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 15 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.
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 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 New Zealand 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Have you ever felt the magical feeling of being beyond your regular routine, when the world feels filled with wonder and possibility? Joe is WAY into that feeling and he's been seeking and finding it through a life in the outdoors. After a childhood of camping and climbing trips in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, Joe decided to commit fully and earn a degree in Adventure Education. His fascination with outdoor facilitation put him on a path that eventually pointed towards Southern California, where he spent seven years training young leaders and directing a non-profit summer camp/outdoor education facility outside of San Diego. That socal time also involved sea kayaking trips on the Sea of Cortez, alpine peaks in the Eastern Sierras, and a lifetime's worth of good climbing in the desert. For Joe, that aforementioned magical feeling is best when shared and he's excited about finding ways to share it with you!
Allison loves the little things in life, like good books, strong cups of coffee, and beautiful vistas. Growing up in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Allison cultivated her love for the outdoors. She was drawn to the Appalachian region and attended West Virginia University, where she studied English. During her time at WVU, Allison worked for the university's outdoor orientation program, AdventureWV, where she led backpacking trips that oriented incoming freshman to college life. Working for AdventureWV led Allison to discover her passion for outdoor and experiential education. She appreciates the clarity and personal growth that working in natural environments can provide. After graduating in 2016, Allison served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at WVU's College of Law. Allison spent nearly two years working in community development in rural areas of West Virginia. Allison is always looking for adventure and has enjoyed paddling in a variety of environments, from New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park to the French Broad River in North Carolina. Allison has made her way to Alaska, where you might find her jogging around Seward or writing about a new experience. Allison can't wait to meet you and share the uniqueness of the Alaskan coast.
Tyler has always been somebody who loves to be on the water! While growing up in the Eastern United States, Tyler spent most of his time exploring Appalachian mountains, rivers, and lakes. However, it wasn’t until he moved to West Virginia that he developed a passion for outdoor adventure sports, and the people and opportunities that came with them. Since then, Tyler has shared his love for the outdoors with many others. He has spent time working as an outdoor adventure trip leader for West Virginia University, a rock climbing guide, whitewater rafting guide, whitewater kayak instructor, and ski instructor. He has since found his way to Seward, AK where he can do what he loves- kayaking among the mountains, and sharing his love for the outdoors with others.
Tasha is a scientist, teammate, and nature lover. Her wonder at the outdoors took off during college in southern California, where she studied physics and explored nearby parks. She took that love with her to New York City, where she worked as a chemist and software developer, all the while section hiking the Appalachian Trail, cooking up a storm, and playing sweet Ultimate Frisbee. When not adventuring outside, she’s learning to draw, practicing her Dutch, contra dancing, or reading miscellaneous fiction. Tasha will be coming to Alaska from New Zealand, where she’s tramping, exploring, and teaching her younger cousins about geology, playground physics, and the immune system. She’s tremendously excited to bring her scientific background to KAW and to share the beauty of this inspiring area with you 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.