked in several countries all over the world, including Chile, Burma, and Ireland. She is the author of five novels, countless essays, and her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio. She has been swinging a butterfly net since the turn of the millennium and has a working knowledge of the bugs of the Colorado Plateau. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona and teaches creative writing for the Navajo Nation.
 

Testimonials

"Margaret "Margi" Erhart was our guide, and she did an OUTSTANDING job and really made the trip for me. Margi is very experienced, technically sound, mature, a "reader" of people who is able to communicate effectively with everyone. She is knowledgeable but not arrogant. She took the time to hike with each person in her group and get to know them better. She knows how to relate to hikers of all experience levels. I think the least experienced person had great confidence in Margi, as did I. Her knowledge of the flora and fauna was extensive, and her knowledge of the geology of the region made this trip a wonderful learning experience. This was an unexpected delight, as Margi "taught" as we hiked. As I’m sure you know, how people think about your company is 95% dependent on their experience with the guide. They are the face of your company. Margi represents you extraordinarily well, and she would be the primary reason for me to use your company a second time." - Gary Huber
"The joy and the willingness and helpfulness of Margi to make it the trip WE all wanted; no pressure to keep moving, or hike faster; time to enjoy the spectacular beauty surrounding us; time to laugh and talk. I cannot say enough about Margi; she was the perfect guide; always cheerful, encouraging, and caring. We felt well fed, and taken care of all the way around; she was truly concerned about our well being and safety, but was never pushy or overbearing. She is a gem. THANK YOU." - Patricia Stanley
"Margie did a very good job. We really enjoyed spending the day with her and she made the hike an unforgettable day for us!" - Maarten E.
"Margie was outstanding. She communicated my short coming or balance issue well and helped me get over the disappointment I had in not achieving a goali have been working for three years in attaining. Leah was excellent in coming to retrieve me at Cedar Crest. They were both great and we will certainly recommend them and the company to other Trekkers." - Wayne D.


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Kyle Felts, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Kyle Felts, Wildland Trekking Kyle Felts grew up in Virginia in the Blue Ride 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.

Elizabeth Ficara, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Elizabeth Ficara, Wildland Trekking Elizabeth grew up in the Southern California desert, not far from the San Bernardino Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. She has always had a great love for the outdoors and for travel. While at UCLA, she studied Environmental Science and after graduation she moved to her current home of Salt Lake City, Utah to be a wilderness therapy guide. She has guided in the Annapurna region of Nepal and has extensive experience with taking kids into the great outdoors. She is always dreaming up her next big trip! In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, cooking, and exploring mountains, deserts and city streets on her bicycle. She's always up for a good hike!
 

Testimonials

"Liz was an excellent guide, monitored the group for signs of fatigue and other issues, provided stories and history throughout the hike and of the Havasupai Falls, and was an excellent cook. Some of us gained weight during the 4 day hike. My expectations were exceeded, and my daughter loved the hike. Thanks for creating life-long memories!" - Wilson M.
"This was our very first guided hiking trip, both with Wilderness Trekking and using any guide. It met and exceeded our expectations. Liz, our guide, was professional and dealt with the weather conditions which required changes to the itinerary. She adapted our trip to meet our needs and desires. As this was an Inn based trip dinners were at restaurants which she had arranged to exceed our requests, while lunches were fresh and delicious. We will be recommending Liz and Wildland Trekking to our friends and family." - Karen & Larry K.
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Paula Frisbey, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Paula Frisbey, Wildland Trekking Paula Frisbey grew up in rural Michigan and has always had an appreciation for nature. After high school she relocated to Chicago and defined herself as a “city girl” for many years until a trip to Flagstaff to visit her older brother forever changed her life. Eight months later she moved to Flagstaff to work for the Arizona Conservation Corps where she eventually became a Youth Conservation Corps co-leader and assistant crew leader on an adult crew. She has hiked countless miles throughout Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, and Northern California. When she heard about Wildland Trekking she jumped at the opportunity to share her passion for a living. In her off time she enjoys traveling around the U.S. visiting friends and family. She also frequently travels to Mexico to explore ancient ruins, forests, hidden bodies of water, and relax on the beach.
 

Testimonials

"I was searching for a guided tour of the Grand Canyon and came upon Wildland Trekkings' website. An hour later and a brief phone call had me signed up to participate in the Havasupai 3 day hike. It was exactly what I was looking for and needed at this time in my life. The organization and professionalism of the staff made preparing for the hike easy. Once I arrived in AZ and met my guide, I was equally pleased to know that all was taken care of and ready for our hike. Our guide Paula went out of her way to accommodate all of the participants and provide a wonderful, lifelong memory - great food, instruction, campsite set up and knowledge of the canyon. I am hooked and look forward to a return trip to do the Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon, then Iceland. Thank you Wildland Trekking for your fabulous service!" - Kristen T.
"Paula Fribey and Rachel Harman- best guides in the world! We are a family of four (mom, dad, son 14 and daughter 10) that just completed the 4 day Havasu Spring Break Family Tour. It was our first camping / hiking experience and it was a GREAT tour. From the first contact with the back office staff to the actual tour, we felt a warm and pleasant customer service. We highly recommend this tour if you want a great hiking experience bringing your family closer together by sharing a unique adventure. Above all shines the two guides: Rachel and Paula! Two strong and very competent young women who made us fell safe, welcome, and quickly turned the group into one big family. With a perfect blend of push and motivation they made us all overcome what seemed impossible. Always with a smile and a "how can I help you??", they were the perfect guides. They supplemented each other with knowledge, joking and playing with the kids in the group, talking to all adults sharing personal experiences but also listening and showing genuine interest in each of us, on the longer hikes one of them always in front for those in better shape - one at the rear of the group making sure we all finished the hike safely and happy. They took turns preparing awesome and plentiful breakfast, lunch and dinner for everybody, adapting to special requests and diets. Rachel and Paula personalizes Wildland Trekking Company's mission statement "To provide exceptional hiking adventures and to contribute significantly to the conservation of these special places" and the company can be proud to have them both as employees!" - Sascha R.
"Paula was a great guide! We really enjoyed the fantastic sights on our Havasu Falls trip. We had a group with varied abilities and she made it work for everyone. When she told us that she was guiding another Havasu Falls trip in 2 days time on our trip back in the van, I was jealous and wished I could go again!" - Charles S.
"I am so glad to have had Paula as our group guide. This was the first real long hike I ever did and she made sure we all were comfortable and enjoyed the hike on all the four days. She was very considerate about the vegan diets we followed and actually had pretty awesome meals to have on a hike (for example, we had blueberry pancakes at Ribbon Falls). Also, she was friendly, approachable and very patient with us. I would surely recommend Wildland Trekking and especially Paula as a guide for anyone who wanted to take a guided trip!" - Beenal R.


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Emily Gaddo, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant/Guide

Emily Gaddo, Wildland Trekking Emily Gaddo grew up hiking in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to attend NAU where she graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and Parks and Recreation Management. It was here where she developed her love for the southwest. After graduation, before coming to Wildland to guide in the Grand Canyon, she spent time as a Tour Guide in Alaska, and backing through Asia, India and Australia. Emily is an avid backpacker, an Ashtanga Yoga Instructor and passionate about facilitating meaningful outdoor experiences through her favorite places in the Southwest.
 

Testimonials

"What an incredible journey- a step back in time! We loved having guides, they were a great source for information about the people and the land. Swimming, hiking, exploring- the perfect camping vacation! I would definitely recommend the Havasupai Falls trip." - Allyn M.
"Emily was an exceptional, knowledgable and hardworking guide. Everyone in the tour felt like a rock star! Thanks Emily! I will definitely recommend anyone to Wildland!" - Howard C.
"The May 18 -21 4 Day Havasu Falls trip was better than excellent! Paula and Emily were the best guides. The food was exemplary, nutritious, healthful and delectable. Trekking with them was a joy. They were proficient at working with the different hiking abilities of our group. Emily and Paula were inspiring. They made my dream of seeing Havasu Falls an gratifying experience that I will always remember. I will recommend Emily and Paula as guides for Wildlandtrekking to my family and friends because of the exceptional adventure I had on the 4 Day Havasu Falls hike." - Lea C.
"The guides of Wildland Trekking made this trip enjoyable to everyone in family, which is a rarity. With so many different interests and ages, it's usually difficult to please everyone but these ladies did a great job. Everyone from our family agreed that this was the best vacation we ever took. Thanks for taking care of us and for showing us a great time!" - Urvashi M.

Chris Gheen, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Chris Gheen, Wildland Trekking 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.

Connie Ghighlieri, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant and Screener

Connie Ghiglieri, Wildland Trekking Connie was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area until age 15, then moved to Nigeria for 3 ½ years which sparked in her a thirst for adventure. She has since traveled to 36 countries and lived 8+ years overseas, much of the time in primitive areas of Africa. She has worked in Yosemite, hiking and climbing at every opportunity, then as a river guide in the foothills of the Sierras and on the Colorado River. She is a Registered Nurse and has worked at the clinic at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, as well as with the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina, in Haiti, and most recently with Doctors Without Borders in Ethiopia and South Sudan. She has hiked extensively many of the trails in the Grand Canyon, trekked in the Everest Region of Nepal and in the Mountains of the Moon in Uganda, East Africa. She Currently lives in Flagstaff and helps guests find, register and prepare for trips. "I take great pleasure in sharing my sense of adventure and love for the natural environment with Wildland guests!"

Crystal Ghiglieri, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Crystal Ghiglieri, Wildland Trekking Crystal Ghiglieri has been immersed in nature since she took her first steps, which were on the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona. At age twelve, she was officially introduced to the Grand Canyon on a 2-week whitewater trip with her father, who's been a Grand Canyon rafting guide for over 4 decades. She spent the rest of her childhood years hiking, backpacking and rafting the Canyon every chance she got. You could say the Grand Canyon is in her blood! She earned a double Bachelor degrees in Parks and Recreation Management and Spanish from Northern Arizona University, and has been guiding hiking and rafting tours in the Canyon since 2009. What excites her most as a guide is balancing the protection of the Canyon with providing a high quality experience for visitors. She believes her chief duty is to educate people about the importance of taking care of our shared environment and how intimately it connects to their lives.
 

Testimonials

"We found the company were very informative prior to booking with them. They assisted us with selecting a trek that suited all of our needs. Our guide Crystal was exceptional, clearly passionate about her work, responsible and very informative. The holiday equipment provided was excellent. Every aspect of the trip was delivered to a standard that surpassed expectation and allowed us to get the very best out of our adventure. Having travelled extensively I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to others." - Helen Church
"My daughter and I had a fabulous trip. Crystal was great and knowledgable about the history and geography of the Havasu area. On our way back to Flagstaff, we were already planning our trip for next year." - Frank Berstler
"Trip of a lifetime! Most beautiful place in the world. Crystal is an unbelievable guide-a born natural. We would not have had the time we did without her." - Andrea LaFrance
"Crystal was a great guide. She was knowledgeable but had a good sense of humor. She was very flexible with our trip and showed us sights we never would have seen on our own." - Ted B.

