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Meet the Team

Our guides are local experts, and our service is world-class.

Staff & Guides

Good Trip guides are professionally licensed. We are vetted thoroughly, trained often, and prepared for the unexpected. But most importantly, we love what we do.

Our team is made up of Master Naturalists, Wilderness First Responders, rock climbers, thru-hikers, kayakers, conservation volunteers, scientists, inspiring storytellers, and Master’s in outdoor education, environmental education, and sustainability education. We regularly volunteer with local non-profits to improve trail conditions, remove invasive plant species, and improve wildlife habitat.

Megan Kennedy

She/Her

Founder, Chief Adventure Officer & Senior Guide

Megan got her start in the travel industry as a kayak guide at an eco-lodge in Wales. After returning to the States, she continued leading day hikes for adventurous New Yorkers. Day hikes became multi-day trips in the Northeast, which turned into week-long adventures around the world. During this time, she also began working on the logistics side of travel – creating itineraries, booking vendors, and building partnerships.

In 2017, she headed to the University of Edinburgh to pursue a Master’s in Outdoor Education. After completing her degree, she headed to Montana to guide in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. As a Montana Master Naturalist, she is well-versed in the flora and fauna of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and she has found a particular passion in sharing stories of the human history of the area as well. As a Wilderness EMT, she will make sure you’re safe in her care.

Megan is a passionate environmentalist who uses her experience to run a more sustainable and inclusive outdoor travel company.

Lauren Skonieczny

Lauren Skonieczny

She/Her

Chief People Officer & Senior Guide

Lauren has been a professional guide since 2013, helping people develop connections to the outdoors across the United States. She has worked professionally up and down the east coast, in the pacific northwest, and throughout California. She has also led multiple expeditions on Mount Kilimanjaro. Lauren now calls Portland her home base and loves to share her love of rocks, moss, slugs, and marmots guiding trips in Olympic, Mount Rainier, and Yosemite National Parks.

An extremely capable leader, Lauren has worked several years at the director level in the travel industry, training and managing guide teams and overseeing brand growth from a local to national level. She is deeply committed to empowering diverse guide teams and pushing the industry forward.

Outside of work,  Lauren volunteers as an EMT with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue. She also plays Australian Rules Football with the Portland Sockeyes, teaches wilderness medicine, and learns important life lessons as the parent of three kids.

Alex Wehrle-Garsh

She/They

Chief Experience Officer & Senior Guide

Alex is an Outdoor Advocate and professional Recreation Therapist. Beyond being passionate about the outdoors, she loves helping others see their abilities, and say yes to any outdoor adventure. She’s usually found with the biggest of smiles laughing at the cheesiest of jokes.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, is Masters Certified in Leave No Trace and is a Wilderness First Responder. Alex’s professional guiding experience began leading leave no trace workshops, in Southern California, teaching others how to recreate responsibly. Her passion for the outdoors now has found her leading multi-day adventures in the Utah National Parks and planning your next southwest adventure. Alex is not only well versed in the ecosystems of Utah, but has a deep appreciation and love for the Greater Yellowstone area.

Most days you can find her hiking, camping, doing yoga, or attempting to mountain bike- her favorite adventures include the ones before the sun is even up. She believes there is nothing like being the only one at the summit watching the sunrise.

Gary smiling while on a hike

Liz Vonderhaar

She/Her

Operations Manager

Liz grew up in a town near Chicago,
Went to school in St Louis for Bio,
Then she travelled out west,
Worked at camp (it’s the best),
And from there moved around for her dough.

Alaska, Antarctic, New Zealand,
To Montana and later to Greenland.
She loves wild places
And meeting new faces,
And singing in all her pals’ bands.

Liz now lives in Bozeman, MT, and is excited to stay in one place for a while.

Cait Downey

She/Her

Operations Assistant

Originally from the mid-Atlantic, Cait now lives in North Florida and enjoys the beach with her family and friends!  She loves to sew, read, bake, and swim. Some of her favorite places to travel are Montana, New England, Spain, and Ireland.  One of the most thrilling outdoor adventures Cait had was visiting Skellig Michael! When she’s not hanging out with her husband and 2 daughters, Cait likes to take long strolls with her chihuahua, Cookie. 
Gary smiling while on a hike

Ariella Nardizzi

She/Her

Marketing Manager & Lead Guide

Ariella is an adventure journalist, thru-hiker, and outdoor enthusiast. Originally from Boston, she’s had a myriad of opportunities to live and play in stunning destinations around the globe, ranging from the jagged peaks of Glacier National Park to the remote valleys of Albania and beyond, now settled in Colorado’s Front Range. Her adventures have taken her up Mount Tahoma (Rainier), from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon, and she is hooked on thru-hiking. A rock climber, backpacker, mountaineer, and journalist with an unfettered curiosity for new experiences and unique cultures, she’s turned to creative storytelling as an outlet for adventure.

Ariella has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Global Studies from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and is the co-founder of Backcountry Broadcasts, a multimedia platform exploring feminism and gender inclusivity in the outdoors. She is always in search of Type II fun and is only a morning person if climbing a mountain is involved.

