The Local Experts – Winter

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert

Darryl Bangert // Co-Owner/Guide

Darryl is co-founder and co-owner of Sage. 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 three (soon to be four) beautiful grandchildren. 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 1/2 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 2009. 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 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. He has a beautiful wife, a 2 year old son, Cal Wyatt, and another little one on the way, due June 2021.

Joe Tomasic

Joe Tomasic

Joe Tomasic

Joe Tomasic

General Manager

Joe has a combined Bench Press, DeadLift and Squat of 1,255 LBS.  He may not be very smart but he can lift real heavy things.  Born and raised near Allentown, PA he is the son of a 3rd generation steel worker and an avid Power Lifter, Kayaker, Rafter, Skier, Guitar Player and Artist.

Before Sage Joe founded the World’s first large scale ski rental delivery operation (All Mtn. Sports) as well as All Mountain Transportation; growing that company to be the largest independently owned limousine service on the Western Slope in 2007.

Joe has lived in Colorado for the past 30 years and is also a Business Broker in his spare time.  His passion for Outdoor Adventure and Crunching Numbers is why he is a natural fit as the GM at Sage Outdoor Adventures!

Sophia Tomasic

Sophia Tomasic

Sophia Tomasic

Sophia Tomasic

Check In / Logistics Guru

“They call me the Hammer 😎

Jason Holt

Jason Holt

Jason Holt

Jason Holt // Guide

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

Jason has been a passionate outdoor professional for 15 years and counting! He loves any activities that take place in nature and introducing his clients to the great outdoors. He has a wonderful wife and 6 year old boy that love tagging with dad on many adventures!

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

Brian grew up in the valley and went to school in Durango Colorado. He’s worked for sage for five years and loves his job. He loves kayaking during the summer where you can find him shredding the gnar with his brother.

 

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg

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

Anders has been involved in the adventure tourism industry for most of his life, spending time as a raft guide, snowmobile guide, scuba diving instructor and ski instructor. Anders grew up mainly in Sparta, New Jersey, and has been living in Colorado since 2010. He attended CSU where he received a Masters Degree in Tourism Management.  

After his studies Anders moved to the Philippines and worked as a Marine Biologist and Marine Conservationist.  There he helped to construct a provincial Philippine law based on carrying capacities for diving and snorkeling sites to better the quality of life of the locals as well as reduce impacts on coral sites, ultimately increasing visitor experiences above and under the surf.

On days off, Anders can be found skiing and hiking the amazing Colorado wilderness as well as rafting his personal boat down the many amazing rivers the west has to offer. Anders is also passionate for scuba diving and plans to open his own dive shop/ecotourism resort in the future.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

CDL Driver

I retired after 26 from UPS to move to my dream location. Shortly after joining Sage I realized it was more than a job.  My passion is watching families, especially with kids, connect and have as much fun as I do everyday, even at work..

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Cougar Pursley

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, CDL Driver

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Lydia is currently taking a year break from college in Vermont, where she is studying economics and religion. She moved to Colorado because of family, but chose to stay because she loves the outdoors. When she isn’t working you can find her skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, or curled up with a good book. Lydia moved around a lot so she isn’t quite sure where home is, but most of her family, who she loves very much, now live in either New England or in a suburb of London, England. Fun fact: her favorite food is whole cucumbers! 

Glen Finch

Glen Finch

Glen Finch

Glen Finch

Glen hails from California.  He is the youngest of three. 

After graduating college he traveled to Australia to work in Outdoor Education for two and half years. In that time he traveled to every Australian territory and New Zealand. He also learned how to identify wombat scat, wrestle Salt water Crocodiles and ride Kangaroos.

Trish White

Trish White

Trish White

Trish White

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Trish is originally from Kansas, and after 4 years of D1 soccer at Drake University she moved out west to start her guiding career with Sage and has never looked back. This is her 8th season guiding and since she started she has been guiding rivers all over the world with her favorites being the Shotover River in Queenstown, New Zealand, the Tuolumne near Yosemite in California, and the Upper Klamath in Northern California. Home for her is wherever the water is, whether it’s liquid or snow. .

Adam Urban

Adam Urban

Adam Urban

Adam Urban

Raft Guide, Fly Fishing Guide, Snowmobile Guide

After growing up in Kansas Adam’s love of fly fishing brought him to Colorado where he went to college. After graduating and leaving to work as a fisheries biologist for a stint he’s back in the mountains introducing people to some of the things he’s passionate about, be it fly fishing, rafting, or snowmobiling.

Marek Mikulas

Marek Mikulas

Marek Mikulas

Marek Mikulas

CDL Driver

Marek is a foodie that loves great cuisine. His love of traveling has taken him to 13 countries across 5 continents.  His love for the outdoors lead Marek to Colorado for its epic mountain biking and hiking in the summer.   When Marek isn’t driving you around town this winter you will catch him on the slopes snowboarding or alpine touring this winter.    Marek has been in Colorado for 8 years now and found his favorite place to be is Crested Butte, CO.

