The Local Experts – Summer

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert

Co-Owner/Guide

He graduated from Northland College in Wisconsin with a Degree in Environmental Studies and a Geology Minor. He moved to Vail in 1975. He found a passion for the river and became an avid Class V kayaker. He started his guiding career as a backcountry cross county ski guide and raft guide. He guided trips all over the US, including many multi day excursions in Yellowstone during the winter. In summer, Darryl was actually the first commercial raft guide in Vail! Darryl took his skills and passion to the next level and opened his own rafting guide service in Vail in 1983. He pioneered all the hardest whitewater runs near Vail, including all of the Eagle River, and Gore Canyon, the steepest Class V section of the entire Colorado River. He also spent time in Canada doing first descents in rafts on some of the largest class V rapids on the planet. He was fortunate enough to have the time to climb hundreds of peaks and compete in ultra endurance competitions. More recently, Darryl has taken some time to go racing with his son, Cole, and when they were finished with their time traveling the world together, Darryl and Cole founded Sage Outdoor Adventures in 2009. He also now has two beautiful grandchildren from his daughter, Autumn. Darryl is proud to keep his roots in the Valley he loves most, doing what he loves most: Showing people the grandeur and excitement of the trails and rivers of Colorado as he has done for the last 4 decades.

Robin Leedle

Robin Leedle

Robin Leedle

Robin Leedle

Glue of Sage

Robin has a heart of gold and a love for the outdoors that might just trump both the owners. She moved to the mountains in the 70’s in search of a connection with nature and the land we are so fortunate to explore and enjoy. She will absolutely be setting the pace and the first to summit a 14er in a group with the rest of the company (guides who think they’re burly and tough). Her kindness will make anyone feel at home with Sage as many of the staff look up to her as a maternal figure. talk with Robin for 15 minutes and you might get a glimpse of the gem she is. (or challenger her to hike a mountain and see how she’ll kick any one’s butt!)

Cole Bangert

Cole Bangert

Cole Bangert

Cole Bangert

Co-Owner/Guide

Cole is co- founder and co-owner of Sage Outdoor Adventures. He and his father started the business in the depth of the 2008/2009 recession on a $30,000 handshake loan from a local business man and friend. Prior to Sage, Cole was competitive on the World Cup Mountain Bike Circuit, focusing on gravity events, racing in countries all over the globe. He was crowned the US National Downhill Champion in 2007, and was honored to be a member of the USA Downhill team at the World Championships for 3 years in a row. Cole maintains a pulse on action sports as it and integral piece of his business, current, and past life. Cole was also co-founder of The Pursuit mountain bike ministries, a travelling church service that provided racers that were on the road week in and week out a sanctuary and place of fellowship. Cole will not be found sitting idle often. He thrives on being outside playing in the mountains, in a kayak, raft, on a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or on his own two feet, wandering  around the woods, mountains, and desert canyons in awe.

Cole is also the captain of our pro raft race team, sitting back right of the boat, calling out directions and keeping a pulse on team form, overall boat movement and angle.

Jason Holt

Jason Holt

Jason Holt

Jason Holt

Guide

River Manager, Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, Snowmobile Logistics, CDL Driver

Jason is a Colorado native and spent his childhood coming up from the front range to ski and fish in the high country. In 2005 he received his associates degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mountain College. He has guided ever since, doing everything from rafting in Alaska to Sea Kayaking in Hawaii. He calls the Vail Valley his permanent home and has spent most of his time guiding here, doing snowmobile tours and running all the spectacular rivers in the surrounding area. In 2010 he got his EMT-B and now he is working on finalizing his private pilots license. Come and let him show you why he fell in love with this amazing place.

Victoria Odle

Victoria Odle

Victoria Odle

Victoria Odle

River Manager, Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

Garrett Sapyta

Garrett Sapyta

Garrett Sapyta

Garrett Sapyta

Guide

Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

G-money is a sweet southern bumpkin from South Carolina. His gentle voice and soothing tone will make a mountain lion purr and put your baby to sleep. Join Garrett in the outdoors for the smoothest trip you could dream of.

 

Brian Alt

Brian Alt

Brian Alt

Brian Alt

Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Safety Kayak, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

 

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

CDL Driver

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

Hunter White

Hunter White

Hunter White

Hunter White

Snowmobile Guide, Raft Guide, CDL Driver

Dave Bud

Dave Bud

Dave Bud

Dave Bud

Fishing Manager, Reservations

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Reservations, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, Cook

James Jablonski

James Jablonski

James Jablonski

James Jablonski

Reservations

Mateo Lapetina

Mateo Lapetina

Mateo Lapetina

Mateo Lapetina

Reservations

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Office/Reservation manager