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!
Since 1996, Richard has been the OAC’s backwoods expert, climbing guide, splitboard 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.
Certifications and trainings that Richard holds or has held:
- AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Top Rope Site Manager
- AMGA Backcountry Ski Guide
- AIARE Level 3 avalanche training
- AIARE Avalanche Course leader
- Wilderness First Responder
- PSIA 1 Ski Instructor
- ACA Sea kayak instructor
Richard is passionate about avalanche education and backcountry snowboarding. He served as the Executive Director of AIARE, and teaches for The Nickolay Dodov Foundation, Feather River College and Lake Tahoe Community College in addition to the Outdoor Adventure Club.
Most of all, Richard loves connecting with people and sharing his knowledge with others. Join him on an upcoming trip or class!
Richard can be reached at richard@OutdoorAdventureClub.com.
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 and has a reputation for making the best guacamole around!
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!
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.
Sean Delacour, Backcountry Skiing and Backpacking Guide
Sean was raised in Tahoe and grew up backpacking throughout the Sierra Mountains. He has been skiing since he learned to walk, eventually racing, ski patrolling, and coaching youth ski teams. He has a bachelors degree in Recreation Administration from California University Chico, and holds AIARE, Swiftwater Rescue, Rescue Diver and Technical Rope Rescue certificates. He is also a Cal Fire EMT. Pretty bad ass!
When not guiding or working, you can find him hanging out at home or traveling to share his great appreciation for the backcountry with his wife and two kids.
Forrest Barker, Rock Climbing, Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Education, and Backpacking Guide
Forrest grew up in the mountains of northern New Mexico where he chose competitive skiing and rock climbing over the more traditional school sports. In 2008 he moved to Washington and fell in love with the alpine terrain where hiking, skiing, and climbing coexist. This led him to start guiding in 2012 and start teaching avalanche courses in 2017. In 2019, Forrest moved to California. As Forrest puts it, he gets excited about anything that involves vertical travel and loves sharing that with others. Among other accomplishments, he has over 50 Mt Rainier climbs under his belt, he has sailed across the Pacific Ocean, was a field member of the Seattle Mountain Rescue for 3 years, and worked as a professional balloon artist in college!
Forrest has a BS in Biology from the University of Washington, holds certification as an EMT, and an AIARE avalanche instructor. He will be starting a master’s in global health in the fall of 2020.
Alek Angele, Hiking, Backpacking and Snowshoeing Guide
Raised in the Rockies, Alek has always had a passion for the outdoors. His main go-tos are climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, and he occasionally pretends he can surf. Before guiding for the OAC, he led camping, hiking, and rock climbing trips for the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Alek has a minor in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Wyoming, and a Wilderness EMT through NOLS. He also has a Level 1 Avalanche Certificate through the National Ski Patrol.
If you join Alek on a trip, you’ll likely be treated to his tradition of summit chocolate, whether or not there’s an actual summit.
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.