Gary smiling while on a hike

Sydney Brehm

She/Her

Sales & Product Development Associate & Lead Guide

Sydney has been guiding for the last three years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. As a lifelong educator, guiding seemed like the natural way to connect two of her favorite things – getting outside and teaching. She prides herself on making everyone feel like they have a spot in the outdoors and deserve to witness all the amazing and healing properties nature has to offer. The southeast is where Sydney discovered another love of hers – rock climbing. While hiking and backpacking give her the time to process thoughts and feelings, climbing helps do the exact opposite by allowing her to get out of her head and become completely present in the moment.

Sydney discovered the outdoors in the lush forests and dramatic views of the Pacific Northwest. She may be biased because this is where she learned to eat, sleep, and exist outside, but she thinks the Cascade mountains are the most beautiful, special peaks in the world.

When she’s not working or climbing, you can find Sydney snuggled up with her black lab, Alpine, and two cats, Moose and Lobo (they’ll also likely make cameos anytime she’s on a video call).

Dannah Rosales

She/Her

Sales & Product Development Associate 

Dannah’s love of the outdoors began in the redwood forests of UC Santa Cruz, where she took full advantage of the campus recreation department by joining group day hikes, taking her first rock climbing classes, and going on her first camping and backpacking trips. Those experiences inspired a lifetime of challenging herself to get outside her comfort zone and encouraging others to do the same.

Despite hailing from the sunny San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA, her favorite trips have been to the colder climates of Iceland, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest. However, she is wholeheartedly an advocate for getting outside wherever and however you can, even in the city, and is passionate about diversity and intersectional awareness in outdoor spaces.

When she’s not dreaming up her next adventure, she enjoys playing fetch with her cat, Mochi, tending to her houseplants, and taking dance and yoga classes.

Gary smiling while on a hike

Beau Reed

They/Them

Operations Assistant & Lead Guide

Beau grew up in the wilds of rural Tennessee.  They spent their summers as a kid camping, fishing, jumping in muddy swimming holes, catching fireflies, and spending hours a day with their horse out in the woods.  As an adult they now live on occupied Duwamish territory (aka Seattle, WA) and have grown to love backpacking, rock climbing, mushroom hunting in the northwest and saying yes whenever an opportunity arrives.  They have trekked across Scotland, many National Parks, California, and sections of the Appalachian Trail.  They have dedicated their life to educating and instructing others so they too can enjoy the backcountry.

Victoria Alvarez

She/Her

Operations Assistant & Rockies Lead Guide

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria first gained her footing in the outdoors through her college outing program and summer adventure camps. Now an outdoor educator and guide, Victoria lives in full pursuit of the expedition lifestyle. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Colorado Class III River Guide. She brings to Good Trip her unique experiences as a raft guide, gear specialist, and trip leader for youth and young adults across the US. Victoria feels most alive when she’s outside and is inspired to help others uncover their strongest, truest selves through the wilderness. When she’s not playing outside for work, she’s busy scheming and designing her next great adventure.

Colin Snider

He/Him

Senior Guide

Colin grew up in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, hunting, fishing and foraging for mushrooms with his family. Those formative experiences instilled a lifelong passion for protecting the environment and sharing it with others. He has followed that passion by working several seasons in the Northern Rockies with occasional stints in other areas of the US.

Colin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology from Indiana University and a Master’s in Environmental and Sustainability Education from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is a Montana Master Naturalist, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Wilderness EMT, and holds his Avalanche Professional 1 certification. When he isn’t in Yellowstone, he’s somewhere in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem rock climbing, mountaineering, or backcountry skiing.

Matt Bloomfield

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Senior Guide

Matt grew up as a Midwesterner with a love for geology and the outdoors. His home state of Indiana fostered the start of those passions but the western US soon commanded his attention with its variety of terrain and extensive wilderness. At the age of 23, he made the leap out West and began studying geology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. His knowledge of geology now allows him to read and understand the landscapes before us today and teach others about how these incredible formations came to be. His passion for the outdoors is evident not just in geology, but in all forms of nature and through his many activities within it. Matt has spent several years seeking out remote corners of the Southwest through backpacking, canyoneering, climbing, and peak bagging. Seeing the beauty of the landscape around him during these adventures, he also became an avid landscape/adventure photographer and loves to capture guests’ experiences in these wonderful spaces. Today, Matt’s work as a hiking guide allows him to combine each one of his passions and teach others every facet of what makes the southwest such a wonderful place to explore.

Jason Linguanti

He/Him

Lead Guide

Jason grew up in New York State, spending most of his childhood exploring the outdoors (barefoot!) and camping with his family. He got more into backpacking while travelling through Thailand, Australia and New Zealand on an extended adventure. Since then, Jason has worked for NOLS and Outward Bound leading wilderness expeditions in the Everglades, Wind River Range, and Blue Ridge Mountains, teaching skills in backpacking, white water canoeing, rock climbing, and marine canoeing. He has hiked all over the world: from the tall peaks of Mexico’s volcanoes to the deep canyons of Namibia. Jason is passionate about bringing folks outside and helping them to develop a sense of wonder towards nature and outdoor activities.

