Guides

 JAKE BOYCE - Founder, co-owner  ABOUT: After three decades of exploring Northern Minnesota, Jake knows just about every rock and root in the area. This Duluth native was practically paddling the lakes of the Boundary Waters before he could walk. He grew up racing for a local high school ski team and later went to race for the nordic ski and bike team for Saint Olaf. There, he earned German and Business Management degrees but realized that the his office needed to be outside. He's had multiple coaching jobs ranging from rowing to cross country skiing. He is a paramedic in the Duluth area and is sharing his passion for outdoor adventure with Day Tripper of Duluth.   Jake has been a competitive racer in both cycling and xc skiing for many years. Although not racing as much as he used to, he still enjoys going fast.    PERSONAL INTERESTS: Jake enjoys Lake Superior surfing, biking, skiing, shipwreck exploring, and camping.  LANGUAGES: English, German  CERTIFICATIONS: NR-Paramedic, BLS/ALS/ACLS/PALS/ITLS certified

JAKE BOYCE - Founder, co-owner

ABOUT: After three decades of exploring Northern Minnesota, Jake knows just about every rock and root in the area. This Duluth native was practically paddling the lakes of the Boundary Waters before he could walk. He grew up racing for a local high school ski team and later went to race for the nordic ski and bike team for Saint Olaf. There, he earned German and Business Management degrees but realized that the his office needed to be outside. He's had multiple coaching jobs ranging from rowing to cross country skiing. He is a paramedic in the Duluth area and is sharing his passion for outdoor adventure with Day Tripper of Duluth. 

Jake has been a competitive racer in both cycling and xc skiing for many years. Although not racing as much as he used to, he still enjoys going fast.  

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Jake enjoys Lake Superior surfing, biking, skiing, shipwreck exploring, and camping.

LANGUAGES: English, German

CERTIFICATIONS: NR-Paramedic, BLS/ALS/ACLS/PALS/ITLS certified

 MATTI ERPESTAD - Head guide, co-owner  ABOUT: Matti is a native of Duluth, who began guiding at Wilderness Canoe Base in the Boundary Waters during college.  After college, he moved to Finland where he got a college degree in Nature Tourism as well as a Professional Wilderness Guide Degree.  Returning to Minnesota, Matti taught as a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center for two years, guided Wolf Ridge trips for three summers, and worked as a Naturalist and Songbird bander at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth for three fall seasons.  Matti received his Master's Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Matti is a naturalist and jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the outdoors and guiding world.  PERSONAL INTERESTS: Matti really enjoys skiing, biking, paddling, bird watching, and learning about the natural world.  LANGUAGES: English, Finnish, (some) Spanish  CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certified, CPR and AED certified, Wilderness Water Safety certified for wilderness lifeguarding and life saving (& co-teaches certification course), Professional Wilderness Guide degree graduate (Finland), Masters of Environmental Education graduate from UMD

MATTI ERPESTAD - Head guide, co-owner

ABOUT: Matti is a native of Duluth, who began guiding at Wilderness Canoe Base in the Boundary Waters during college.  After college, he moved to Finland where he got a college degree in Nature Tourism as well as a Professional Wilderness Guide Degree.  Returning to Minnesota, Matti taught as a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center for two years, guided Wolf Ridge trips for three summers, and worked as a Naturalist and Songbird bander at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth for three fall seasons.  Matti received his Master's Degree in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Matti is a naturalist and jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the outdoors and guiding world.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Matti really enjoys skiing, biking, paddling, bird watching, and learning about the natural world.

