Rick Tur

is a Senior Trip Guide with Green Earth Outdoors.  Rick got started in the outdoors at age 5 while family backpacking along a section of the Appalachian Trail and has been mentally outdoors ever since.  Whether mountain biking, swimming, backpacking or paddling, he is happiest when he is in the backcountry. Over the last 15 years he has spent a significant portion of that backcountry time in the southern Rockies and the high desert of Utah and Colorado. A theoretical mathematician by education (don’t let this scare you, he’s actually a joy to be around), his primary love is in the outdoors and guiding people young and old to areas of the country that he has been so fortunate to spend the better part of his life in.  A Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and a Leave No Trace Trainer, Rick looks out for both his clients and the environment.​

Traci Sigdestad

was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but this city girl has found her home in the wilderness. Having parents who traveled, she was able to experience many of our natural wonders at an early age.  From the Adirondacks to the Cascades and everything in between, she has hiked, climbed, swam, paddled, snowshoed and lived, eventually settling in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. It was here where she was able to expand her love of the wilderness by sharing it with others through environmental and adventure education.  She holds a BS in Outdoor Education and currently is pursuing a MS in Sustainability. She looks forward to sharing an adventure with you all!   Her experience and qualifications include Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace State Advocate, Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor, Project Learning Tree State Coordinator, Backpacking and Camping Skill Instructor, Winter Skills Instructor, Project Wild Facilitator, Project WET Facilitator, Flying Wild Facilitator, Leopold Education Project Facilitator, Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor, Basic Archery Instructor Trainer (BAIT), National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) & Boy Scout/Girl Scout Leader and Merit Badge Counselor.

Rick Runyon

Rick got his start outdoors when he was a child and learned to fish. In high school he started hiking and hasn't stopped. Our California expert, his hiking achievements include the John Muir Trail, the High Sierra Trail and exploring Mineral King, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, and the Grand Canyon. Rick completed a through hike of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2015. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and rock climber but considers long distance backpacking and outdoor guiding his true calling. Rick enjoys sharing his connection with our amazing environment, highlighting the simple beauty that surrounds us. As he leads groups on wilderness adventures, his positive attitude encourages others to tap into their true potential along the way. His perseverance and fortitude has been greatly demonstrated in his extreme weight loss thru fitness and healthy choices. Forrest is fittingly his trail name. With over 12 years volunteering in the Boy Scouts as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and Committee Chair, he has an abundance of outdoor knowledge and experiences to share with all ages!

Douglas Wagoner

is Green Earth Outdoors' founder and principal guide and instructor. There are few people who can match Douglas’s lifetime of outdoor experience —when you’re on a trip with him, you’re in the hands of a true wilderness expert. An inspiring educator, he has an unparalleled passion for sharing the outdoors with people of all ages and experience levels. From mentoring the young to challenging the not so young, he is heartening to travel with for all. A well traveled adventurer, he’s a master of terrain in all climates, seasons and conditions. Whether it’s hiking along a remote backcountry trail, paddling across a crystal clear wilderness lake or climbing the snowy slopes of a high mountain peak he’s been there and is ready to share with you the beauty and joy of the natural world.   A practitioner of Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and nationally recognized for his conservation work, Douglas ensures that each experience is a responsible adventure.  Some highlights of his outdoor experience include:

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician - WEMT
  • National Registry EMT
  • Instructor with SOLO Wilderness Medicine School
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator Instructor
  • NAAEE Environmental Educator
  • American Canoe Association Certified Canoe Instructor and Trip Leader
  • Aldo Leopold Land Ethics Leader
  • Leopold Education Project Educator
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support - BLS Instructor
  • American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor
  • Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist
  • Project Wet Facilitator
  • Project Wild Facilitator
  • Leave No Trace State Advocate since 2002
  • Lifelong adventurer
  • Guiding and expedition planning since 1991
  • 1,500+ nights primitive camping
  • 10,000+ backpacking miles
  • 2,500+ miles canoeing
  • Scout Leader and Trainer for 30+ years
  • Eagle Scout 

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