Malorie Javier

They/She

Lead Guide

Malorie’s outdoor adventures started at a young age, learning to boogie board from 4 years old to camping religiously with her pops down in remote & isolated parts of the Baja coast. She loved anything that got her in or close to water. It wasn’t until her first trip to Redwoods that her love affair with forests truly sparked, seeing the beautifully preserved old-growth trees lit a fire in her soul. From then on she has enjoyed day-hikes, ziplining, swimming & meditating in: Michoacan, Mexico, between the Pyrenees & Massif Central mountain ranges in France, throughout the Doi Wiang Kaeo Forest in Northern Thailand, the Virginia side of the Appalachians, PNW, California, Nevada & Zion. In her spare time she volunteers at a community garden and with a group to reduce single-use plastics from LA eateries. Having minored in Sustainability and being adventure hungry, it’s become her life’s mission to guide others to experience this planet with the same excitement & passion she’s had.

Kevin Andrews

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Lead Guide

Kevin is a person always on the move, whether it be skydiving, guiding bear trips around the world, spending time in his favorite parks, or finding new places to adventure and explore in his home of Ogden, Utah. Having grown up near the California Sierra, Kevin’s love for wildlife has been around since he was a child, but it was not until after he left the military and moved to Utah and started exploring the national parks more, did his true passion bloom. And that passion is introducing people to the world’s natural beauty and wildlife. Kevin’s biggest joy comes when he can introduce someone to the beauty of the natural world, especially wildlife, and be able to create lifelong memories and experiences to help create a new love and appreciation for the nature and wildlife he is so fond of. Kevin is also one of few photographers who has taken a photo of all 8 species of bears in the wild! His love for wildlife, especially bears, and their conservation all stemmed from a trip to Yellowstone National Park while he was in school to be a helicopter pilot. that trip made him immediately change his educational career to outdoor rec. and natural resource management so he could better understand and help with conservation efforts and be able to bring that experience and love he found in the parks to others. Now he spends most of his free time within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, learning the wildlife, geography and history of the park and of course …the bears! . During his free time, he can be seen regularly exploring from Utah to Wyoming, camera in hand and husky in tow! never far from his next big adventure.

Madeline Hallahan

She/Her

Lead Guide

Madeline graduated from Illinois State University as a Noyce Scholar with a BS degree in Secondary Biology Education. As a native Chicagoan, her passion for the outdoors began with family camping trips and vacations to the shores of Lake Michigan every summer. Her first experience as an Outdoor Educator was working as a Nature Camp Counselor, followed by positions as a Team Builder and High Ropes Course Facilitator. Madeline worked for Science Adventure School through West Virginia University from 2019-2021 as an Environmental Education Coordinator and Curriculum Designer. She previously taught high school biology and guided extensive cycling and backcountry canoeing trips for Camp Miniwanca in Michigan. Most recently, she has worked as a bicycle mechanic and counselor for Sea Turtle Camp in North Carolina AND Hawai’i! Some of her favorite ways to recreate outdoors include cycling, canoeing, running, hiking, and white water rafting (especially in the Grand Canyon!). She strives to share her excitement by engaging folks in exploring the natural wonders that surround us every day. Madeline is currently based in Boulder, CO and is LOVING the access to the mountains!

Gary smiling while on a hike

Kimberly Rivers

She/Her

Lead Guide

After 20 years of growing up in North Carolina, Kimberly began taking frequent trips to the western US, where she became enamored with the wild and diverse landscapes of Utah, California, Montana, and more. In 2019, she hiked much of the Pacific Crest Trail, determined to spend even more time in the natural places she loved. On her hike, she visited Oregon for the first time and promptly fell in love with central Oregon and its surrounding beauty. She knew she had to make a big move, and has since split her time between living in Bend and guiding in National Parks across the west. She is passionate about sharing her love for natural spaces with others through tours and her landscape photography. On any given day, you can find her out on the trails or on a wall, hiking or climbing with a camera in her hand and her two adventure pups, Ande and Lucy, by her side.

Dustin Jones

He/Him

Lead Guide

Growing up on the East Coast, Dustin discovered his love of the outdoors at a young age, working as a snowboard instructor starting at the age of 16. Shortly thereafter he learned to follow the snow downstream when it melted and became a river guide. Dustin has been a steward of the outdoors through both guiding and teaching for 20 years now. He has guided whitewater and other multi-day adventures all over the country, ranging in states from West Virginia, Maine, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania spanning all the way out to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and others. Having lived and led trips through a multitude of National Parks, dozens of rivers, and a variety of different backcountry, the only passion he has greater than his love for the wilderness is sharing it with others. Dustin maintains certifications as a snowboard instructor, ACA whitewater kayak instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and First-Aid as well as CPR.

Tyler Tennant

He/They

Senior Guide

Tyler is a professional, full-time guide with years of experience leading and educating the public. With seasons of personal and professional experience in Yellowstone, the Sierra Nevadas, and the Pacific Northwest, Tyler is more than comfortable in the backcountry. Tyler has administrative, operational, and managerial expertise in his field, a Master’s degree in Outdoor Education, and is certified a Wilderness First Responder, and Master Naturalist. His passion for outdoor recreation and exploration is matched only by his desire to educate about and preserve the beauty of the natural world.

Gary smiling while on a hike

Lori Taylor

She/Her

Lead Guide

Lori grew up adventuring in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado. After raising a family and spending some years in Florida taking groups on expeditions into Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, she chased her dream to be a professional guide by moving to North Carolina and starting Mountain Treks, LLC. At Mountain Treks, she creates custom experiences for individuals and g​roups seeking adventure, renewal, and personal challenge. She believes trekking through wilderness opens pathways to live great stories. With a Doctorate in Spiritual Formation, as well as training as a NOLS Outdoor Educator and Leave No Trace Master Educator, Lori has a passion to combine wilderness education with personal character and group development through transformational wilderness experiences that are inclusive, supportive, and fun.