LANGUAGES: English, Finnish, (some) Spanish

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certified, CPR and AED certified, Wilderness Water Safety certified for wilderness lifeguarding and life saving (& co-teaches certification course), Professional Wilderness Guide degree graduate (Finland), Masters of Environmental Education graduate from UMD

 KYLE HALOM - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Kyle is a northern Wisconsin native who spent his childhood canoeing and fishing the Boundary Waters with his dad.  While attending school for a BS in Aerospace Engineering, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia. There he joined the local mountaineering club and became hooked on outdoor climbing and kayaking. Returning to the northland after school he has continued exploring the outdoors. During the winter Kyle instructs adaptive skiing.   PERSONAL INTERESTS: Kyle enjoys paddling, hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, fishing, gardening, and flying airplanes.     CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified, BLS certified

KYLE HALOM - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Kyle is a northern Wisconsin native who spent his childhood canoeing and fishing the Boundary Waters with his dad.  While attending school for a BS in Aerospace Engineering, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia. There he joined the local mountaineering club and became hooked on outdoor climbing and kayaking. Returning to the northland after school he has continued exploring the outdoors. During the winter Kyle instructs adaptive skiing.


PERSONAL INTERESTS: Kyle enjoys paddling, hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, fishing, gardening, and flying airplanes.

 

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified, BLS certified

 JEN BUSEMAN - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Jen grew up in Southwestern Minnesota, where she enjoyed canoeing and kayaking on the Minnesota River. Her first time sea kayaking was her freshman year at UMD and she was hooked! During her time at UMD she worked with the kayak and canoe club, guided trips in the Apostle Islands and taught kayak skill classes. After graduation Jen enjoyed splitting her time between Minnesota and Washington, teaching outdoor education during the school year in Minnesota and guiding sea kayaking trips during the summer in the San Juan Islands. Jen is now back in Duluth studying elementary education at the College of St. Scholastica, when not in class you can find her on the trails or on the water.      PERSONAL INTERESTS: Jen enjoys paddling, hiking, cross-country skiing, running and camping.

JEN BUSEMAN - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Jen grew up in Southwestern Minnesota, where she enjoyed canoeing and kayaking on the Minnesota River. Her first time sea kayaking was her freshman year at UMD and she was hooked! During her time at UMD she worked with the kayak and canoe club, guided trips in the Apostle Islands and taught kayak skill classes. After graduation Jen enjoyed splitting her time between Minnesota and Washington, teaching outdoor education during the school year in Minnesota and guiding sea kayaking trips during the summer in the San Juan Islands. Jen is now back in Duluth studying elementary education at the College of St. Scholastica, when not in class you can find her on the trails or on the water. 

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Jen enjoys paddling, hiking, cross-country skiing, running and camping.

 LEXI BRUNO - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Lexi grew up in central Minnesota but fell in love with the Northwoods early on in life during family camping trips. This inherent draw toward the big woods and Lake Superior brought her to the University of Minnesota Duluth where she studied Environmental and Outdoor Education. During her time at UMD she landed a spot as a sea kayak guide where her love for paddling was solidified. After graduating, she and a friend circumnavigated Lake Superior via sea kayak. Since her trip in 2016 she has been working toward her career as a nature based preschool teacher.   PERSONAL INTERESTS: Lexi especially enjoys paddling, camping, bird watching, learning about the natural world and exploring with friends.  CERTIFICATIONS: CPR and Basic First Aid, BAS in Environmental and Outdoor Ed

LEXI BRUNO - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Lexi grew up in central Minnesota but fell in love with the Northwoods early on in life during family camping trips. This inherent draw toward the big woods and Lake Superior brought her to the University of Minnesota Duluth where she studied Environmental and Outdoor Education. During her time at UMD she landed a spot as a sea kayak guide where her love for paddling was solidified. After graduating, she and a friend circumnavigated Lake Superior via sea kayak. Since her trip in 2016 she has been working toward her career as a nature based preschool teacher. 

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Lexi especially enjoys paddling, camping, bird watching, learning about the natural world and exploring with friends.

