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.
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.
Montana has been wrenching on bikes for Wilderness Voyageurs since 2010. He moved to Ohiopyle after graduating from high school, then moved to Colorado after college. There he got even more obsessed with bikes and raced both the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race and the Colorado Trail Race. He and his wife came back to Ohiopyle, where they live with their fuzzy yellow cat. Now Montana 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.
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!
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 running the trails around the state park. Colleen took her cycling hobby to new level when she rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Race in 2017. When she’s not mountain biking or 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 all their things in storage and travel somewhere warm to ride their bikes.
Kartik (pronounced “Kar-thick”) got bitten by the bike bug when he moved to Portland, Ore., in 2003, where he bought a 1970s steel frame Miyata road bike, converted her to a fixed gear, and never looked back! Years later in Washington, D.C., working at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, he met and did some tours with Wilderness Voyageurs. Once he left the big city for Ithaca, N.Y., to spend more time with his kids and focus on homesteading, he realized how deeply he missed the tour guide lifestyle. Later, on a ride with some Wilderness Voyageurs guides, handshakes were made and he was back in the game. When not biking, Kartik is working in his garden, hanging with his kids, working at his local food co-op or doing something else outside.
Chris came to Ohiopyle to learn to be a raft guide in the summer of 2017 and stayed to guide bike tours! Aside from cycling, Chris loves yoga, rock climbing, farming, philosophy and foraging. Ask him about his bus!
Teri fell in love with cycling 26 years ago when she bought her first road bike. But after discovering self-contained bicycle travel and rail trails, she knew she’d bike forever. She’s an artist, and cycle travel allows her to take time to meditate on her work while seeing the world in a whole new way – with the added bonus of staying fit!
Dave is from Broomall, Pennsylvania – one of our many guides from central PA! He’s always had a love of the outdoors, and spent the spring of 2017 riding his bike across America on the Southern Tier Bicycle Route. He dipped his rear wheel in the Pacific in San Diego on March 11 and the front wheel in the Atlantic in St Augustine on April 30. 45 days of cycling, 5 planned zero days and one forced rain day. 3138 miles total, 70 miles of cycling every day on average with an average speed of 14mph!
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.
Steve is a kayaker, ski racer, raft guide and bike tour guide at Wilderness Voyageurs. A graduate of West Virginia University, Steve spends his winters as a ski patroller at Canaan Valley Ski Resort in West Virginia.
Dave’s childhood interest in tearing apart bicycles and lawnmowers to make them run better led him to a career in Mechanical Engineering, designing and developing machines. His adventurous spirit has led him on many bicycle touring adventures including several international trips and a recent trek cross-country USA. Dave also enjoys skiing, running, tennis, kayaking, backpacking, and restoring his 160 year old farmhouse. Dave’s friendly attitude will help you enjoy life-in-the-moment with his natural curiosity about his surroundings.
Steve is a native of Accident, Maryland. He’s been with the Wilderness Voyageurs team longer than most of the management! A former raft guide and ski instructor at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Steve loves nature, snow sports and cycling. He fits right in!
Before coming to Wilderness Voyageurs, Kathy was a Park Ranger at West Virginia’s North Bend State Park. Kathy loves hiking, cycling and the outdoors. She decided to bring her big smile and expertise to our bike tours in 2017!
Paul lives in Elmira, NY where he’s owned a bicycle shop for nearly 40 years. He’s a lifelong cyclist with a passion for touring and helping others on tour. He’s led tours and managed mobile mechanical support for tours large and small for over a decade. Having fun is a priority. Paul also loves to travel to far away places to ride tours he designed himself, in the US and abroad. A recent favorite tour was a week long loop around the Outer Banks with his girlfriend, Lori, and their dog, Remi, riding in the front basket of his cargo bike. The Finger Lakes and Erie Canal areas of New York State are his backyard. Living in the area, knowing the roads around the Lakes, and traveling the Canal for so many years makes him a bit of an expert on the area. Ask him anything, if he doesn’t know the answer he’ll make up something good!
Tom is 54 years young and living the dream in Colorful Colorado! When he is not guiding WV trips you can find him on the river, the slopes or the MTB trails. Founder and owner of Shred Ready helmets, in his spare time away from adventuring he works as a sales rep for Vandoit Adventure Vans. He’s been riding since he got his Schwinn Stingray in 1972, and he loves both mountain biking and road cycling. Tom has done self-supported rides on both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace.
Megan grew up on the trails of Western Pennsylvania, cycling, running, and hiking through the Laurel Highlands whenever a moment freed itself. Coming to Wilderness Voyageurs in 2019 as the Bike Tour Specialist, she also joined the bike tour guiding team after graduating from Westminster College, PA, and competing on their cross country and track teams. Megan works on site at Wilderness Voyageurs and brings the perspective of a local and an athlete to your tour. In her free time, she enjoys writing, kayaking, travelling, or reading (about where to visit next).
A native of Costa Rica, Andres has been a guide since he was just 19 years old. An avid and competitive cyclist, Andres and his wife split their time between Kansas City, Missouri and their adventure tourism property in Costa Rica.