Kasia is the Director of Bike Tours here at Wilderness Voyageurs. If you have visited our stores and noticed all of the great gear and incredibly styly outdoor clothes, you are familiar with her handy work, she has been the Retail Manager for 12 years. Kasia hails from Boulder, Colorado, where she worked in the high tech field and like a good Boulderite, she commuted to work year round on her bike. She has an infectious smile, and is well known for her communication and committment to both details and having a good time.One of her favorite questions of folks, “What will you remember in five years?” She believes this should steer how you live your life. If you have the opportunity to bike with her, be warned, she likes to climb hills.
Whether it’s bikes, snow skis, skateboards, or running shoes, Angelo tries to propel himself forward (and occasionally backward) every day. He knows enough about bike maintenance, cooking, and ukuleles to get himself into trouble, and is a purveyor of factoids. In the off season (off from bike tours), Angelo is a high school biology and ecology teacher, the Alpine Training Director for Hidden Valley Snowsports School, and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America Eastern Division Education Staff.
Betsy is new to the WV team after spending the past few years teaching Spanish, tending gardens, and working as a public health RN. Her favorite way to explore her Rocky Mountain backyard is from the saddle of a bicycle. She enjoys singletrack, road climbs, gravel grinding, and urban route finding. Biking even dictates her diet: Betsy loves a pre-ride espresso, a mid-ride cookie, and a locally-grown home cooked meal and Colorado micro-brew for recovery.
His wit will keep a smile on your face, and he will have your tire changed before you know what happened. In his down time you can find him gardening at his off the grid home.
Ask him about his Venison stir fry recipe. He is still trying to convince his parents and wife that this job really is a grand use of his communications degree, while he awaits the publishing contract for his kids book.
Bill joins the WV bike tour team after retiring from a small plumbing business with his brother, giving him lots of extra bicycle time. Last year, Bill rode across the U.S. on the Trans Am trail, which was a great experience, giving him new faith in small-town America. Bill has been a whitewater kayaker for many years and has done a number of multi-day kayak trips on Western rivers, including the Grand Canyon. Bill also spends his free time hunting deer in PA and elk in Wyoming.
Bill joined the bike tour staff at WV in 2012 after retiring from a long career as a pilot serving in diverse roles in nearly all corners of the globe. His love for the outdoors began as a youngster, fishing, and hunting on his grandparents farm in central PA. When not helping a new group of guests ride from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, he resides near Hershey, PA with his wife Patti. When not biking, Bill likes working part-time at a local bicycle shop and volunteers fixing up donated bikes for the bikeless and is an active member of his local volunteer fire company.
Bob is from da ‘Burgh, and came to Wilderness Voyageurs through his volunteer work with the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Greenway Sojourn. You may have the good fortune of pedaling with him on the Great Allegheny Passage or the Katy Trail.
Gary Smith remembers his first 10 speed bike a long time ago. Several bikes later and bike adventures in over 20 states and 3 countries, Gary now enjoys more biking time as a retired State Park employee. Decades of inquisitiveness have filled his head with some trivia and some very dry humor. He can help you enjoy your bike exploration adventure.
Gary also travels domestically and internationally by faster conveyances as a volunteer bone marrow courier for the National Marrow Donor Program. He donated his marrow in 2000 and his recipient in Sydney, Australia is now 10 years leukemia free!
James remembers building tree houses next to a BMX track as a youth in High Ridge, MO, but can’t seem to recall growing up. After a journalism degree landed him in logistics, and a teaching certification landed him coaching tennis; he has come full-circle to rehabbing old houses and riding bikes, and you can’t slap the smile off of his face. His engrained smile has grown from multi-state, annual self-guided treks, to rides to the market, and, of course, multiple tours with Wilderness Voyageurs. A bicycle advocate who has a preternatural sense to wander, has no tolerance for boredom and wasn’t born to follow. It’s easy to see why he loves being a bicycle tour guide.
Joe retired in 2011 from a career in the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Industry. He is an active outdoor person enjoying cycling, hiking, fishing and traveling. Enjoying all types of cycling, he believes every ride to be an adventurous gateway to meet new people and see wonderful places.
Josh is a valuable guide here at Wilderness Voyageurs. He has been guiding the Lower Yough, Upper Yough, and Cheat Rivers for 11 years and is one of our expert kayakers. He has also put in guiding time on the Rio Grande in Texas, various rivers in Maine, and two seasons in Costa Rica on the Pacuare River. Do not make the mistake of thinking he is only at home on the river. He will impress you on a mountain bike and can name ANY bird you see or hear. Josh received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Parks and Recreational Resource Management and Environmental Education at Slippery Rock University. He served as Assistant Director for SRU Outdoor Adventures for two years. Josh loves to help you enjoy the outdoors and will always be there with an encouraging compliment to make your day more enjoyable.
