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Pangaea Guides

Professional Sea Kayak and Glacier Guides

Pangaea Adventures hires to the highest standards and focuses on guides with a great balance of experience, safety, friendly personality, and education. Our guides care about the overall   experience of every guest and strive to balance recreation and education. Each guide practices "leave no trace" ethics and creates a comfortable atmosphere for all levels of kayakers. Each head guide is trained in advanced wilderness medicine and rescue. Their backgrounds are all in guiding and teaching. We hire adults who are personable, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, patient, responsible, and safe.

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Tim Duffy aka "Duff" has several years of experience guiding paddling, backpacking and ski-mountaineering trips throughout Alaska. Originally a Maine-ah, Duff ski guides winters in Nevada, explores the world on vacation, and is currently our backup boat captain. You can sit back and enjoy the cruise with Duff while he throws fun facts at you and sometimes even raps them. He acquired the company in 2008 and says the Valdez vistas still have him in awe.

 

Dave Scott: There are many myths surrounding the creation of Dave, such as, his mother was a mermaid, and that he actually WAS delivered by the stork. What we do know is that Dave's earliest memories come from the state of Idaho. Similar to the stellar Sealion, Dave is the largest member of his family. However, unlike the sea otter, Dave does NOT have the highest density of hairs per square inch of any animal. In his free time, Dave enjoys a day at the spa. If Dave were not driving boats you would likely find him in a psych ward... As a nurse. If Dave had a super power it would be division by zero. After a long day at work Dave enjoys sitting down to an intelligent debate about the state of this great Union, and occasionally, how to end global hunger. If Dave actually was what he ate, he would be a goldfish (the confection snack) . A little known fact about Dave is that Kevin Costner's character in the cult classic movie Water World, was loosely based on Dave's life. Dave is actually his surname, his first name is Captain.

Jesse Dunlap: Meet Jesse; he’s probably one of the coolest people you will ever meet. This guy has lived everywhere from New York to Japan and even California. Jesse has a love for the outdoors and for taking people out exploring. After completing the Pacific Crest Trail (yeah, he’s the real deal) Jesse gave tours of New York City and managed a candy store before realizing his true calling was sea kayaking and glacier hiking in Alaska. Fun fact: if you look at his feet first, you’d expect him to be way taller than he actually is. PS: ask him about his experience working in a silicone toy factory!

Ben Lieber: Benny comes to us from Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. He is a true and tried mountaineer whose entire being is consumed by the clutches of the climbing bug. This man truely eats, sleeps, and breathes mountaineering (I once saw him attempt to eat a carabiner). He has worked for Northeast Mountaineering in, you guessed it, the northeast and on Mt. Rainier for Whittaker Mountaineering. Ben also attended Savanhah College of Art and Design where he majored in Sservice Design. During his time at school he played lacrosse where he was honored for his lucious locks as all flow. If you have the honor of being guided by this lovely individual, be prepared to have the time of your life and don't forget your ice axe!

Nelson Bandy: Originally from Ohio, Nelson is an aspiring Arctic Tern who migrated to Alaska for the summer after completing a National Outdoor Leadership School Semester in Patagonia. A self proclaimed “burrito bandit,” he survives the rugged northern summer on a diet of refried beans, pancakes, and jelly beans. His time spent chasing daylight has left him with an inexhaustible supply of energy and positivity that ensures stellar days’ sea kayaking or hiking up Worthington Glacier with him as your guide. Long before he was a bird, Nelson studied geology at Carleton College and is still crazy about it today. Be sure to ask him about metamorphic rocks and glaciology, because he’s an adult that knows his stuff. With eight different distinctive guiding calls, any trip with Nelson is sure to be a blast!
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Meredith Lorig: An expert kayaker, Meredith hales from the waters of the Lake Superior and the Bounds Water Canoe Area in the wilds of Minnesota. She spent her middle and high school years in Chile with her family, and went on to earn a B.A in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Some of her greatest achievements so far include: completing a 50 day canoe expedition down the Dubawnt and Thelon Rivers in Canada, building a pair of Ojibway snowshoes with step one being cutting down the ash tree for wood, and spending a year learning how to handle educational raptors. In her free time, Meredith enjoys long paddles next to the beach, ceramics, and lichens.

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Emily Renzini: This ray of sunshine has many obsessions but her top ones would have to be: swimming, nachos, Idaho, and extra spicy food! Her love for potatoes lead her to attend the University of Idaho where she attempted to get a degree in Swimming with Dolphins but when that didn't work out she got her bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership. During that time she discovered her love for rafting and has been guiding on white water since. She started swimming in the womb and hasn't stopped since. As much as she loves swimming, she'll try her best to make sure you don't have to while rafting or kayaking. In Emily's down time she'll try to convince you why Idaho is the best state, pierce more holes into her ears, and down a bottle of hot sauce! What a guide!

