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Pangaea Guides

Professional Sea Kayak and Glacier Guides

Pangaea Adventures hires to the highest standards and focuses on guides with a great balance of experience, safety, friendly personality, and education. Our guides care about the overall   experience of every guest and strive to balance recreation and education. Each guide practices "leave no trace" ethics and creates a comfortable atmosphere for all levels of kayakers. Each head guide is trained in advanced wilderness medicine and rescue. Their backgrounds are all in guiding and teaching. We hire adults who are personable, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, patient, responsible, and safe.

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Tim Duffy aka "Duff" has several years of experience guiding paddling, backpacking and ski-mountaineering trips throughout Alaska. Originally a Maine-ah, Duff ski guides winters in Nevada, explores the world on vacation, and is currently our backup boat captain. You can sit back and enjoy the cruise with Duff while he throws fun facts at you and sometimes even raps them. He acquired the company in 2008 and says the Valdez vistas still have him in awe.

 

Dave Scott: There are many myths surrounding the creation of Dave, such as, his mother was a mermaid, and that he actually WAS delivered by the stork. What we do know is that Dave's earliest memories come from the state of Idaho. Similar to the stellar Sealion, Dave is the largest member of his family. However, unlike the sea otter, Dave does NOT have the highest density of hairs per square inch of any animal. In his free time, Dave enjoys a day at the spa. If Dave were not driving boats you would likely find him in a psych ward... As a nurse. If Dave had a super power it would be division by zero. After a long day at work Dave enjoys sitting down to an intelligent debate about the state of this great Union, and occasionally, how to end global hunger. If Dave actually was what he ate, he would be a goldfish (the confection snack) . A little known fact about Dave is that Kevin Costner's character in the cult classic movie Water World, was loosely based on Dave's life. Dave is actually his surname, his first name is Captain.

Kourtnie Funkhouser: Originally from the land of potatoes (Boise, Idaho), this funk house has plenty of rafting experience. She has been a kicking it on the Salmon River in Idaho and the Colorado River in Moab, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a degree in Exercise Physiology pre-med. This gnar gnar smarty pants is ready to send it on the Lowe River, so prepare yourself for some good old funky fun!

Julian Lacroix: This Vermont native most recently hailed from Prescott, Arizona. This dirtbag supreme has spent the last five years of his life living out of tents and trucks, exploring the mountains, deserts, and cumulative wonders of the earth. His epic travels have landed him on the West Coast of the US, India, New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania. Julian is following his passions by studying adventure education at Prescott College in Arizona, focusing currently on obtaining his masters in Wilderness Leadership and Cultural Studies. Julian loves to ruckus around in Alaska's 24 hours of summer light. If he is missing, he can undoubtably be found climbing up any routes he can find, indoor or outdoor. His stoke levels are high, and this character is more than ready to take you adventuring around the haven of Valdez, be it in a raft or kayak. 

Nathan Croom: Originally from New Bern, North Carolina, Nathan comes to Pangaea most recently from Aspen, Colorado. Taking pow to the face, his red beard the only indication it is man not a wolverine tearing down the mountain, he spends his winters working the lifts and shredding the gnar. In the realms of H2O, Nathan spent the summer of 2014 sea kayaking the gorgeous coast lines of Oahu, Hawaii, as well as doing whitewater in Colorado. This guy is stoked on wilderness, so much so he worked hard to finish his degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University a year early so he could get after it in the west! Adventuring and living out of his Subaru Forester, Nathan is a fantastic guide and ready to share his knowledge and excitement of the area and ocean with ya’ll on any of Pangaea’s awesome adventures.
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Meredith Lorig: An expert kayaker, Meredith hales from the waters of the Lake Superior and the Bounds Water Canoe Area in the wilds of Minnesota. She spent her middle and high school years in Chile with her family, and went on to earn a B.A in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Some of her greatest achievements so far include: completing a 50 day canoe expedition down the Dubawnt and Thelon Rivers in Canada, building a pair of Ojibway snowshoes with step one being cutting down the ash tree for wood, and spending a year learning how to handle educational raptors. In her free time, Meredith enjoys long paddles next to the beach, ceramics, and lichens.

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Sami Schafer: Sami, a native to Emmaus PA, has embraced the call of the wild and adventure in Valdez. Her bubbly personality and corny jokes are the ultimate ice breaker. With over a decade of rafting and whitewater kayaking experience, Sami will assist you in taking it in the face be it rafting or sea kayaking. In her spare time she can be found dancing her heart out or playing guitar. If you're lucky, you'll hear her do her accent from "down unda" or New Yoork where she gets her "doity worta hat dogs". Her spirit animal is likely to be the unicorn. With a BA in Geology, she's smarter then a box of rocks and to prove it, she will tell you all there is to know about that box of rocks.

