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Ted Tetrault

GuideTed is a recent graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh’s Expeditionary Studies program. After joining the United State Marine Corps after high school Ted found his passion in outdoor, expeditionary living. While completing a philosophy degree at SUNY Geneseo, he began going on solo backpacking trips in the Adirondacks and New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When he graduated, Ted looked for ways to …

AKT Guide Sammy 'Scout' Spence

Sammy ‘Scout’ Spence

GuideSammy ‘Scout’ Spence has been working, teaching and guiding in the outdoor industry for the past 6 years. Her love for the outdoors began as a place to find inspiration for paintings and drawings, and over time this curiosity has became a passion. Scout has taught skiing in Montana, boot packed all over Lone Peak. She guided troubled teens through …

AKT Guide Matt Cunningham

Matt Cunningham

GuideBorn and raised outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Matt has always enjoyed outdoor recreation. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and has a B.S. in Environmental Science. Matt grew up paddling, hiking, and camping on the lakes and rivers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Before joining the AKT team, Matt was living and working in Great …

AKT Logistics Luke Rutz

Luke Rutz

LogisticsOur personal history with Luke started years ago in the Anacortes youth soccer community. Luke is an active young man who is on the high school soccer, tennis, and swimming team. It is not unusual to run into him biking on our forestlands trails, hiking up Mt. Erie with his friends, or kayaking with his family. Growing up in Anacortes …

AKT Logistics Kiley Davis

Kailey Davis

LogisticsKailey Davis is born and raised in Anacortes Washington. She is currently a junior at Anacortes High School, where she enjoys science classes the most. This is her second summer working at AKT and we are super happy to have her sunny personality around for another season. She brightens all of our days! Kailey enjoys playing soccer, and hiking the …

Jake Santos

LogisticsJake Santos is a true Washingtonian and may be seen wearing shorts year round without regard for temperature and weather conditions. Born in Edmonds, Washington, he has called Anacortes his home since he was 4. He claims to be the biggest Filipino on Fidalgo Island, if not Skagit County, and when you meet him you are likely to believe he …

Jake-Lawlor

Jake Lawlor

GuideJake came to us several years ago from the hot Central Texas Hillcountry. After working summers teaching outdoor education during college and leading scorching hot desert kayaking trips, Jake made the switch to temperate climate to start working at our local marine science research lab. After a few months in the San Juans, he was sold, and joined the AKT …

August Sky Newkirk

LogisticsBack for another summer of fun, August plays a key role in keeping our logistics running smoothly and ensuring that our guests will have everything that they need on their overnight expeditions. August lives on Guemes Island in the summer months and currently spends his winters in Olympia where he attends the Evergreen State College. This Spring he walked across …

AKT Guide Claire Bickford

Claire Bickford

GuideClaire was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and spent much of her childhood kayaking and canoeing in the lakes and rivers around her home. Like many young people she looked westward for adventure and moved across the country to attend Western Washington University where she is getting a degree in freshwater ecology. In addition …