Bill Rosche is someone that is rarely found indoors. He is a retired Marine who completed nearly 30 years on active duty where he traveled extensively in Africa, Western Pacific and Europe. He finished the Ironman Japan triathlon in 2008. After his military service he completed the National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator Course and Wilderness First Responder training. He is also an experienced adventure racer and mountaineer. When not paddling his whitewater kayak or riding the local mountains, he can be found fishing and hunting the streams and forests near Ohiopyle or hiking, climbing and fishing the back country of Colorado, Wyoming or Montana.
A newly minted marathoner, Raina is a gifted athlete and has fallen in love with our area rail-trails. She’s putting her degree in sports studies to perfect use by leading Wilderness Voyageurs bicycle tours!
Rebekah joined the bike tour staff at WV in 2015 after 3 years of leading outdoor excursions for Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors. Every year, Rebekah and her sister complete a self-supported bike tour in an area of the country they’ve never been before.
Adam ``Sherpa`` Greenfield
Sherpa came to WV from Kentucky in 2003 for an introduction to whitewater. You may find him on the Upper Yough, or teaching folks to climb, or imparting wisdom along the Great Allegheny Passage. When not working you will see him cruising around town on his fancy single speed bike. During the winter Sherpa can be found in the high country of Colorado laying down some mean telemark turns.
Ken’s first taste of guiding in the outdoors began in the late ’70’s when at the age of only 13 he was hired as a river rafting guide for an outfitter on the “Pennsylvania Grand Canyon” near his home town of Wellsboro, PA. Since those early days of Pine Creek, Ken has been seeking adventure on rivers, mountains and trails across the country and abroad. While fairly new to road cycling, Ken has been mountain biking since the mid ’80’s when many of his whitewater kayaking and nordic skiing pals were not yet born. After a 25 year career as a marketing director in the energy industry, Ken made an “easy” decision to switch to a lower, slower gear, move to Ohiopyle, and focus on outdoor pursuits, occasionally punctuated by a craft beer at the Falls City Pub. In addition to guiding bike tours, Ken works as a kayak instructor for Wilderness Voyageurs, when he isn’t working on his civil war era “house project,” or more likely, paddling one of the local world class whitewater rivers.
When it comes to bike riding, Montana enjoys too much of a good thing. He’s passionate about self-inflicted nerve damage by way of long, self-supported mountain bike races. He’s raced the Great Divide Route from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, and the Colorado Trail from Durango to Denver. So far, two of his fingers have gone numb on a semi-permanent basis. For most of the year Montana lives in a bright blue camper van in the mountains of Colorado, with his wife and two cats.
Dave is a retired sales and operations manager in the welding industry. He has over 20 years experience as an oarsman and has been biking for the last 10 years. In retirement, he likes to bike, ski, kayak, and golf. Dave enjoys guiding the tours and the opportunity to meet and enjoy all of the different personalities on the tours.
Hails from Rochester, New York and thinks Western New York, and particularly the Finger Lakes Region is his own backyard. Brian is a lifelong cyclist who started bike touring with a 1000 mile solo tour at age sixteen. He loves commuting, club rides, road and off-road touring and riding his fatbike in the dead of winter. He has cycled from the Pacific to the Atlantic on the road, and from Mexico to Canada off-road, but always returns to his stomping grounds in the Finger Lakes. To him, every bike ride is an adventure, whether it’s across town or across the country. Brian is passionate about helping others experience the same joy and freedom he feels when exploring by bike, and he loves sharing his “backyard” with others.
Lisa grew up in the Syracuse, NY area. She saved money to buy her first 10 speed road bike when she was 14 and fell in love with cycling. She and her friends used their bikes to get to swim practice and started exploring the Finger Lakes area with their bikes. She has been a cyclist and swimmer ever since. Lisa also has a life-long love of travel. She began traveling after college and has been to 43 of the 50 states, lived in 8 states and England, but calls the Finger Lakes home because of its year-round outdoor opportunities: road cycling, mountain biking, rail trail riding, hiking, trail running, swimming, kayaking, cross-country and downhill skiing.
Richard has always had a love of the outdoors, including hiking, camping and biking. After graduation from Penn State he worked for Bethlehem / Arcelor Mittal Steel Companies as Area Manager of large ingot production at the Bethlehem and Steelton, PA. plants as well as running his own surveying and engineering business. Retiring in 2012, after 36 years, biking and traveling has taken center stage. Richard enjoys bicycle touring and looks forward to sharing his excitement with the guest as they tour with Wilderness Voyageurs.
Chris has been grinning on bike tours for fifteen years, including a coast-to-coast adventure. His oddest trip, with one of his teen daughters, touched every boardwalk in New Jersey. He recently retired from Pennsylvania State Parks to pursue a second career as a “vacationist.” A former environmental studies teacher, naturalist, ranger, and park manager, he continues to help folks enjoy biking, birds, boating, botany, wildlife watching, hiking and camping. You’ll find his enthusiasm for people and the outdoors infectious.