Meet Our Staff
A big part of the value of going on an Outdoor Adventure Club trip is having a professional guide leading your trip. We’ve assembled a top notch crew of guides who dedicate themselves to being professionals. All guides for the Outdoor Adventure Club are Wilderness First Responders (an advanced first aid certification) and receive nationally recognized training in their guiding discipline. All OAC guides also attend seasonal staff training sessions in the field.
In addition to being well trained, all OAC guides have great personalities and are a lot of fun to be with in the outdoors. They are patient instructors and will make you feel comfortable as you reach for your outdoor goals. Join us on a trip and you’ll see the difference our training and experience makes!
Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Owner and Guide
Since 1996, Richard has been the backwoods expert, head guide, and a pretty good backcountry cook, too. Richard has climbed, skied, snowboarded and guided OAC trips all over the world including 4 of the “7 Summits” (Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Denali, and Elbrus). He’s climbed extensively in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, and snowboarded down 24,000′ peaks in China. He’s surfed (poorly) on four continents as well.
Richard is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as a Single Pitch Instructor and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification as well as a AIARE Level III Avalanche certificate. He is a Level 1 and 2 Avalanche Instructor, has completed the AMGA Backcountry Ski Guide Course, PSI Instructor and is a volunteer ski instructor for Achieve Tahoe. He’s also a certified sea kayak instructor through the American Canoe Association.
Richard can be reached at richard@OutdoorAdventureClub.com.
Beth Becker, Hiking, Camping and Backpacking Guide
Beth has been leading hiking, backpacking and canoeing trips since college. She spent two years working with kids and teaching about outdoor education, wilderness skills, and guiding/teaching kids multisport activities (rock climbing, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, outdoor education, kayaking).
Beth has a BS in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and spent a semester as a NOLS Outdoor Educator in the Rockies. She holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, in CPR/First Aid, Canoeing Level 1 Skills Assessment by the ACA, and a Leave No Trace Master Educator. She also spins a mean hula hoop!
Nick Myers, Rock Climbing, Backpacking and Hiking Guide
Nick moved to the Bay Area from Colorado a few years ago, where he completed his degree in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College. He has lead climbing, paddling, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and surfing trips in Northern California, the Southwest, the Midwest, Central America, Hawaii, and Colorado. He is an American Mountain Guides Association certified Single Pitch Instructor as well as a Wilderness First Responder.
Nick has been climbing for almost 10 years and typically enjoys long, moderate, traditional free climbs. He has summited over 40 of the peaks in Colorado over 14,000 feet, one with only socks and boots on! He has braved class 5 rapids, skied backcountry lines lit only by the moon, battled grizzlies for his bear canister in British Columbia, and surfed his way through Central America. As an avid photographer, Nick enjoys taking pictures of his outdoor exploits and has even won some local photo contests with his images.
Heather Sexton-Landeros, Hiking and Rock Climbing Guide
Heather spent several years in Japan running an outdoor climbing program. She couldn’t stay away from home for too long, so fortunately made her way back to the Bay Area. She is a Wilderness First Responder and been trained by the Professional Climbing Instructors Association, as well as the American Mountain Guides Association, through their Single Pitch Instructor course. She also knows just about every trail hiking trail the Bay Area.
Heather has been guiding our hiking trips and the occasional rock climbing trip since 2011. She’s an all-around outdoor leader with a great backcountry Pad Thai recipe!
Lessley Bender, Hiking, Camping and Backpacking Guide
Lessley moved to the Bay Area in 2012 to intern with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area trail crew. She fell in love with the Bay and the Sierras and have stuck around since. She graduated with a BS in Environmental Science, with a focus on Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland. Since then, she has taught mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, SUPing, and outdoors skills, and also leads instructors and trains new staff as a camp director. She holds a Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
When not hiking or backpacking, Lessley’s likely to be mountain biking, trail running, or cooking up something new. She love to cook in the outdoors and try new things. She has even bicycled across the United States, fully self-supported.
Mike Boyd, Backpacking, Camping and Snowshoeing Guide
Mike was born and raised in Orange County, California, where he grew up exploring the outdoors hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skate boarding and surfing. He has worked as a wilderness guide for a variety of outdoor companies in Oregon, Utah and California leading backpacking trips and a variety of wilderness activities. Next to backpacking, Mike’s 2nd favorite outdoor activity is surfing and has surfed up and down the California coast and down into Baja.
Mike holds a AAS degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education and a BS in Recreation Administration with a focus in Parks and Natural Resources Management. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder/CPR and certified sea kayak instructor through the American Canoe Association. When not backpacking or surfing, you’ll likely find Mike spending time with his wife, son, and his favorite adventure buddy, his Boykin Spaniel, Coda.
Stephanie Herevia, Hiking and Camping Guide
Stephanie was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Her passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors started with her job instructing children’s outdoor activities including, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking. After helping children gain confidence through outdoor activities, she began to lead outdoor instructors to help guide and further their passion for outdoors. When she is not working she is camping and hiking all over California, and always taking a break to practice yoga.
She holds a Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and First AID certification. She is always excited to learn new things and passionate about sharing her knowledge with others.
Mike Kiddy, Admin (Trip Development)
If you’ve been on a backpacking trip with the Outdoor Adventure Club in the past, you’ve probably met Mike. He’s been a great addition to the OAC team of professional guides. He is a Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Technician, has a Level 1 avalanche certificate, a wealth of natural history knowledge, and he’s a patient teacher and leader. He’s also earned a degree from SFSU in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration.
When Mike’s not on the river or the slopes in Tahoe, he’s in the office busy planning, applying for permits and creating trips for the OAC calendar. We couldn’t do it all without him. As an all around outdoor leader, we’re proud to have Mike on the staff.
Jennifer Couch, Admin (Reservations, Website and Office Manager)
Jennifer works in the office for the OAC. She handles almost anything that has to do with reservations, guest communications, accounts receivable, payroll and works on keeping the website up to date.
Jennifer went on our Patagonia Rafting trip in 1998 as a guest, and has been involved with the OAC ever since. She loved it so much she even married the owner! Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and teaching ballet, and can be found on the occasional OAC rafting trip.
You can reach Jennifer at jennifer@OutdoorAdventureClub.com.