Merlin Grant, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Merlin Grant, Wildland Trekking Merlin Grant is a 4’th generation Arizonan with a love for all that the great outdoors has to offer. He is currently a decade plus resident of beautiful Sedona, Arizona and has resided in Northern Arizona for most of his life. He also has more than 20 years of training in photography and the culinary arts. Merlin has dedicated much of his life to pursuing outdoor activities while capturing it on film and enjoying good cuisine. While not guiding Merlin practices as a professionally licensed massage therapist in Sedona & Hawaii, working to help other hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
 

Testimonials

"Merlin was great!!! Very patient, helped my friend Kathy get on her feet when she was struggling with the heat. Very professional, and took the best pictures. We all loved him. He made the trip very enjoyable." - Anne Marie B.
"Merlin was extremely knowledgable about the canyon and an amazing cook! What an amazing guide!" - Twila W.
"My first experience hiking with a guide it was pretty awesome! Merlin Grant has got to be one of the best guides and people that I've met in my entire life, he's just an awesome person and you guys are lucky to have him as a guide. I would not do another trip there without him being my guide." - Carlos T.
"Merlin was fantastic!! He takes great pride in what he does. He became not just a guide, but part of our group." - Danielle F.

Katie Grauel, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Katie Grauel, Wildland Trekking Katie found a love of wild places at a young age, hiking and backpacking with her family in her home state of Colorado. She then attended Willamette University in Oregon, where she grew a deeper appreciation for nature and its processes, graduating with a degree in Environmental Science.  Since 2008, Katie has been working in outdoor education, guiding, and conservation. Living nomadically, in the past four years she has lived and worked in Colorado, California, Guatemala, Alaska, Utah, and now Arizona. A love for adventure, climbing, and hiking keep her exploring new places, but also keep drawing her back to the Southwest, one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth.
 

Testimonials

"Oh man! What a great experience. Wildland and the guides made it easy and fun! Katie and Natasha were such an amazing team. I'm lucky to have had them both as my guides on this trip. The guides were also SUPER knowledgeable, friendly, upbeat, and kind. I enjoyed everything about the trip! The Wildland Trekking team made my outdoor adventure through the Grand Canyon a memorable one. This was actually my first adventure like this -- even my first time camping and they made it seamless, easy and fun. I would absolutely travel again with the Wildland team." - Leslie H.
"Best adventure trip ever! Katie and Natasha were excellent guildes. Food was suprisingly tasty and healthy. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and we will be back for another trip in the near future." - Dalia A.
"The food was the best food we have ever eaten on a trip. Because we don't eat meat and our diet is mainly whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables with a bit of fish, dairy and eggs we didn't expect anything wonderful. Katie prepared the most amazing food (good for a regular trip never mind a camping trip!!!)" - Neri T.
"Katie & Eddie were beyond amazing tour guides & the foods they prepared were incredible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!" - Jorge A.

Robin Guthrie, Wildland Trekking
The Colorado Rockies Program Manager/Guide

Robin Guthrie, Wildland Trekking Robin combines past experience as a Backcountry Ranger at Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks with a long stint as a leader and consultant in corporate America, and brings both perspectives to his guiding and love of the desert Southwest and Colorado Rockies. A perpetual student of the Southwest, Robin loves sharing both the natural and human history of canyon country and of the mountains and foothills near his home in Boulder, Colorado.
 

Testimonials

"Robin, our guide, recognised that his two clients were experienced in the mountains and he offered the perfect level of advice, making sure we were doing the right things but without labouring the point. He is a very knowledgable man both about the mountains and much else besides. So we had lots of good conversation after dinner in the evenings. Robin did all the cooking and we had delicious meals throughout. He also got us safely to the top of Longs Peak and down again. Longs is not a difficult mountain for ezperienced people but, still, it is a high mountain and subject to the vagaries of the weather. Robin handled this part of the trip in a very professional manner. Overall this was a great trip and I would have no hesitation in recommending Wildland and Robin to anyone heading for the Rockies." - Gerry S.
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Oz Hamblin, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Oz Hamblin, Wildland Trekking Hailing from northeastern Utah, Oz spent most of his childhood roaming natural history museums and exploring every corner of his home state. Growing up in Utah with a park ranger and paleontologist for a father definitely had its perks. After spending nearly a decade with the military, Oz spread his wings traveling to every continent for work, school, and pleasure. While chipping away at a bachelor degree he was fortunate to spend time in Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East, Antarctica, and beyond. His work across the globe has included conservation, sustainability, science support and international development. Spending time in nature with others and sharing all it has to offer is one of his greatest passions. He particularly enjoys photography, reading, and delicious food.
 

Testimonials

"Oz was fantastic, he was a very great guide. We had a wonderful experience." - Eric S.
"Jeanelle and Oz were excellent guides, sharing their knowledge of the area, hiking tips, and amazing meals along the way. When weather posed a potential problem, they rearranged the schedule so that we would not be impacted. As a result, we had great hikes with spectacular views each day. Thank you Jeanelle, Oz and Wildland for helping to make more great memories!" - Caeli M.
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Mike Hardt, Wildland Trekking
Staffing Manager/Guide

Mike Hardt, Wildland Trekking Mike hails from central California and was exposed to backpacking at a young age. He spent every summer fishing and exploring the southern sierras with his family but it wasn’t until he arrived at CSU Monterey Bay that he realized his true passion of sharing and protecting the wild places he loves so much. He promptly switched his degree to Outdoor Recreation and Administration, began guiding and never looked back.
 

Testimonials

"Mike Hardt is a person that you feel comfortable and safe with. Just a pleasure to be around. He pointed out many interesting things that we would not have noticed on our own. Few people love their jobs but Mike came across as one who truly does, He also appears to love nature and the outdoors--I believe I would call him "NATURE BOY" Mike Hardt-----He is a great guide." - Gary D.
"Great Trip! Guides were fantastic. So supportive & encouraging with great attitudes." - Jamie B.
"I have recently visited the Havasupai with all its beautiful waterfalls on Havasu Falls Premier from May 15-18 on a four days tour. The guide Mike Hardt was very professional and taken care of everything, always very helpful and behond expectations. I don't hesitate to highly recommend Wildland Trekking for all your hiking adventures in the beautiful wilderness of our back country." - Martin F.
"The experience was top notch. Mike was an amazing guide. Very professional, fun, and in control of the situation. He was knowledgable about the terrain and handled everything that came up in our group calmly and with authority." - Kevin C.

Rachel Harman, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Rachel Harman, Wildland Trekking 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.

Betsy Harter, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Betsy Harter, Wildland Trekking 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.

Kurt Haston, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Kurt Haston, Wildland Trekking 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 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.

Mary Hazard, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Mary Hazard, Wildland Trekking Mary grew up in Richmond, Virginia, a south-east city that is one of the best kept secrets for outdoor recreation on the East Coast. This small city spurred Mary’s love for nature and led her to spend her days exploring the mountains and rivers of Appalachia. Virginia is also where she first discovered her passion for sharing her love for the outdoors with others as a backpacking, rafting, and kayaking guide. She has spent the last several years exploring the country and leading trips across the western United States. Providing her guests with a memorable experience and promoting an appreciation for nature is her ultimate goal on all her trips. In addition to backpacking Mary’s other true loves are whitewater kayaking and traveling.
 

Testimonials

"We had the most fantastic time hiking the South Kaibab Trail. Our guide Mary was awesome and not only was great to lead us along the trail but help us understand more of the geology of the canyon. The lunch was lovely and lived the fact I can say I've had tea and biscuits in the Grand Canyon. It was my first visit to the Grand Canyon and will definitely be back!" - Amy B.
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Louie Herron, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Louie Herron, Wildland Trekking 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!
 

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"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.

Lexi Hinchey, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Lexi Hinchey, Wildland Trekking As an East Coast expat from Pennsylvania, Lexi has always been a lover of nature. After graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Environmental Geography she moved to southern Utah to begin experiencing life in various outdoor industries. She has spent the last several years surveying wildlife and educating students through camps and residential environmental education programs in California, Alabama, Idaho, Alaska, and Wyoming. When not exploring outside she can be found spending time with friends and enjoying the classics of Motown.
 

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Chris Hoge, Wildland Trekking
Smoky Mountain Program Manager/Guide

Chris Hoge, Wildland Trekking 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 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 are now put to work in the position of Great Smoky Mountains Program Director and Lead Guide.
 

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 OConnor
"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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JP Jackson, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

JP Jackson, Wildland Trekking 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 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.

Rob James, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Rob James, Wildland Trekking Rob James grew up hunting and fishing in his home state of Mississippi and first felt strongly drawn to the West during a family vacation (Griswald style) to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks at the age of 10. After receiving a bachelors degree in education from Mississippi State, he set off to explore the west, moving initially to Montana. On a road trip to the Southwest he fell in love with the desert and it's had him in its grasp ever since. He's spent the last 9 years as a backpacking guide in the Grand Canyon, but does migrate north in the summer to lead Yellowstone trips for Wildland Trekking, not completely abandoning his initial love of the Northern Rockies. Rob currrently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.
 

Testimonials

"Wildland Trekking was a very organized experienced company. Our guide, Rob James really maximized our experiences. He worked very hard to make sure his clients were well taken care of on this trip. Wildland really set the bar high in the guided tour industry. Thanks for the wonderful experience we had to Havasu falls." - Carrie Bayer
"Rob James was a fantastic leader. We felt fully comfortable at all times. He knew how to walk/talk us thru a few touch areas on the trail. We hope to be back and have Rob guide us." - Greg Stanton
"I had a fantastic time! Rob was a great guide who really adapted to the group's desires and abilities. We spent four days saying things like "wow, unbelievable, beautiful, incredible". Truly a trip I will remember. I wish it were a couple of days longer! Thanks " - Ira Jones
"Rob was wonderful!! He made certain everyone was having a great experience. I was the slower one of the group. Rob was patient and suppportive. He was always pleasant and informative. Rob's meals were excellent. The trip was much more comfortable and enjoyable than my husband and I ever expected, thanks to Rob!!!" - Cynthia W.

Tom Jones, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Tom Jones, Wildland Trekking Tom Jones began his guiding career as a paddle guide in 2002 on the Black River in upstate New York. After attaining a B.A. in archaeology he spent several years traversing the country digging through the sands of time and finally landing work in Tempe, Arizona as a full time field archaeologist. After a serendipitous invite from a co-worker to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon, Tom's passion for guiding was rediscovered and he decided to move to Flagstaff in 2008. He found work as a snowboard instructor in the winter and river guide in the summer. After falling in love with the canyon and the peaks of Northern Arizona Tom chose to stay. Always looking to expand his skills and horizons he applied as a hiking guide in 2016. Tom currently resides in Flagstaff and loves sharing his passion for the outdoors and Grand Canyon in particular with his guests.
 

