Trent considers himself a grand generalist who enjoys windy hikes, sleeping in igloos, empty surf breaks at sunrise and reading the New York Times with a fresh cup of coffee. He originally hails from Southern California and spent his college years in Vermont obtaining a B.A. in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership. After opening and operating his own company, Out There Adventures in Vermont for three years, he starting traveling. He's guided in New Zealand, Cambodia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Uganda and many more countries, but considers Seward and the surrounding area one of the most beautiful places in the world. Trent is very passionate about sharing our beautiful backyard with people from all over the world. He has worked in the adventure business for the past 13 years. You can find him answering calls in the office, arranging community paddling days for Seward locals, leading multi-day trips in the fjords or walking his pup, Miss Jones, around town.
Tess enjoys a strong cup of cowboy coffee, vintage oversized sweaters, yoga on empty beaches at sunset and crafting while being barefoot. Originally from Missouri, Tess has run a non-profit, co-produced magazines and lived in New York City while working in the fashion industry. More recently she worked as a kayak, SUP and surf guide in Maui and is following the whales north to Alaska! This summer you'll find her guiding trips to the glacier or answering calls in the office. She is incredibly excited to share her love, passion and knowledge of this beautiful place with our guest!
Logistics Coordinator Wilderness First Responder
Hannah grew up outside, exploring the hills, ponds, and dirt roads of rural New Hampshire. Her passion for the outdoors led her to Colby College in Maine, where she received a BA in Environmental Science, focusing on conservation biology. She loves to travel and explore by foot (or bicycle), but aside from her own personal adventures has spent much of her time leading trips for others. Getting to share her passion for the natural world and create a sense of community within each group are two of her favorite things about trip leading. After five years guiding hiking trips for teens and working in outdoor education, everywhere from Alaska to Switzerland, she transitioned into planning them. She loves the problem solving of logistics and is excited about her role as Logistics Coordinator for KAW this summer. When she's not planning or taking backcountry trips, you'll find her drinking strong coffee, reading by a fire, or going out for long trail runs.
Chelsea loves being outside. She has spent the past 25 years playing outside & studying the plants and animals that surrounded her. From ages 6-17 this play looked like climbing trees and trying to catch anything upstate New York had to offer, from dragon flies to woodchucks. Now with degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Science her play has spread across the country and looks a lot like conservation work. She has built trails in Northern California, worked as a research assistant on projects to conserve song birds, endangered owls, native grasses, grizzly bears, bison, fish, and sea turtles. She has also guided backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips for troubled teens, college students and community members. She feels the best way to promote conservation is by providing people with awesome experiences in epic landscapes with amazing wildlife and there is no better place to do that than Alaska. She can’t wait to show you around her favorite place in the world.
Growing up near the beaches of Southern California, Josh has always had a strong connection with the ocean and has been playing in or on the water for as long as he can remember. A lover of all things in nature, four years ago he quit his "real job" to see the world and pursue a life outdoors. He has spent his winters in different places trying new things from dog sledding in northern Michigan, free diving and stand up paddle boarding in Maui, rafting the Grand Canyon and skiing in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Every summer Josh inevitably returns to Alaska and the Kenai Fjords. Seward feels more and more like home every year and Josh is excited to spend another season sharing his passion for our local marine ecosystem with our guests. When not guiding kayaking trips, he can be found exploring the mountains, playing in a pickup game of ultimate frisbee or messing around on his guitar.
Ryan grew up kayaking, surfing, sailing, fishing, and diving along the west coast of California. It was these experiences that as a child and young man cultivated a deep sense of wonder and connection to the beauty and generosity of this planet. However, it was Alaska that inspired the hope in him to become a steward of these gifts and where he felt called to become someone who could help share them with others. Ryan has been working in outdoor, environmental, and agro-ecology education for the past 20 years. He is looking forward to returning to Alaska and continuing his work with KAW this summer. Ryan feels that to witness the abundance of a salmon run, the balance and elegance of breaching humpbacks, and to be humbled and brought to scale by the mountains or the calving of a glacier is to experience an incomparable sense of belonging, peace, and understanding. He believes that the deepest richness of these experiences come when we have new and old friends and loved ones to share them with. Ryan is very excited to get out on the water with guests this summer and paddle together towards adventure and the taste of wilderness.
Always happy to take a break to consider the clouds, feel the air, and enjoy the view, Delaney feels most at home when she is out gallivanting around the natural world. Her never-ending curiosity and excitement for sharing her experiences has led her to become an outdoor educator and teambuilding facilitator, manifesting as a backcountry guide for teens: sea kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking all around California. She's also guided sea kayaking and fishing trips with adults in Baja California, and of course…sea kayaking in Alaska with you! Her next big adventure is to live and work on organic farms in Spain during the off-season, but only after she climbs up Snake Dike on Half Dome in Yosemite.
Sid has always been a wild child for animals and camping in the woods! He loves sea kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and really any kind of adventurous activity. Born in Maryland, every weekend his father would load up the jeep and head to Assateague Island for all day surf fishing and beach shenanigans. Sid wound up in western North Carolina where he enjoyed skiing the Appalachian ski “hills”, hiking the breathtaking trails and tubing down the chilly New River in summer. Sid followed his love of rugged coastlines to Maine’s Acadia national park where he spent a few seasons guiding sea kayaking, biking and hiking tours. He fell in love with discovering and sharing the outdoors with others, and is so grateful he has found his true passion in life. Continuing on his quest for the most beautiful places on earth he is incredibly excited to be part of KAW family! He looks forward to drinking in the beauty of Alaska and sharing it with you.
