Every company on the Poudre River says they have the most experienced guides. For proof that we actually have the most experienced guides please read this form – Colorado State Parks Outfitter Records Inspection Form
Bob Klein, the owner and manager of the company, has been guiding on the Poudre River for the past 28 seasons. He holds a degree in Natural Resources Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University. Before he started managing the company full time he enjoyed living the ski bum life and taught snowboarding at Steamboat Ski Resort and Jackson Hole. Bob is originally from the western slope town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. He enjoys rowing his raft on multi-day river trips, mountain biking, snowboarding, hunting and traveling. Some of his favorite experiences include rafting through the Grand Canyon, rafting on the Zambezi River in Africa and traveling to Costa Rica, Ecuador, New Zealand and Australia.
Derek Steffens will be joining our team for his 10th season of guiding on the Cache La Poudre River. He is the assistant manager of the company. Derek is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician. A Fort Collins native, Derek loves the outdoors and can’t stand being inside all day. The past few winters Derek has been loving warm weather, and warm water, teaching Scuba Diving in Hawaii, guiding on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica, working with the humanitarian aid organization Aqua Aid International in rural Nicaragua and working as a canyoning guide in Queenstown, New Zealand. Derek enjoys many outdoor activities including river trips, kayaking, riding his motorcycle, camping, hiking, traveling, mountain biking, snow boarding, rock climbing and learning new things.
Paula Hodgson is a co-owner of A Wanderlust Adventure and has guided on the Cache La Poudre River with the company for the past 28 seasons. She attended college at Colorado State University where she earned her degree and discovered her love for the outdoors and rafting. During the off season Paula has worked with youth at risk, taught environmental interpretation at youth camps and instructed skiing at Steamboat and Jackson Hole. She earned her Masters in Counseling in 2007. Paula has a passion for traveling, especially in Central and South America. Some of her favorite experiences include kayaking on the Futalafu River in Chile, kayaking thru the Grand Canyon, trekking on the Inca trail in Peru and thru the Himalayas of Nepal.
Lucas Stanley will be entering his 18th summer guiding for our company. He also spent one winter guiding on the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Lucas is certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He is originally from Colorado Springs and moved to Fort Collins to study at Colorado State University. Lucas earned a degree in History from Colorado State University and also earned a Masters Degree in Special Education. He currently is a Moderate Needs Teacher at a local Colorado high school. Lucas loves to fly fish and spends much of his free time enjoying this sport in the Poudre Canyon. Lucas also enjoys rowing his raft down the Poudre River and other rivers.
Peter Mosby started guiding back in 1986. From the years 1988 through 2020 Peter has guided for our company on the Poudre River. He is back again to guide for us part time this summer. Peter is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Graduating from Colorado State University with a teaching degree along with a Masters in Technology and a Masters in Education-Administration. Peter has taught high school math and other subjects for many years. He has also worked as a Principal at several high schools in the Denver area. He is currently a principal at Rock Ridge Elementary School. An avid outdoors-man, Peter has competed in the Field & Stream Total Outdoors-man Challenge for several years. He placed third in the Total Outdoors-man All star Edition in 2013. Peter loves fly fishing, hunting, snowboarding and rafting with his family and friends.
Dan Piper has been guiding rafts on the Cache La Poudre River for 17 seasons and is entering his 10th season with A Wanderlust Adventure. Dan is certified as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Dan was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado and moved to Fort Collins in order to attend Colorado State University, where he earned his degree in Technology Education and Training. Dan has been teaching 6th, 7th and 8th grade Industrial Technology at Eaton Middle School for the past eight years. He greatly enjoys both his “real job” and his “blissful job” taking people whitewater rafting. Dan enjoys most sporting activities and spends much of his free time rafting, golfing, frolphing, fishing, camping and traveling.
Brian Friday will be working his 10th season guiding for A Wanderlust Adventure, although he has many years of rafting experience. He is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician. His father was a guide many years ago and he taught Brian how to guide, canoe and kayak when he was just a youngster. Brian is originally from Maryland. He attended UCCS in Colorado Springs. Brian was also a Ships Signals Exploitation Equipment Operator in the U.S. Navy while stationed in Pensacola, Florida. He now has his own construction business. Brian is an avid outdoors-man who enjoys camping, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hunting.
George Hatch will be guiding for his 9th season on the Poudre River. He has his Wilderness First Responder certification from the Wilderness Medicine Institute. He earned degrees in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism and Applied Computing Technology at Colorado State University. George grew up in a rafting family and has been kayaking and going on multi-day whitewater adventures for many years. George is passionate about the outdoors and loves to mountain bike and downhill ski.
Diego Hoyos will be returning for his 8th season of guiding on the Poudre River. He has also guided in Alaska. Diego graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Prior to studying at CSU Diego spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Diego spent 10 years of his life growing up in Ecuador. He still visits there often and has family that lives there. Diego thoroughly enjoyed guiding up in Alaska where he guided both day and multi day trips. He also enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and rafting on multi day river trips.
