Our Guides

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.

Name: Kevin Hickey - Owner/Director
Years with TAC: 14

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 his wife. Each and every scuba diving trip he has ever been on.

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

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

Name: Katie Hickey - Operations
Years with TAC: 9

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

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 Kevin.

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

Favorite Sports: Alpine and cross-country skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, running, gardening, cooking, and chasing her kids.

Name: Rebecca Pieti- Office and Marketing Coordinator
Years with TAC: 1st year

Education: Bachelor of Music Performance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Leadership Experience:
-Baritone Rank Leader- Cornhusker Marching Band
-Principle Euphonium- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
-Season Pass Office Supervisor-Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
-AmeriCorps VISTA- California Conservation Corps, Tahoe Center

Favorite Adventure Trip: This spring for my birthday I traveled to a few National Parks through Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Highlights include touring the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, touring the rim of the Grand Canyon on mules, and camping along Lake Powell.

Favorite TAC Trip: North Lake Tahoe Kayak Tour

Favorite Sports: Definitely the Chicago Cubs. And of course the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Go Big Red!

Other than working for TAC: I love skiing at Alpine Meadows, taking my dog out to Prosser Reservoir, and playing euphonium with the Reno Wind Symphony.

Name: DeAnna Harrington - Guide
Years with TAC: 2017 is first season

Education: Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management

Leadership Experience: DeAnna has over 10 years of corporate experience executing and managing complex, cross-functional teams, programs, and projects related to strategy and business effectiveness. She has a knack for developing and cultivating cohesive and productive teams within deadline driven environment.

DeAnna holds a Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification.

Favorite Adventure Trip: 5 month backpacking adventure along the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.

Favorite Sports: Backpacking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and kayaking.

Name: Tucker Ballister - Guide and Office Assistant

Age: 27

Years with TAC: 1st year

Leadership Experience: Tucker began guiding as a summer recreation leader with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District for six consecutive summers through high school and college. He has worked as an outdoor guide and educator based out of Austin, TX for the last two years.

His experience includes leading day trips with paddling, climbing, biking, hiking, and ropes course activities. He also has experience designing and leading multi-day teambuilding programs and whitewater adventures.

Tucker is CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certified, in addition to being a certified Lifeguard Instructor. He is excited to bring his hometown knowledge of the Tahoe area and passion for outdoor recreation to the TAC team.

Education: Master’s in Tourism Management, Colorado State University; Bachelor’s in Recreation and Tourism, San Diego State University

Favorite Adventure Trip: 28 days on the John Muir Trail

Favorite TAC Trip: Anything on the lake or exploring the amazing trails of the Tahoe backcountry

Favorite Sport: Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Wake surfing, and basketball

Other than guiding: Hiking, biking, paddling, backpacking, and anything else that keeps him active and social!

Name: Kerry Andras - Guide
Years with TAC: 13

Education: Bachelor of Science, CSU Chico. Peace Corps Mali, 2000 - 2002.

Leadership experience: 12 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

Name: Sean Bunnell - Guide
Years with TAC: 6

Education: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Northern Arizona University

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

Favorite Adventure Trip: High Sierra ski touring/backpacking

Favorite Sport: Backcountry Skiing

Other than guiding: Sean enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including painting and gardening.

Name: Chase Allstadt - Guide
Years with TAC: 7

Education: Bachelor of Science, Adventure Recreation

Leadership Experience: Outward Bound Instructor, Raft guide

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: Chase enjoys swimming with his dog around Donner Lake or floating and fishing on the Truckee River. He also likes to Brew Beer!!

Name: John Littleton - Guide
Years with TAC: 5

Education: Grinnell College, Grinnell IA Anthropology, OEC, EMT, AIARE 1-3 professional avalanche certifications, AIARE Instructor Training Course, National Avalanche School, Rescue 3 high angle technician, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course

Leadership experience: Outdoor Educator/guide 10+ years, professional ski patroller and avalanche route leader, non commissioned officer US Navy

Favorite Adventure trip: It's a tie: Chamonix vs Alaska

Favorite TAC trip: Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour

Favorite sport: skiing, rock climbing, SUP

Other than guiding: Planning the next adventure

Name: John Arsenault - Guide
Years with TAC: 6

Education: Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Boston University. Master of Arts, Teaching, University of Maine,Orono.

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.

