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Your Ruby Range Adventure Guides/Interpreters are well qualified with certification that far exceeds the requirements set by local authorities.
Each lead guide has an extensive outdoor background, formal training and leadership experience. Most hold degrees or diplomas in Outdoor Pursuits. Certification may include Wilderness First Aid, Swift Water Rescue and Instructor Level Moving Water Canoeing.
Further they each attend our own in house "Guide School" prior to the start of each season. These are the people you would want to mentor your children. In fact more than one couple has asked if they could take the guides from their trip home? Our river, trail and sightseeing guides provide coaching and advice on many aspects of your trip. You are sure to recognize their enthusiasm for their work. Their love for the wilderness will bring out the sense of adventure in you. Most work year round in the adventure tourism business and have been with us for many seasons.
Tour Guide: Tobias Altebaeumer
Position:
Canoe Guide

Starting his outdoor adventures in the Canadian Rockies, Tobias Altebaeumer is an outdoor enthusiast with a taste for anything and everything outdoors. Born in Calgary, Canada, he moved to Germany for his teens and then came back to start enjoying the outdoors in earnest. His favourite activities include: canoeing, backpacking, ice climbing, rock climbing and whitewater kayaking. Today his playground is the Yukon, where he enjoys sharing this unique environment with people from all over the world.

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Tour Guide: Marie-Élise d'Anjou Drouin
Position:
Tour Guide
Born in the west of Québec, I began to cross-country skiing in my parent’s backyard at the age of 3. Since then, my passion for the outdoors began. I moved to Switzerland for a year at the age of 8 years. This is where I first fell in love with the mountain terrain. I would go up the Swiss Pre-alps running. Back in Québec, I experimented in canoe expeditions through scouts. Then I chose to move to the east of Québec to study in Adventure Tourism where I developed my outdoors skills on a more professional side. My desire of adventure and fascination for the Yukon, its history and scenery, pushed me to explore the Yukon. Last summer I had my first hands on experience as a canoe co-guide on the Yukon River. Through my experiences, I discovered that I was made for guiding. What you will notice about me is that I am strongly motivated and easy going. Always ready for adventure!
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Position:
Hiking Guide
Niall has guided in the Yukon for five years on rivers, trails, and horseback. He is an avid climber and ski mountaineer with a wide range of interests. After recently completing his MA, he spends the winter months on various writing projects. One example that guests might enjoy is the anthology Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing, published by the Banff Center Press.
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English
Position:
Tour Guide
At the age of ten years I made my first trip to Canada and I was thrilled on exploring this country ever since.
As a student in Germany I cycled the Small Carpathian Mountains, Masuria and the fjords and Fjell plateaus of Norway on adventurous trips.
Later the magnificence of the Alps rose my passion for climbing and mountaineering. Since I was fascinated by the Dolomites I also traversed these mountains on touring skies.
As an organizing member of the Trekcologne hiking club in the Cologne area (Germany) I planned and led day hikes and multi day trips with great enthusiasm.
After all I turned my passion for the outdoors into a profession. I completed the Adventure Tourism Program at TRU, Kamloops. Mountaineering and climbing trips in the Rocky Mountains, hiking the West Coast Trail and in the Kluane National Park and kayak and canoe trips have enriched my experience.
By combinination of working in my dream job in the country of my dreams I am happy to share my experience with the guests and I'm looking forward to sharing new adventures with them on upcoming trips.
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Sales Manager: Brent Gavin
Position:
Sales & Product Manager
Never at a loss for something funny to say, Brent’s pleasant and highly enthusiastic personality make him a pleasure to deal with! Two of Brent’s largest passions in life have always been human interaction along with the wonderfully infectious world of tourism & travel. He knew at a very early stage of his professional career when running the daily operations of an Ottawa based step-on tour guide company that he had found his “happy place” and has never looked back since. Whether working for a DMC Company, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada or as Tourism Yukon’s Agency of Record where his core responsibilities were to ensure a smooth delivery of world class events such as “Rendez-Vous Canada” or whether showcasing some of our Country’s most iconic tourist sites to all walks of life in his various tour guiding/adventure company roles, Brent lives and breathes tourism! As such, one might state that his most recent reincarnation as Sales Manager for Ruby Range Adventure/Arctic Range Adventure might very well be a match made in heaven! When not working diligently away at promoting the Yukon to the world, you will likely find Brent somewhere in nature either recreating, photographing or simply trying to befriend the local wildlife!