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Nicole Murphy

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Nicky is from up over yonder in that there state of Michigan. She loves her hot dishes, family, and a good ol’ round of some euchre. Find her in some canyons, rock climbing, rafting, or adventuring in the desert when she isn’t at work. She started snowmobiling as a wee lad at age 7. If you have some kiddos, she is the guide for you!

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Ashton Danker

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Ashton comes from the rolling plains of Oklahoma. She moved out west to Colorado 6 years ago. Since then she’s spent her time climbing, rafting, canyoneering, and now snowmobiling throughout Colorado and Utah. Often times you’ll find her dog, Chloe, joining in on her adventures. Come join her on your next adventure with SAGE Outdoor Adventures.

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Taylor Hanlan

Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

Taylor is originally from New Hampshire. She has spent the past few years traveling between Oregon and Colorado and any other state she could visit along the way. She enjoys the outdoors and hopes to make a career incorporating wellness and wilderness. When she’s not guiding, she enjoys spending time with her dog Sol and rock climbing with friends.

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Grant Sachs

Raft Guide Instructor, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide

The outdoor industry has taken me all over the world and allows me to teach across many different activities. Before becoming a guide for SAGE, I was a snowboarding instructor at Arapahoe Basin, Wilderness Therapy Field Guide in Utah, Glacier Kayaking guide in Mount Cook New Zealand, Rafting Guide in Yellowstone, Wilderness Trip Leader with the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and Camp Nebagamon for boys. 

 

I’m passionate about creating experiences for people to appreciate nature with a healthy balance of challenges and support. I’m originally from St. Louis, MO but I feel most at home here in the mountains. I have a 1 year old puppy named Tiki who comes on all my adventures. In my off time I work as a freelance photographer and I like to go rock climbing whenever possible. I look forward to seeing you on my raft in the summer or along for the ride on our snowmobile trips! 

Hunter White

Hunter White

Hunter White

Hunter White

Snowmobile Guide, Raft Guide, CDL Driver

Hunter moved to Colorado May, 2019 and joined SAGE to start working as a professional guide again. He is originally from Memphis, TN, where he worked as a sound engineer and music producer at various studios across a variety of genres. When he isn’t guiding in the winter, you’re likely to find him nestled inside creating or snuggled up with his dog Ruger.

Dave Budniakiewicz

Dave Budniakiewicz

Dave Budniakiewicz

Dave Budniakiewicz

Fishing Manager, Reservations

Dave is a reservation specialist and mountain base helping hand. Born in Maryland, he moved here in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. He lives for the Summers and runs Sage’s Fly Fishing Program. When he’s not working or fishing he’s snowshoeing with his wife and dog. Dave is a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens and despises all people from Pittsburgh (unless they fly fish). His favorite color is polka dot ad his favorite flavor is snozzberry.!

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Dana Allison

Reservations, Raft Guide, Snowmobile Guide, Cook

Dana is from the sunny state of Florida, and decided to come out here for a season of fun back in 2020. Like many people out here, she decided to come for the summer and stay for the winter. She has worked as a deckhand on a charter fishing boat in Alaska, on a Challenge Course in Florida, and as an Adventure Trip Leader taking people on a variety of multi day trips throughout Florida and Alabama. She is currently studying online (thanks 2020) and plans on finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Computational Sciences and Behavioral and Social Sciences, with a minor in Leadership studies in spring of 2021. Dana is currently working as a reservationist, and excited as to the different opportunities Colorado brings!
James Jablonski

James Jablonski

James Jablonski

James Jablonski

James comes to us from the great state of New York & has been enjoying the Mountain lifestyle Colorado has to offer since 2019. James prides himself in offering knowledgeable advice & sharing with guests from all over the world the beauty of the Colorado outdoors. “I am truly grateful for getting the chance to work alongside the guide staff here at Sage and always continue to learn from them. This truly enables me to speak with our guests over the phone & truly understand the importance of getting outdoors & sharing it with the people of the world.” After work you can find me hiking or snowshoeing to experience the beauty of Colorado & the unknown. He is also an avid New York Yankees fan & enjoys basketball, & football. James also enjoys history & a good laugh from time to time.

Favorite quote “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.”

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Brit Goldman

Office/Reservation manager

Brit hails from the back hills of Orange County California.  For 13 years now she has traded in her west coast fishing roots for everything mountains making Vail Valley her permanent home.  While in college Brit learned ASL so she could have full conversation underwater while scuba diving.  When she is not waterlogged or covered in mud off roading, you’ll find her behind a camera or with a power tool in hand rebuilding something. Brit is always chasing adrenaline, so look up, she may just be jumping from that plane overhead.