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Leadership

Without a doubt, we believe our tour leaders are the heart and soul of Timberline. These very special men and women are chosen by Timberline, not only for their obvious love of cycling and hiking and the outdoors, but also because of their caring manner, competence and enthusiasm, and their desire to share some extraordinary experiences with a wide variety of people and personalities over the course of a season.

In most cases, two leaders will be assigned to each group. In addition to extensive cyclo touring and hiking experience, each leader will have completed a leadership training course and will have received certification in First Aid and CPR. Most guides hold Wilderness First Aid certifications from NOLS or other professional, industry wide organizations. Each guide will go through Timberline Adventures very own Guide Training Weekend, filled with updates, safety information and more. Our bicycle tour leaders are competent bicycle mechanics and will be equipped to assist with repairs and maintenance.

Meet some of our Guides.....

Barb

Barb grew up in northern New York State exploring the Adirondack Mountains. Her first job out of high school was guiding bicycle trips for teens with American Youth Hostels.  She pursued degrees in mathematics and engineering but never gave up the yearn for spending time in the outdoors.  She came to Colorado 30 years ago to take advantage of the unlimited skiing opportunities. Since then she has explored the slopes, trails, mountains, rivers and lakes all over the state and the western U.S.  An avid traveler, she has also climbed mountains on 5 continents and bike toured all over Europe and Asia. Her leadership experience has progressed through volunteer and professional work with the Girl Scouts, other youth organizations and guiding companies. Her credentials include Wilderness First Responder certification, training in Winter Emergency Care and avalanche safety, and years of teaching. Introducing youth to all manner of outdoor endeavors, taking clients on domestic and international exploration and facilitating a variety of events has filled her resume.  The natural progression to heading up one of the oldest adventure tour companies in the country is thrilling and yet seems like home.  The adventure awaits!

Dave Harris

Carol

Not much needs to be said about Carol. Most of you all know she is the founder of Timberline Adventures. Carol and Dick can really say that they helped pioneer adventure travel. After 35 years in the business, there is no one that knows the hiking and biking routes in North America better than her.

We are lucky and happy to say that Carol will be guiding several tours this season. You may even be lucky enough to call when she is in the office working. It is always fun to talk to Carol about all the Timberline Adventures offerings.

Jorge

Jorge has been guiding for Timberline Adventures for over 20 years. He spent his childhood in South Florida and earned a degree in psychology from Florida State Univ.  Other than guiding for Timberline Adventures, Jorge has worked as a wilderness instructor with at risk adolescents in Utah, he has managed several bike shops, worked in the insurance industry and is now pursuing a career in the health and fitness field as a corrective exercise trainer.  Jorge's favorite thing is being dad to his nine year old son Gabriel.   If Jorge is your guide on tour, you will enjoy superior leadership, knowledge and you will be in great hands.

Julie

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir 

As a Timberline Adventures guide for more than seven seasons, Julie has led hike tours, multi-sport, custom bike tours, and Odyssey multi-week tours. She has worked for the National Park Service and served with Larimer County Search and Rescue, and is trained in Wilderness First Aid. Whether bicycling across the US, or meandering through impressive saguaros of the Arizona desert, Julie will take care of the details to make certain you are well supported. Originally from Colorado Springs, Julie’s quest for adventure was inspired at an early age by hiking and camping with her family. She received her Food Science and Nutrition degree at CSU and currently lives in Fort Collins, among plenty of outdoor opportunities. If you too are enticed by a chance moose encounter on a quiet Isle Royale path, or by cruising down a winding mountain pass in Colorado, Julie invites you to join her. She’s excited to share magnificent glaciated peaks around the next bend, or to savor lunch on a sun-warmed granite boulder by a chilly mountain stream. Julie’s goal is to ensure a tour for each guest that is safe, fun and memorable!

 


Kay

Kay is an outdoor adventure funhog like everybody else at Timberline Adventures. She loves to raft, camp, hike, and travel, and has lived in New Mexico and Colorado for 25 years. At Timberline she books every hotel and restaurant for hike and bike tours across the country with the goal of making a great night’s sleep and great meals part of every memorable tour. She has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years and is great at making sure our clients are comfortable on every trip. Born and raised in Kansas with a marketing degree from K State, she is the mother of two very athletic outdoor kids and married to a geologist who introduced her to whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, and the natural beauty of mountains and deserts. She has cultivated great relationships with the staffs of our National Parks’ great lodges and hidden gems to provide our guests with the best possible accommodations on every tour. Her specialty is helping our clients choose a tour best suited to their individual expectations and desires, and she can’t wait to hear from you!


