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.
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.
Montana has been wrenching on bikes for Wilderness Voyageurs since 2010. He moved to Ohiopyle after graduating from high school and lived in a tent for two years during college. Eventually he got married and moved into a big, blue camper van with his wife and two cats. Montana has completed the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race and the Colorado Trail Race. Now he rips around the trails in Ohiopyle on his mountain bike every afternoon and spends most of his day fixing up WV’s fleet of rental bikes. Since he spent two years living in Colorado, Montana is our go-to guide for our Colorado mountain bike trips.
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.
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!
Josh is a valuable guide here at Wilderness Voyageurs. 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. 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. Josh isn’t just at home on the river. He loves riding his mountain bike and can name ANY bird you see or hear.
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.
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.
Colleen is an Ohiopyle local who came to work at Wilderness Voyageurs after high school. She grew up riding her bike on the Great Allegheny Passage, swimming in the Yough and hiking the trails around the state park. When she’s not guiding bike tours, you’ll find her biking around town with a camera – Colleen is WV’s official whitewater photographer. In the off-season, she and her husband Montana put their camper van in storage and head off somewhere warm to ride their bikes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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.