Ian Colegrove: Originally from a small birdwatching village in Ohio, Ian ventured back to Valdez to guide for Pangaea for a second season. After studying the theory of ecotourism and adventure travel at Hocking College, he decided he would put it to use here in Alaska. This enthusiastic guide can lift a kayak with one hand while leading mocking jays in song with his Johnny Cash baritone. In his time off he enjoys backpacking in the mountains, competitive ping pong, and exploring the deep. As your guide, this sensitive Sagittarius will lead you through the beautiful 'bergs of Columbia Bay and around the crevasses of the Worthingotn Glacier while filling your head with fun facts. So really, ask him about the birds in Alaska; if you weren't stoked about them before, you will be after your trip!

Elyse Rylander: Elyse comes to us from Poynette, Wisconsin, where she was raised on cheese curds and carefully brewed IPA's. Like any self respecting Wisconsinite she attended the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Women Studies. After graduation she moved out to Seattle where she ran a drop-in center for homeless youth before embarking on her Pangaea saga. A cool and collected leader with a vast knowledge of the area, she returns for her fourth season here at Pangaea.  Lesbi-honest, she's pretty much the flyest cat in Valdez. Last year, together with her girlfriend, she started Outthere Adventures, a non-profit geared towards building courage and confidence in queer youth through wildness experience. You can check them out at www.outthereadventures.org

Kira McGieson: Born at home in the Pacific Northwest and shortly thereafter plopped in a baby carrier and hiked in to the Olympics, Kira has spent ample time in the mountains and on the sea. Her bread and butter for the last 9 years has been lead sea kayaking trips throughout the San Juan Islands and backpacking trips for women up to 50 years her senior throughout the Cascades. For a great time on the water and unwavering optimism, Kira is your gal.

Tyler Campbell: TC is not the heir to a multi-billion dollar soup company. He is a full-time mid-westerner, ski- bum and pursuer of gnar. Split-boarding the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado and canoeing the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota weren't cool enough so Campbell finds himself in Alaska this summer in the pursuit of.... yup. MORE GNAR!! He can make a mean grouse and dumpling dish and will talk your ear off about the Lewis and Clarke Expedition.

 

Heidi Sarazen: Hailing from the beautiful garden state, Heidi headed south to the University of Georgia where she perfected the southern drawl. Post UGA her passion for the outdoors led her to become WWOOFer in Vermont, and raft guide in South Carolina. More recently she has spent multiple seasons slaying pow in Telluride. If you are lucky enough to have her as your guide be sure to ask her about her watercolors.

 

Stanton Mayer: after graduating from UVM and retiring from his position as master caddy at a prestigious country club back home, Stan decided to leave New Jersey and explore new places. His adventurous soul led him to spend 7 months backpacking, cycling, and exploring all around Asia. After that, Stan realized his culinary potential while working at a ski resort restaurant in Utah. This guys’ backcountry cooking skills are legit. While his heart will always lie in the Adirondacks, Stan joins us at Pangaea this year to broaden his experience as a sea kayak guide and to explore all that Valdez has to offer.

 

Robert Dooley: Dooley comes to us from Washington DC where he learned some killer dance moves. Rob loves sports and is even a Division I wrestler at George Mason University (don't get on his wrong side or you'll end up on your backside). Extreme sports is a way of life for Dooley, including mountain biking, climbing using only his arms, and whitewater in any form. In his free time Dooley enjoys fly fishing and hiking. Since arriving in Valdez, Dooley has fallen in love with the dramatic landscape and the adventurous culture.

 

Andrew Morreale: In tribute to the great success of past academics such as Jane Goodall, Andrew has journeyed from beyond his ivory tower to study among the ape-like guide community in order to better understand their primitive habits and even more primitive hygiene. Between extensive journal taking, photography, fantasizing about scrums, and sticking sick dynos, Andrew manages to find time for himself in his daily runs, where he struggles to balance the overwhelming beauty of Valdez with his continued frustration with the unerring accuracy with which the raft guides can fling their own feces.  Besides all these things, the “Professor” is a friendly, humorous, and overall wonderful addition to the Pangaea crew. 

 

Kristina Rodriguez: A native to the Chicago area, Kristina joins us for her fourth season as the office manager for Pangaea. She graduated with a double BA in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Lake Forest College outside of the great city, and has since spent her time roaming the U.S. and Latin America. Ask her about exploring Machu Picchu, starting an organic farm at LFC, or learning first hand about immigration issues at the U.S./Mexico border. She’s done all these things! You can also ask her all about Pangaea Adventures, or about how she’s enjoyed her transition to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

 

 


Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.