Chelsea

Chelsea grew up in upstate New York and moved to Colorado in 2007 after completing her degree in Communication Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Coming out west reinforced and expanded her love for nature and outdoor sports including hiking, biking, camping and skiing. She has since dedicated much of her time to adventure travel and exploring nature both domestically and internationally. She and her husband lived, traveled and taught English in Southeast Asia from 2012 to 2015 and have been on many adventures all over the globe.

As Operations Manager for Timberline Adventures Chelsea is responsible for the logistics and planning that make Timberline trips enjoyable and worry-free for guests. She also has guiding experience with the company and has CPR and wilderness first-aid certifications. Chelsea enjoys her roles both behind the scenes and on the front line and looks forward to hearing from guests in the office and seeing them out on the trail!

Joe

Joe started guiding for Timberline Adventures in 2016 on both hiking and cycling trips. He is from Arizona and has lived in Colorado, Washington, Utah, Ohio and New Orleans. As a retired UPS driver, Joe now has more time to dedicate to exploring with others, and his life is filled with many adventures in the great outdoors. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and he loves learning about wildlife, geology, and the ever-changing weather conditions we encounter while outside finding fun.

In addition to guiding for Timberline Adventures, Joe also enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, rafting, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, and snowboarding, and other outdoor experiences. He spends his winters as a professional snow skiing instructor.

Joe loves to help others learn about the life of adventure, whether it is a new sport for a beginner, or helping someone to advance their skills or achieve a new goal in a sport they know. Spending time with others in the outdoors, sharing the views, and feeling the lows and the highs, brings a smile to his face. He looks forward to seeing you out there!

Suzi

Suzi grew up in Illinois and South Carolina. After many years in the southeast enjoying the outdoors as well as a career in Healthcare IT, Suzi made her dream of living in the Rocky Mountains a reality by moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2005. As an avid outdoors fan, her favorites are skiing, hiking, biking, and traveling. Suzi has biked in France, Italy, and Portugal and driven across the country with a bike on top of her car to bike and hike in many unique and interesting spots in the United States. She continues to spend as much time as possible outside by biking, hiking, and skiing whenever she can. Four years ago, Suzi left the Healthcare IT world for another journey which has included teaching skiing as a PSIA Certified Instructor at Copper Mountain and Tour Guiding. Her certifications include Wilderness First Aid, Epinephrine Auto-injecto, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, and Project Management Professional. Suzi is a Clemson alumni with a passion for college football only second to the outdoors. She looks forward to spending time with Timberline clients. Let the fun and adventures begin!

Patty

Patty grew up in northern New Jersey and always had a yearning to move West! After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Environmental Science her dream came true. She began her career with the National Park Service as an emergency services Park Ranger. Her twenty six year career included law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, backcountry management and visitor services. She served in Big Bend National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gateway National Recreation Area, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Rocky Mountain National Park and several other areas as part of a National Incident Management Team. After retiring in 2012 from the National Park Service, she began guiding for Timberline Adventures. Some of her favorite places to guide include Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Alaska. She is currently certified as an EMT-IV. She loves taking Timberline guests to National Parks exploring and enjoying all the Parks have to offer. When not guiding, she enjoys birding, cycling, fly fishing, hiking and skiing, and traveling in her camper van with her husband Thom.

Thom

Thom has spent thirty years in the outdoor adventure field working with a wide variety of populations. This work has been with a variety of Outward Bound type programs and guiding companies. Personnel travel and adventures have taken him from the Artic watershed to the deserts of Mexico, sailing in the Caribbean and a long walk through Nepal and Tibet. Raising two children and married to a National Park Ranger while living outside of Rocky Mountain National Park provided great opportunities to play in the Colorado backcountry, skiing, hiking and climbing. His personal philosophy is that we all have a great deal to learn from one another as well as from wilderness experiences and adventures. So let the fun, learning and growing begin as soon as possible.

Laura

A client recently remarked “Laura was born to be a guide!” A veteran guide from the early days of Timberline, Laura has returned to lead tours after a career teaching art in public schools. Before teaching, she worked at Breckenridge Ski Area in skier services and ski racing, and as a National Park Service Ranger. She designed and led interpretive bike tours for visitors to Cape Cod National Seashore. And as a self-taught French speaker, she led bike tours in Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands, and claims the capacity to smile in every language! Laura was raised in charming New England in a Civil War era house, yet made the mountains of Colorado her permanent home in 1982. When not guiding, she consults for College Board AP Studio Art, is a USSA judge for freestyle mogul skiing, and enjoys encaustic painting, mixed media and jewelry metalsmithing. Happily married to a biologist who also loves biking, skiing, kayaking, and anything outside, Laura loves the way hiking and biking slow the pace of life to appreciate your day and surroundings so fully, while separating you from your everyday concerns. She is looking forward to making memories with you on tour – come join her!