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

Favorite TAC Trip: Any full moon tour. John says, "being near Lake Tahoe during full moon is magical."

Favorite Sports: 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 freelance, and enjoys travel and adventure sports including backpacking, hiking, whitewater kayaking and rafting, mountain biking, and back country telemark skiing.

Name: Kelly Boire - Guide
Years with TAC: 6

Education: Bachelor of Science, Sussex, England

Leadership Experience: After relocating back in the United States, Kelly 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 is an avid outdoor enthusiast who has been guiding, teaching and lecturing in the North Lake Tahoe area for over 15 years.

Favorite Adventure Trip:Hiking the Narrows in Zion NP.

Favorite TAC Trip: Sand Harbor Kayak Tour

Favorite Sport: Stand-up paddleboarding

Other than guiding: Playing music, making art, reading and socializing with friends.

Name: Ben Kimple - Guide
Years with TAC: 3

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

Leadership Experience: Ben 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.

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

Favorite TAC Trip: Sand Harbor Kayaking

Favorite Sport: Skiing

Other than guiding: Camping, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, mountain biking, running, playing music, listening to music, getting outside with his dog!

Name: Lynn Kennen - Guide
Years with TAC: 2

Education:vBachelor of Science in Recreation Management, University of New Hampshire, Durham

Leadership Experience: Lynn has been guiding, instructing and coaching folks since the age of 13 when she started teaching skiing at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts. She is a heli ski guide in Alaska with Majestic Heli Ski. She is a class 5 whitewater raft guide and trip leader for Tahoe Whitewater Tours. She has worked for 5 years as a ropes course facilitator/ outdoor educator and is a certified yoga teacher. She has worked at 4 different ski areas, most recently at Alpine Meadows as a ski instructor and staff trainer.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Idaho to back-country ski from the rafts. Also Rowing the Grand Canyon, Lynn encourages everyone to try this once in their lives.

Favorite Sports: Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding

Other than guiding: Lynn is the General Manager of The River Grill in Tahoe City. You can also find her mountain biking every day in the summer and skiing every day in the winter.

Name: Neil Favor - Guide
Years with TAC: 3

Education: Bachelor of Science, Environmental Policy, Analysis and Planning

Leadership Experience: Assistant Coach, NCAA Women's Diving Team (UC Davis)

Favorite Adventure Trip: Whitewater rafting in Southern Oregon or Backpacking through the Sierra.

Favorite Sport: Soccer

Other than guiding: Hiking, fishing, enjoying Lake Tahoe, anything on the water.

Name: Lance Ward - Guide
Years with TAC: 2

Education: Bachelor of Science, Political Science, University of Arizona

Leadership Experience: Tour Director for Alaskan cruise line, raft guide, lead guide for snowmobile tours in Colorado, Eagle Scout

Favorite Adventure Trip: Four day, three night trek into the Andes of Peru, camping in the home village of Q'ero Natives guided by Inca Shamans

Favorite Sport: Anything that gets him outside and provides a workout

Other than guiding: Lances tries to stay involved in nearly every action sport out there. Dirt biking and water skiing are at the top of his list but he's always game to try something new.

Name: Tyler Post
Years with TAC: 2

Education: Arizona State University, Physical education; St. Mary's College, Health, Physical education and recreation

Leadership Experience: Head sophomore baseball coach, assistant varsity baseball coach, supervisor on ski trips, outdoor education trips and athletic events with high school students; National Ski Patroler at Squaw Valley; running a ropes course; and being a big brother!

Favorite Adventure Trips: Too many to say: hiking the John Muir Trail; bike touring Highway 1 from Oregon to Los Angeles; road trip to all 50 states; volunteering at an animal refugee farm in Namibia; and trying to summit all the high points in the states (currently at 35).

Favorite Sport: backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, wake boarding, running, swimming, SUP paddling, skate skiing, biking, scuba diving and kayaking.

Favorite TAC Trip: Sand Harbor: clear waters, big boulders and white sands never gets old.

Other than guiding: New experiences and new people are what makes me get up and go. Nature and the outdoors are my church.

