Guides

We offer guide services at $200 per guide, per day. Our ministry partners carry the role of discipleship and team building, also at a rate of $200 per partner, per day. Junior guides are $100 per day.

We are passionate about God and his wilderness and absolutely love introducing people to both! Please see What We Teach for more information on guided trips.

Dan Lapp

Wilderness Guide, Ministry Partner & Skilled Smoke-Dodger

Dan is a pastoral counselor, and he has an outstanding gift for helping people gain confidence and skills to fight their personal battles. His passion for wilderness ministry is to help people discover a relational Father God through adventure, shared experiences and discipleship. When you see that daring twinkle in Dan’s eye, prepare yourself for an unexpected u-turn! Dan approaches adventure in the same way he approaches mentoring: with understated authority and contagious vision. Learn to courageously hold life in an open hand as you join this skillful guide to summit mountains and hike wild trails in the dark.

Leadership style: Insightful, team oriented and relational

Wilderness miles traveled: 4,500 and counting

Training/Certifications:

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Team Building
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Lifeguarding
  • EMT-B
  • Search & Rescue
  • Life Coach
  • Swift Water Rescue

Michael Esh

Wilderness Guide, Ministry Partner & Yodeler

Over a decade of business management has honed Michael’s gift of leading people to a realization of their God-given talents, and he has a passion for bringing this self-worth and purpose to life in the those who join him in the remote, wintery classrooms of the great outdoors. His vision for wilderness ministry is for people to experience close community, learn simple living, receive inner healing and find life purpose from Father God. Join this joyful, sunrise-chasing guide for a cold weather adventure--his random outbursts of song might be just what’s needed to help you to summit that gnarly peak!

Leadership style: Confident, encouraging & empowering

Wilderness miles traveled: 1,600 and counting

Training/Certifications

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Lifeguarding
  • Swift Water Rescue
  • Team Building

Kara Graber

Wilderness Guide, Ministry Partner & Clown

Kara believes in celebrating treasures everywhere, whether they are found in nature, in another person or in a promise in God’s Word. Her passion for wilderness ministry is to prove that miracles still happen, and that the one true God is alive, at work, and capable of filling people with more love, freedom and bravery than they’ve ever known! Kara loves pointing out weather patterns, teaching wilderness survival skills and inviting people to break free from fears and from social norms. Join this fun-loving guide for a hands-on learning experience that will make you a believer in the value of creating memorable moments.

Leadership style: Caring, diplomatic, intuitive

Wilderness miles traveled: 3,500 and counting

Training/Certification

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Team Building

Melita Zuck

Wilderness Guide, Ministry Partner & Chief Brownie-Baker

If you aren’t passionate about wilderness, Melita will inspire you to become so very quickly! Melita’s energy for learning is impossible to ignore as she lives out her purpose of inviting everyone into a safe place of belonging and freedom in God’s family. Her passion for wilderness ministry is for people to know the real Jesus who is amazing! She loves pointing out and naming native vegetation, baking treats on a late-night campfire, and discussing Biblical prophecy. Ask this vivacious guide about her adventures in Wyoming and in Israel, and you’ll never have a dull moment!

Leadership style: Intentional, directive, excited, adventurous

Wilderness miles traveled: 2,600 and counting

Training/Certifications

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Lifeguarding
  • Team Building
  • Counseling
  • Rock Climbing

Andrew Ranck

Wilderness Guide, Ministry Partner & Fauna Expert

If you want to learn how to observe and navigate like a pro, Andrew is the guide to hire! The studies which earned him a BA in Bible Ministry heightened his passion to help individuals in their personal growth, and it's unmistakable in the space he builds for community, leadership development, character growth and self-discovery. Andrew firmly believes that the wilderness is a place to thrive and he will go to great lengths to make sure his fellow adventurers are cozy. Toss away your iPhone and let this detail-oriented guide train your eyes to spot birds, mammals and insects you've never noticed before!

Leadership style: Safe, discerning, team oriented

Wilderness miles traveled: 900 and counting

Training/Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Team Building
  • LNT Instructor
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bible Ministry