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Julie Jurkowski, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Julie Jurkowski, Wildland Trekking 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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Lisa Kearsley, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Lisa Kearsley, Wildland Trekking Lisa Kearsley came to love the Grand Canyon spending her childhood summers on the North Rim while her father studied Kaibab squirrels. She finally was able to move to Arizona in the 1980’s to earn a master’s degree in biology at Northern Arizona University. And, like many who have come to Arizona, she never left. She has worked for the National Park Service at Grand Canyon as an interpretive park ranger and as a researcher, studying vegetation trends and the effects of Glen Canyon Dam on river campsites. Her love of river running drew her to Utah’s San Juan River, which prompted her to write and publish a river guidebook for the San Juan River and work as a commercial guide there for a number of years. She found that introducing people to the Southwest is her true calling, and she now focuses on helping people experience the Grand Canyon through trips on the rims and on backpack trips. She also works intermittently for the Park Service at the Grand Canyon and is a natural science illustrator.
 

Testimonials

"Our guide, Lisa Kearsley was amazing!! She made the trip an experience rather than just an accomplishment. We learned so much and truly enjoyed the beauty of the canyon. She was educational, entertaining and fun. She read us quotes, told us stories and one silly rock joke :) We will remember her always!! Thanks, Lisa!!" - Dennis Z.
"Lisa was an excellent educator of the Grand Canyon. She definitely made the hike/trip more than we ever expected. She has so much knowledge as well as a great sense of humor and great personality. We could not have enjoyed the trip as much as we did if it was not for Lisa's input and insight.

Exploring the Grand Canyon with such an experienced organization like Wildland Trekking was such an enjoyable and educational experience. We felt safe and came back with so much knowledge. Of course your still going to experience some sore legs at the end. Thank you Wildland Trekking and our super guide Lisa for making such a difficult hike so enjoyable. Mike and Chris S.
"I can not say enough about our experience with Wildland Trekking Company. Lisa Kearsley was an excellent guide. Her expertise and knowledge of the Grand Canyon, geology, and botany made this an extraordinary experience for our entire group. Additionally, she always considered the safety and comfort of her clients a top priority. Because of this, I will be recommending Wildland Trekking to others." - Tom R.
"Lisa was the best. We would come back just to have her take us out again!" - Peppi B

Dara Kelly, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Dara Kelly, Wildland Trekking 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 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 Bend, Oregon 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.

Dean Kelly, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Dean Kelly, Wildland Trekking 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 guide. Dean home base is in Bend, Oregon 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 outstand ing 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.

Karla Kennedy, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Karla Kennedy, Wildland Trekking 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 with her two beagles 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

"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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Alexi Kimiatek, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Alexi Kimiatek, Wildland Trekking 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.

Kory Kirchner, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Kory Kirchner, Wildland Trekking Kory grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and quickly developed a passion for the outdoors after his first backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon at 11 years old. He is an Eagle Scout, rock climber, backpacker, paddler, photographer, and videographer. He attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology. He continued his education in geology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Master of Science in Geological Sciences. His research, studies, and teaching in the field of geology have taken him across the Western United States, Hawaii, Canada, Europe, South America, and Antarctica. He is always eager to learn about the geology of new places and to teach others about the planet we live on. His favorite moment in the outdoors (so far) is watching 8 polar bears eat a beluga whale on the shores of Hudson Bay in Canada.
 

Testimonials

"This was the first longish backpacking trip I'd made in a couple of decades. It was terrific, and I'll definitely be traveling with Wildland Trekking again in the coming years. Alex and Kory were wonderful hosts, skilled guides, and great cooks." - Charles G.
"Kory was a pleasure to have as our guide. The trip lived up to my every hope. Excellent trip, guide, and experience! Grandview trail was the best for solitude and splendour. Thank you Wildland for making my 40th birthday trip with my brother a lifelong memory." Cole W.
"Due to the cost, we were questioning at one point if we required a guide. After experiencing this trek with Kory we were rest assured we made the right decision! He guided us through any apprehensions, provided reassuring support and led the way for us! His culinary creations were beyond expectations! Loved Phantom Ranch and we were so grateful to have been accommodated in a cabin as we had hoped for. Well done Wildland Trekking!" - Teresa C.
"This was such an amazing trip! Our guides were knowledgeable and well prepared. The experience was one of a kind!" - Michelle P.

Steve Klefstad, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Steve Klefstad, Wildland Trekking 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.

Moshe Kramer, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Moshe Kramer, Wildland Trekking 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.

Bob Kraus, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Bob Kraus, Wildland Trekking 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.

Kenton Krueger, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant/Guide

Kenton Krueger, Wildland Trekking Kenton Krueger grew up in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. Always feeling like there was something missing, he was quick to realize on a backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000's that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart like nothing else. This realization developed into a relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn't looked back. He has spent the first 2 1/2 years working at a local gear outfitter, with his eyes and heart set on the trail, and now he's doing what he dreamed about - guiding guests into the wild places of the American West. In addition to hiking and backpacking Grand Canyon, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado's San Juan Mountain Mountain Range.  Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. He looks forward to meeting you, and to introducing you to the wonders of the West, hoping they enrich your life like they have his!  
 

Testimonials

"I had a great time. The guides were very informed on the local cultures etc. They worked extremely hard and their enthusiasm for their job was fantastic. Even when we got up at 4am to trek back up the canyon they still provided us with breakfast. Excellent. The made great Guacamole. Good cooks also. " - Anne C.
"I had a wonderful experience hiking havasu waterfalls recently thanks to Wildland trekking co. The guides Louie and Kenton were knowledgeable of the terrain and made the trip enjoyable. In addition, they were great cooks. I highly recommend Wildland if considering any hiking tours they are involved." - Ana K.
"This was one of the best hiking trips we have ever experienced. Our guide was equipt with knowledge that allowed us to experience things way beyond what we could have ever imagined. The food was awesome too!" - Darla F.
"An unforgettable experience. I've never had a bucket list but I do now. My goal is to hike everywhere Wildland offers tours." - Jeff F.


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Nick London, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Nick London, Wildland Trekking Nick grew up in Idaho, which instilled a strong belief in the power of wilderness in our lives. After receiving a business degree from Boise State University he worked to expand his impact in the outdoor industry by teaching climbing courses, guiding adults, college students and children on wilderness trips and dabbling in numerous other industries. He is always excited for the opportunity to spend time with friends (old and new!) in the great outdoors.
 

Testimonials

"Best trip ever!! Wildland Trekking made my experience to Havasupai Falls incredible and stress free! Dillon, Nick and Kiefer were so knowledgeable, helpful and fun throughout the entire journey! I will definitely be looking into another trip through this fantastic company again." - Samantha C.
"Our guides were kind, thoughtful, professional, well prepared, mature, great people skills, encouraging, confident, and so much more. I was so impressed with the level of professional and maturity they had. I would recommend them to anyone." - Lynette H.
"Nick London did a great job of accommodating my daughter's diet preferences and was very calm, cool, collected and accommodating to all of us on the hike." - James A.
"Our Guide, Nick London was excellent !... 'managing' our group well and making sure all needs were met." - Nicholas S.

Natasha Lozanoff, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Natasha Lozanoff, Wildland Trekking 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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Elaine Maier, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Elaine Maier, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

Testimonials

"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.

Jacqui Mandell, Wildland Trekking
Lodging Manager/Adventure Consultant/Guide

Jacqui Mandell, Wildland Trekking 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.

Kevin Manning, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Kevin Manning, Wildland Trekking Kevin grew up in a military family living in various states throughout the South and Southwest. He developed a special love for the Southwest while spending summers with his grandparents in the Manzano and Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque, New Mexico. As an adult, Kevin has also hiked, climbed, and camped throughout the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, Guatemala, the Himalayas in Nepal, and the Andes in Colombia. However, he always seems to return to the Southwest. He lived and worked at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for four years before joining the Wildland team and continues to volunteer for the NPS Preventative Search and Rescue Program there. Kevin has an extensive knowledge of the history, the plants and animals, and the trails of the Grand Canyon and loves to share that knowledge with others.  He also likes to tell a good story now and then – most of them true.
 

Testimonials

"Great views and time to take lots of fantastic pictures. Our guide was very conscientious. More food than we could eatY~?. Glad to have the entire experience." Tanya I.
"Kevin (our guide) was very helpful and accommodating. The trip was amazing. We very much appreciate how he helped us truly enjoy the hike. He cared for our needs while making sure we were safe and prepared an incredible lunch! He had very good knowledge of the area and explained the history very well. Thanks!" - Todd R.
"This hike is a winner. Our guide (Kevin) was like a walking museum curator. He was very knowledgeable and extremely attentive to our group ... plus, he made it fun. I'm very grateful we had him as our guide, especially considering this was our first time visiting the Grand Canyon." - Mark P.
"Kevin was amazing. A great tour guide who made us feel very comfortable, safe and capable of doing this hike. We loved the experience and would reccommend you to our friends/family. The hiking poles and backpack were very very helpful." - Susan C.

Josh Marks, Wildland Trekking
Marketing Coordinator

Ryan Brubaker, Wildland Trekking Josh Marks spent most of his childhood exploring the vast landscape of eastern Nevada. His love for backpacking began on a solo trip to Great Basin National Park in 1997. After high school he moved to Boise, Idaho and, frustrated by the difficulties in finding others that shared his passion for exploring wild areas, he founded a backpacking group that now boasts over 265 members. Josh has backpacked extensively in 6 national parks and over a dozen wilderness areas across 9 western states, and started his guiding career in Sedona, Arizona. He has medical certifications with NOLS and AERIE Backcountry Medicine. Josh's philosophy: "learn, give, and have fun."
 

Testimonials

"At my 4th visit to the Canyon I finally made it to the Colorado, and to the North Rim and back. Thanks to Eddie and Josh for leading a great hike in an amazing place." - Peter K.
"Trip was fantastic. Our guides, Louie and Josh, were super knowledgeable and great to talk to as we hiked the Canyon. They were also very flexible when our original trail wasn't panning out as expected and we switched to another trail. Overall great experience!" - Vittoria C.
"Ryan, Josh, and Ben were absolutely amazing! They were very knowledgeable and made every part of the trip fun and exciting. I couldn't have asked for better guides. This was a trip of lifetime!" - Kristen S.
"We loved the hiking and meeting new people! Our group was great! They guides were helpful and lots of fun. They really enjoy what they are doing and were encouraging and thoughtful all the time! they planned great meals with everyone in mind and let us relax and enjoy the surroundings! Thanks for a great time!!" - Lori N.

Ian Mauhs, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Ian Mauhs, Wildland Trekking Ian grew up in Sleepy Hollow, New York and studied Environmental Studies, Writing, and Wilderness Leadership at SUNY Potsdam. He volunteered on an ambulance in his hometown for six years and has worked in a variety of fields in the wilderness including Fire Prevention, Sea Kayaking, and Wilderness Therapy. When he is not guiding he teaches off-road driving, and spends his free time exploring various waterfalls in Western North Carolina and backcountry skiing during the winter.
 