Name: Adrianne Bouchard - Guide
Years with TAC: 2

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & International Development, UCLA

Leadership Experience: Adrianne has over 5 years experience teaching outdoor education throughout California and leading youth on cultural immersion trips in Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic and Alaska. She has also worked summers as a sea kayak guide in Alaska and as a backpacking guide in the Sierras Nevadas. She settled down in Tahoe over a year ago and has since been tutoring students in Spanish and teaching at an after school youth program.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Climbing & diving in Thailand

Favorite Sports: Running, Biking, & Climbing

Other than guiding: When Adrianne's not guiding, she likes to train for triathlons, ski & snowboard, kayak, mountain bike, garden, and cook yummy vegetarian meals.

Name: Johnny Staab - Guide
Years with TAC: 2

Leadership experience: Tour Guide for Alaskan cruise line, Red Bull Team Builder, two younger brothers and 16 nieces n nephews.

Favorite Adventure trip: 4 weeks hiking in the Khumbu Region of Nepal.

Favorite sport: Mountain biking, skiing, hiking.

Other than guiding: Traveling and bar tending.

Name: Brandon Scutt - Guide
Years with TAC: 3

Education: MA Spanish Literature

Leadership experience: Spanish teacher, ski coach, study abroad adviser and chaperone

Favorite Adventure trip: Backpacking and kayaking the Costa Rican Caribbean Coastline

Favorite TAC trip: Full moon hike at Donner

Favorite sport: Mountain biking

Other than guiding: travel, garden, play music on guitar and saxophone, read good books and be outside. Outdoor activities include skiing, biking, kayaking, climbing, backpacking and fishing.

Name: Megan Matteson
Years with TAC:1

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Social Welfare, University of Delaware;
currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education, Sierra Nevada College

Leadership Experience: SOS Outreach North Lake Tahoe, Special Educator at Incline Middle School

Favorite Adventure Trip: Backpacking the Grand Canyon and Hiking Mount Evans

Favorite TAC Trip: Exploring the crystal clear waters of Sand Harbor on a SUP

Favorite Sport: Stand Up Paddle Board Racing and Backcountry Snowboarding

Other than guiding: Megan loves to travel the country seeing live music, snowboarding her local hill Diamond Peak, racing her SUP, and practicing Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga.

Name: Robin McElroy - Guide
Years with TAC: 10

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado, Boulder

Leadership Experience: Robin's first teaching job was as a rock climbing instructor when she was 14. She's 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.
She has 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 and The Full Moon Tours. The sunset tours are great because she loves seeing the colors of the sunset reflecting off the surface of the water and also loves having the lake all to herself!

Favorite Sport: Big Mountain Skiing

Other than Guiding: Robin is on ski patrol at Squaw Valley in the winter and competes in Big Mountain Skiing events. She loves 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.

Name:Mike Trombetta
Years with TAC: 1

Leadership Experience:
-15 years running a kitchen staff as chef or sous chef.
-Tail Guide at Pacific Crest Snowcats
-Guide at Alaska Rendezvous Heli Ski Lodge
-4th Grade Educator for Winter Wilderness Survival Program

Education: New England Culinary Institute, Winter Weather Forecasting, WFR, CPR, Level 3 American Avalanche Institute

Favorite Adventure Trip: Every year I am lucky enough to go back to Valdez, its a dream come true. But my favorite may be one of the times my wife and I hiked the Kalalau Trail on the Napali coast. Se cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, amazing beaches, beachfront camping, and incredible people!!

Favorite TAC Trip: Kayaking out of Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe

Favorite Sport: Snowboarding/Skiing

What do you do when you're not guiding for TAC? Skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, bocce, or anything else that gets me outside with my family. I also work springs in Alaska working as a guide for Alaska Rendezvous Heli Ski Lodge and I am a team member of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.

Name: Jen Derr
Years with TAC: 1st year

Leadership Experience: 10+ years guiding whitewater kayaking, rafting, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, snow sports, ropes courses and team building in Canada, Montana, Colorado, and California.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Education & Leadership.

Favorite Adventure Trip: Backpacking the Idaho/Montana state line trail and swimming in all the alpine lakes along the way.

Favorite TAC Trip: Kayaking the East shore of Lake Tahoe.

Favorite Sport: Road cycling and hiking.

Other than guiding (what do you do when you’re not guiding for TAC): Hike, bike and camp in the backcountry. Explore new places. Enjoy time spent with friends at favorite spots around Tahoe.

Tahoe Adventure Company - 7010 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148 - (530) 913-9212