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Our Guides
Guides are often the key to any successful outdoor adventure. Our guides are highly skilled outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about sharing the beauty of the natural world. These knowledgeable and fun loving individuals make your adventure unforgettable by sharing sides of Tahoe few people see. Feedback from our guests has been clear: Our guides make the difference.

Trip leaders who work for Tahoe Adventure Company are truly special people. We hire only the top 10% of all applicants who apply. Because the Tahoe area is so beautiful, and our trips sound more like fun than work, we find ourselves with piles of applications. We are fortunate that we draw experienced guides from a variety of interesting leadership backgrounds: Outward Bound instructors, NOLS course graduates, river guides, sea kayaking guides, professional mountaineers, environmental educators, teachers and teambuilding facilitators.

Most of our staff members are long time locals in the Tahoe area, offering local insight on secret spots and little known lore and history. All trip leaders and assistant guides are CPR and First Aid certified while many have earned EMT, Wilderness First Responder, and Lifeguard certifications. Our rock climbing instructors boast American Mountain Guide Association certification as well.

Guide training: Our leaders are constantly learning and perfecting the skills necessary to lead great trips. We offer many hours of training to our guides through Trip Leader mentoring, focused in-services and ongoing staff training sessions for all the activities we offer.

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Name: Kevin Hickey - Owner/Director
Years with TAC: 11

Education: Bachelor of Arts

Leadership Experience:
Kevin is the Founder and Director of Tahoe Adventure Company. His goals from the start have been to offer the highest quality adventure trips and tours with a focus on the natural and human history of the Tahoe/Truckee area.

Kevin has over 20 years of Guiding and Outdoor Education experience throughout the U.S. and Abroad. He spent many years teaching wilderness education, backpacking, rock climbing and sea kayaking. He has also worked as a naturalist, ropes course facilitator, and developer of custom teambuilding programs. Additionally, he has worked as a ski patroller and on the logistics and medical teams for various adventure races around the globe.

Kevin has a passion for sharing the outdoors with guests and especially enjoys working with youth and school groups. He holds EMT, CPR, Avalanche Level II, and Leave No Trace Trainer certifications.

Favorite Adventure Trip: A 3 week trip to the Himalayas with my wife. Each and every scuba diving trip I have been on.

Favorite TAC Trip: On the water, SUP Tours; On land, any mountain biking tour.

Favorite Sport: Telemark Skiing in the backcountry or at the resort.

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Name: Katie Hickey - Operations
Years with TAC: 6

Education: UC Santa Barbara, B.A. Environmental Studies

Leadership Experience:
Katie manages and oversees the operations, marketing and bookkeeping at TAC. In addition to previously managing the operations for a small international travel company, Katie has experience working with different populations teaching Environmental Education and Home Health in California as well as abroad.

She holds WFR, CPR and First Aid Instructor, and Avalanche Level I certifications.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands with my husband.

Favorite TAC Trip: Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour and Lodge to Lodge Kayak.

Favorite Sport: Alpine and cross-country skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, running, gardening, cooking, and chasing my daughter.

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Name: Kerry Andras
Years with TAC: 11

Education: BS at CSU Chico
Peace Corps Mali 2000 - 2002

Leadership experience: 10 years with TAC

Favorite Adventure trip: Paddling the circumference of Lake Tahoe in 4 days

Favorite TAC trip: Thunderbird Lodge

Favorite sport: Skate Skiing

Other than guiding: Playing music in various local bands, including Sneaky Creatures, and teaching private music lessons



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Name: Kevin Klein
Years with TAC: 10

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation at San Francisco State University

Leadership Experience: Many years guiding whitewater rafting trips in California, Utah, and Colorado; over 10 years facilitating team building programs; over 10 years teaching Telemark skiing and snowboarding; and 7 years managing snowboarding school at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Multi-day raft trips on the Green and Yampa Rivers.

Favorite TAC Trip: Sunset, Moonlight Paddle on Lake Tahoe

Favorite Sport: Telemark Skiing in fresh Pow!! (Backcountry, resort, or heli skiing)

Other than Guiding: Mountain biking, taking photos of professional ski and snowboard athletes, swimming in Lake Tahoe (fun and fitness), and paddling to Tahoe City Commons Beach for Sunday afternoon free concerts!

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Name: Robin McElroy
Years with TAC: 8

Education: Bachelor of Arts, French Minor at the University of Colorado, Boulder

Leadership Experience: My first teaching job was as a rock climbing instructor when I was 14. I've since taught skiing internationally, guided white water rafting for Tahoe White Water, and taught outdoor education programs for high school students with the Gateway Mountain Center.
I have been an outdoor educator for the past several years for TAC leading mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and team building events.

Favorite TAC Trip: The Sand Harbor Kayak Tour because the East Shore is so pristine. The Full Moon Tours are also great, as I love seeing the colors of the sunset reflecting off the surface of the water. I also love having the lake all to myself!

Favorite Sport: Big Mountain Skiing

Other than Guiding: I ski patrol at Squaw Valley in the winter and I compete in Big Mountain Skiing events. I love to do almost all independent sports in both the summer and winter - skiing, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, running, swimming, wake boarding, wake surfing, fishing, and paragliding.