Nathan Duclos

He/Him

Lead Guide

Nathan grew upon in New Hampshire hiking and climbing in the White Mountains. Since that time he has gone on to climb across the globe submitting many of the worlds highest peaks.  Nathan has lead expeditions in Argentina, Nepal, Iceland, Peru, the Alps, Mongolia, Alaska and beyond.  He is a Wilderness Paramedic and licensed EMS instructor, he teaches wilderness medicine classes domestically and around the world.  He is also a mountaineering instructor and has focused much of his time understanding and treating high altitude illnesses. He has established backcountry hospitals in remote areas of Africa, Haiti and Panama.  His other passions include ocean kayaking and road biking.

Chloe Ferrone

She/Her

Lead Guide

Chloe grew up in the Midwest but discovered her love of the outdoors while at college in Vermont, where she earned her bachelor’s in English and creative writing. She began her outdoor career as a wilderness therapy guide, and from there moved to an outdoor education and resiliency program for local kids in Salt Lake City. She has also worked as a dog sled driver and a cameleer, and would love to someday write a book about her adventures. When she’s not at work you can find her rock climbing, chasing lizards in the desert, or playing fetch with her two dogs, Tess and Muppet.

Lindsey Terrell

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Lead Guide

Lindsey grew up in Northeast Ohio and began her outdoor career by becoming a zipline tour guide and recreational tree climbing facilitator. From that she transitioned her guiding career into other outdoor adventures, one of her favorites being backpacking. Her guiding experience has given her the opportunity to guide in Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, The Smoky Mountains, Utah, Banff, Peru, Iceland, and now landing herself in the beautiful PNW. She loves to share her passion and ongoing learning about the natural world around us, hoping to inspire others to respect and care for the outdoors as well. When not guiding, she enjoys baking, aerial yoga, and spending time with her 15 year old lil pupper!

Sam Combs

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Lead Guide

Sam considers himself very fortunate to get to spend his time guiding adventuresome outings in astonishing places with people from all different walks of life. A lifelong student of the natural world, Sam does his best to infuse all of his guided journeys with opportunities for deeply immersive learning experiences. Holding space for groups and individuals to connect with themselves and the people and places that they are visiting is an intrinsic part of Sam’s mission on any excursion, and he’s going to have a blast fulfilling that objective. Sam has been guiding professionally for the better part of a decade, and when he’s not plying his craft on the trail, he’s helping to manage a retreat center and permaculture farm in Belize, where he makes music, movement and chocolate with his growing family.

Gary smiling while on a hike

Forrest Edwards

He/Him

Lead Guide

Forrest had always spent time outdoors with his family and the Boy Scouts, however, after a climbing trip to the Red River Gorge during college, he decided to focus on becoming an outdoor professional. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology, he worked as an assistant instructor with the North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits program in Coeur d’Alene, ID. While in Idaho he helped teach classes such as Intro to Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Cross Country Skiing and Avalanche Awareness. These courses developed a love for the mountains and led him to Utah where he currently resides in Salt Lake City. 

With its many beautiful national parks, Southern Utah quickly captured his heart as well. He has climbed several walls in Zion National Park and desert towers surrounding Moab, learning to canyoneer in other wild places along the way. Forrest is an avid backcountry snowboarder, and ice climber, taking full advantage of every season to get outside and recreate. He is Wilderness First Responder/CPR certified and has plans to pursue AMGA and Avalanche certifications.

Ash Harris

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Lead Guide

Ash was born and raised in the shadows of Southern Arizona’s rugged rocky mountains, and at a young age fell in love with the West and America’s National Parks. He spent his childhood hiking and backpacking in Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park, exploring the many trails and secluded canyons of the mountains around the Tucson Basin. As he grew older Ash pushed further away from home and went on to explore every corner of Arizona, and into California, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Ash loves visiting archaeological and abandoned sites across the state, from ancient ruins to mining camps and everything in between, the further of the beaten path, the better. He also loves visiting vast untouched wilderness, seeing nature flourish absent of human life. At the drop of a hat, he will go anywhere for any reason, all for the promise of a little adventure. He is down for anything and embraces side tracks and uncertainty.

Ash is a history nut and loves everything Arizona. Currently studying Archaeology, Ash hopes to spend his career everywhere but behind a desk, uncovering lost stories of humanity’s past.

He is a Wilderness First Responder and has over eight years of experience in Arizona’s backcountry. He is honored and blessed to be able to share his love of the outdoors with others.

Fox Stoddard

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Lead Guide

Fox was raised in the deserts of the Southwest and enjoyed many camping trips to some of the classic spots in North America. Early in their working career, Fox became passionate about experiential and outdoor education. They have worked for multiple environmental education centers, a Montessori school, as well as NOLS. When it comes to outdoor recreation, Fox is a backpacker and rock climber. They have been fortunate enough to backpack and climb in so many beautiful places across the “Lower 48”, as well as Tanzania and Alaska. They have summited two of the seven summits (Kilimanjaro and Denali). Fox feels an ineffable connection to the planet when climbing and living in the backcountry. They are excited to share that energy with folks as they set out on their various adventures. Fox hopes to facilitate intentional experiences for others to absorb the majestic and glorious energy this magical planet generates. 