Testimonials

"My wife and I had a fantastic time, despite the poor weather during the week of our trip. Our guide, Ian Mauhs, was just outstanding. He was knowledgable about our location, backpacking, and had a lot of neat life experiences to share with us. His cooking was amazing and overall he made this a great trip for all members of our group. This was the first time that we have done a backcountry backpacking trip and will certainly participate in more in the future." - Nick C.
"Ian was a great guide. He cooked really nice meals and he had a great attitude." - Mary C.
"Ian is a great guide and I wouldn't hesitate to recommended him or Wildland Trekking to anyone I know. Looking forward to trekking with you guys again soon!" - Navid K.
"I have been with Wildland Trekking several times since 2010 and they have been nothing but awesome in everything they did. They work with my querky diet and have come through with several other bumps in the road in preparing for other trips. The guides are a wealth of information on any trip and teach us about the natural, geological and human history of each area. The national parks are lucky to have them. They are professional enough to see that we are safe and keep the parks safe, yet personable enough to show us a great time as well." - Donna W.

Jennifer McCarthy, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jennifer McCarthy, Wildland Trekking 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

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Tess McDaniel, Wildland Trekking
Facilities Director/Guide

Tess McDaniel, Wildland Trekking Tess McDaniel moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2002, from her home town of Boulder, Colorado. In 2005, she participated in Northern Arizona University’s "Grand Canyon Semester", a study abroad style program focused on Grand Canyon. After 5 months of rafting, hiking, backpacking, exploring, and researching the cultural, historic, and natural history of the Canyon, she was absolutely hooked. Since then she has worked as a hiking and backpacking guide and food packer for a Grand Canyon whitewater outfitter. When not working, she takes most of her personal vacations backpacking in the Canyon Country of the Southwest. Tess received her Bachelor's of Science in Geology from Northern Arizona University in 2009 and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
 

Testimonials

"Wildland's comprehensive preparations provided a great Grand Canyon experience. Our guide Tess was tireless, enthusiastic, patient, and totally blew my mind with her backcountry cooking acumen. Well done to all of you. I'll be back." - Lansing Freeman
"Our guide, Tess, exceeded all our expectations, in every possible category from fitness to cooking skills. Do whatever you can to keep Tess in your company!" Arthur F.
"Tess was fabulous -- we couldn't have asked for a more knowledgeable and helpful guide, and she was so much fun to be around. She was a great cook, too! A+ for Tess and all of Wildland." - Francesca C.
"Trip of a life time. Knowledgeable guide, best travel company I have participated on a trip with, food was awesome, as was everything leading up to and following the trip." - Sarah R.

Nate Meltzer, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Nate Meltzer, Wildland Trekking Nate initially developed his love of wilderness in high school while backpacking with friends in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) backpacking course, Nate began leading trips in college for a variety of organizations in wild areas across the county. He earned a B.A. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN, and then began working for experiential and outdoor schools across the United States. In May, 2014, Nate completed an M.A. in Adventure Education with a focus on Experiential Education from Prescott College, AZ. For his graduate research, Nate explored the influence of extended wilderness programs on the human relationship to the natural world as understood through the theory of biophilia. In addition to guiding for Wildland Trekking, he leads backpacking and rock climbing courses for NOLS and United World College-USA. When not in the field, he splits his time between Lander, WY and the Teton Valley, where he enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, and yoga.
 

Testimonials

"We spend 7 days backpacking with Wildland in the Wind River Range. The terrain was challenging but the scenery was well worth the effort. I can't begin to describe how utterly spectacular it was. I felt like I was wandering through the background of one of the Lord of the Ring movies - minus trolls and orcs and nazgul.

Wildland was completely professional (in the best sense of the word) from start to finish. As 50+ year old Easterners, we had a difficult time adjusting to the elevation. Our guide Nate was unfailingly patient, positive, and helpful and adjusted the itinerary on the fly to accommodate our slower pace. He was also a great cook and ended up carrying far more than his share of the food and group gear because of our limitations. Nate served hearty, delicious meals and I really didn't need anything more than a mid-afternoon energy boost. He even had photo tips - I couldn't believe the pictures I managed to get on my iPhone thanks to his 'take the picture here' guidance.

This is our second fabulous trip with Wildland. I look forward to our next one!" - Noelle G.
"Nate was an excellent Guide and Dion made a good porter. This was our second trip with Wildland Trekking and we were not disappointed. Yet again it exceeded our expectations. The scenery was stunning, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and professional and we were very well looked after. Clearly our safety was a top priority and we are now experts in bear awareness! Altogether a very memorable experience. Thanks." - Adrienne P.
"Our Wildland Trekking Yellowstone trip was beyond excellent in every way. Our adventure consultant was super in her communications beforehand and in preparing us for an effortless hook-up with our guides and party. Our guides (Merick and Nate) were unbelievebale in their attention to every detail and care for each member of our group. The day trip to the summit of Mt. Sheridan is an experience we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Way to go Wildland...we will definitely be back for more in the years to come." - Ramizi and Cathy S.
"This area in the Wind River Range is worth visiting for it's spectacular scenery. Wildland Trekking have competent, processional guides whose enthusiasm is contagious." - Margaret P.

Joy Menet, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Joy Menet, Wildland Trekking Joy Menet is a jack of all trades and a highly qualified guide, yet and doesn't pretend to have mastered anything…yet. Born and raised in the woods of Wisconsin, the things she loves most about her childhood home are the crystal clear rivers, family and cheese curds.  Being outdoors is where she feels most at home.  She received her degree from UW-Madison in "Environmental Sociology", completing her last year of study in Ecuador.  In July 2014 she moved back to the USA after living in Ecuador for 6 years where she worked as a teacher, adventure travel guide and served as president of a mountaineering club.  She returned to the States in part to become a NOLS Instructor and professional outdoor guide, which are the ways she gets to continue enjoying, exploring and learning from the natural mysteries and beauty of the West.  Meeting new people and sharing experiences and knowledge with them in the outdoors could possibly be her very favorite hobby, right after giggling.
 
"Joy was an amazing and well prepared guide. She obviously has tons of experience and made the trip a great success. She's a terrific guide and I hope to hike with here again soon. The only reason why I mentioned I didn't want any information on other tours is that I'm always checking the WLT website so no need to send info. Love you guys! Thanks, Julia" - Julia K.
"Had a wonderful experience, Julie and Joy were fabulous guides." - Ellen E.
"Joy was a pleasure to have as our guide. She was very kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. She was flexible and accommodating as well. She is an asset to your organization. Wildland Trekking is a wonderful company and helped make our experience visiting Havasu Falls one we will always remember. Thank you for your professionalism." - Suzenne F.
"Longs Peak was one of the most challenging trips our family has taken but every step was well worth it. Joy was an excellent guide who was knowledgeable of the area and made the trip so much fun. I would absolutely recommend a trip with wildland trekking as im sure the other guides and trails are just as awesome as Longs Peak." - Lindsey C.
"Joy was a superb guide with a great attitude who displayed great physical agility as well as being a great resource of knowledge on the rocky mountains, terrain and nature!" - Vito C.

Dillon Metcalfe, Wildland Trekking
Trip Staffer/Guide

Dillon Metcalfe, Wildland Trekking Dillon is an all-around adventurer with a passion for the Colorado Plateau, and especially the Grand Canyon. As an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Dillon enrolled in the Grand Canyon Semester: a three-month-long program specifically focused on the Grand Canyon. He has since spent hundreds of nights camping "below the rim" in Grand Canyon, has worked as a park ranger, has been published in a book about hiking in the Canyon titled "On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories," and is a full-time Wildland Trekking guide in the Canyon and beyond. Dillon is always looking forward to his next trip into Canyon Country, where epic vistas and magical secrets greet him at every turn.
 

Testimonials

"We've done a lot of guided adventures and Dillon is hands down the best guide we've ever had. Great food, fascinating information, total commitment to making our trip an extraordinary experience. Thanks Dillon!" - Brad K.
"I've now been on 8 different multi-day, guided adventure trips. This was my first one with Wildland Trekking, and it was excellent. Our guide, Dillon Metcalfe, was outstanding in every respect. He was extremely knowledgeable about natural history, cultural history, geology and the plants and animals in the canyon. He was also extremely helpful in gear planning and selection, keeping us informed about what to expect, and providing opportunities for exploration along the way. The food was also outstanding in every respect -- plentiful, good tasting and healthy. Great trip and great guide." - Mark K.
"Dillon and Kenton are excellent guides. Very professional. If I could I would want to request Dillon and Kenton to be my guides in my next trip." - Leong W.
"This was my second Wildland Trekking trip and was even more pleased than the first trip, which was hard to beat. The guides were outstanding and prepared, as they were responsible for 12 people. I look forward to traveling with Wildland Trekking again and would recommend all skill levels to sign up for anyone of their trips." - Cynthia S.

Kiefer Metcalfe, Wildland Trekking
Operations Assistant/Guide

Kiefer Metcalfe, Wildland Trekking Kiefer was born and raised in Vermont, devoting his time to biking, hiking, fishing, climbing, and scampering around the woods of New England. These adventures led him to a school program that honed his outdoor skills and pointed him in the direction where he wanted to go in life. After high school, he followed the call of the West for larger scampering grounds and discovered what has been described as "the back bone of the World" and has fallen head over heels for the Colorado Plateau. He has since used all of the knowledge that he learned in school and repurposed it for a better understanding of the Plateau’s ecosystems. He specializes in Dendrology and is excited for the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion with anyone who is interested in learning about this grand place that he now calls home.
 

Testimonials

"We loved, loved, loved the trip! It's been on my bucket list for 30 years and I'm so glad we did it! Dillon, Nick, and Kiefer were all excellent guides and had great attitudes! We really enjoyed getting to know our trekking partners. We had the best group! Thanks again, it was absolutely beautiful and worth the effort!" - Dawn S.
"Best trip ever!! Wildland Trekking made my experience to Havasupai Falls incredible and stress free! Dillon, Nick and Kiefer were so knowledgeable, helpful and fun throughout the entire journey! I will definitely be looking into another trip through this fantastic company again." - Samantha C.
More coming soon!

Francisco Miller, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Francisco Miller, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

Testimonials

Coming soon!

Thad Miller, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Thad Miller, Wildland Trekking 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.

Annie Moore, Wildland Trekking
Greater Grand Canyon Asst Program Manager/Guide

Annie Moore, Wildland Trekking Annie spent her childhood catching snakes and climbing trees in Florida. Her dad nurtured her love of wild places while her mom stocked up on bandaids. In the summer of 1997 after finishing school, she accepted a summer job at the North Rim of Grand Canyon. It was there that she discovered backpacking. Since then, there has been no looking back except to take photos. She has worked at the top of mountains and the bottom of canyons and explored many of our National Parks from Maine to California. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for the outdoors with fellow adventurers. When Annie isn’t at her Wildland desk, you may find her walking her dogs in the pine forests near Flagstaff or backpacking in the canyon where she has felt at home for more than twenty years.
 

Testimonials

"We had a great time, loved the challenge. meals were very good. The guides, Dakota and Annie made all the difference in melding the group of 10 individuals from around the world into a group of good friends. Thank you!" - Chuck and Linda A.
"Top notch all the way! This was a great hiking and camping experience. Our guides were very helpful, friendly and professional. It was amazing to experience the solitude and wildness of the North Rim with such great people. The food and camping experiences was excellent." - Jean F.
"Tess and Annie were the best and exceeded expectations! What a great team! Thanks so very much!" - Elsa and Bryan T.
More coming soon!