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Name: John Arsenault
Years with TAC: 5

Leadership Experience: While exploring the country for over ten years, John has worked in a variety of outdoor organizations as an adventure, environmental science and outdoor ed instructor and program director. With a diverse past in experiential education, he has worked with groups in a variety of activities and environments: open ocean, whitewater, hiking, camping, caving, mountain biking, and mountaineering. John also has additional experience owning and operating a small property management company, working as a finish carpenter, facilitating organizational business management, sustainability, curriculum development and teamwork workshop sessions, teaching high school and college English, as well as traveling to Ecuador and the South Pacific with international service learning programs. His volunteer work includes the Sierra College Outdoor Club, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, cultural exchange with numerous Native American and international indigenous tribes, green building and sustainability advocacy, literacy, and ecology restoration.

Education: John has earned a BA in English Literature from Boston University and an MA in Teaching from the University of Maine at Orono.

Favorite Adventure Trip: An 11 day sea kayak expedition with OBW on the coast of Maine.

Favorite TAC Trip: Any full moon tour. Being near Lake Tahoe during full moon is magical.

Favorite Sport: All of the above. The one he is doing that day.

Other than guiding: John teaches English for Washoe County Schools at Hug HS, for Sierra College in Truckee, and TMCC in Reno, writes free lance anything, and enjoys travel and adventure sports including backpacking, hiking, whitewater kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, and back country telemark skiing.

Name: Sean Bunnell
Years with TAC: 4

Leadership Experience: Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training.Teaching skiing and rock climbing.

Education: Hospitality Management Degree.Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Favorite Adventure Trip: High Sierra ski touring/backpacking

Favorite Sport: Backcountry Skiing

Other than guiding (what do you do when your not guiding for TAC): Enjoying a variety of outdoor activities, painting, gardening.


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Name: Chase Allstadt
Years with TAC: 4

Leadership Experience: Outward Bound Instructor, Raft guide

Education: B.S. Adventure Recreation

Favorite Adventure Trip: Middle Fork of the Salmon River Rafting

Favorite TAC Trip: Sand Harbor Kayak Tour

Favorite Sport: Anything on the water

Other than guiding (what do you do when your not guiding for TAC): Swimming with my dog around Donner or floating and fishing on the Truckee River. I also like to Brew Beer!!

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Name: Kelly Boire
Years with TAC: 3

Kelly Boire is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has been guiding, teaching and lecturing in the North Lake Tahoe area for over 15 years. She received her degree in horticulture/botany while working abroad on an organic farm in Sussex, England. After relocating back in the United States, she settled in Truckee, CA and has worked as a naturalist guide and outdoor educator in the Lake Tahoe area, Yosemite, Mendocino, Point Reyes, Olympic Peninsula and Moab. She currently divides her guiding time between a number of outdoor recreation companies that cater to a wide range of clients. Her work gives her an opportunity to coordinate with schools from all over the country to teach children hands-on about natural history, ecology, and botanical illustration, as well as facilitate outdoor sports such as climbing, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. Other avenues of work allow her to lead active adults and seniors on adventures of their choice, whether that be hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or horseback riding. Through these active pursuits she shares her knowledge and love of the outdoors by teaching others to explore the natural world with enthusiasm and a sense of fun!


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Name: Quincy Young
Years with TAC: 3

Leadership Experience:
Ropes course and climbing wall instructor. Outdoor education camp counselor, and numerous years coaching alpine skiing.

Education: M.S in Sports Psychology, B.S in Health Ecology

Favorite Adventure Trip: My favorite adventure trip would be my most recent adventure trip, which was kayaking around Lake Tahoe! Being able to see the 72 miles of Lake Tahoe's shoreline gave me a new appreciation for the entire Lake Tahoe Basin.

Favorite TAC Trip: I'm a wildflower enthusiast! I love the wildflowers and waterfalls that are located in Squaw Valley. The vast variety of plants and the beautiful waterfalls makes each trip exciting and special for each group.

Favorite Sport: Alpine and Backcountry Skiing

Other than guiding, what do you do for fun?:
I try to spend as much time as possible outside, hiking and biking. I also enjoy going to music festivals and reading for my wonderful book club. If I'm not outside, I'm writing my blog at www.sportselevatedconsulting.wordpress.com.

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Name: Ben Kimple

Years with TAC: 1st Season

Leadership Experience: Ran the on campus rock climbing wall in College, worked as a ropes course facilitator and team builder, completed a NOLS semester course, worked as a nature trail guide in Lake Placid New York, and taught both skiing and snowboarding at Greek Peak Mountain in New York, and then again with the Adaptive program at Alpine Meadows in California.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management at SUNY Cortland.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Sailing on the Sea of Cortez, Baja Mexico.

Favorite TAC Trip: Sand Harbor Kayaking

Favorite Sport: Skiing

Other than guiding (what do you do when you’re not guiding for TAC):
Camping, Rafting, Skiing, Snowboarding, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Running, Playing Music, Listening to Music, getting outside with my Dog!


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Name: Michael Warne

Years with TAC: 1st Season

Leadership Experience: Lead instructor, Course Director, and Ropes Course Facilitator with The Boojum Institute for Experiential Education,

Education: BA in Recreation Management/Minor in Environmental Education & Outdoor Pursuits at New York State University of Cortland

Favorite Adventure Trip: Multi-day river expedition on the Colorado River

Favorite TAC Trip: We shall soon see!

Favorite Sport: Table Tennis

Other than guiding (what do you do when you’re not guiding for TAC):
When I am not working you will find me in the hills of North Lake Tahoe hiking, biking, backpacking, playing Frisbee golf, and simply enjoying as much of the outdoors as I can! Other hobbies include billiards, live music & festivals, and kayaking!

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