Humsini Acharya

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Lead Guide

Humsini was born and raised in Boulder, CO. Her relationship with the outdoors bloomed from weekend hikes with family and friends that always ended with a delicious Indian potluck in the park. Her first summer after high school, she went backpacking in Zion and scuba diving in Guadalupe to see the great whites. Those experiences gave her the confidence to step out of her comfort zone and pursue adventure where it finds her and solidified her love for the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock and ice climbing, and scuba diving. (Though she doesn’t get to do a ton of that in Colorado.) Having grown up as a first-generation Indian/Asian-American, she is passionate about equity and diversity within the outdoors space and allowing people of any background to enjoy nature, find adventure, and push what they thought was possible for themselves.

Justin Carter

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Lead Guide

Justin is an explorer. He aims to know something about everything in our physical and natural world. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, he spent summers traveling, camping in national and state parks across the US. During the school year, he pestered his teachers, particularly his science teachers, with question after question after question.

As an adult, he continues to explore new realms of nature. Winter mountaineering and long-distance desert backpacking are common adventures. Justin climbs and instructs rock climbing at a gym in Long Island City. He loves sharing the knowledge and perspectives he has collected through the experiences he’s had. Now on the other side of the academic equation, he tutors students in anything and everything that they have a desire to learn.

Chelsie Miller

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Lead Guide

Chelsie is a yogi, hiker, trail runner, and veteran. As an Arizona native, she grew up camping with her dad, learning to fish, navigate in the wilderness, and practice basic survival skills. Her true love for the outdoors developed in her early 20s when she was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. There, she and her husband hiked Mt. Fuji on mainland
Japan and explored local trails on the island. After relocating to California, she took advantage of her time in these areas by exploring Joshua Tree National Park, the Pacific Crest Trail, Sierra Nevada National Park via the John Muir Trail and Mount Whitney, and local trails via hiking and trail running. Her travels extended to other states in the Southwest, including New Mexico, and return trips to Arizona for hiking adventures in the Grand Canyon and Red Rock State Park. Chelsie has a BS in Foods and Nutrition from San Diego State University, over 500 hours of yoga instructor training, and is currently in pursuit of a PhD in Nutrition at Colorado State University. She is passionate about learning and sharing what she has learned in a way that is

Justin Chan

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Lead Guide

Justin grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania. He spent his twenties working with his hometown fire department and learned the importance of community, team building and safety. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a bachelors in LRTM Hospitality (Lodging, Restaurant and Tourism Management). He managed several different restaurant concepts throughout the rest of his twenties and then decided to take his adventures west to Boulder, Colorado. There in the beautiful Rocky Mountains he began diving deep into backpacking and camping excursions that developed his love and appreciation for the outdoors. His desire to learn from the outdoors challenged him to take on the John Muir Trail in the High Sierra’s of California. This multi-week thru-hike fueled his interest in learning new cultures and he found himself traveling overseas to New Zealand. He remained abroad for two years learning sustainability, permaculture, backpacking and vanlife. Upon returning to the United States, Justin moved into Wilderness Therapy with companies based out of Utah and the Big Island of Hawai’i. There he developed a love working in direct care with adolescent teens and teaching outdoor education from a therapeutic approach. Based out of Salt Lake City, Justin has been in the guiding industry for 5 years. He continues his passion to travel, learn and share experiences all while guiding throughout the American Southwest. You most likely will find him hiking or camping throughout the desert or mountain wilderness and spending time with his husky pup Ziggy

Bailee Doman

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Lead Guide

Bailee has been guiding in Montana for the last several years. She grew up in Washington State and fell in love with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest as a young child. She moved to Missoula to complete a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at the University of Montana. She has led large groups of adults and teens on backpacking trips for hundreds of miles throughout the great state. Bailee has experience working with youth and young adults groups since 2017. She loves hiking, canoeing, rafting, camping, backpacking, and getting to explore the hidden places left in the world. Her favorite places include Flathead Lake, The Rocky and Cascade Mountain Ranges, and the National Parks in Washington, Montana, Utah, and Arizona. Bailee is a savvy guide who will bring excitement and passion for the outdoors on your next adventure.    

Gary smiling while on a hike

Erin Quinley

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Lead Guide

It is the pleasure of a lifetime to discover that one can make a living hanging out with nice people, outside. “Life is to be enjoyed” and Erin insists on having fun! To that end, Erin has been an outdoor educator since her first ropes course facilitation and team building gig, in 2006. Since then she has talked countless people into stepping off platforms and trusting a zip line, climbing up a rock face and trusting me and a rope, and walking through the woods and trusting that if we encounter a bear we’re still going to be alright. Erin believes that we are all “outdoorsy” because we are made of the same stuff as a tree, and the water in our bodies has been part of the earth’s story since its beginning; we can’t make anything without a natural source so even if we “don’t like going outside”, the items inside our homes are just extensions of the natural world! Erin has found during her years of camping, backpacking, rock climbing, and hanging out in trees that the walls we build up to separate ourselves from nature and each other can’t resist the gentle force of opening provided by time spent outside. We are so lucky to have National Parks established to provide access to those life changing experiences, and she cannot wait to be there with those who choose to get outside with us this year.