Scott Moore, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Scott Moore, Wildland Trekking 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 scool of Life for childrens (9 & 11). We'll never Forget it!" - Olivier A.


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Brian Nelson, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Brian Nelson, Wildland Trekking 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.

Mike Nelson, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Mike Nelson, Wildland Trekking Mike grew up in the Philadelphia area and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. He has devoted the last 10 years volunteering, educating and providing community services in support of preserving the integrity of our State and Federally protected backcountry wilderness areas. He cultivated his love for backpacking in the Superstition Mountains of Central Arizona. A US Navy Veteran, Mike has spent the last decade honing his craft as a backcountry guide with numerous non-profit backpacking organizations in Arizona and Northern California. This experience encouraged him to pursue his love for the hike full time with The Wildland Trekking Company.
 

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"I joined 3 friends for the 4-day Yosemite North Rim trek with Wildland Trekking Company. Our guide was Mike "MJ" Nelson. Mike was a fantastic guide: prepared, eager, friendly, and energetic. We really enjoyed getting to know him and savoring his remarkably tasty on-trail meals. The trek itself was perfect: spectacular weather; raging streams and waterfalls; campsites atop scenic vistas; and close (but not too close) encounters with bears, rattlesnakes, and deer. This is a trek you can remember fondly for the rest of your life!" - Jason F.
"Our guide Mike was incredibly knowledgeable, a pleasure to be with, and a great teacher. We had some unexpected challenges on the trail and I felt secure we were in good hands!" - Greta K.
"Our guide Mike Nelson was the best, knowledgeable, caring, and fun to be with." - William K.
"Our guide - MJ Nelson - was amazing. Great conversationalist and great cook!" - Weber O.

Wes Newbury, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Wes Newbury, Wildland Trekking Wes was born and raised in a small coastal town north of Boston. At an early age he began trekking and camping with his father in the northern woods of New England and Nova Scotia. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science/Latin American Studies, Wes began his outdoor-adventure career mapping trails in the high Peruvian Andes for an NGO promoting sustainable tourism. After returning to the states for a bicycle trip across the country, he remained in the West to continue guiding and exploring the western parks. He now splits his time guiding for Wildland Trekking in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Wes is committed to providing backcountry adventures that both educate and inspire appreciation for our great American wilderness, both North and South.
 

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"A very worthwhile experience with Wildland Trekking. On our hiking trip, the tour guide provided exceptional guidance, which included, safety, history, natural habitat information, and general information regarding our National Parks." - Jeremy O.
"Excellent trip, Wes was well prepared and very knowledgeable of the area we were hiking in. I had my daughter and wife on the hiking trip and I felt very comfortable with the skill level of our guide, Wes. He had us at a good comfortable pace up and down the canyon, but not so much to break a heavy sweat. Total professional. Thank you Wes." - Larry D.
"Wes was an excellent guide. He knew when to engage conversation and when not to. He was also very helpful and laid back. He always had some good tips to make your day more interesting too. Great job on his part!" - Jody H.
"We were so pleased to find that Wildland trekking does the research to provide the most suitable guide for each family. Our teenagers enjoyed the trip so much more than expected because Wes related to them so well. Thank you for taking the time to match families with guides!" - Tina T.

Jeff Nickell, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jeff Nickell, Wildland Trekking Jeff Nickell 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.
 

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"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.

Cody Norman, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Cody Norman, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

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"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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Michael O'Connell, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Michael O'Connell, Wildland Trekking 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, biking, and climbing.
 

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"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.
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Greg O'Toole, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Greg O'Toole, Wildland Trekking Greg grew up in Huntington Beach, California. Starting at a young age his father passed along a love for all things wild and remote and he quickly developed a deep passion to explore. At age 11 he was put in charge of all family backpack trip planning: where to go, the route, supplies and logistics, etc. His life and the outdoors are inseparable and he has travelled extensively throughout the Western United States, Mexico and Canada in search of wild and beautiful places. Greg was first introduced to the Grand Canyon and the surrounding Colorado Plateau while studying geology in Flagstaff and was immediately hooked. He loves guiding because it combines two of his passions: connecting and hearing about the lives and perspectives of his guests; and introducing people to and teaching them about the Grand Canyon.
 

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"I had a truly wonderful experience at Havasu Falls. The people I was with were great and Greg (our guide) was a fountain of information. All of my wishes for this trip were fulfilled from seeing California Condors to floating in the turquoise waters of Havasu Falls. I would do the whole thing over again in an instant." - Linda L.
"We hiked into the Grand Canyon with Greg OToole as our guide. Greg was awesome, knowledgeable, energetic, and let us dictate the hiking pace. He served up a beautiful lunch with the canyon as our view. We highly recommend Greg and the Wildland Trekking Co.!" - Susan S.
"Our guide, Greg, was very helpful and made sure we did not miss out on any fun adventures. Meals were amazing. I did not expect healthy gourmet for the camping. It was my first camping ever, but he made a future camper out of me. I cannot wait to go out camping again. I highly recommend any first timer to try." - Hye J S.
"Greg was always, professional and positive. His knowledge of The Grand Canyon and geology background were an added plus. Our meals were 5 Star ... We were more than pleased with our entire Grand Canyon experience! Looking forward to the next adventure." - Nancy Heidenreich


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Ken Parker, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant/Guide

Ken Parker, Wildland Trekking 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, his love of the outdoors, and his passion for helping the mentally ill with a customized wilderness therapy program in Arizona.
 

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"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.

Tom Pausch, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Tom Pausch, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

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"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.

Ryan Pelizzoni, Wildland Trekking
Trip Staffer/Guide

Ryan Pelizzoni, Wildland Trekking Ryan grew up in Oklahoma, where he spent his free time exploring the creeks, woods, and lakes around his home. After graduating from high school he moved to a small coastal town on the Kenai peninsula in Alaska. It was here that his love of the outdoors deepened, and that he discovered his love of guiding. He worked for many years leading ice hiking and teaching ice climbing. It is the connection to wild places that brought him to Arizona. He feels most at home in the outdoors under a clear nights sky. Sharing wild places with people and facilitating lasting memories brings some of the biggest joys to his life. When not guiding he can usually be found rock climbing on the greatest plateau ever - the Colorado Plateau, home to the Grand Canyon.
 

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"We have just come back from Vegas having completed a 4 day Havasu Falls trek with Wildland Trekking. From the word go, the customer service was first rate - helpful and very prompt in responding to questions/queries and giving all the necessary information to prepare us for the trip. We were provided with all the equipment for our trip which was of great quality and well cared for. I did have some concerns about the mules and their treatment but was really pleased to see that Wildland went with a local who cared well for his animals - happy and healthy!

The trip itself was incredible - unlike anything I have done before! The scenery was breath taking and our guide led us to all of the great spots. Ryan our guide was brilliant - he looked after us so well and made the most amazing food for us (the best food we ate whilst on holiday)! He had good knowledge of the area and locals and was able to provide insight on their way of life.

We were really sorry to leave and spent the next 5 days in Vegas wishing we had signed up for a longer tour! Thank you so much Wildland for a great experience form start to end and especially to Ryan - our amazing guide :) I would definitely recommend the Havasu falls trip and Wildland Trekking!" - Lara F.
"The Havasupai Waterfalls were amazing and exceeded my expectations. The office staff, especially Katie, were great to work with and very supportive in helping me to fulfill my decade-long goal to celebrate my 60th B-Day at Havasu Falls; despite the many health related challenges I presented to them. Ryan and our fellow hikers were a great crew and both Kent and I thoroughly enjoyed their company. I think it was my destiny to be in that place at that time! Overall, a great experience....we only wish we had gone for a longer time! Thanks so much!" - Roda and Kent S.
"We loved the hiking and meeting new people! Our group was great! They guides - Ryan, Josh and Ben - were helpful and lots of fun. They really enjoy what they are doing and were encouraging and thoughtful all the time! they planned great meals with everyone in mind and let us relax and enjoy the surroundings! Thanks for a great time!!" - Lori N.
"We really liked Ryan. He did a great job." - David S.

Alex Pierce, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Alex Pierce, Wildland Trekking Growing up in Massachusetts, Alex spent much of his time outdoors in the New England forests. After achieving Eagle Scout and earning his Associates Degree in his home state, he finally answered the inner call and headed West, finding part time work in the areas he loved - first Yellowstone, then Rocky Mountain National Park. Also while working on farms in Hawaii, Alex also became an avid practitioner of meditation and Yoga. Alex is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, Backcountry Food Handler and Leave No Trace advocate. Spending time in nature and sharing it with others is his greatest pleasure. In his spare time Alex enjoys cooking, climbing, rafting and exploring the vast wilderness of the West.
 

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"Alex Pierce....what an asset to your company!!!! Do whatever it takes to keep him employed!!!! Not only did we feel safe at all times with Alex, but we felt pampered too. The care he took in establishing the menu and the meals he prepared were just excellent and far exceeded our expectations. He is also so personable and knowledgable. Quite simply, I literally could not say enough good things about Alex. Also, loved that he gave us additional options for the prepay need itinerary. He was also an exceptional driver having to navigate narrow, oft times crowded roads.

The quality and quantity of the meals far exceeded our expectations as did the scenery we witnessed each of the 5 days we hiked. The gear was also exceptional. Top of the line tents and mummy style sleeping bags that were greatly appreciated since overnight temps plunged to an unexpected 29. Take this trip. You will love it !!! Try and nab Alex if you can!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Stephanie B.
"Many thanks to Alex and Jen for top notch attention to detail and their sharing of knowledge and hiking experience." - Joseph M.
"Fantastic tour. Customer service was very helpful, moreover Alex and Jen provided a 5-0star service and shared with us their love of the National Park (and of great picnics)." - Authier P.
"Alex was a fantastic guide and I would highly recommend him to anyone in the future that wished to take a backcountry hike. Awesome outdoor chef as well." - Wes W.


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Seth Quigg, Wildland Trekking
Co-owner, Wildland International

Seth Quigg, Wildland Trekking Seth is co-owner of Wildland International, the partner company of Wildland Trekking that runs the global arm of our operation with trips to Peru, Ecuador, Patagonia, Iceland and Nepal (with more coming soon!). He was raised in North Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and Technical Photography from Appalachian State University. He has been working in the field of outdoor and experiential education, international adventure travel, and leadership development since 2002 and holds a Master of Arts degree from Prescott College in cross cultural studies within Adventure Education. You won't find a guy as positive, helpful, friendly and passionate about adventure travel as Seth. He is a world traveler, adventurer and guide with a huge heart for sharing his passion with others!

Eddie Quinn, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Eddie Quinn, Wildland Trekking 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.
 
"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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Helen Ranney, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Helen Ranney, Wildland Trekking 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".
 

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"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 injoyed 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.
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Ashley Ravestein, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Ashley Ravestein, Wildland Trekking 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.
 

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"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.