CERTIFICATIONS: CPR and Basic First Aid, BAS in Environmental and Outdoor Ed

 BJORN LARSON - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Bjorn has grown up and lived in Duluth for 12 years. He most recently moved back from Fort Collins, Colorado where he attended Colorado State University. He spent most of his childhood chasing his dad around on a bike. He raced road bikes competitively with the U.S national team for a few years and now finds joy in hiking, biking and exploring the many cool things Duluth has to offer. During the winter he enjoys fat biking and both downhill and XC skiing.  INTERESTS: Road and Mountain biking, hiking, XC and downhill skiing, hammocking, outdoor climbing, and fantasy football  CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Aid

BJORN LARSON - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Bjorn has grown up and lived in Duluth for 12 years. He most recently moved back from Fort Collins, Colorado where he attended Colorado State University. He spent most of his childhood chasing his dad around on a bike. He raced road bikes competitively with the U.S national team for a few years and now finds joy in hiking, biking and exploring the many cool things Duluth has to offer. During the winter he enjoys fat biking and both downhill and XC skiing.

INTERESTS: Road and Mountain biking, hiking, XC and downhill skiing, hammocking, outdoor climbing, and fantasy football

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Aid

 TRISHA MUNDT - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Trisha grew up in Milwaukee, WI but had much childhood exploration at her parent's cabin in Northern WI. This is where she played with sticks, didn't wear shoes, and ran about in the woods.  In the past few years, Trisha has lived in Eugene, OR working Parks & Rec, Running Springs, CA working as an Outdoor Educator, and now resides in Duluth, MN where she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Environmental Education. She enjoys everything Naturalist related, and often integrates interpretation in her tours. Trisha gets outside as much as possible on the diverse trails in Duluth, and often daydreams about future adventures throughout the US and beyond.  PERSONAL INTERESTS: Road, Mountain, & Fat Tire Biking, Outdoor & Indoor Climbing, Backpacking, Drinking a great craft beer, Hiking with her dog Millie, Hanging out by a campfire, rooting on the Packers (sorry), Gardening, Cooking, and telling a dry joke.  CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult & Child)

TRISHA MUNDT - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Trisha grew up in Milwaukee, WI but had much childhood exploration at her parent's cabin in Northern WI. This is where she played with sticks, didn't wear shoes, and ran about in the woods.

In the past few years, Trisha has lived in Eugene, OR working Parks & Rec, Running Springs, CA working as an Outdoor Educator, and now resides in Duluth, MN where she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Environmental Education. She enjoys everything Naturalist related, and often integrates interpretation in her tours. Trisha gets outside as much as possible on the diverse trails in Duluth, and often daydreams about future adventures throughout the US and beyond.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Road, Mountain, & Fat Tire Biking, Outdoor & Indoor Climbing, Backpacking, Drinking a great craft beer, Hiking with her dog Millie, Hanging out by a campfire, rooting on the Packers (sorry), Gardening, Cooking, and telling a dry joke.

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder, First Aid/CPR/AED (Adult & Child)

 ELENA BANTLE - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Elena grew up exploring the rivers, lakes, and bluffs of Wisconsin and the UP. She used her allowance to buy her first kayak from a garage sale for $5, and has been getting others out on the water ever since. Elena has been a kayak guide and instructor for 9 years, and has extensive experience leading programming for teens.   PERSONAL INTERESTS: Hiking (especially with her dog), biking, skiing, and learning and sharing about the natural world  ANGUAGES: English, Spanish  CERTIFICATIONS:ACA Kayak Instructor, MN Master Naturalist, First Aid/CPR

ELENA BANTLE - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Elena grew up exploring the rivers, lakes, and bluffs of Wisconsin and the UP. She used her allowance to buy her first kayak from a garage sale for $5, and has been getting others out on the water ever since. Elena has been a kayak guide and instructor for 9 years, and has extensive experience leading programming for teens. 

