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JOSHUA BARUCH

Owner, General Manager, Senior Educator and Senior Guide

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is owned and operated by Joshua Baruch. Joshua has been working in the outdoor industry for 21 years, with experience in outdoor guiding, healthcare, mountain rescue, transportation, and safety. Joshua has a tremendous passion for exploring the outdoors, a desire to promote exploration in others, a strong sense of responsibility related to mountain safety, and an uncanny ability to find the best local places and experiences possible.

Joshua grew up in Connecticut but spent much of his childhood ski racing in Vermont and backpacking/ski mountaineering in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire. His first backpacking trip was at age 7 with Mother, Heidi, and brother, Eddie, that included eight days and nights in the eight AMC huts around New Hampshires Presidential Range. At the end of that trip, he was hooked by the mountains and what he had experienced on that trip. The next year he skied Tuckermans Ravine headwall for mothers day at age 8 and that tradition continued every mothers day for the next 8 years. Josh now lives in Boulder with his wife, Erica, son, Asher, and daughter, Lilah. When not working, Josh can be found on the many trails, peaks, and couloirs in Colorado’s front range mountains. Throughout the four seasons, the Baruch clan continuously explores the magnificent terrain, scenery, and wildlife of their incredibly extended backyard!

After years as a professional Tennis athlete on the ATP Pro Tour, Josh started guiding in 1997, with a 3 month guide apprenticeship in Switzerland, and has more than 21 years of professional guide experience on 5 continents. Josh’s outdoor experience includes managing and owning a mountaineering guiding company that operated domestically and internationally for 5 years (California Expeditions), more than 30 international expeditions to five continents; AMGA training and AIARE certifications (SPI, Rock, Ski, and AIARE Level 3); 2 years high angle search and rescue experience; 2 years EMT-I working the 911 call system (Golden and SWAC Firestations); W-EMT training and certifications and WFR/WEMT Instructor; Critical Care registered nurse and ten years nursing experience (including trauma intensive care units, telemetry, post anesthesia, interventional radiology); Certifications in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS),Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT), Colorado River Guide Instructor; Fly Fishing Guide Instructor; College Instructor for outdoor navigation and wilderness survival; Safety consultant and risk management plans written for the State of California; and Former wildfire red card and wildlife crew member. Joshua’s formal education include undergraduate and graduate studies in adventure education and leadership development and another degree in critical care nursing.

Josh has continued to build upon a solid outdoor foundation and passion developed from a young age. The important lesson I learned is exposure at a young age can really set the seed for a fondness and love of the outdoors. I am trying to create the same foundation for my kids and those that I have the opportunity of share time with outdoors, regardless of their age. We all get our exposure to different things at different ages and times.

The most important thing is creating a safe, fun, and engaging experience to maximize personal growth, learning, and ‘thirst for adventure of some kind’.

Josh lives by four principles in the mountains and rivers:
1. Make sure your needs are being met.
2. The summit or destination is optional and getting down safely is mandatory.
3. Just because you love the mountains, does not mean the mountains love you.
4. We are the Stewards for future generations.

My goal is to create a safe, transformational, and amazing experience for all our guests!

OFFICE STAFF

TECHNICAL, LOGISTICAL & CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Anita Engel

Anita Engel

Office Staff / Accounting Director
Anita moved to Boulder, Colorado 20 years ago to engage her love of the mountains. She spends her free time hiking and training for mountaineering challenges. Anita has been successful in completing many domestic and international treks including; the John Muir Trail, the Dolomites, West Highland Way, West Coast Trail and the Bernese Oberland region in Switzerland. Anita’s enthusiasm for adventure has taken her, along with her family to the third highest peak in North America, where they climbed Pica de Orizaba. When at home Anita takes advantage of the endless activities the Front Range offers. The Front Range is a playground for avid hikers and climbers where she spends much of her free time with friends and family.
Anita supports Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides with her organization skills and attention to detail. Anita can be found at the head office where she assumes the role as accounting director. She has been with Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides for the past 10 seasons and its Anita’s goal to guarantee every customer enjoys a unique experience with nature.
Tom Forestieri

Tom Forestieri

Office Staff / Operations

Tom grew up in Cleveland but spent his summers with his mom in Switzerland and his father in Italy. At a young age Tom learned how to ski, climb, bike, backpack and support his beloved Cleveland Browns. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University he moved to Winter Park Colorado to further his ski education and spent the next 7 years practicing. Tom has worked in the outdoor industry his whole career and and is a master with a spreadsheet. He still spends most of his free time playing in the mountains and likes beer.