Mikaela Ray, Wildland Trekking
Sedona Program Manager/Guide

Mikaela Ray, Wildland Trekking 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!
 

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"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.

Adam Reimer, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Adam Reimer, Wildland Trekking 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.

Dan Reinis, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Dan Reinis, Wildland Trekking Dan is one of our dedicated Appalachian (Great Smoky Mountains) guides. He went to Radford University in Virginia and graduated with a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation in 2012. Since graduating he has spent as much time guiding and traveling as possible. He's lived in Lake Tahoe, CA and Jackson, WY working for ski resorts and leading backpacking trips. He thru-hiked the Appalachian trail in 2014, raising over 7,000 dollars for a charity that provides a free summer camp for children with serious and life threatening illnesses. He took a cross-country national park road trip, completed a thru-hike of the Colorado trail, and started guiding with Wildland Trekking. "Getting people outdoors has always been my greatest passion. I love to show people new experiences in the wilderness and to educate them on the endless benefits of getting back in touch with nature."
 

Testimonials

"Dan was a great guide. He took time to show us things which was awesome because we were new to backpacking and camping. He has a super great attitude and really took great care of us. The trip was amazing! The Smokey Mountains are so beautiful and we all had an awesome time. Our meals were delicious, and our hike was stunning." - Jennifer T.
"Highly recommendable! Service was outstanding. I will cherish my memories of this trip forever" - Marina S.
"Wildland is amazing! I have been on several trips and the guides are wonderful and make everyone feel at ease, no matter what level of experience people bring the trip. I'm looking forward to going on one of your international trips next. Keep up the good work." - Cynthia M.
"What a fantastic experience. Dan was great especially given the difference in ages and abilities of the group. He did not hesitate to offer suggestions, point out flora, fauna and history and share his knowledge and experience." - Nancy A.

Brian Richards, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Brian Richards, Wildland Trekking 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.

Jake Robinson, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jake Robinson, Wildland Trekking 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.
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Pete Rognli, Wildland Trekking
Utah Program Manager/Guide

Pete Rognli, Wildland Trekking 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.

Emily Rolando, Wildland Trekking
Hiring Director/Guide

Emily Rolando, Wildland Trekking 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"

Craig Rowe, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Craig Rowe, Wildland Trekking 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 paecfulness 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.


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Traci Salisbury, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Traci Salibusry, Wildland Trekking 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

Tamara Sciacca, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Tamara Sciacca, Wildland Trekking 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 doing for over 6 years in Colorado and has been guiding full time with Wildland Trekking for 2 years in the Grand Canyon and Colorado. She resides in Silverton, CO where she spends her time off exploring the 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."
"Tamara was an excellent knowledgeable experienced guide. She handled all the details perfectly and dealt with pop up problems with ease. My family was able to enjoy the scenery and moment without worry. BTW - she is a fabulous cook using quality healthy ingredients. Thanks for the adventure!" - Kathleen S.

Steve Scott, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Steve Scott, Wildland Trekking Steve Scott has been living in Flagstaff and hiking and backpacking the Colorado Plateau for more than 30 years. He raised his 4 sons as Grand Canyon backpackers, and he's been involved with the Grand Canyon Search and Rescue as a volunteer ranger for more than 10 years. He hiked nearly every established and semi-established backpacking route in the Canyon and participated in more than 20 search and rescues before starting his guiding career. Due to his incredible life-long experience, Steve's stories and knowledge of the Canyon are fascinating. He is a true veteran of the Canyon and a kind, caring and competent guide. Steve guides year round in the Grand Canyon and Havasupai, preferring the desert canyons of his backyard to the far-away mountains of Wyoming, Colorado and California.
 

Testimonials

"Great tour by two guides - Bob and Steve - who obviously like their jobs. Very knowledgeable and outgoing guides. We had a great time." - Charles Hubbard
"Our trip was wonderful!! Steve made it what it was (great)--food was excellent, his leadership was great. Thanks again. Looking forward to hiking again with you." - Melvin Sims
"Thanks again Steve for an awesone Grand Canyon adventure. We had an unbelievable experience. Enjoying our last day in Flagstaff. All the best!" - Chad Coker
"I've hiked with many companies and The Wildland Trekking Company is right there on top! Our guide - Steve - was excellent: knowledgeable and kind. The trip was well organized. The before trip information was excellent and emails were always answered quickly. The hiking was at a good pace, the food was excellent, and the scenery gorgeous. Our guide set up a wonderful camp and did all the cooking. Thank you very much for a fantastic trip!" - Kathleen Fisher

Ryan Seumptewa, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Ryan Seumptewa, Wildland Trekking Ryan Seumptewa was born and raised in Flagstaff and is a true Northern Arizona native. Ryan expressed his love of exploration at the young age of 4 when he took the training wheels off of his own bike and disappeared into the woods on his first mountain bike ride. His parents were impressed but not happy. It was around that age when he went on his first backpacking trip with his family in the Grand Canyon. When he first saw the canyon he was convinced that dinosaurs lived down there and he was going to catch a baby dino. Ryan never found a dinosaur but he did find a passion for being outdoors with other people. Between hikes in the Canyon and mountain bike rides he found the time to record music and travel as a musician, work as a carpenter, fix bikes, earn degrees in microbiology and education, and is currently working on a masters degree in biology. Out of all his pursuits Ryan finds teaching to be the most rewarding thing he does. His love for teaching combined with his adventurous sprit and outdoor experience makes Ryan an excellent guide.
 

Testimonials

"Ryan was an outstanding guide - very knowledgable, encouraging, helpful and an incredible cook. He has great enthusiasm, is energetic, strong as an ox and very sweet. We couldn't have asked for a better guide! A+" - Keri F.
"One of the most marvelous experiences I've ever had! Ryan was a kick ass guide and a hell of a cook! He was obviously pleased to show off the Canyon to us and I liked his laid back, fun style. It was a real pleasure to hike with him and learn about all the cool stuff he knew about the Canyon and the River. I would sign up for another trip in a heartbeat." - Tiffany A.
"Going out to the Plateau Point for sunset was amazingly beautiful! We enjoyed Ryan's company and he handled a diverse group very well. Thanks!" - Mary O.
"Ryan was an excellent, informed, and always positive guide. His professionalism and positive attitude were excellent and the entire hiking group had a wonderful and safe time under his watch. I'd hike with Wildland again in a heartbeat!" - Jeff H.

Patty Shafer, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Patty Shafer, Wildland Trekking 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

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Harrison Shotzbarger, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Harrison Shotzbarger, Wildland Trekking Harrison grew up in Southern California taking summer trips to Yosemite and exploring the coast. He spent his college years in Santa Barbara leading backpacking and biking trips, guiding friends, and sneaking away to the Sierra Nevada to advance his mountaineering skills. In 2011, he was a guest on a Grand Canyon river adventure and fell in love with the guiding lifestyle as well as the dramatic beauty and magnificence of the Southwest. After graduating college, he found his way into the world of outdoor education and began working for various schools in Wyoming and California. He spends most of his personal time riding mountain bikes, seeing concerts, planning longer trips, and seeking out the best campsites in the west. 
 

Testimonials

"Harrison was perfect. Our group of five guests was just wonderful. The hike through the Winds was breathtaking. Following the packing list meant we were well prepared for the trip down to mosquito head nets. The whole experience was magical." - Toni M.
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Hannah Singleton, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Hannah Singleton, Wildland Trekking 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.

Jake Slade, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jake Slade, Wildland Trekking Jake Slade grew up going on family camping trips on the beautiful Pacific Northwestern beaches of Oregon. After High School he picked up and moved from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine to begin his career as an environmental educator for the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Later, after graduating from Northern Arizona University with B.S. in Global and Environmental Change, he began his personal exploration of the wilds that exist in the Desert Southwest and Grand Canyon. His first rafting trip in the Canyon effectively ended his "indoor" classroom teaching career and he began guiding and educating visitors in the Southwestern United States and Grand Canyon. He currently lives in Flagstaff, AZ but feels more at home on the banks of the Colorado River.
 

Testimonials

"Rob and Jake were a big part of the success of this trip-of-a-lifetime for us. We could not imagine having better guides or better company." - Todd S.
"My experience with Wildland was amazing! Everything was great from start to finish, and Jake was professional and a joy to be around. He is a wealth of knowledge not only about the Grand Canyon but also about how to have a great time while you're there!" - Caitlin S.
"My husband and I have been on several guided trips. We can honestly say that Wildland Trekking is an exceptional organization to work with from start to finish! Thanks for the amazing experience. We will be back!!!" - Tracey B.
"I was very impressed that the company contacted us by email and phone prior to the trip with advices about how to prepare for it. This gave me the impression of a well organized, serious company with professional employees, an impression that certainly was verified during the hike." - Flemming H.

Laine Smith, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Laine Smith, Wildland Trekking Laine Smith grew up in Madison, WI. Exploring the forests and country around her home state was the extent of her wilderness adventures before moving to Colorado to earn her Bachelors Degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology and Environmental Studies. Her outdoor pursuits and passions have drawn her across the globe exploring mountains and oceans through backpacking, climbing, and sea kayaking. Laine has dedicated her life to Outdoor Education through organizations like NOLS, Women's Wilderness, Teton Science Schools, and United World Colleges. She thrives on sharing her passion for ecology, wilderness, and philosophy with younger generations and invests deeply in her participants. You can find Laine exploring canyons in Arizona or skiing up mountains in Montana in her spare time, potentially curled up with a good book and some tea in her sleeping bag. 
 

Testimonials

"Amazing at every level...experiencing and respecting the beauty of mother earth; incredible knowledge and expertise of passionate guides; internal satisfaction of preparing and reaching a goal; and the collective collaboration and encouragement of the hiking group! Thank you, Wildland Trekking Company for all you do. I'll be back!!!" - Jana 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.
"Our trip was fantastic. Doug and Lane were the best guides we could have asked for. It was a great experience for my sister and I's first backpack experience." - Kellie F.
"This was the trip of a lifetime, it was everything I had hoped for and MORE. Chris and Laine were fantastic, the food was incredible, all around awesome trip!!" - Tricia D.

Montana Smith, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Montana Smith, Wildland Trekking Montana grew up in Wyoming, and spent his youth exploring the deserts and mountains in central and western Wyoming. He has accumulated years of experience guiding people through the rugged backcountry of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Alaska. His experience includes backpacking, canoeing, Llama trips, mountaineering, and survival training. When he is not working for Wildland Trekking, he devotes his time to sharing the beauty of the backcountry with at risk youth through experiential learning in Alaska. His personal trips include mountaineering in Canada, Alaska, and Colorado; paddling rivers including the Colorado and the Snake rivers; and fifty day backpacking and canoe trips. Montana’s love of nature and sense of humor shines through in every trip.
 