Jim

Jim has always had a love of cycling.  He began participating in bicycle tours throughout the United States and Europe in the early 1990's.  He was a participant in two Ride the Rockies bicycle tours and served on the staff for The Bicycle Tours of Colorado for three years.  In 2002 he completed the Adventure Cycling's leadership training school.  He began his career as a bicycling tour guide with International Bicycle Tours leading tours in Tucson, AZ, Door County, WS, the C&O canal route by the Potomac RIver, and in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

He began leading tours for Timberline Adventures in 2005 and over the past 12 years, tours have taken him all over the US and Canada.  Jim says it is hard to list his favorite tour, but he would list the Bitterroot and Sawtooth Mountain tour as one of the most challenging.

Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and the four grandchildren.  He also enjoys teaching his indoor cycling classes at the YMCA. He holds certifications for indoor cycling from Spinning, Keise and the YMCA and is certified in CPR and First Aid.  Jim prides himself on his bicycle mechanic skills, experience and his overall mastery of cycling.

Dave

Dave has been involved with Timberline Adventures for many years as a guest and as a co-owner with his wife. Dave used his experience and insight from his involvement in high technology businesses in the Bay Area to build up the infrastructure of Timberline Adventures.

Dave and Kisa sold the business in early 2017, but Dave will continue to guide occasionally. Guiding tours and riding and hiking with customers is where much of his time is spent during the season.

Kisa

She has been involved with Timberline Adventures as a guest for many years now a guide, and past co-owner of the business. Her parents introduced her to the company years ago. Kisa enjoys traveling and exploring. She loves biking and hiking and just being outdoors and exercising.

Her skills include Graphic Design, Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Teacher, Nutritionist and Trainer-Curriculum Developer for Adobe Systems Inc., and Consultant. She loves to combine all of her interests and passions into Timberline Adventures.

She is a Wilderness First Responder through NOLS, a certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and a Certified Group Exercise, Silver Sneaker and Pilates, Yoga200HR, and Group Exercise Instructor. She enjoy sharing her joy, energy and experience of fitness with others.

Cindy

Bio Coming Soon

Jill

Although Jill was raised in a small Indiana town, she always has had a yearning for the more rugged outdoors. As a kid, she savored the freedom that came from biking the countryside. One summer, she seized an opportunity to do a multi-day canoe trip in the boundary waters of northern Minnesota. It was a turning point, experiencing camping and waking up to the soothing sounds of the loons and the lapping of the water on the lake’s rocky edge. She put that calling on hold as she went on to get her engineering degree. She worked for NASA in southern California-and explored the beautiful and rugged canyons of the south west. Later she moved to Colorado to be engineer for an aerospace company. While engineering filled the week days, the weekends were for exploring the mountains of the Colorado Rockies. She trained with the local mountaineering club and later joined the national ski patrol. She gave back to the outdoor community by becoming an outdoor emergency care instructor, avalanche safety instructor, and an active member in the local mountain search and rescue group. She also has been leading mountaineering trips for the Colorado Mountain Club for over 15 years. In 2015 she moved out of the engineering office cubical and converted to professional guiding. Her specialties are hiking, skiing, canoeing, rafting, and biking in the mountains and rivers of Colorado, and exploring desert canyons of Utah. However there has always been room for adding some fun explorations of kayaking in Alaska, Everglades, and Arcadia, and hiking some sweet parks in Wyoming and California. She is good at relating to people’s nervousness of stepping into new experiences outdoors, and thus makes the trips non-threatening and wonderfully rewarding.

Andrea

Andrea was a past Timberline Guide that worked twenty years for the company, she is one of the first Canadians to join the ranks back in the day. She took a break from Timberline for 7 years after attending school for Kinesiology and then pursuing a successful career as an Athletic Therapist up in Calgary Canada. She is now returning on a part time basis to help out with the Canadian trips.

Andrea is passionate about the outdoors, this spring she is venturing to Africa to work with the National Rwandan Cycling Team. She knows the Canadian Rockies like no other, the mountains are her playground in both the winter and summer. She looks forward to meeting some of you on the Canadian Trips.

 

 

 

 


 

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