Guide ACA Level 3 Sea Kayaking Instructor Wilderness First Responder
Bobby grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where many of his fondest memories involve leaving the city to camp, hike, canoe, and see wildlife. He went to school at University of Missouri-Columbia, and after graduating he headed west in search of snowy mountains and big wild places. Since heading west in 2007 Bobby has worked as a backpacking guide for at risk teens, a snowboard and recreation instructor, a biotech in Glacier National Park on a grizzly bear project, and he worked with plants all over the Great Basin desert. A few years ago Bobby left the lonely deserts of the Great Basin and came up to Seward to visit a friend. After exploring Alaska for a month, he knew he needed to come back for a longer period of time. So last year Bobby came up to Seward to guide sea kayak trips and he is returning this year to do it again. Bobby is excited to have the opportunity to teach people about this beautiful place and all the amazing wildlife that lives here.
Alex is a true educator at heart. She loves leading trips and introducing people to the outdoors. From exploring the mojave desert to climbing up big peaks, Alex enjoys living a lifestyle of nonstop adventure. After graduating from college with a degree in Philosophy, Alex moved to South East Asia to work in the adventure travel industry. She spent three years living and working in the region, leading programs throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, and Hong Kong. When she's not in Alaska, Alex can be found leading outdoor education programs in southern California and backpacking through the southwest. She's also an avid fan of pickup ultimate frisbee, scrambling around rocks, and a good session of watercoloring. She can't wait to share this inspiring place with our guests!
Emily is a passionate naturalist and outdoor enthusiast, whose love of the environment and adventure took off early while living onboard a sailboat with her family. Back on land, she grew up kayaking, climbing, and cross-country skiing in the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. Emily recently graduated from Harvard University, where she focused her studies on ecology and marine biology and spent much of her free time learning through adventures, like surveying coral reefs in Indonesia and a cross-country road trip to climb in the Bugaboos of British Columbia. More recently, Emily has been working as a tutor on a sailing ship in the Southeast Alaska and as a researcher in Antartica! When she’s not on the water, Emily is usually off exploring mountain ranges, teaching herself the mandolin, or cozy’d up reading in front of the fire. Emily loves that she’s able to combine her interests in outdoor adventure and marine life with KAW – she can’t wait to paddle with you this summer!
Sol has lived in Alaska for nearly four decades. He has filled these years with too many adventures to count. Whether snowboarding and skiing all winter, or spending the summer sea kayaking and hiking, he can always be found outside. He has a deep love of Alaska. Living here year round gives him a unique perspective on life in Alaska which he is excited to share with our guests.
Native to the majestic lands of Northern New Jersey and a seasonal resident of the Adirondack mountains, Erin proudly holds the title of "the outdoorsy one" in her family. She can be found enjoying long walks on a slackline, snowboarding, or marveling at the beauty of life from the comfort of her kayak. Graduating from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in biology, Erin has developed a passion for the natural world and sharing it with others. As a wilderness trip leader for Bucknell, she gained four years of experience guiding kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, rock-climbing, skiing/snowboarding and caving trips. Her love of the outdoors was so strong, she embarked on a 5-month long thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail to completely immerse herself in the great outdoors. She successfully hiked from Maine all the way down to Georgia! Erin's travels have now brought her to Alaska, where she enthusiastically awaits the opportunity to share some of Alaska's beauty with all of KAW's guests!
Born and raised in Seattle, Bekah’s love for nature shenanigans blossomed while earning her degree in Public Affairs at Seattle University. With the support and guidance of SU’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation program, she delved head first into all things outdoors, building her personal and technical ability as a student trip leader, and pursued opportunities to combine her love for people, resource equity, and the great outdoors. This pursuit has enabled her to work with non-profits providing accessible outdoor adventures to inner city youth and individuals with disabilities, as a sea kayak guide in Washington’s Puget Sound, and to personal trips ranging from solo section hikes of the PCT to paddling along the cow-spotted shores of Tofino, B.C. As a guide, she strives to facilitate opportunities for people to connect to themselves, the people around them, and the natural world to encourage a lifetime of holistic wellbeing and sustainable outdoor interactions. When she’s not out about, she’s preferably napping in a hammock, daydreaming about future trips, or turning pictures from her last trip into illustrations.
Taylor grew up playing in the mountains of Colorado. She loved it so much she ended up graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Natural Resource Recreation, A.K.A playing outside. Since graduating she has been enjoying an array of environmental and science education jobs throughout Colorado and Massachusetts. She also spent a summer building recreational trails and has now taken a break to live the dream as a ski bum in Montana. Her hobbies include, but are not limited to: snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, knitting, mediocre guitar playing and joke telling. She believes some of the most meaningful experiences in nature come from those in which you can share your passion and knowledge with others. With that, she is ecstatic to have the opportunity to explore, learn & share the incredible Alaskan wilderness with our guests this summer!
Miss Jones is a rescue pup from Vermont. She has been an assistant guide to Trent on canoe tours in the Adirondacks, back country ski tours in New Hampshire, and many more! She loves long hikes, rolling in fresh snow, and treats of all shapes and sizes. She's very excited to be our friendly, well-behaved shop dog here in Alaska.