Tye Baruch

Tye Baruch

Therapy Dog / Educator

Tye is Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides and Colorado Wilderness Corporate And Teams official outdoor and therapy dog educator.  Tye is a F2 Golden Doodle; thus he has hair instead of fur and has a non-shedding hypoallergenic coat. His father was a full poodle and mother a golden doodle. Like his roots, Tye has a gentle and calm, but appropriate energetic disposition.  He is a quick learner and has mastered the “touch down shake” for Sunday football games,  how to travel the multi-use trails of Boulder and how to leap to the rescue of swimmers or paddlers perceived to be in danger.  Tye was born in the town of Herber City Utah and has spent the majority of his young life in Colorado assisting with outdoor adventures, facilitating leadership and team building events, and being a source of healing for many of our guests. Tye recently turned two and qualified for the service dog program based on his sweet disposition, good nature, and being a great healer. You will see him around our offices, on dog appropriate guided tours or at our education and training events. Organizations and clients can request to have Tye on sight to help promote healing, tranquility, and increased productivity or learning.  Tye’s favorite activities include dawn patrols (chasing skiers up and down the ski slopes);  any days in the snow or on the river;  playing fetch with a ball; fly fishing ; or helping to bring love, compassion, and empathy to your day.

FIELD STAFF & GUIDES

OUR EXPERT GUIDES HAVE THE EXPERIENCE

Bernardo Beteta

Bernardo Beteta

Guide / Educator

I started rock climbing back home in Mexico in 1997 and loved it right away. Soon after, I started sharing my passion for rock climbing by teaching friends and other individuals. I taught for many years as a hobby until I decided to pursue my dream job and moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2009 to become a climbing instructor and mountain guide.

I love to combine my passions for teaching, climbing and the outdoors with my work. Over the past few years I’ve guided all over Colorado’s Front Range and spent some time guiding the volcanoes in Mexico. I’m excited to be part of Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides staff.

Bernardo is certified through the American Mountain Guides Association as a Single Pitch Instructor and has completed the Rock Guide and Alpine Guide courses. He also holds a Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medicine Institute. When he’s not working, he’s usually exploring the climbs and trails around Colorado’s Front Range.

Brad Kahland

Brad Kahland

Guide / Educator

Brad has worked as a Grand Canyon National Park Ranger, a Sea Kayak Guide in Monterey Bay and Tomales Bay, California, an Adventure Guide in Vietnam, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., and a naturalist in Boulder, Colorado. Brad explored vast areas of Colorado working in wilderness-therapy programs for adolescents and their families, serving variously as a Field Instructor, Logistics Coordinator, Education Director, and Family Counselor. Brad was also a support team member of the Extreme Ice Survey, a global project documenting the rapid retreat of the world’s glaciers and leading to the film Chasing Ice.

Brad has a passion for sharing the outdoors and a connection to Nature with other people. Between guiding trips, Brad is usually hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, practicing Tai Chi, watching a mountain sunset with good friends, or planning his next winter trip to Mexico.

Christian Little

Christian Little

Guide / Educator

Christian Little has lived in Colorado over 10 years as she pursued her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Fellowship training as well as taught as a professor in Orthopedic while specializing in orthopedics and sports. She has lived, raced, adventured, and worked in various parts of the world. Christian is an adventurous soul who loves the outdoors whether that’s adventuring on two wheels, backcountry skiing or surfing. She specializes in mountain bike guiding for all levels. She has her IMBA level 1 MTB Coaching Certificate, Wilderness First Responders, CPR, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has competed in Xterra off road triathlon Nationals and Worlds, MTB races throughout Colorado, and the Pioneer MTB Stage Race in New Zealand..