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Tour Guide: Karine Genest
Position:
Tour Guide
I have completed my bachelor degree in Tourism and Outdoor Activities, which included training in leadership, risk management, and trip management. Among other things, this degree provides training for trip leaders, and where I have became at ease to deal in any kind of circonstances, specifications or requests depending of the type and class of clients. I have guided for the last 12 years any kind of outdoor activities, most of it is in the water activities, canoeing, rafting, sea kayaking, in Quebec and in the Yukon. I have been responsible for working as part of a team. The trips were anywhere from 1-25 days, with 2-110 people. I futher developed my manual abilities on the yard as well as my abilities to adapt and to deal with different kind of clienteles and work partners: young/elderly groups, delinquents, wealthier tourists. I am used to work in isolated and remote environment and I am confortable working in the wilderness of the Yukon.
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Tour Guide: Daniel Joseph
Position:
Tour Guide
I speak 5 languages! I can make bannock I can ride a unicycle (sort of) I can turn what would seem to be negative situations into postive ones. I can listen (it doesn't sound impressive, but so many people think they are, but they're not. I can learn fast! I hitch hiked across north Africa, from Morroco through to Egypt. I took 6 months. I maintained my sanity (barely) I rode my bike all winter long while living in Irkutsk, Russia (if the temperature fell below -27 my bike would freeze and so I had to take the bus, but that's just as adventurous!) on my last trip, I portaged my canoe 1.8km without stopping! I portaged my canoe across the border from Sweden into Norway (it wasn't difficult, but it sounds cool!) I've been swimming in the artic ocean (most of the guides probably have, but I still think it's impressive!) I've climbed a 150m cliff naked! and the list goes on...
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Tour Guide: Amanda Kalyn
Position:
Canoe Guide
Amanda is someone who really enjoys living and working outdoors in a way that is low impact on the environment and always done with good risk management and decision making. She is a trained soil scientist, canoe guide, loves all outdoor adventures in any season, dances professionally, and is relaxed and light-hearted. Her work has taken her from guiding canoe tours in the Yukon, to working on fish restoration projects in Montana, to forestry projects in Saskatchewan, to working with sea turtles in Costa Rica, to bird conservation in Hawaii, to dancing in Ukraine, Cuba, the U.S., and Canada. She loves exploring the world and meeting new people to share those experiences with, especially here in the beautiful Yukon!
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Thomas Kramer - Tour Guide
Position:
Tour Guide
Born in Germany, he enjoyed traveling from an early age. After school and University education he eventually quit his job as Managing Director to run his own business. In 1995 he visited the Yukon  for the first time and immediately “The Spell of the Yukon” – as most eloquently described by Robert Service – charmed him.
The decision to somehow make a living in the northern paradise was made then and there and he has resided in Canada’s Yukon ever since 1997. In 1998 he joined Ruby Range Adventure and always enjoys sharing “The Best of Yukon and Alaska”.
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Tour Guide: Beniot Labranche
Position:
Canoe Guide
Some will think of him as a fun little friend to have, others will see him as a small hobbit always ready for adventure. One thing is for sure, Benny is a good leader to have on an expedition. In addition to his passion for the Great Outdoors, many travels in Canada and around the world led him to become an adventure guide.
He has his degree from Quebec in adventure tourism and is an experienced leader in multi-day trips. From canoeing to trekking to dogsledding, without forgetting skiing and kayaking, Benny will want to do them all but he will be particularly passionate and skillful in whitewater environment.
Yukon being his next adventure, he cannot wait to learn stories from people from around the world that share the same passion as himself, the peaceful Northern Canada.
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Fredrick Lemke - Tour Guide
Position:
Tour Guide