Nick DelPrete: If you happen to get a trip with Nick, you will be in luck. He owned a kayaking company at the age of sixteen! He is now a pro kayak guide, river rafting guide, and even a badass skier. What an expert! Nick moved from Massachusetts to Montana and then up to Alaska in the hopes of finding his favorite animal, the horned puffin. As you paddle together, he can tell you about Dungeons and Dragons, whiskey old fashioneds, and even how he broke his nose four different times. Nick has accomplished a lot, but his proudest moment was winning the award for most alluring drivers license. Ask to take a peek!

Chyna Denney: Chyna moved to Valdez from San Diego in 2015, working her way up the coast working on greasy fishing boats and subsisting on a steady diet of fish eyes and potatoes. Her favorite food is angel hair pasta, heavily buttered. Chyna is currently enrolled in Prince William Sound College and is majoring in outdoor studies, and got a job at Pangaea Adventures so she could get experience working in the outdoors. Her favorite things about Valdez are the dramatic mountain landscapes, the extreme seasonal variations, and swimming with whales. In her free time, she likes to cosplay as Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, cuddle stray cats, and crowd surf at Luke Bryan concerts.

Emma Houston: Charmer, hugger, adventurer and part-time jazz comedian. Get Emma as your guide and you're in for one hell of a good time! Coming from a family of experienced kayaking guides, Emma was born in a log cabin without electricity deep in the woods of northern Maine. She paddled her way to school everyday alongside her gang of rambunctious forrest squirrels. Her middle name is actually Kayak. After spending countless summers honing her skills in seal skin boats, she has transformed into the badass chica that she is today! An Environmental Studies and Ecology student straight out of the University of Maine, she can answer any question you may have. How many hairs on a sea otter? Ask Emma. Where does a kittiwake go during the winter? Ask Emma. What's her favorite color? All the shades of blue she can think of. Come to Valdez this summer and explore Prince William Sound with the true Eazy E!

Hunter Donleavy: This classy gentleman was born and raised in New Jersey and decided to come on out to AK for the time of his life.  This fall he traveled to Patagonia for a semester long NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course focusing on sea kayaking and mountaineering. This winter he worked in Burlington, Vermont at Outdoor Gear Exchange where he specialized in mountain bikes and became an expert in the outdoor gear industry.  He loves to mountain bike, ski, skateboard and anything that has to do with the outdoors. He broke his nose-diving down to the bottom of a pool because he thought he was a majestic dolphin.  Fun fact: Hunter has 46 tattoos and the majority of them were etched by the power of his own hand! Ask him to sing you a tune anytime, he has the voice of an angel. If you’re lucky enough to have him as your guide, you’re sure in for a wild Alaskan ride!

 

Robert Dooley: Dooley comes to us from Washington DC where he learned some killer dance moves. Rob loves sports and is even a Division I wrestler at George Mason University (don't get on his wrong side or you'll end up on your backside). Extreme sports is a way of life for Dooley, including mountain biking, climbing using only his arms, and whitewater in any form. In his free time Dooley enjoys fly fishing and hiking. Since arriving in Valdez, Dooley has fallen in love with the dramatic landscape and the adventurous culture.

 

Brian Herbig: This classic New Yorker found himself going more and more west from his homebase in the Adirondacks until he reached Valdez, Alaska. He comes to Pangaea as an intern, but brings more to the table than just a pretty face and lucious long locks. He is as graceful as a seal on the water, and as agile as a mountain goat on land and ice. When he's not weilding phone calls and reservations in the office, Brian can be found fishing, slack lining, rock climbing, gardening, taking awesome photos, playing guitar, or reading a good book. Ladies, did I mention his cooking skills? Let Big Boy take you by surpise as he guides you for the ultimate Alaskan experience.

 

Kristina Duffy: A native to the Chicago area, Kristina joins us for her fifth season as the office manager for Pangaea. She graduated with a double BA in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Lake Forest College outside of the great city, and has since spent her time roaming the U.S. and Latin America. Ask her about exploring Machu Picchu, starting an organic farm and LFC (and now in Valdez!), or learning first hand about immigration issues at the U.S./Mexico border. She’s done all these things! You can also ask her all about Pangaea Adventures, or about how she’s enjoyed her transition to the Land of the Midnight Sun.

 

 


Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.