Near the end of March 2016 she broke her back in three places after falling over 100 feet off the side of a mountain while mountain biking in New Zealand. Christian had to rock climb back up the mountain and bike 5 kilometers to a hut where she was heli-evacuated to the ER. In addition, to breaking her back she also sustained a spinal cord injury. Six months after breaking her back she took on a 10-day purpose-driven mountain bike ride through the European Alps. She views her survival from her fall as a miracle and feels her purpose going forward is to encourage and inspire others in their journey. She is an adventurous soul who loves exploring this beautiful world on two wheels and encouraging others to as well.

Cindy Gagnon

Cindy Gagnon

Guide / Educator

Cindy was born and raised in NH, and moved to Boulder in 1990. Her professional career began as a telecommunications engineer and her outdoor career as an Elite Ironman Triathlete. After racing triathlons for 18 years, Cindy expanded her horizons to the Colorado mountains. She joined the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) to learn mountaineering and rock climbing skills. In 2005, Cindy left the corporate world to spend a year traveling in the mountains of Nepal and North America. She found her passion here, and shifted her professional focus to outdoor skills education, leadership, and risk management. Cindy also became involved in a community-based cycling group, leading bike tours throughout North America.

In 2006, Cindy became the director of the CMC Boulder Mountaineering School, where she managed outdoor education courses and instructed in all disciplines (rock, ice and snow). At the same time, she started to expand her professional outdoor skills by becoming a Ski Patroller, Ski Instructor and Avalanche Instructor.

Cindy joined CWRAG in 2008 as a hike, ski, rock and cycling guide. Her professional certifications include NSP and AIARE Avalanche Instructor, PSIA Level 2, WFR, and CPR. Cindy’s passion for the outdoors and energetic spirit drive every trip she guides — she connects with clients, which enables her to customize each trip to be fun yet challenging. Her adventurous spirit drives her own life, and has helped her summit 23,000-ft Himalayan peaks, backpack New Zealand, ski-tour the Canadian Rockies, and cycle Tour de France routes.

Dave Hanson

Dave Hanson

Guide / Educator

Dave has been working in the outdoor education industry for 6 years, following completing a degree in education in Denver, Colorado. After a first successful season teaching snowboarding, Dave knew he was in the industry he wanted to be in, and skiing, mountain biking, rafting, and climbing instruction/guiding soon followed. Training staff in many of these disciplines has shown Dave how to bring out the best in individuals as well as groups. With a long list of certifications (AASI Level 2, PSIA Level 1, TerraMethod Level 2, AIARE Avi 1, Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder) and a degree in education (Metropolitan State University), Dave is no stranger to continuing personal and professional development. His philosophy is “Never stop learning, growing, progressing, and enjoy the ride!”

Diana Sabreen

Diana Sabreen

Guide / Educator

Diana Sabreen is a world traveler who has been to 21 countries at last count. She has taught climbing and outdoor education to youth and adults for over a decade and loves showing clients the beauty of Colorado. Diana is a professional photographer (www.DianaSabreen.com) and the founder of Shoot Cameras Not Guns (www.ShootCamerasNotGuns.org), a non-profit that teaches photography internationally as a tool for social change and empowerment. Originally an east coaster, Diana was drawn to Colorado for the snowboarding, sunshine, music and culture. She believes that experiences and challenges in the wilderness can provide life changing moments and is happy to share her outdoor knowledge with experienced and beginner outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Hannah Rifkin

Hannah Rifkin

Guide / Educator

Hannah grew up in New York City but, always with a draw towards the outdoors, she embarked on a backpacking and sea kayaking trip in Scandinavia with NOLS shortly after high school. Astounded by the impact it had on her life, she knew she needed to move somewhere in which outdoor adventures were endless and always. She moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2011 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. When she was not studying, she could be found racing for the CU cycling team, backpacking, camping, skiing or trail running. Hannah is currently studying Wilderness Therapy at Naropa University and continues to explore the outdoors on a daily basis!

Hayley Moser

Hayley Moser

Guide / Educator

A Minnesota native, Hayley grew up hiking, camping and fishing in the Northwoods where she fell in love with the outdoors. In 2011, she moved to Colorado to further pursue her passion for the natural world through degrees in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Atmospheric Sciences at CU. Hayley became hooked on the mountains (and warmer winters) and decided to plant her roots in Boulder.