Ashleigh Bicknell

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Lead Guide

Ashleigh is always looking for and planning her next adventure. As a lover of all things snow, rock, and nature, you can find her teaching skiing and yoga in Salt Lake City, UT, sea kayak guiding in Alaska, and ski touring all across North America. She is always running up the nearest mountain, scrambling ridgelines, doing headstands in front of glaciers, being distracted by a young spruce tree, and finding any place she can to sleep outside. One of her favorite things is getting to know new areas and new people, which is why she loves to spend time working with individuals in the outdoors.

Billie Henry

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Lead Guide

Billie has been an outdoor educator since 2018, but has been a lover of the outdoors since she was a child. Growing up in the Northeast, she spent her childhood exploring the deciduous forests of her hometown, chasing deer paths and playing in the creeks. Eventually, she transitioned to hiking, camping and rock climbing with friends, which led her to pursue a career in the outdoors. Billie has a passion for working with communities traditionally excluded from the outdoors spaces and those just venturing out for the first time. Through her career, Billie has been able to share her love of the outdoors with hundreds of individuals of all ages and experience levels.

Regardless of where she is working or adventuring, she takes the time to learn and educate others of the local customs, history, ecosystems, and wildlife that they may be encountering and strives to educate from a decolonial perspective. When she isn’t spending weeks at a time in the backcountry leading backpacking and climbing trips, you’ll find Billie practicing her woodworking, buried in a book, advocating for workers rights, or at the climbing gym with friends.

Savannah McCauley

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Lead Guide

Savannah’s love for the outdoors began in her backyard in Northern CA. A lush and vast Redwood grove gave life to her love for all things outside. In 2018 she jumped head first in to the life of multi-day backpacking, hiking, guiding, and outdoor photography. She loves the strong yet gentle environment the outdoors gives to everyone and the mental and physical change that emerges from spending time in it. Her favorite places to backpack include the Northern Cascades, Escalante and by far the Wind River Range. Savannah now works full time as a professional photographer in the outdoor realm and strives to create a safe, exciting, and all-welcoming environment in all spaces within the outdoors. She currently lives both on the East Coast in Brooklyn, as well as the West Coast in Seattle. Savannah always has her trusty pup sidekick Sequoia by her side as well as a camera in her hand. No doubt you’ll find her either up on a wall, out in the ocean, or deep in the backcountry.

Max Ginkel

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Lead Guide

What Max loves about being on trail is the ability to slow down and notice the details. A naturally curious person, he finds joy in learning as much as he can about the history and wildlife of whatever surrounding he finds himself in. He is also extremely passionate about educating and inviting all people into outdoor spaces. With a professional background in the film industry, the outdoors have always been an escape and he’s excited to share that love with other people. Max is also an avid cook, both on trail and off, and loves to test backcountry recipes with anyone willing to try!

Lia Rabellino

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Lead Guide

Lia grew up on the central coast of California and is currently settled on the Wasatch Front in Utah. She has been guiding for Good Trip since 2022, and appreciates the opportunity to work with a company dedicated to creating an inclusive outdoor space for everyone. Learning about and sharing the wonders of nature is one of her passions! In addition to leading trips in the southwest, Lia works for a non-profit to complete reports on wilderness character and volunteers with the local Audubon Society to collect data on light pollution. Her professional experience includes leading backpacking trips for at-risk teens, facilitating corporate teambuilding events, vocational training for neurodiverse adults, and restaurant management.

Lia has a B.S. in Integrated Studies with minors in Biology and Environmental Studies, is a certified CA Naturalist, and is a Wilderness First Responder. In her spare time, she enjoys eco-conscious gardening, biking, canyoneering, and putting fruit in salads.

Sierra Mahoney

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Lead Guide

Sierra found her love for the outdoors in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York where she grew up as an avid hiker and rock climber. Eager for a new adventure, in 2017 she moved out to San Diego to attend college where she now holds a Bachelors’s degree in Recreation and Tourism Management from San Diego State University. Her love for nature and environmentalism alongside her experience working as a ropes course guide inspired her to want to pursue this career path. Sierra loves adventure and is always searching for ways to help others find new ways to enjoy the outdoors. She currently lives in San Diego and loves to spend her free time traveling, hiking, and photographing the outdoors.

Hannah Stone

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Lead Guide

A lover of all things Nature, Hannah has been a professional outdoor guide and educator since high school, when she led fellow students to the top of Washington’s second tallest volcano.

Beginning in 2015, Hannah has worked with youth, young adults, midlifers, and elders of diverse backgrounds. She is experienced in an array of adventure mediums, be it hiking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, white water rafting, sea kayaking, tracking trees, intuitively seeking mushrooms, or simply being still and awakening senses to the stimuli that Nature offers.

Hannah leads multi-week backcountry expeditions for NOLS. Leadership and wilderness skills are highly emphasized. Her personal specialties are in deepening trust, empathy, ecological connection, resilience, and insight. For NOLS, she has also acted as Program Supervisor, Evacuation Coordinator, and informal mediator. Hannah’s guiding circuits lead her to stunning places across the U.S., which she loves sharing with others. Hannah is currently studying craniosacral therapy, somatic coaching, dreamwork, and facilitation. Her intention while guiding is to bring forth a sense of play, wonder, safety, and inspiration.