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Hiking (especially with her dog), biking, skiing, and learning and sharing about the natural world

ANGUAGES: English, Spanish

CERTIFICATIONS:ACA Kayak Instructor, MN Master Naturalist, First Aid/CPR

 CAITLIN JOHNSON - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Caitlin grew up in St. Cloud, MN along the Mississippi River and spent most of her childhood playing outdoors in her neighborhood.  She has guided many trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 28-day expedition in Northern and Central Manitoba, and naturalist hikes in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado. Caitlin loves being on the water and teaching people about the natural world from either inside a canoe or kayak. In the off-season, Caitlin is a preschool teacher at Hartley Nature Preschool.      PERSONAL INTERESTS: Caitlin enjoys mountain biking, birding, identifying flowers and other plants, cross country skiing, climbing, hiking with her family and their dogs and exploring Duluth.      CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder, CPR and AED Certified, Wilderness Water Safety, BAS in Recreation/Outdoor Education from UMD

CAITLIN JOHNSON - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Caitlin grew up in St. Cloud, MN along the Mississippi River and spent most of her childhood playing outdoors in her neighborhood.  She has guided many trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 28-day expedition in Northern and Central Manitoba, and naturalist hikes in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado. Caitlin loves being on the water and teaching people about the natural world from either inside a canoe or kayak. In the off-season, Caitlin is a preschool teacher at Hartley Nature Preschool. 

 

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Caitlin enjoys mountain biking, birding, identifying flowers and other plants, cross country skiing, climbing, hiking with her family and their dogs and exploring Duluth. 

 

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder, CPR and AED Certified, Wilderness Water Safety, BAS in Recreation/Outdoor Education from UMD

 KAITLIN ERPESTAD - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast  ABOUT: Kaitlin has been canoeing and skiing since she was two. With over 10 years of guiding and naturalist training and experience, she loves to share the natural world with people of all ages. Kaitlin is an environmental educator and the Director of Hartley Nature Preschool in Duluth.  PERSONAL INTERESTS: Kaitlin loves to ski, paddle, play in the woods, & be active in the natural world in all seasons.   LANGUAGES: English, Finnish  CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified, CPR and AED certified, Wilderness Water Safety certified for wilderness lifeguarding and life saving (& co-teaches certification course), Masters Degree in Environmental Education graduate from UMD

KAITLIN ERPESTAD - Adventure guide, outdoor enthusiast

ABOUT: Kaitlin has been canoeing and skiing since she was two. With over 10 years of guiding and naturalist training and experience, she loves to share the natural world with people of all ages. Kaitlin is an environmental educator and the Director of Hartley Nature Preschool in Duluth.

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Kaitlin loves to ski, paddle, play in the woods, & be active in the natural world in all seasons. 

LANGUAGES: English, Finnish

CERTIFICATIONS: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified, CPR and AED certified, Wilderness Water Safety certified for wilderness lifeguarding and life saving (& co-teaches certification course), Masters Degree in Environmental Education graduate from UMD

 LAURA FRANCIS - Boss of the boss  ABOUT: The Minnesota native migrated south to Georgia where she spent most of her youth. But after visiting snowy Duluth one winter, she knew this was the city for her and moved to Duluth in 2011. Since then, she has spent countless hours exploring the area by bike, foot, and ski (a sport learned once she moved back north, of course). Currently, she is a critical care pharmacist at a local hospital and helps manage Day Tripper of Duluth.   PERSONAL INTERESTS: Mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors in every season.  CERTIFICATIONS: BLS, ACLS, PALS

LAURA FRANCIS - Boss of the boss

ABOUT: The Minnesota native migrated south to Georgia where she spent most of her youth. But after visiting snowy Duluth one winter, she knew this was the city for her and moved to Duluth in 2011. Since then, she has spent countless hours exploring the area by bike, foot, and ski (a sport learned once she moved back north, of course). Currently, she is a critical care pharmacist at a local hospital and helps manage Day Tripper of Duluth. 

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Mountain biking, cross country skiing, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors in every season.

CERTIFICATIONS: BLS, ACLS, PALS

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