She’s since become an avid climber and snowboarder, and has been further expanding her backcountry hiking and fishing skills. Hayley is a certified Wilderness First Responder and is also CPR/AED certified. When she’s not romping through the Colorado woods, Hayley can be found storm chasing on the plains or volunteering with wolves and other wildlife. She is excited to share her love and respect for the environment with others through guiding.

Jack Bruner

Jack Bruner

Guide / Educator

Jack Bruner has been fly fishing for the past 54 years. That means that he started when he was eight. Growing up in Colorado and spending summers on the family ranch in Montana chasing trout was just what you did. Not only do trout fear his name, but Jack ties his own flies, builds his own bamboo rods, and just completed building his 30th wooden drift boat. He embodies everything there is about the sport.

Jack’s sense of humor, his ability to teach, and his knowledge of fish on the fly, make him the ultimate guide. There is no trip that is “just a trip” and there is no fish that is “just a fish”. He recognizes that nature has given us an opportunity to appreciate trout, mountains, rivers and relationships. His goal as a guide is to respect the client and do everything possible to give them the ultimate fishing experience, whether it is on a lake, in a boat, or wade fishing. And even if the day was fishing and not catching, Jack will make you laugh, have a beer with you , and let you know that some days the fish win.

Jessica Bailey

Jessica Bailey

Guide / Educator

I grew up in Northern Michigan where my passion for the outdoors grew through recreating outdoors with my family. This is where I learned to camp, backpack, hunt, fish, kayak, and ski. After finishing a summer sea kayak guiding with Paddling Michigan at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2016, I moved to the city of Milwaukee to work in the mental health field. After two years I craved the outdoors and knew I needed to follow my dreams to incorporate the wilderness with my passion for helping improve people’s lives. I moved to Colorado in August 2018 to pursue a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology/Wilderness Therapy at Naropa University. Since then I have been exploring all of what the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer and learning as much as I can along the way. I am currently honing in skills in rock climbing, backcountry skiing, whitewater rafting, and backpacking. I am certified in CPR/AED & First Aid as well as Wilderness First Responder Certified. I am passionate about Leave No Trace principles and am an advocate for conservation and responsible outdoor ethics.

Jill Yarger

Jill Yarger

Guide / Educator

Jill joined the guiding staff of Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides in the summer of 2014 and has enjoyed leading hikes, climbs, snow shoe trips, and hut to hut skiing treks, and helped companies develop their employees with outdoor based team buildings and leadership events. Her goal is to help her guests make the great peaks, meadows, and rivers of the beautiful Rocky Mountains accessible, and to discover new possibilities in themselves.

Jill moved to Boulder Colorado in 1990 from the flat lands of the midwest and never looked back. After a few initial unguided hikes resulting in becoming slightly lost and very wet and cold, she searched for and found the Colorado Mountain Club and over the next few years, took all the mountaineering training she could get her hands on. She went on to give back to the mountaineering community by teaching others in all forms of mountaineering, and leading hikes and climbs. When she saw some of her friends responding to help other lost and injured skiers and climbers, she discovered and joined the National Ski Patrol and the Mountain Rescue Association. She was an active member of the local Mountain Rescue Association (Rocky Mountain Rescue Group) and for 13 years helped injured and lost mountaineers return back from the trail to home. She is an active ski patroller and first aid instructor in the National Ski Patrol since 1996. It was an aerospace engineering career that brought Jill to Colorado, but it is the mountains that keep her here. Today the call of sharing her love of the mountains has drawn her away from the engineering world and into guiding people into journeying into the alpine nature, and returning safely.

Jill has done hikes and climbs in Alaska, Africa, the Italian Dolomites, Machu Picchu, skied in Canada, and descended canyons in southern Utah, but her outdoor home is Colorado. She hikes, rock climbs, snow shoes, bikes, kayaks, canoes, and skies all through Colorado discovering more wonder on every trip.

Joe O’Leary

Joe O’Leary

Guide / Educator

Joe started guiding professionally in 1993 after graduating from Purdue University with a BA in Kinesiology. In addition to guiding, Joe is also a writer, photographer, and professional concierge. He began his guide career on the rivers and trails of Southern West Virginia, then to the waters of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, and then ultimately made Boulder, Colorado home in 2000. His many travels and expeditions include kayaking Grand Canyon, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, exploring 27 countries and all 50 U.S. states, maintaining lively relationships, and raising two sons.