Bryce Thayer

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Bryce is an avid outdoor adventurer and environmentalist. His passion for the outdoors started early with family trips to national parks and over a decade in the Boy Scouts of America. Since then, Bryce has developed this passion though a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and he strives to learn more every day. Beyond his love of nature, Bryce loves connecting with new people and helping them create lasting relationships with the great outdoors. In his free time, he loves mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, making music, and trying new things!

Sara Feinberg

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Lead Guide

Sara grew up in a concrete jungle just outside New York City, with minimal time spent in nature. After taking her first cross country road trip during college, she fell in love with the mountains, diverse landscapes, and epic beauty of our national parks and country. She’s since become an avid road tripper and has visited almost all of the US national parks. Sara is a Wilderness First Responder and certified Washington State Raft Guide who enjoys pretty much anything that will get her outside in nature. From reading a book in a hammock, to rock climbing, to swimming in an alpine lake, and anything in between, a day spent outside is a great day in her book.

Sara is passionate about helping others find their confidence in the outdoors through shared experiences, education, and preparation, with a special interest in adaptive activities. She serves as a board member for an alternative high school in New Hampshire, with a mission to help kids who have not thrived in traditional home or academic settings find their place in the world. Outdoor recreation and education is a key component of the school’s curriculum and students’ growth. She can’t wait to see y’all out in nature!

Caitlin Winterbottom

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Lead Guide

Caity grew up in the SF Bay Area and was just a short drive from the beach, redwoods and the mountains. She spent much of her time camping with her family and has always had a fascination for the natural world. This led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Botany at Humboldt State in Arcata, CA. What a magical place to fall in love with plants! She then went on to complete two MS degrees in Environmental Science & Policy and Biology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. During her graduate work she focused on plant-fungal interactions as well as cactus pollination systems in the desert southwest. She has spent the last few years working as a ski instructor and a fire ecologist in the Sierras around Tahoe. Currently she works as a Botanist in Eugene, OR. In her free time she plays competitive ultimate frisbee, skis as much as possible, and loves to paddle, camp & backpack with her dog Koda!

Arieh Scharnberg

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With international adventure guiding experience, an educational background in ecology, anthropology, and green business development, Arieh brings a broad and unique background to guiding. Born in Israel, raised in rural northern California, he has lived and worked professionally in several countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. With an undergrad from Prescott College, he has always been drawn to experiential education. He has worked as a guide in Colorado, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. He loves to provide meaningful travel experiences to people of all backgrounds to deepen knowledge and connection to nature, history, and ancestral local cultures. He currently maintains several professional engagements as a youth environmental program administrator and educator, and as a historian developing cultural heritage tourism routes in the Caucasus. He is an avid amatuer outdoor adventurer, with technical alpine ascents throughout the US and Europe and remote extensive wilderness multi-day explorations. Out on the trail be prepared for stories, adventure, stopping to geek out on little details of the life forms around us, as well as time for silence and space to just absorb the vistas.

Matt Schultz

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Lead Guide

Matt grew up in Minnesota and spent his time hiking, paddling and exploring the upper Midwest. After attending the University of Minnesota and graduating with a degree in Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies he dove head first into the world of guiding, by starting, owning and operating an adventure travel company, leading clients on cross country adventures that spanned coast to coast. He fell in love with the west/southwest region during that time and continued to guide there for years.

Some of his passions include hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, snowboarding, cooking, learning new things and introducing others to the outdoors and the incredible memories made there!

Matt is eager to learn and grow while promoting sustainable and healthy travel habits and facilitate a relationship and love for our protected spaces!

Tia Ellison

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Lead Guide

Tia was born and raised in West Tennessee. She spent majority of her childhood playing and exploring in the woods. She loved picking wild blackberries, eating honeysuckles, catching fireflies, and raising tadpoles until they grew into frogs. Her fascination of the great outdoors led to her start road-tripping as a hobby!

Through her love for traveling, Tia decided to move to Southern California after graduating college in 2018. She chose SoCal because of its proximity to National Parks and differing landscapes. Tia loves to go hiking, learning about native plants, rock climbing, kayaking, camping, backpacking, and anything that involves being outside with others. Recently, she has acquired her Wilderness First Aid certification and is continuously learning how to safely recreate.

Taylor Buck

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Lead Guide

Taylor has been a backcountry guide, kayak guide, and outdoor educator for over 12 years, and their genuine curiosity and excitement about all things nature are contagious.

As a child, Taylor spent part of each year living in an old Chinook motorhome with their family, traveling south along the Baja Peninsula and camping on beaches along the way. Having learned young that they thrive through adventure, Taylor’s since traveled and worked all over the world, from the tundras and temperate rainforests of rural Alaska to the mountains and jungles of India and Thailand. Needless to say, they are far too excited about the outdoors to work in an office.

Taylor has a BA in Social Sciences from Shimer College, an MA in Gender Studies from Central European University, and a self-appointed certificate in being obsessed with moss and fungi. If you happen to cross paths with Taylor in a temperate rainforest, get ready to learn to love the most unassuming little plants and creatures on the planet more than you ever thought possible.

