Meet Your Guide and Staff

Let's face it, there are several kayaking and hiking companies in town and we all say we are different because of the skill and training of the guides. The truth is that pretty much all of us have similarly trained and experienced guides. The industry standard for guides in Seward is an ACA Level 2 or higher designation and a WFR (Wilderness First Responder)All of our guides meet or exceed those standards. In addition, most have degrees in outdoor education, several with dual degrees, and outdoor adventure instructors. 

Read why we're really different from the other companies in town.

We are extremely proud to have these wonderful people as part of the A60 family!

Rick Brown aka Hot Dog

Founder and Co-Owner of Adventure Sixty North

Guide/Management  2004 - Present

Rick has been kayaking for more years than he wants to count here in Alaska and around this planet. Guiding in the Kenai Fjords National Park since early 90's, Rick has been involved in the kayaking guiding community continuously ever since and even to today.  He has served as a Alaska EMT ll and has volunteered as a medic with the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps after retiring as a professional fire fighter of 27yrs. Rick loves using all of his boats, white water kayaks, canoes, white water raft, and sea kayaks.

He takes extreme pride in the reputation and our commitment to quality that our little kayak shop has built in the community. Working with those with special needs in our community each year and providing outdoor adventures for those that just need a chance to shine is one of his passions.

Working behind the scenes and guiding as well, you will see Rick everywhere in Seward or out on the water, doing what he loves! Providing great trips and experiences to all of  our adventurous visitors!

Monica Janzen aka MOMica

Co-Owner 

GM - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Co-Owner  2017 - Present

 

Monica has been with Adventure Sixty North since early 2013 season as our General Manager and we all think that she rocks! She was a such a good fit for our principals and values, that she was brought into co-ownership in January 2017. She is also one of the best bakers in Seward!  Monica brings her extensive tourism experience and management skills to the plate here at Adventure Sixty North.

You will find that Monica is very knowledgeable with our community and the area as a whole. Monica is a long time resident here in Seward very active in community functions and local service organizations. We feel we are very lucky to have her on our team and look forward to a bright future with her help and infectious laugh and smile. Monica's dog is also a hit in our office, making every day interesting and fun!

Bre Mathews aka Breez

Front Office Reservations 2017 - 2019

Bre loves Alaska so much she is back for her 3rd season. You can find Bre fixing every detail on a project or petting a dog. She enjoys being outside and left her home (Colorado) for a change of pace here! Bre is great at rallying a group to do something fun and she considers herself the circulatory system of the office but we will let you be the judge of that. 

Delaney Adrian aka Dirty Dee

Office Staff

 

This is Delaney's first summer in Alaska and she is loving it. Delaney is at her best on the river but also loves hiking and making art. She enjoys channeling her inner Spongebob and allowing that energy to translate while on the phone with clients. Delaney graduated with a BFA in photography and graphic design and loves mixing art with her love for the outdoors. 

Sunrisa (Sunny) Mack-Hansen

Lead Sea Kayaking Guide 2017 -  2019

Year Round Sea Kayaking Guide 2016 -2019

Wilderness First Responder

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Sunny has been the year-round sea kayaking guide doing what she loves to do in just about any weather in Seward, Alaska for Adventure Sixty North! After kayaking 1,100 miles from her hometown of Nashville, TN to the Gulf of Mexico she decided to head North and never look back! 7 years later, she's still here & has accumulated extensive paddle experiences in many parts of Alaska. She has worked with researchers paddling in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska navigating in extremely challenging weather and sea conditions. Sunny spends any spare time off sailing competitively and recreationally in Canada and the North Puget Sound. 

Nick Kelley aka Damp Mullet

Sea Kayaking Guide 2018-2019

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor & Climbing Wall Instructor

AIARE Level 1 & 2

Wilderness First Responder

Nick grew up in southern Maine where he fell in love with the outdoors. Nick recently graduated from Lyndon State College in northeastern Vermont where he earned his B.S. in Mountain Recreation Management and a minor in Photography. Nick spends his free time skiing, rock and ice climbing, fly fishing, and taking plenty of photos along the way. He has spent 2 years raft guiding in northern Maine on the Kennebec and Dead River, leading backpacking trips all over the United States, as an assistant ice climbing guide for Cathedral Mountain Guides technician at Burke Mountain Vermont, and as a climbing wall instructor for the Lyndon. This is Nick’s second year with Adventure Sixty North and couldn’t be more excited to continue meet new people in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Logan Smith aka LogiBear

Sea Kayaking Guide 2018-2019

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Wilderness First Aid

 

Logan is super excited to return for his second full season with Adventure 60 North. Logan grew up in Seward Alaska! He is passionate about trail running, Nordic skiing, the outdoors and computer technology. Logan found his love for sea kayaking after joining a short tour with us 6 years ago. He brings a ton of knowledge and personal experiences from his time in this small town. During the off season, Logan finds himself studying electrical engineering at UAF in Fairbanks. Post college, he is eager to return to the coastal waters of south-central Alaska to study the mountains and coastlines by drone.

Lauren Bird aka lil' Bird

Sea Kayak Guide

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Wilderness First Responder

 

Boats are Lauren's forte. This is Lauren's third summer in Alaska and she knows Alaska's coastline very well. She is from Washington where she lives on a sail boat and makes wine. Lauren discovered her passion in kayaking while engineering on a power boat in Glacier Bay. She is known to bring a pink flamingo on all her adventures and you can follow Larry the flamingo's adventures on instagram. 

Seth Davis aka Big Tex

Sea Kayaking Guide 2018 - 2019

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Wilderness First Responder

This will be Seth’s second season paddling in Alaska. During the winter months he followed the whales south to Maui and guided kayak trips there. Seth is originally from Dallas, TX and graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos. In college, he found his passion for the water. After college, he spent three years as a professional tour leader. He lead groups on road trips across the United States and Canada. That journey lead him to Alaska where he has fallen in love with the scenery and wildlife. He is looking forward to sharing this beautiful state with new people!

Issac Nemetz aka Gordon Fishstick

Sea Kayaking Guide

ACA levels I & II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Wilderness First Responder

Issac just can not get enough of kayaking and is here for his second season in Seward. Issac is originally from New York and will often crack jokes in a New York accent. He will make you giggle while enjoying the beauty of Alaska. He has a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing - he did not write this bio. He can also speak a bit of french and Hebrew.  You can often find Issac playing disk golf  and basketball at the local spots. He is both a good fisherman but also a good cook of the fish. 

Connor Herrington aka Condor

Sea Kayak Guide

ACA Instructor level II Coastal Sea Kayaking

Wilderness EMT

 

Connor is excited to start a new season of kayaking in Seward at Adventure Sixty North. He worked before in Glacier Bay for four years. Connor has kayaked in Florida, Washingtion, California, Costal British Colombia and Alaska. His favorite things to do outside of kayaking is make tie-dye, and hanging out with dogs. Connor went to school for organic chemistry, and is from Washington.

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