Jamie Jasinski has been a whitewater raft guide for over 14 years. He originally starting guiding on the Ocoee River in Tennessee before joining our company back in 2006. He guided full time for us for a few seasons and then moved up to Washington to guide on many of the rivers up there. He moved back to Colorado to attend Naropa University in Boulder and obtained a masters degree in counseling. For the past few seasons he has guided part time for us and thoroughly enjoys being back on the Poudre River!
Kylie Rountree will be returning for her 4th season guiding for our company. She is originally from Sun Valley, Idaho. In the off season, Kylie is an International Studies Major at Colorado State University. She also is minoring in Spanish and is fluent in this language. Kylie grew up skiing at Sun Valley where she competed for many years. She also grew up in a rafting family and enjoyed doing many multi day rafting trips with them. She loves everything outdoors and spends her free time either skiing or hiking.
Paul Kelly began guiding rafting trips in 1981. He guided professionally on Colorado rivers for the next 13 years. He decided to take a hiatus from professional guiding in 1994. He got a degree from Colorado State University in 1989, and for the next 25 years taught middle school P.E. and biology. Throughout his teaching career he never lost his passion for the river, he completed ten Grand Canyon trips and dozens of multi-day river trips during that time. He has returned to his passions – teaching and river rafting, as one of Wanderlust’s guides. OK, so he’s not our youngest, but he’s a wise one.
This is Dakota Squibb’s 3rd season of guiding on the Poudre River. He’s a Colorado native and grew up in the mountains. Along with being a guide, he is also an EMT and Volunteer Firefighter! Dakota is a 4-H archery coach where he helps motivated youth achieve their goals that reach as high as being State and National level athletes. In 2018, he was an exchange student in Bjerkreim, Norway where he hiked and fished a lot. When he’s not outside doing something fun, you can find him indoors playing guitar, or sitting by the fire when it rains.
This is Taylor Beach’s 3rd season guiding with us on the Cache la Poudre River! Her family is from California and she was born and raised in Colorado Springs, so her love for the mountains and the outdoors is in her blood. When she’s not on the river, she enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, gardening, and camping with her dog whenever possible! Taylor is also certified in CPR/AED and First Aid, and uses it for babysitting in her free time. During the winter months, Taylor goes to Colorado State University, working towards earning a degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology and minoring in the Role of Sustainability in Peace and Reconciliation.
Austin Smigelski is joining our team this season for his 3rd year guiding on the Poudre! He’s originally from Michigan where he was a certified SCUBA diver (since 14!) and just moved to Colorado in 2018. Austin learned to love rafting on the New River in West Virginia, and spends most of his free time hiking or camping in the canyon, or exploring the live music scene!
Brock Dykema is in his 2nd season as a photographer for A Wanderlust Adventure. He is a junior Health and Exercise Science major at Colorado State University and also competes for the CSU Rams Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He’s been practicing photography for the last 6 years and loves capturing the outdoors. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, basketball, biking, and waterskiing.
Maranda Wiese returns for her 4th season taking photos for our company. She is originally from Olney, Illinois. She obtained an Associate Degree of Science from Front Range Community College. Maranda loves living in Colorado and spends as much time as she can taking outdoor photos and playing in the mountains!
Clara Lenoch is returning for her 3rd summer in the office! She has been rafting since she was 6 months old, and both her parents used to be guides here at Wanderlust! She is studying Ecological Biology at CU Boulder, and attended Poudre High School here in Fort Collins. When she’s not in the office, she spends her time cooking, exploring, and taking care of kiddos! She loves plants, drawing, painting, and spending time in the sun with her friends!
Erik Vanderhor has been driving buses for our company for the past 5 summers. He has many years of experience driving for other rafting companies on the Poudre River and over 600,000 miles logged as a professional driver. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University. In the off season he drives buses for Poudre School District. Erik is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys water skiing, fishing, camping and hunting. He loves to travel and spend time with his family and friends.
Nathan Reimer has been a bus driver for our company for the past 6 seasons. He is originally from Houston, Texas. He and his wife moved to Fort Collins in 2015. In the off season Nathan works as a bus driver at Poudre School District. Nathan loves the outdoors and enjoys inflatable kayaking, camping, traveling, reading and going to music venues. He has an amazing collection of t shirts. He loves to spend time doing things with his wife, family and friends.
Qwiggly will be returning for his 13th year of herding guests around at our meeting area. He is a half Australian Shepherd and half Border Collie mix. As you can imagine, Qwiggly has a lot of energy and loves to play. One of his favorite road trips was to the Big Sur Coast in California. He loved playing frisbee on the beach in Carmel by the Sea. He also enjoyed viewing the elephant seals and camping in the redwood forest. Qwiggly loves to go on hikes and he is an amazing soccer player. He also loves to fetch any kind of toy. Qwiggly loves to go on river trips and his favorite one would have to be his journey through the Gunnison Gorge.