OUR OWNERS

PATTY & JEFF BAIRD

Owners of T3 Adventures

Inspired by their travels to the mountains of Europe and exploring the Tahoe wilderness, Patty and Jeff relocated to Truckee to establish the Cedar House Sport Hotel, a boutique lodging and event center that materialized from their mission to inspire authentic and positive connections to the natural world. They sought to build a business that emulated the European mountain lodging experience. To round out that European mountain experience they acquired Tahoe Trips and Trails, which became T3 Adventures. 

 

OUR EXPERTS

Adventure Experts

Our adventure experts work closely with us to develop new and exciting adventures. Their depth of knowledge and passion for the outdoors provides the right inspiration to create awe-inspiring adventures for our clients.  

AGUSTINA LAGOS MARMOL

Dolomite Mountain Expert

Agustina is a multilingual world traveler, adventurer, climber, and devout hiker. She has traveled and lived in various countries, but her heart is shared between the Dolomites, where she currently lives, and Patagonia, where she grew up fly fishing and horseback riding on her family's estancia. 

“The Dolomites feature some of the most stunning mountains in the world, and the mixture of beauty and service is superb: from romantic hotels to charming rifugios set on top of the mountains; Michelin-star rated restaurants to authentic local cuisine; and outdoor activities to incredible spa treatments; the Dolomites offer the perfect blend of authenticity and luxury that is not to be missed.” - Agustina, founder Dolomite Mountains s.r.l

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.

CHRIS PARKS

European Adventure Travel Expert

Chris is Nick’s brother and has been CEO of Mountain Tracks since 2004. Chris is the steady hand at the helm of the business. Chris is responsible for ensuring that all clients experience are seamless from the first moment you contact us, until the end of your trip. Chris’s goal is to ensure that everyone has their best holiday ever and goes home with wonderful memories, new friendships and a few new ideas on their ‘must-do’ list. 

Wilderness Education Experts

Our wilderness education experts develop and lead wilderness education programs. Their expertise and wilderness knowledge provides the right inspiration to create and deliver innovative experiential based wilderness education programs. 

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Dr. AMANDA STUART, DVM

Educator / Guide

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.

 

OUR GUIDES

North American Guides

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.

MIKE KRUEGER

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 Outdoor emergency care, training in wilderness first responder and mountain rescue and is an outdoor emergency care instructor.

CRAIG ROWE

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. 

HEATHER HARRISON

Heather hit the road after graduating college, working her way across the United States. Her travels took her coast-to-coast, traversing the Rocky Mountains in the Winter and the Appalachian Mountains and California in the Summer.  Her insatiable thirst for adventure and freedom led her overseas, working and exploring throughout Europe, Asia, Central America, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

During her time on the road, she was a whitewater raft guide in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a surf instructor on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and an eco-tour guide, leading caving, climbing and mountain biking tours in Virginia. She has lead multi-day hiking tours across North America, Mexico and Hawaii.

European Guides

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. We also occasionally bring in a “guest” expert – such as photography and yoga instructors who are also professionals in their own right – but you will also always be accompanied by one of our guides (unless you opt for a self-guided trip).

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!”

MARCO BERGAMO

Hiking Guide and Aspiring UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide

For Marco, the mountain comes first. He has spent most of his life hanging on some rock wall, or some ice waterfall, up and down in mountain places here and there in the world, or skiing untouched slopes of virgin snow. Following his passion, Marco began guiding in 2013.  He guides all mountain sports, including hiking, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, via ferrata, ski touring and free-ride skiing. He is working toward his UIAGM/IFMGA Professional Mountain Guide certification.

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. 

ALBERTO DE GIULI

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

Alberto, or “Albi,” as he is called by his friends, was born in Northern Italy’s Padova and began visiting the Dolomites when he was a child. He climbed his first via ferrata at age 14, but it was when he took a climbing course with a guide at age 21 that everything else became secondary. From this experience, the desire to become a mountain guide began to burn in him, with the realization that it was possible to make a living while pursuing his passion.

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. “My love of climbing is undiminished and at the moment I am working towards the 'magic grade': 8a!” - Matt