Joey Cararra

Joey Cararra

Guide / Educator

Growing up in small-town Vermont, Joey was exposed to the world of outdoor adventure at a young age. Through is ultra runner dad, he was bred to move quickly and efficiently through the mountains. Joey is a climber first but loves skiing, mt biking, hiking, backpacking, and every outdoor activity in between and is capable of guiding most any discipline. Like most millennials, Joey started his climbing career in a gym but quickly progressed outside after completing a semester with NOLS in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys hard sport climbing and bouldering, sliding and rolling up and down mountains really fast and moderate adventure climbing. Joey sees the outdoors as the best place to learn about yourself through finding your limits, problem-solving, and the unique communication challenges that outdoor adventure provides. Joey is currently moving through the AMGA guide track and aspires to someday get his IFMGA pin. He currently lives in his van down by the river. (But it’s like a nice van so don’t feel obligated to offer him a bed.)Certifications- AMGA Assistant Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide, AMGA SPI, WFR, AIARE II, Leave No Trace Instructor.

Phil Lloyd-Davies

Phil Lloyd-Davies

Guide / Educator

Phil came to Colorado with a passion for the outdoors. He spent many years skiing, climbing, kayaking, hiking and biking primarily in Colorado and neighboring states. His current focus is mountain biking, teaching mountain biking skills, and skiing. Phil has been guiding for CWRAG since 2013, when one of his fellow guides told him he would get paid to ride his bike.

Phil enjoys sharing his knowledge of the local trails and proficiency of bike handling skills to provide the best outdoor adventure. On a typical ride, he can offer trails of varying difficulty to accommodate the client’s ability and comfort level. His goals for all adventures are safe, challenging and memorable fun in the outdoors of Colorado. Phil can customize a mountain bike trip for riders from beginners to advanced levels and provide professional instruction along the way as desired by the clients.

Phil’s favorite comment is: “No matter how many times I ride a trail, I always feel like the most fortunate person on the planet, to be living and working in this beautiful environment.”

An engineer by education, a volunteer Nordic Ski Patroller for over 30 years, an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) technician, a volunteer bike patroller, a professional bicycle mechanic and an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) mountain bike instructor, Phil can easily manage all aspects of a memorable trip.

Tripp Arnold

Tripp Arnold

Guide / Educator

Tripp is from the Middle Tennessee area originally and has been in Colorado full time since 2013. His main passion is river guiding on the Arkansas and Upper Colorado Rivers. He also instructs Snowboarding at Loveland Ski resort that lies just beneath the Continental Divide. In his free time, Tripp is spending time with Lucy on trail or in a open space throwing the ball, or planning for the next expedition. He joins CWRAG in 2019 after an 11 year journey as an IT Professional in various roles and capacities across teams from the Construction and Building Materials industry. He is a true customer advocate and an enabler of success. Tripp has a MBA and Bachelors of Science in Concrete Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University.

Guiding philosophy: If you are being SAFE, everyone is having FUN!

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, AIARE Level 1, AIARE Rescue Course, PSIA-AASI Level 1 Snowboard, PSIA-AASI Children’s Specialist 1

Zach Weinzetl

Zach Weinzetl

Guide / Educator

Zach has over 10 years guiding experience working for outfitters and lodges as well as wilderness programs. At Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, Zach primarily guides fly fishing. An avid outdoorsman and wilderness connoisseur, Zach spends most of his free time finding the off-the-beaten-path gems of Colorado fly fishing. Growing up in Western Montana, he has an affinity for connecting with nature and experiencing the natural world directly. For Zach, the experience of fly fishing is complete as soon as he puts on his waders, steps into the water, and looks up at the surrounding mountain peaks; catching fish only adds to the adventure.

As a guide, Zach tries to understand his clients’ aspirations and create an experience that they will be talking about for years to come. Zach has a BA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and is an experienced rock climber, mountain biker, kayaker, back packer, and of course, angler. He has Wilderness First Responder medical training and takes pride in anticipating potential risks to help clients relax and fully enjoy their experience. It is Zach’s philosophy to always have a rod handy no matter where he goes. He and his fishing equipment travel everywhere together.