Our Guides Set Us Apart
Athlete, naturalist, entertainer, medic, mechanic, historian, storyteller, and chef are among the things we expect our guides to be. Often they are much more. What you can expect from The World Outdoors' guides is an acute attention to detail and a natural ability for inspiring fun, fostering camaraderie, and creating the perfect vacation for you. They're special folks whose infectious enthusiasm for people and the outdoors makes the difference between a good trip and an extraordinary one.
Meet The World Outdoors' Guides:
I'm Mark Griffin and I've been a guide for T.W.O. for six years and I love my job! The mountains and canyons of the western states are my favorite playgrounds. Whether climbing, snowboarding, biking, hiking or just relaxing outside, wild places are where I'm happiest. While growing up in New England my passion for the outdoors developed during hiking and backpacking trips in New Hampshire and Vermont. After earning a BS in Adventure Based Program Management at Lyndon State College I moved to Colorado and began a career in the great outdoors. I now spend my summers guiding clients through the most beautiful parts of our country and my winters patrolling the slopes of a local ski area. I am a Nationally Registered EMT and Wilderness First Responder.
April grew up in Southern California, became an RN with the intent to travel the world and met her husband on her first assignment. Luckily for her he is a "mountain man" and "he taught me everything I know about the outdoors". They raised their three children on family adventures throughout the West and Mexico. She loves all types of camping and hiking, especially climbing Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks, horsepacking , river rafting, and backcountry skiing. The family expeditions honed her skills for a career in the outdoor industry — such as "keep going, we're almost there" and "don't worry, it's just a little rain". Through her adventures she has studied flora, fauna, animal tracking, geology, mountian man lore, primitive skills and feeding a gourmet dinner to a bunch of hungry people in the middle of nowhere — with one pan.
Tony grew up walking the forests and paddling the waters of the sweet land called the Midwest. Since then he has made a migration northwest to the great state of Alaska. He spends much of his time experiencing Alaska on foot and packraft from Kachemak Bay to the Beaufort Sea; he believes that long days walking and paddling under the midnight sun are good for one's soul. He also makes time for traveling to other important places, making art in the woods and teaching for the local School District. He has a great appreciation and love for the wilderness and is always anxious to share his knowedge with others.
Becky got her outdoor roots growing up on a small farm in Southern Illinois and leading groups of happy campers on hiking trips for many summers. Since that time, she has found her way to Alaska, Colorado, and back to Alaska working, guiding, and learning how to live and travel in the mountains and on the rivers by ski, foot, and watercraft. She's been on 'The Mountain' (Denali's Mt. McKinley) for one personal climb and one tour as a volunteer mountaineer with the National Park Service. Becky has also been in several adventure races including Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest which took her through amazing landscapes such as the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, and Fiji. Always one to share good things with others, she helped spread the adventure spirit by co-founding a popular adventure race in Alaska. Lately, she's been bouncing between cultural journeys in South America and extended backcountry trips in Alaska. Between trips, Becky lives in a small cabin 30 minutes north of Anchorage and when inside is happy knitting and watching the cottonwoods sway.
After growing up in the relatively flat Midwest and central North Carolina, a desire for mountains was planted in Jeremy's soul during a visit to Anchorage in 1996. By the start of the New Year Jeremy had moved to Alaska to play, marry, and grow in the Great Land. Whether he’s trail racing, “run-a-bagging”, rock climbing, mountain biking, or backcountry snowboarding his face is plastered with a permanent smile, happy to be experiencing the extremes of AK with his wife Tiffany, son Rans and hound-dog Jackson. He has been guiding for T.W.O. since 2001. Education is in his blood and he loves teaching about and showing off his “backyard” to visitors, whether they are guests, friends, or family. When not guiding, Jeremy teaches Art, Photography and Design courses at a local high school.
Born and raised in Manassas Virginia, but a resident of Colorado since 1999, Chris definitely feels more at home in the mountains. He has a degree in Studio Arts from George Mason University with a concentration in photography. He has always had an eye for photography and it was in college that he discovered he enjoyed drawing with dots. (pointillism) After a lifetime in the restaurant industry, he stumbled across the outdoor adventure industry. He then found out that he had the travel bug and everything seemed to fall into place. Chris loves travelling to beautiful places, sharing but a fraction of the power and wonderment that exists, and capturing moments of it through his pictures. Chris has been in the industry for 7 years now and has been discovering what it means to "Be" in Nature. The journey is ever evolving, and he considers it to be the greatest gift to be able to share it.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Brad developed a love for the outdoors and for hands-on work while roofing with his father at 12 years old. He moved to Colorado after receiving a degree in Business Management from Concordia College to work as a river guide on the Arkansas while spending the winter months exploring South and Central America. He has managed resorts and inns from Belize to Durango, Colorado, but continues to pursue his love for white water rafting in Buena Vista. His experience in the hospitality and outdoor industries are well-blended as a World Outdoors guide, and although he may no longer live in the north, it is engrained in him to never turn down a cold beer or a warm campfire.
This Florida boy loves the ocean but loves the mountains more.
Jay moved to Colorado from the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina in the early 90's to pursue his love for the outdoors which include snowboarding, mountain biking and fly fishing. After living in Alaska, California and Montana he realized his dream of becoming a guide. He's been leading trips for the past 9 years.
Jay is also an accomplished professional landscape photographer so feel free to ask him for some pointers.
Ever since she was a little, Lisa was drawn to the outdoors; turning over rocks in front yard to see what kind of bugs lived there, building elaborate forts with friends up in the trees, and spending hours at the neighborhood creek splashing around in the water. It’s no surprise that she aspired to pursue a degree in geology and a minor in environmental science, spend a semester abroad studying intertidal marine biology and hiking and rock climbing throughout the lush temperate rainforests and of New Zealand. She has also worked as an adventure guide with children for many summers, teaching them all about the local flora, fauna, and outdoor survival skills in nature’s classroom. Lisa loves anything and everything about the great outdoors, which has driven her to embark on several bicycle tours, her favorite being her recent coastal ride from Vancouver to San Diego. When she’s not adventuring, she spends her winters bartending up in the Rockies with Vail Resorts—skiing to her hearts desire. Lisa couldn’t be more thrilled to lead for The World Outdoors and looks forward to each and every adventure in the field!
With the Marin Headlands at her back door, Claire grew up hiking and constantly covered in dirt. She spent all her awkward years in the pool as a competitive swimmer, water polo player, and, occasionally, open water swimmer. When she moved to Colorado in 2006 her hobbies grew to higher elevations to include backpacking, fly fishing, biking, and skiing. After being chained to a desk for one excruciatingly long year she pursued a career in the outdoor industry to turn her passions into a living. She loves to feel like a small part of something grand when exploring the world outdoors and revels at the chance to experience this with all who are open to the moment. She looks forward to sharing quirky stories, profound moments, adrenaline rushes, good food, and lots of laughs on your next trip.