Testimonials

"Rob and Montana were exceptional guides. Rob's experience and knowledge of the area made a great hike even better. Montana, although a rookie on the hike, also provided background experience and assistance. We (and Paul and Sally would agree) had a excellent time communicating and having fun with the guides. Cheryl and I had hiked from the river to Beaver Fall 22 years ago and always wanted to hike from the village down to Beaver Falls. We probably wouldn't have hiked any further than the top of Mooney Falls if we had attempted the hike alone. Thanks to Wildland Trekking, Rob & Montana for putting another check in our "bucket list"." - Dave and Cheryl K.
"A fantastic experience overall. Montana was outstanding. a perfect blend of helpful, friendly , but not too intrusive. He could not have been more professional. The experience exceeded our expectations. We learned a great deal about the history, geoggraphy, botany of the area. I would recommend the trip and the guide and Wildland enthusiastically to anyone ages 8-80." - Paul Dorian
"I loved the trip!" - Norma L.
"The guide was professional and very knowledgeable. All of us, including my two sons, 6 and 9, enjoyed listening to him explain the geology of the Grand Canyon and other historical stories. And when my 6 year old needed reminders to stay be the wall side to be safe, he remained patient with him the entire hike. We would highly recommend him to anyone taking this tour!" - Pamona S.

Kevin Spach, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Kevin Spach, Wildland Trekking 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. His outdoor lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with his creative passion; check out his fine art website: www.spachphotography.com
 

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Zack Summit, Wildland Trekking
Permits Manager/Guide

Zack Summit, Wildland Trekking 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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Jason Tankersley, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Jason Tankersley, Wildland Trekking Jason grew up in the Tennessee hills of the Smoky Mountains. After earning his undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his love for the outdoors took him exploring all through the west and internationally. After guiding rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking in the Rockies; repelling and backpacking in Costa Rica; and horseback adventure packing in Ecuador, Jason was prepared for his several years guiding in the Grand Canyon. After a break to ride his motorcycle to South America from Tennessee, the depths of the canyon brought him back.
 

Testimonials

"This trip was wonderful! We had a great guide, amazing views, perfect weather, and just a fantastic three days. Not one thing I'd want to change! Jason, our guide provided us with absolutely delicious meals, was very attentive to everyone's needs, kept us entertained with stories and information about the Canyon, and really went out of his way to make this trip a huge success for all of us. Thank you!! This was definitely a trip of a lifetime." - Marian M.
"This trip was absolutely fantastic! I really didn't know what to expect in terms of my ability to handle the hike, but while it turned out to be pretty steep, the pace and the awesome pack as well as the enthusiasm of the guide made it feel easy and I thoroughly enjoyed myself." - Leanne S.
"Jason was a great guide! My family and daughter had a great time. He really went with our flow and pace and adjusted accordingly. Again really appreciated him and the guides are why we continue to book with you!!!" - Evan C.
"Wildland Trekking company did absolutely wonderful in every single aspect of planning, preparing, and executing our trip to the Grand Canyon. Our guide, Jason was extremely prepared, professional, and knowledgeable about the trip and the Grand Canyon in general. Our trip could not have been any better. We are very pleased with our choice to book with Wildland Trekking and we will definitely recommend them to anyone looking to take a trip in the future!" - Kelsey O.

Isaac Tapper, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Isaac Tapper, Wildland Trekking 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.

Kelly Tribelhorn, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant

Kelly Tribelhorn, Wildland Trekking An avid outdoorswoman and animal lover, Kelly loves living in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado where there's access to outdoor recreation in all sports. She especially enjoys rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding and camping, but will "settle" for anything that gets her outside. While growing up in Alaska and Colorado she developed a love for being in the wild mountains and landscapes that surrounded her, and that love has only grown in adulthood. Today she firmly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful natural places in the world (which is what makes her such an amazing Adventure Consultant!), and she's passionate about working hard to preserve and protect our wild places.

Michaela Twarog, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Michaela Twarog, Wildland Trekking 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.
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Marly Upcavage, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Marly Upcavage, Wildland Trekking 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.


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Stephanie Wacha, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Stephanie Wacha, Wildland Trekking Born and raised in New England, Stephanie has always loved spending time outdoors, but it wasn't until she first came to the wide open spaces of the southwest that she truly felt at home. A great passion for the land led her to pursue her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies at Prescott College, where she has focused both on the Colorado Plateau and on the power of the human connection with nature. She is interested in meeting people at their personal level of challenge and facilitating a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Stephanie loves meeting people from all over the world. When not playing in Canyon Country, she is exploring as many other countries and cultures as possible, or practicing yoga and enjoying her home community in Flagstaff.
 

Testimonials

"We had the most amazing experience! We had already recommended this adventure to others. This was probably our best vacation ever! The food was amazing...the hiking was unbeatable...it was a wow! Stephanie was fabulous. One person on our team had a very difficult time with the heat and terrain and she was so helpful and patient it was great. She was also adventurous and we ended up with a quote about her....if there was a more interesting way to go Stephanie will take us. She was super awesome!!!" - Diane M.
"This is a trip that I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. I could not have accomplished this on my own. Our guide made every aspect of this trip interesting, and challenging to the correct level. I have already told so many people about the many aspects of this beautiful trip and would (have already) recommend this trip from Wild Land Trekking. Again, memories for a lifetime. Beauty of nature seen by few. Absolutely loved it!" - Myrna R.
"We cannot understate how much we enjoyed working with our guide Stephanie Wacha. She is knowledgeable, personable, and really made the trip a lifetime memory for us. We would definitely work with her again. Hiking into Grand Canyon has been on our to do list for several years. Wildland Trekking provided a wonderful service. It is difficult to plan a trip into an unknown area and Wildland Trekking provided all the information, equipment and support we needed. The staff was very helpful answering our questions before out trip and our guide was professional, knowledgeable and personable." - Arthur and Melinda R.
"This rocked! Best guides (Stephanie and Cody) ever--Highly recommend these guys---I want to request them to guide my next trip! This was one of the best experiences--once in a lifetime--these guys took care of everything--we wanted for nothing. Excellent food and equipment--the guides rocked! I'm going to do this again!" - Vic G.

Nancy Weyler, Wildland Trekking
Adventure Consultant

Nancy Weyler, Wildland Trekking Nancy was born and raised in the mountains of Montana. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the area surrounding her family home in Columbus, MT. After a brief stint in Southern California, her family re-settled in Montana where she was an active athlete all through school. After playing basketball in college and completing her degree in Economics, she moved to the concrete jungle of Chicago for 8 years before settling into Phoenix. In addition to rarely needing to wear a jacket, you will find Nancy outside as much as possible exploring all the trails that Arizona has to offer. As one of our amazing adventure consultants, she loves helping guests find the best possible trip for them. When not working with Wildland, she enjoys sharing her knowledge about healthy living and supporting mothers during their pregnancy as a birth doula.

Sally White, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Sally White, Wildland Trekking Sally comes from an active family with a love for travel and adventure. She grew up in Illinois and Germany, hiked and camped as a child, and fell in love with backpacking on her first trip at the age of 15. She is a NOLS Semester Course graduate, has a Bachelors Degrees in Outdoor Recreation and also in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and has traveled to more than 30 countries over six continents. Sally has worked in wilderness or adventure education programs in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, California, New Mexico, Illinois, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Sally finds peace and renewal in nature and is committed to preserving our natural areas. She delights in sharing this love of nature with guests, and claims that it is these shared experiences that "make the world go round."
 

Testimonials

"My guide was Sally White, and she was fantastic! We hiked to Bunsen Peak in Yellowstone, and knowing that I was excited to see as much of the area as possible she extended our hike to Osprey Falls. She was well organized, well prepared, efficient, knowledgeable about hiking and about the Yellowstone area, and most importantly fun and interesting to hike with. I definitely hope to hike with her again, and would highly recommend her!" - Andrew T.
"Our guide Sally was excellent. She took very good care of her group, and was extremely knowledgeable about Yellowstone and the area. We had a wonderful time in Yellowstone and that was due to Sally." - Debra B.
"We saw so many wonderful sights with fantastic hikes! Sally White was an awesome guide! She really made our trip more special with her organization, willingness to go the extra mile and happy personality!" - Katherine E.
"The whole trip was well run and well organized. We were an older group (age wise) but we still wanted to fit a lot of activity into each day. Sally did a great job of keeping everyone moving and managing our time very efficiently. She also made subtle changes and adjustments to the schedule to accommodate our group and there were never any problems. Sally was a true pro and a fantastic guide and never seemed ruffled by anything. At the end of the trip she was more like a friend showing us around rather than an employee. My wife was so attached that I think she is planning to adopt Sally after the trip! Thanks for a great experience." - Jon E.

Tucker White, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Tucker White, Wildland Trekking Tucker grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, spending almost all of his weekends camping and hiking with his family. He graduated from Radford University in 2012 with a B.S in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Since college, he has been traveling the country as much as possible. He has lived in Wyoming, California, and Hawaii guiding for different companies. In 2014, he thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail while raising over $7,000 for Victory Junction- a recreational camp for children with chronic/life threatening illnesses. In the summer of 2015, he completed a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in California. Between thru-hiking and guiding trips, he fell in love with the idea of showing other people the benefits of stepping away from technology and into the wild. He believes in encouraging self-growth through close group interaction and exploring the beauty around us.
 

Testimonials

"Tucker was our guide and he was phenomenal - very personable, very knowledgeable, very professional. He went above and beyond to make sure we were safe, ate well (the food was fantastic), and had a great time. Everything about the trip on Wildland's end was exceptional. It helped that we had perfect weather, gorgeous scenery and great company. I'd highly recommend this trip (go in October if you can) to anyone. I'm looking forward to taking another trip with this company soon." - Liz K
"I really cannot wait to do another trip with Wildland. This was our second time using Wildland for a hiking trip and the first time we used Wildland for backpacking. Tucker was our guide for this Smoky Mountains backpacking trip. Being that it was our first backpacking trip, I was a little nervous about whether we would enjoy it or not. From the first orientation meeting to the drop-off on our last day, everything was perfect. Tucker was very professional but also has a great personality. His sense of humor and stories about his own personal trips made him feel like we were on a trip with one of our friends. I never was worried about a thing on the trip. His meals were excellent, his knowledge of the woods impressive, and his devotion to our comfort was awesome. Now my husband and I are truly bitten by the backpacking bug and have already started to plan our next Wildland Trekking backpacking trip. I will always highly recommend Wildland to any of my friends/family looking to use a guide service. You guys are the best there is!" - Janell Stanton S.
"We have been on several guided trips. Tucker "Daddylonglegs" was exceptionally above par with his experience as a guide and with people. He knew the terrain and adjusted our pace to accommodate our group; he had to be patient with us by the end of the evening, yet he never revealed that. Sincerely enjoyable experience even with the physical challenges, I could write a book about how great this trip was for us!" - Karen & Larry Catt
"Everything about this trip, guide and Wildland Trekking was great. The pre-trip information was comprehensive and helpful, and our guide Tucker White was great from the pre-trip orientation meeting, through leading the hike, doing everything for us at camp, making delicious meals, and being knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend the company and Tucker for guided hikes. The hike itself was well designed with just the right level of difficulty, length and a well chosen route. I even managed to get used to a 35lb+ backpack by day 3." - Lior E.

