Our Guides Set Us Apart
Athlete, naturalist, entertainer, medic, mechanic, historian, storyteller, and chef are among the things we expect our guides to be. Often they are much more. What you can expect from The World Outdoors' guides is an acute attention to detail and a natural ability for inspiring fun, fostering camaraderie, and creating the perfect vacation for you. They're special folks whose infectious enthusiasm for people and the outdoors makes the difference between a good trip and an extraordinary one.
Meet The World Outdoors' Guides:
I'm Mark Griffin and I've been a guide for T.W.O. for six years and I love my job! The mountains and canyons of the western states are my favorite playgrounds. Whether climbing, snowboarding, biking, hiking or just relaxing outside, wild places are where I'm happiest. While growing up in New England my passion for the outdoors developed during hiking and backpacking trips in New Hampshire and Vermont. After earning a BS in Adventure Based Program Management at Lyndon State College I moved to Colorado and began a career in the great outdoors. I now spend my summers guiding clients through the most beautiful parts of our country and my winters patrolling the slopes of a local ski area. I am a Nationally Registered EMT and Wilderness First Responder.
April grew up in Southern California, became an RN with the intent to travel the world and met her husband on her first assignment. Luckily for her he is a "mountain man" and "he taught me everything I know about the outdoors". They raised their three children on family adventures throughout the West and Mexico. She loves all types of camping and hiking, especially climbing Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks, horsepacking , river rafting, and backcountry skiing. The family expeditions honed her skills for a career in the outdoor industry — such as "keep going, we're almost there" and "don't worry, it's just a little rain". Through her adventures she has studied flora, fauna, animal tracking, geology, mountian man lore, primitive skills and feeding a gourmet dinner to a bunch of hungry people in the middle of nowhere — with one pan.
After growing up in the relatively flat Midwest and central North Carolina, a desire for mountains was planted in Jeremy's soul during a visit to Anchorage in 1996. By the start of the New Year Jeremy had moved to Alaska to play, marry, and grow in the Great Land. Whether he’s trail racing, “run-a-bagging”, rock climbing, mountain biking, or backcountry snowboarding his face is plastered with a permanent smile, happy to be experiencing the extremes of AK with his wife Tiffany, son Rans and hound-dog Jackson. He has been guiding for T.W.O. since 2001. Education is in his blood and he loves teaching about and showing off his “backyard” to visitors, whether they are guests, friends, or family. When not guiding, Jeremy teaches Art, Photography and Design courses at a local high school.
Born and raised in Manassas Virginia, but a resident of Colorado since 1999, Chris definitely feels more at home in the mountains. He has a degree in Studio Arts from George Mason University with a concentration in photography. He has always had an eye for photography and it was in college that he discovered he enjoyed drawing with dots. (pointillism) After a lifetime in the restaurant industry, he stumbled across the outdoor adventure industry. He then found out that he had the travel bug and everything seemed to fall into place. Chris loves travelling to beautiful places, sharing but a fraction of the power and wonderment that exists, and capturing moments of it through his pictures. Chris has been in the industry for 7 years now and has been discovering what it means to "Be" in Nature. The journey is ever evolving, and he considers it to be the greatest gift to be able to share it.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Brad developed a love for the outdoors and for hands-on work while roofing with his father at 12 years old. He moved to Colorado after receiving a degree in Business Management from Concordia College to work as a river guide on the Arkansas while spending the winter months exploring South and Central America. He has managed resorts and inns from Belize to Durango, Colorado, but continues to pursue his love for white water rafting in Buena Vista. His experience in the hospitality and outdoor industries are well-blended as a World Outdoors guide, and although he may no longer live in the north, it is engrained in him to never turn down a cold beer or a warm campfire.
Ever since she was little, Lisa has felt at home in the outdoors; she'd spend hours splashing around the neighborhood creek, turning over rocks to observe and collect bugs, climbing trees to read her favorite books until the sun set...and would almost always return home to dinner covered in dirt. It's no surprise that she aspired to pursue a degree in geology and a career in adventure travel, where she has set her heart on sharing the beauty and serenity of nature with others. Lisa has led young adults on cycling, multi-sport, and community service trips in Hawaii and Cape Cod, designed and implemented a backcountry adventure program for a summer camp, and now has found her niche working for The World Outdoors since 2012. When she's not guiding, Lisa loves practicing yoga, bicycle touring, strummin' on the guitar and traveling domestically and internationally. She also loves to write, and you can read about her recent bicycling trip across the country on her blog (www.roadsidetravels.wordpress.com). Lisa's thrilled for another exciting season with The World Outdoors and looks forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting new friends on their next adventure!
With the Marin Headlands at her back door, Claire grew up hiking and constantly covered in dirt. She spent all her awkward years in the pool as a competitive swimmer, water polo player, and, occasionally, open water swimmer. When she moved to Colorado in 2006 her hobbies grew to higher elevations to include backpacking, fly fishing, biking, and skiing. After being chained to a desk for one excruciatingly long year she pursued a career in the outdoor industry to turn her passions into a living. She loves to feel like a small part of something grand when exploring the world outdoors and revels at the chance to experience this with all who are open to the moment. She looks forward to sharing quirky stories, profound moments, adrenaline rushes, good food, and lots of laughs on your next trip.
The past few years have found Andy bouncing around various towns in Idaho, Colorado, and a plenty of places in between. To label him as being “from” somewhere would be disrespectful to his spirit, beliefs, and practices. He generally spends any free time chasing dry rock, dry dirt trails, and soft snow. When the sun goes down, look for him around a campfire reading about current happenings on the environmental stage, or howling at the moon with an out-of-tune guitar in hand.
While he used to rate jobs based on the off-time schedule they afforded, Andy learned a new way of being when he started at The World Outdoors. Now time is universal, as work and time off are measured on the same plane. Not a day goes by, both on and off work, that doesn't find him basking in a sort of Elysian glow, laughing at his place in life. He is excited about sharing and spreading his passion for all things outdoors with anyone nearby. In short, he absolutely loves his job.
Even as a young child, CJ enjoyed outdoor activities. Whether camping, skiing or rock climbing, he enjoys sharing the skills he learned in his youth. When CJ was 13, he traveled to Utah and met a tour guide who made his trip one he would never forget and it inspired him to pursue the same career. He worked hard through his adolescence to develop skills in rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking, alpine touring, skiing, and many other adventure sports. In the beautiful mountains of Vermont, he attended Lyndon State College and received a bachelor’s degree in Mountain Recreation Management. He is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, PSIA, Rock wall instructor, and mountain bike tech. For his post-university internship, he worked for the Military to foster camaraderie in returning units by guiding maneuvers through high ropes courses, rock climbing, disc golf and back country skiing. He then went on to work for Winter Park Resort as a Level II Ski Instructor and as a guide for the World Outdoors. CJ truly loves his job and makes it his mission to give people the trip of their dreams.