Our local guides share a strong passion and excitement for the outdoors. Whether its hiking, rock climbing, skiing, paddle boarding or running in the backcountry with their dogs, their experience and infectious enthusiasm will draw you in.

Patty Baird

Owner, Corporate Event Planner, International Mountain Travel Director

Patty grew up on Okinawa and began visiting the Lake Tahoe region in her mid-20s after living in Alaska for three years. She thrives on big idea thinking and perfecting the details. Inspired by mountain travel in Europe and exploring the Tahoe wilderness, Patty, along with her husband Jeff, relocated to Truckee in 2004 to establish the Cedar House Sport Hotel, a boutique lodging and event center. Together they built a business that encouraged authentic and positive connections to the natural world. In 2011, they solidified that ambition with the acquisition of an adventure travel company. As co-owner of T3 Adventures, Patty’s primary responsibilities are corporate retreat planning and international mountain travel tours. Whether it is setting the logistics for an overseas holiday or executing a multi-day corporate gathering, Patty ensures that each guest experience is not only seamless and stress free, but upon departure, leave refreshed, enthused and transformed.

Jeff Baird

Owner, Life Long Explorer

Jeff’s childhood days were full of making discoveries along the winding trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains and hours playing in the Pacific Ocean. In 2004, after spending 35 plus years as a General Building Contractor with projects throughout California, Jeff, along with his wife Patty, built the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, California, which they currently operate along with T3 Adventures. You will often find Jeff bushwhacking through overgrown trails, rediscovering old lost footpaths in the Tahoe Wilderness. As an avid skier, long distant hiker, and seasoned traveler, Jeff scours remote regions of the world, seeking out that next new adventure to share with our clients.

MIKE KRUEGER, WEMT

Director of Operations / Instructor / Wilderness Guide

Shortly after arriving in California, Mike fell in love with the outdoors and everything it has to offer. While working on his computer science degree, Mike earned his Avalanche 1 and 2 certifications from the Silverton Avalanche School.

His love of the outdoors and the environment has led him to work with the Breast Cancer Fund, training teams to climb Mount Shasta and Mount Rainer to raise awareness and money for the fund and continues to work with the Wounded Warrior Project leading outdoor activities in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Mike is a member of the Northstar ski patrol and a former member of two Nordic Search and Rescue teams. He has certifications in Emergency Medical Technician, Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder, Mountain rescue and is a Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder instructor.

CRAIG ROWE

Senior Wilderness Guide / Instructor

A native of upstate New York, Craig’s family spent summers in a Coleman pop-up roaming about northeastern Canada and the St. Lawrence seaway.

After his English and Professional Communication Degree, Craig hurried to the south to surf, camp, and explore the empty coast and rhododendron-strewn Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Along the way, Craig attended the National Outdoor Leadership School and earned his Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master certifications.

He started guiding backpackers in the Grand Canyon, Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Native American oasis of Supai. He also works with Wounded Warrior Project, assisting our nation’s veterans in their effort to use wilderness as a vehicle for healing.

AMANDA STUART, DVM

Wilderness Guide / Instructor

As a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Amanda is responsible for our Wilderness First Aid for Dogs program as well as everything related to spending time in the backcountry with our furry four-legged friends.

She grew up in the Bay Area but regularly traveled to Tahoe her whole life to ski and play in the mountains. An animal lover since childhood, she went to UC Davis for undergrad and veterinary school. She graduated veterinary school in 2013 and immediately moved to Tahoe.

Since that time she has worked as a small animal veterinarian at Donner Truckee Vet Hospital with occasionally performing veterinary care for horses in the community as well, and she is now a certified rehabilitation therapist (physical therapy/sports med for animals).

When she isn’t doctoring pets she can be found outside running, climbing, skiing, hiking, or horse-back riding. She lives with three dogs, a cat, and three horses.

