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
Pat Legel, the owner and founder of A Wanderlust Adventure, started the company back in 1982. The company was a lot smaller back then and consisted of one Datson pickup, one non-bailing raft and Pat. Since then the company has grown into one of the largest outfitters on the Poudre River. Pat still likes to guide on the river when he isn’t on a Wanderlust journey in another part of the country. He enjoys going on private multi-day trips like the Grand Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Dolores River, Tatshenshini, Snake, Salmon and you name it! Most of the time you can find Pat hiking or biking around the foothills of Fort Collins.
Bob Klein, the manager of the company, has been guiding on the Poudre River for the past twenty-six 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 eighth 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, as well as working with the humanitarian aid organization, Aqua Aid International in rural Nicaragua. 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 has guided on the Cache La Poudre River with Wanderlust for the past twenty-seven 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 sixteenth 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 Brighton 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 2018 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, 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 outdoorsman, Peter has competed in the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge for several years. He placed third in the Total Outdoorsman 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 fifteen seasons and is entering his eighth 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.
Eric Hamm returns for his eighth year with Wanderlust as a raft guide and he is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He is no stranger to rivers; previously, he was an assistant tour guide taking people down the Rio Grande. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Eric moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU where he earned his degree in Watershed Science. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, he lived in San Diego while he was serving in the Marines. He grows tomatoes!
Brian Friday will be working his eighth 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 outdoorsman who enjoys camping, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and hunting.
George Hatch will be guiding for his seventh 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.
Mike Purvis is returning for his ninth season with A Wanderlust Adventure. He’s originally from Philadelphia, PA but made his way out to Fort Collins several summers ago to be a raft guide. Mike recently got married and he and his wife Sarah love taking their golden retriever Molly on outdoor adventures. He has rafted on many multi day river trips and two of his favorites were the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Alsek River in Alaska. When he’s not rafting down the Poudre River with Wanderlust, Mike is a lead software engineer for Lockheed Martin in Denver.
Diego Hoyos will be returning for his sixth 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 12 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!
Eric Winne has been guiding on the Poudre River for the past nine seasons. He is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado. Whenever Eric is not on the river he is working as a carpenter for his company High Country Fine Furniture. Eric loves to row his raft on multi-day river trips like the Middle Fork of the Salomon River up in Idaho. Eric spends every minute he can in the outdoors and also enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, camping and backpacking.
Trigg Skoe will be returning for his third season of guiding on the Poudre River. He is certified in Swift Water Rescue. Trigg is originally from Montrose, Colorado. He attends Colorado State University in the off season. Trigg loves to whitewater kayak and has worked as a safety boater during the two summers that he has been a river guide. He loves to travel the country in his van discovering new rivers to kayak and mountains to climb.
Ellie Moore is joining us for her third year as a guide here on the Poudre. She is a National and State Certified EMT. Ellie also has a degree in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University. When she’s not guiding, she spends her time rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, and skiing. She’s one of the OG back country basic girls because she sends and shreds and still rocks the uggs!
This is Lizzy Tong’s seventh season guiding on the Poudre River. She is a National and State Certified EMT. Lizzy also has training in Swift Water Rescue. She earned a Bachelor in Science with a concentration in Anatomy and Physiology from Colorado State University. During the summer months Lizzy guides part time for our company. The rest of her time is spent working full time on the ambulance crew for Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. She loves rafting and the outdoors and spends much of her time training for crossfit competitions.
Brian Cobb has six summers of experience guiding on the Poudre River. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Brian has his Wilderness First Responder Certification. In 2019 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability from Colorado State University. Brian also has a minor in Watershed Science. Last summer Brian had the pleasure to take Kevin Bacon down the Poudre River while guiding for our company. He loves to get a laugh out of our guests and staff and plans to keep guiding as long as he can. He has the coolest sunglasses on the river!
Kylie Rountree will be returning for her second 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.
Brett McIlmail will be returning for his second season guiding for Wanderlust. He is certified as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Brett obtained an Associates Degree in Forestry Technology, Natural Resources Technology and Wildlife Technology from Front Range Community College. Before going to college Brett was in the Navy for five years. Brett loves to spend as much time as he can in the outdoors.
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 multiday 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 Tori Brockmeyer’s sixth season as a River Guide. She moved to Colorado from Kentucky to raft during the summer, and then she fell in love with the state and moved to Colorado full time. She has a degree in Holistic Health, and she is a Reflexologist. When Tori isn’t boating on the river, she spends her time rock climbing and snowboarding.
New this year is Dakota Squibb! 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.
Eliot Hawkes is also joining us for her first summer! She is new to the rafting game but has always loved the rough and tough side of the outdoors ever since her first backpacking trip with her parents in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in Idaho (her home state). Since moving to Fort Collins for school she’s fallen in love with Colorado. Her absolute favorite thing to do is move her body in nature and to share that enjoyment with others, she worked to become a Wilderness First Responder, live and work at the CSU Mountain Campus in the Poudre Canyon, and finally become a raft guide with us!
This is Taylor Beach’s first 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.
Maranda Wiese returns for her second 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!
Matt Diffie will be returning for his third summer as a photographer for our company. He is originally from Auburn, Alabama. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since graduating from College he has worked professionally doing videography, photography and editing. During the off season Matt works as a producer at Townsquare Media in Windsor, Colorado. He loves the outdoors and spends every minute he can capturing photos of his experiences.
Clara Lenoch is joining the team this 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. While not a guide here, she is CPR/AED and First Aid Certified for her job working at a day care. She is studying Biology and Psychology at CU Boulder, and attended Poudre High School here in Fort Collins. When she’s not here, 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!
This is the 2nd season that Jim Koontz will be driving for our company. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Financial Management Services from Ball State University. Before retiring Jim worked for over 30 years in information technology management. He likes to stay busy so in the off season Jim drives buses for Poudre School District. Jim loves to spend as much time as he can with friends and family.
Erik Vanderhor has been driving buses for our company for the past three 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 four 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.
Marlon Poole returns for his second season driving for A Wanderlust Adventure. He is originally from Aurora, Colorado. Marlon taught science at Poudre High School in Fort Collins for over 30 years before retiring. He also likes to stay busy so in the off season he drives buses for Poudre School District. Marlon loves the outdoors and enjoys fly fishing, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Qwiggly will be returning for his eleventh 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.