Michael Wichman, Wildland Trekking
Greater Grand Canyon Program Manager

Michael Wichman, Wildland Trekking Michael Wichman's first trip below the rim in Grand Canyon was in October 2004 and he hasn’t looked back since. He's passionate about the Southwest, and especially Grand Canyon, with a love of hiking, climbing, and paddling on and below its rims. He's dedicated to lifelong learning: an avid reader of all things associated with Grand Canyon, his favorite topics are geology, canyon inhabitants, and river stories. He also loves meeting new people -- of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and origins. He finds shared group experiences extremely enriching especially when that experience is in nature. Michael earned a B.A. in psychology from UCLA, where he worked with children with Autism. He also studied at Northern Arizona University, focusing on Environmental Science & Policy in the Southwest. Michael looks forward to the opportunity to share an adventure with you!
 

Testimonials

"We were a party of four older guys who chose to experience the Grand Canyon with the assistance of a backup team and an experienced guide. Our backpacking experiences were varied, from never to extensive. Michael fully satisfied our needs. He was level-headed but spontaneous, supportive but didn't hover, knowledgeable but not know-it-all. Overall - A+." - Russ H.
"The guide, Michael, and the companionship of other campers makes the difference on these common itineraries. In this regards, they were excellent. Michael is superb. Not too technical, one of us, as opposed to a isolated guide. He is mature and intelligent and fun." - Y. Law
"Michael was super enthusiastic which we appreciated. He was clearly knowledgeable and well read and passionate about what he does. Food was great and he didn't even ask for a lot of help in preparation. We really liked him and were very happy with our experience with him." - Mary N.
"Our guide, Michael, was awesome! He put forth tremendous effort into ensuring that everything was perfect for our Hermit Loop trip. He had a terrific attitude and did a great job sharing knowledge of the Grand Canyon environment. He has an unstoppable work ethic...from carrying an incredibly heavy pack in 100 deg heat to setting up camp and cooking a great meal. It's very apparent that he loves what he does and I'd highly recommend him to anyone that's interested in hiking in the Grand Canyon." - Cambell R.

James Wieman, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

James Wieman, Wildland Trekking Growing up an Illinois flatlander, James used his imagination to create wilderness in the woods of his backyard. During a college backpacking expedition, he was exposed to Utah’s vast desert and mountain ranges. Inspired by the wild landscape, he found his life passion of introducing people to the great outdoors. He gained his BA in Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois University, and went on to work as a youth counselor for multiple outdoor education and therapeutic programs. Returning to Southwest Utah in 2013, he feels most at home exploring the deep slot canyons, and climbing the sandstone big walls in Zion National Park. James values leading people in the wilderness, because no matter how many times he has been to an area, he views it for the first time through the eyes of the people he is with.
 

Testimonials

"Booking through Wildland Trekking was quite the blessing in disguise. While I recommend giving yourself as much time as possible to properly plan a trip, my father and I did not have that luxury as I reached out to Wildland only 3 weeks before we would be arriving. Within a day I had already received an email from Wildland that not only answered the initial questions I had but also provided me with multiple trip options that met our timing. After a seamless registration process and a few conversations with the guide not only were we very comfortable with our decision but also much more excited about the trip. 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 outstanding guide. Everyone in my family thought he was great, and learned something from him. When my son, Simon, became ill, he did a fantastic job in getting support from your Springdale office, and in making sure that Simon got the medical attention he needed. James made our trip a truly memorable experience! Very happy with everything!" - Jonathan Brown
"I wanted to mention what a great person you have in James Wieman. He made this trip an unbelievable experience for me and my daughter. His professionalism, knowledge of the canyon, and back country was comforting. He also ways very wise for such a young man. James thank you for everything Kappy and I will think of you often. I tell her if she does not act right I am going to send her back to you. :) God Be With You Young Man. Take Care!" - Martha Herron
"James Wieman was our guide for the Grand Canyon Inn tour, you knew from the moment you met James that you were dealing with an exceptional individual. James was able to depart his vast knowledge on the Canyon in a language that was easy to understand, cared for our well being, had an excellent work ethic and made the whole experience fun......even when we were trekking back up the hermit trail!

The experience with Wildland has been great from start to finish, thank you Wildland for employing individuals that care and are passionate about their jobs and made our tour of the Canyon such a great experience." - Aftab A.

Nicole Will, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Nicole Will, Wildland Trekking Nicole's love for the great outdoors was born in some of her earliest memories: camping, canoeing, and backpacking with her family in the hills of North Georgia. Throw in a restless spirit and it was easy for her to follow that passion after college. She has lived all over the world, working at a fly fishing ranch, ski resort, and high adventure boy scout base. After nearly a decade of seasonal work, she discovered the world of Wilderness Therapy and worked with at-risk adolescents for several years in what was easily the most rewarding and difficult position she's held. Deciding to take her love for travel and the outdoors to the international stage, she moved to the Andes of Ecuador and has been guiding throughout the country including the spectacular Galapagos Islands ever since. No matter where she goes or with whom she's traveling, supporting others in unplugging and getting out into this great wide world of ours will continue to be her greatest motivator!
 

Testimonials

"I was not sure what to expect as this was my first hiking trip - it was amazing! Challenging and rewarding, peaceful and beautiful and our guide Nicole was wonderful! She was tireless and worked hard to make sure we had the best trip possible. She was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and made sure we all felt included. This first experience was so special that I've already started looking into what my next tip with Wildlamd will be. Thank you for making this such a special experience!" - Holly L.
"Nicole was wonderful, the accommodations were great, the meals were great. Preparations and knowledge of area was excellent." - Janie M.
"LOVE Nicole - a fabulous guide!" - Deborah M.
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Alex Wood, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Alex Wood, Wildland Trekking Alex Wood grew up in Southern California and found his passion for the outdoors through Boy Scouts, later becoming an Eagle Scout. When it came time to choose a college, he selected Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff for its location. During his time at NAU, Alex studied Geology and worked for NAU Outdoors for four years of school while picking up the knack for guiding along the way. Alex has traveled much of the Western US to hike, climb, ski and bike. Not wanting to do just one hobby, Alex's is a "jack of all trades" and is constantly looking for new adventures in beautiful locations. He has formed a deep connection with the Southwest and enjoys all aspects of its history. His goal is to help spread "the stoke" of the outdoors to as many people as possible and to help them learn about the area they're in along the way.
 

Testimonials

"Just wanted to let you know how thrilled we were with our Rim to Rim Grand Canyon 4-day hike. It was perfect in every way, your assistance with planning, the great camp food and the quality of the hiking equipment that you provided. I wasn't sure about the thin sleeping mat, but it proved to be more comfortable than my own bulky camp mat. Most of all thank you for Alex Wood as our guide. We could not have asked for a more kind and competent guide. Super nice and easy going, he was great to camp with. He gave me confidence with his no problem attitude and patience. He was also an awesome camp cook. He suggested hiking to Ribbon Falls and staying for the afternoon to avoid the heat at Cottonwood Campground. It happened to be our anniversary and the alcove above the amazingly beautiful falls and provided a shady resting place and wonderful place to celebrate . I would highly recommend Wildland Trekking to anyone considering a backcountry hike." - Beth L.
"We had a great family vacation on the Havasu Waterfalls trip. Our guide Alex Wood was friendly, fun, informative and felt like a member of the family by the end of the trip. My husband is scared of heights and Alex was a rock star helping him get down the Mooney Falls descent. Without Alex my husband never would have tried it and we would have missed the best waterfalls around. Wildland provided all the gear, food, and planning. It was so easy to just show up with our personal gear and not have to worry about purchasing lots of extra items. We had a fabulous trip which my family will remember for a lifetime. I can't wait to check out Wildland's other adventures." - Heidi S.
"I debated on whether to hike the Grand Canyon with a guide or not and I'm glad I found Wildland Trekking and was amazed with our guide, Alex. It was 100+ degrees outside for most of the trip, and Alex knew the perfect times to walk the trails when we'll be mostly in the shade. And he knew of many off-the-trail creeks and streams that we could cool off in. Also his knowledge on geology and the history of the Canyon was superb. Without that knowledge, I now can't imagine hiking the Grand Canyon without a Wildland guide." - Derrick B.
"I knew this was going to be a great adventure but WOW - it was more than just great, it was amazing. Alex and Eddie were unbelievable, I felt like I've known them all my life. I will definitely do another tour and will be requesting Alex and/or Eddie as my guide. The food was excellent, surely wasn't expecting the food that was served - what a pleasant surprise. Coyote Gulch was gorgeous and spiritual and the knowledge of the lands that Alex & Eddie contributed was very impressive. I highly, highly recommend this tour!!!" - Cathy S.

Floyd Wright, Wildland Trekking
Hiking and Backpacking Guide

Floyd Wright, Wildland Trekking Born and raised in Colorado, Floyd has a lifelong passion for his home state! Floyd has worked in Colorado as an Alpine and Nordic ski instructor and as an assistant with avalanche control. Floyd has a Master’s Degree in horticulture from Colorado State University and a strong interest in the wildflowers of the Rockies. On any hike, he is scoping out the berry patches. After a career in marketing, Floyd returned to his backcountry roots. He completed a thru hike of the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trails, covering 500 miles. Other adventures include hut to hut backpacking in Argentina, hiking on a portion of the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and Spain, and exploring the countryside of Bangladesh. Floyd enjoys sharing his love of the mountains with everyone he meets, and feels a special connection with the over 50 crowd, encouraging and cultivating a vibrant lifelong interest in the outdoors and healthy living.
 

Testimonials

"I can't say enough about our positive experience with Wildland. The trip was perfect in everyway and Floyd was top notch. In addition to guiding us on the trails and ensuring our safety, he provided so much information regarding wildlife, wildflowers, history of various areas of the park, etc. He also treated us like "kings" at camp by cooking great meals, ensuring we had coffee first thing in the morning and even after a long day of hiking, he was sure to offer us a warm beverage, or snack to tide us over before dinner. We will absolutely go on another adventure with Wildland and if possible, we will request Floyd." - Marci F.
"Floyd was an outstanding guide and proved to be an exciting addition to our trip. He made the trip not only educational for us with his knowledge of the plants and animals, but also challenged us to exceed our comfort levels to see parts of the parks where the payoff of its beauty were a payoff larger than the risk. We would definitely request him as our guide with any future trips with Wildland Trekking." - David F.
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Kaelin Zielinski, Wildland Trekking
Flagstaff Warehouse Manager/Guide

Kaelin Zielinski, Wildland Trekking Kaelin comes from a National Park Service family and has been backpacking, canoeing, rafting and exploring since early childhood. She was raised in rural Arizona and did what a lot of rural kids do – she became an active member and leader in 4-H. She raised pigs and goats (Angora goats for their Mohair, which she carded and spun into fiber) and competed with her horse in rodeo events. Kaelin has spent three seasons working in the High Sierra guiding wilderness trips on horseback, and she spent three seasons as a river guide on the San Juan. Kaelin is a graduate of Prescott College in Arizona with degrees in Environmental Sciences and Human Behavior. She lives in Flagstaff with her husband, Chris, and their dog/bear (Bubbles the Newfoundland) and a cross-eyed cat.