Camilla Orr

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Lead Guide

Camilla grew up in Normal, Illinois and while there weren’t any mountains to climb in central Illinois, there were fields to roam, horses to ride, and lakes to explore. It was during her first time abroad, a family stay in Japan at 13 years old, that Camilla caught the travel bug. She studied English Literature at Boston University but it wasn’t until moving to Phoenix in 2009 that she started hiking and spending time outdoors. In Arizona she fell in love with the other-worldly landscape of the American Southwest. After living abroad in Australia and New Zealand, Camilla thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019 and her life was forever changed. Being on trail working towards a singular goal while overcoming obstacles and building authentic connections became therapeutic and character building. She then spent nearly two years working and living outdoors in Utah as a field mentor for a wilderness therapy program for young adults.

In 2022 Camilla completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and hopes to finish her Triple Crown one day. When she isn’t outside hiking, climbing, or camping, Camilla can be found reading, writing, swimming, baking vegan treats, traveling, and scuba diving.

Jeanelle Carpetier

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Lead Guide

Growing up on a small island in Washington State, Jeanelle gained a love of nature, outdoor adventures, and foreign lands at a young age. At the age of 6, she began traveling internationally with her family. After studying psychology, outdoor management, and wilderness medicine, Jeanelle was fortunate to begin leading expeditions worldwide. She’s explored over 50 countries and resided in New Zealand, Peru, and Australia. In the U.S., she’s lived in Mt. Rainier, Olympic, and Grand Canyon national parks, and worked while sailing Alaska’s Glacier Bay. She’s now established her home in the heart of the Colorado Plateau—the diverse high desert landscape is a constant draw. She feels deeply connected to our national parks’ natural wonders, histories, and cultures. She can’t wait to share these vibrant and diverse environments with Good Trip travelers and has over 10 years of experience guiding. When Jeanelle isn’t working, hiking, or traveling the world–she enjoys rafting, yoga, photography, cooking, biking, climbing, arts and crafts, conservation, volunteering, education, and anything to do with mountains. She is also a travel blog writer, a product tester for outdoor companies, and a major foodie. She is grateful to share her passions for nature and the outdoors within her work.

Mason Wood

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Growing up in Southern Idaho, Mason got to spend summers and fall in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This time fostered love and passion for the Great Outdoors. This passion followed Mason into college where she worked on various conservation projects, worked for the Outdoor Center, began backpacking, and pursuing her Geology degree! She started planning trips to the National Parks to marvel at the geologic wonders and see some of the most spectacular places the United States has. During the past five years, Mason has been fortunate enough to experience 48 out
of 63 national parks, even getting to live in Grand Teton National Park! While traveling to see as many parks as possible, Mason worked as an instructor and administrator at the largest outdoor school in the United States. This allowed her to develop her teaching skills in conservation and natural sciences. To further her development in the outdoor setting, Mason received her Wilderness First Responder certification. She is very passionate about National Parks, conservation, and place-based education!

Rachel Fagiano

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Lead Guide

Rachel Fagiano is an avid hiker, mountaineer, rock and ice climber and alpine enthusiast. They are passionate about creating a safe and welcoming environment and improving access to the outdoors, particularly for communities that have been traditionally excluded in these spaces. A recipient of the Summit Scholarship, she has had the opportunity to do the 360 route on Aconcagua among other high altitude pursuits. Most days though, they are just happy to be outside and take immense joy in everything from a short walk to enjoy spring flowers to more-intense high altitude adventures.

Rachel is a licensed hiking, camping, and Tier II rock guide, AIARE 1 and Wilderness First Responder. They are a mentor for Kinship Climbing Collective and serve on the board of Rise Outside. When she is not recreating outdoors, Rachel can be found listening to classic punk, watching B-movies, booping neighborhood flowers or visiting her favorite street food vendors in her home-base of Jackson Heights.

Zach Stephenson

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Zach grew up in a military family which has allowed him to travel and live in many diverse places while connecting with different cultures across the world. He spent the majority of his formative years in Alaska and Iowa where he discovered his love and passion for the outdoors amongst the wild terrains of Alaska’s last frontier. He has backpacked, hiked, and fly-fished across the country and over the last number of years has been spending the majority of his time in the West enjoying the wilds of Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Arizona, and California.

He is also a chef for backcountry expeditions and his passion for food has led him to learn the ecology of the environments he is in to bring wild foraged foods to the dinner table. While guiding backcountry trips from Alaska to Minnesota, connecting humans to themselves, nature, and other humans is one of his greatest joys. He currently resides in Northern Arizona guiding horseback tours through the red rocks of Sedona. 

Alice Murphy

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Alice was born in Washington, DC and spent much of her childhood scaling the Pine and Dogwood trees of her neighborhood. They credit their love of the mountains to their roots in Vermont and New Hampshire, and love nothing more than a sunrise witnessed from the summit of a peak. The child and grandchild of artists, Alice finds her greatest inspiration immersing herself in nature and channeling that energy into their art. After graduating college, Alice completed a wild and meandering road trip to National Parks scattered across the country, and had quite a few revelations. She found she wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors, creating and holding space for experienced and first-time adventurers alike. Alice has observed and experienced barriers to accessing the outdoors, and is committed to dismantling the structures that prevent QTBIPOC, differently abled, and women identifying folks from tapping into the healing energy of the natural world. Nature has always been Alice’s greatest source of peace, and most demanding teacher. Alice believes that to repair our relationship with this Earth, we need to relearn how to listen to it, and love it accordingly. We must first nourish our connection to the Earth in order to be compassionate and sustainable stewards of the land. A wild forager and herbalist, Alice finds endless wonder in the teachings of plants, especially the delicious ones they can find while on a hike!

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