MICHELLE TURLEY L.Ac, MTCM

Wilderness Guide / Instructor

Most of Michelle’s life she has been fortunate to live surrounded by nature. She spent her youth on the beaches of Oahu Hawaii, in the backcountry of Southern Ca roaming the hills on her horse before the urban sprawl, hiking the beautiful redwood forest on the coast of northern Ca from Santa Cruz to the Oregon border and now living and exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Michelle choose a career based from the principals of nature and earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Michelle’s passion for learning and exploring indigenous medicine through nature has opened her world to a never ending learning adventure. In 2002 she met her now husband Scott Williamson who is a legend in the thru hiking community for the thousands of miles he has hiked on long trails and the many records he has set on the Pacific Crest Trail. Michelle learned everything she knows about backpacking and long distance hiking from Scott. Since then she has taken many life changing adventures all over the west. Michelle practices Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Medical Qigong out of her office in Truckee CA and has been teaching retreats in the backcountry since 2010. Her retreats focus on expanding awareness around the energy of nature and the energy of our lives. She provides tools to create a thriving, centered and empowered life using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong.

OUR INTERNATIONAL TEAM

T3 ADVENTURES

All of our European guides have outdoor leadership certifications and continue to hone their skills on an ongoing basis through advanced guiding and leadership courses. They are either UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guides – the highest climbing, mountaineering, and ski-mountaineering qualification in the world, or professional hiking, trekking, biking, trail running, skiing or snowshoeing guides.

NICK PARKS

Mountain Expeditions Expert

He is a member of British Mountain Guides (BMG) and has been a full IFMGA Alpine Mountain Guide since 1987. Nick founded Mountain Tracks, a London based outdoor company in 2000.

He has been leading mountain expeditions on skis and on foot for almost 20 years and he has journeyed with clients to some of the most remote corners of the globe.

He started skiing in 1971 and his ski background includes racing as a junior and ski instructing in Scotland before settling into off-piste and backcountry guiding. Today he is equally at home on alpine and telemark skis. During the 1990s, Nick was Director of Outdoor Education at Marlborough College. He has spent much of the past four years working on the Man versus Wild TV show presented by Bear Grylls for Discovery.

MARIKA FAVÉ

UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Hiking, Via Ferrata, Climbing, and Skiing Guide and Instructor

The Dolomites and guiding run in Marika’s blood. With a father who was a ski instructor and mountain guide, and mother who runs a B&B in Val di Fassa where she grew up, how could it not? Born in 1973, Marika began skiing at age 3 and ski racing at 6, and raced for the Italian National Alpine Ski Team in her teens and 20s, travelling extensively in the mountains throughout Europe. “Mountains and snow are my passion,” says Marika, “I was born in the Fassa Valley and still live there because of that!”

CERRO TORRE MARCELLO

UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Hiking, Via Ferrata, Climbing, and Skiing Guide

In 1984, Marcello moved to the Dolomites, and became a professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide at age twenty-three, and started to make a living from his newfound profession straight away. He is an extreme skier and alpinist, and has climbed a good number of the great classic routes in the Alps and a number of Himalayan summits. He is a pioneer of speed climbing in the Dolomites, where he opened over 20 new routes, and made the first ski descents of a number of steep faces in the Eastern Alps.

Olly Allen

IFMGA-qualified international mountain guide

As a director of Mountain Tracks and alpine mountain guide, Olly’s aim is to pass on his passion for the mountains and provide a superb experience to match clients’ aspirations at all levels. Over the last 20 years, Olly has skied and climbed all over the world: from chasing powder in Russia to scaling dry rock in Yosemite and climbing vertical ice in Cogne.

As well as being an IFMGA-qualified international mountain guide, Olly is also a member of the British Ski Mountaineering team and compete in the World Championships every year. Olly has also worked extensively in film and T.V. including stunt work for films such as “Touching the Void”

Matt Dickinson

IFMGA-qualified international mountain guide

For Matt, it all started on the gritstone edges of his home county Derbyshire. By mid–teens, he was hooked on climbing and the mountains, with many adventures and expeditions followed, including notable new routes on Greenland’s big walls. In the 90’s, Matt spent many years leading mountaineering expeditions in the greater ranges and summited on many high peaks of the Himalayas and the Andes. In the winter of 2008, Matt completed a winter ascent of the north face of the Eiger and later the north face of the Matterhorn.