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.
Reservations / Office Staff
Although originally from CT, Wendy has spent many years traveling both within the States and internationally. She's enjoyed adventures that include reindeer herding near Antarctica, researching on Crete and Easter Island, sailing the Mediterranean, living in the Swiss Alps, and working for National Geographic. More recently, she and her husband, Dave, landed in Seward in 2002, and she has been with Kayak Adventures ever since! You’ll usually find her behind the desk - helping to plan your trip and keeping logistics in check. She also owns and operates Bear Paw Lodge and is the founder of the Seward Paddling Association. In her free time, you’ll most likely find her out hiking with her two dogs, paddling the local waters, picking her mandolin, or just enjoying the fun social scene in Seward. With years of experience and strong passion for the local area, she’s a great asset for your trip planning needs!
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.
Alaska is Buddy’s birthplace and Seward is his hometown. Being Athabascan, he has a deep connection to The Great Land. Along with learning traditional ways of living off the land, he carries with him a love of wisdom and has recently obtained his M.A. in philosophy. Buddy teaches philosophy at Kenai Peninsula College, and has taught outdoor education to international school groups in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and China. He is an enthusiastic snowboarder, surfer, skateboarder, chess player, adventurer, pacifist, and student of life. Buddy loves to show off his home - Resurrection Bay and beyond - and is looking forward to taking you out paddling!
Meagan spent her childhood in a suburb of Los Angeles. When she went to college in Santa Barbara, she fell in love with nature. She started guiding for her college, switched her major to environmental studies, and hasn't looked back. Since graduating, she's worked at a farm in Northern California with at-risk high school students, at a ranch in Colorado, and at an outdoor science school in Big Bear. When she's not guiding, Meagan can be found rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, kayaking (she doesn't get enough at work!), knitting, or playing card games. Meagan is excited to share her compassion and outdoor enthusiasm with paddlers in one of the best wilderness settings on the planet.
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.
Ashley is an enthusiastic, animated, easy going adventurer. Her spark for life and exploration began at a young age. Growing up, she became passionate about river rafting, camping, hiking, swimming and bird watching in the majestic red rock deserts of Southern Utah and Colorado. As an adult she started a small business working as a dog trainer, hiker and caretaker in the Rocky Mountains. In most recent years she’s been spending her summers guiding rafting trips through the heartland of Denali. Ashley is a natural born road warrior, traveling across the continent in the winters, staying in touch with friends and family, chasing the snow, and romping in our national parks. She is both thrilled and grateful to be with KAW and to share everything she loves about Alaska.
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!
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.