Fredrick was born in 1945 in Germany and moved with his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1978. Since then - with the exception of living three years in northern Saskatchewan and B.C. - he and his family spent their life in Canada’s Yukon.
In moving to the Yukon he wanted to experience some of the remaining wilderness still on this planet. His original trade was in the Graphic Arts, offset-printing field. Besides working as a corrections officer and rental agent in the tourism industry, over the last twenty years he also became a recognized water color artist in the Yukon, producing and selling original art and prints. The scenery of Canada’s North still provides him with many motives for painting and his originals and prints can be seen in the Galleries of Whitehorse.
In 1999 the opportunity came up to work as a tour guide and - from 2002 on - he has been working for Ruby Range Adventures, conducting hiking and hotel tours throughout  Yukon and Alaska. His love of nature, combined with speaking the (German) language made being a tour guide an almost ideal job for him.

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Karsten Mercier - Managing Director
Position:
President
Always looking for the perfect balance between office-duties and spending as much time as possible Fly Fishing in the land of the Midnight Sun. Karsten enjoys the most exploring rivers, lakes and streams he has not fished before. And there are still plenty to discover in Alaska and Canada's Northwest....... Fishing for Salmon, Northern Pike, Grayling and Lake Trout are mostly the best options up north, but Karsten often prefers to focus on species which are not on everybody’s 'catching-list' such as Dolly Varden, Inconnu and other Whitefish. Karsten has fished lots of different waters world-wide but believes that the variety of different species combined with the pristine wilderness up here is hard to match. This is also the perfect playground for his now 3 year old son Felix, who is eager to learn as much as possible and seems already 'to be hooked' as well.
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Tour Guide: Adam Moore
Position:
Tour Guide
I grew up in the northern central United States, a region with abundant lakes, rivers, trees and streams, where the four seasons of the year vary dramatically and saying I was going “outside to play” often meant looking for adventures in tramping through several miles of hills and fields. As an adult, travelling in North America and abroad opened up a larger, still more varied scale of experiences and the mountains, oceans, glaciers, canyons, cities and wide open spaces have kept me fascinated with one part of the world after another. I have always loved to introduce others to the places and experiences I like best and so found leading treks and tours to some of these amazing destinations to be an ideal opportunity. The grand scale of the scenery, the long summer days, the friendly people of the present and the colourful characters of the past all make Yukon Territory and Alaska one of my very favorite areas in the world. Now in my eighth year of leading tours across the USA and in Canada, I am very excited to join Ruby Range Adventure and bring new visitors to explore the far north.
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Tour Guide: Ira Nicolai
Position:
Tour Guide
'It is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see". -HD Thoreau-
I was bom and raised in Germany and have lived and worked in Canada since 1994. 'I truly enjoy guiding our guests to the beautiful places our trips offer and to share in their enjoyment over and over again." I love to hike and photograph the natural beauty of the great outdoors and am happy to share my knowledge particularly about wildlffe and nature photography during the guided trips. Trained as a photographer, Ira also obtained a certificate in Tourism Management. Her travels have taken her all over North America as well as other parts of the world. She now splits her time between Germany and the Kootenays in South Eastern BC.
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English
German
Position:
Base & Fleet Manager
New to Ruby Range Adventure s, but Pat has been a longtime Yukoner 1st coming here in the early 70’s from Saskatchewan for several years then returning with his family in the early 90’s to stay. After a lifetime in the auto industry he branched out and opened Icycle Sport , a bicycle & ski shop. Now after 12yrs it’s time to use his skills elsewhere. Pat has a great love of the outdoors, camping, hiking, cycling & fishing his whole life. But Pat also loves all things mechanical having built & raced cars & bicycles & motorcycles. He is an avid Adventure motorcycle rider who now that family has grown & gone tries to spend as much time as possible exploring new back roads from the Yukon to Baja camping & fishing along the way.
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Tour Guide: Alex Ross
Position:
Canoe Guide
I love spending as much time as I can outdoors, camping and learning new sports like whitewater kayaking. I have ruined any potential at a respectable desk job with my obsession for surfing, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking. My passion for the outdoors keeps my guiding so I can show everyone else how beautiful the wild is.
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Tour Guide: Max Schoffel
Position:
Tour Guide
Max graduated from high school in Canada and has since worked in New Hampshire, Alaska, the Swiss Alps, Costa Rica and throughout Western Canada. But he always comes back to his home in Patagonia, where he continues to guide North American and European guests.

Because Max is comfortable in both South and North America, he can reveal many secrets. Max is a certified Mountain Guide by the Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides (AAGM), and has completed his training as a Tourism Guide specializing in Patagonia from a prestigious Bariloche university, and is an active member of the Bariloche Search and Rescue Commission. He loves climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking and just about any adventure in the outdoors.

Max speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and is also a keen naturalist with a passion for both the human history and the unique culture of his homeland. And his sense of adventure is infectious!
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Reinhard Semmel - Tour Guide
Position:
Tour Guide
He lives in the Yukon since 1992. In 1996 he moved with his family to Haines Junction to work as a Chef. In 2000 he began working as a Tour Guide, in the summer as well as in the winter. In 2004 he started working for Ruby Range Adventure.
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German
Position:
Tour Guide
The Yukon is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my five years of traveling around the world. I am fascinated with all kinds of outdoor activities, but biking, hiking, skiing and canoeing are my favorites. Meeting new people, spending time together, sharing stories and adventures is what I enjoy and what made me turn my passion for the outdoors into a profession. Let's explore together!
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Tour Guide: Jane Vincent
Position:
Tour Guide
Canoeing is a fantastic way to explore the land. I have travelled tens of thousands of miles of Yukon’s waterways by canoe. The river trips I have guided for Ruby Range include the Big Salmon River, the Beaver Stewart rivers, the Takhini, the Wheaton and the mighty Yukon. I also lead canoe programs for First Nations and for school groups. I love canoeing! Whether it be a first descent of a remote river, the Yukon River Quest canoe race or a fall fishing and gathering trip, I find many ways to enjoy the water.
As a certified moving water instructor with Paddle Canada, I enjoy teaching the skills that will enhance a paddler’s enjoyment and safety on the water. Wilderness travel is my passion so paddling with loaded boats, creating comfortable camps and working with the water and the weather come naturally to me. I am 46, have 2 children who were raised in canoes, and a background in sport. Happy Paddling!
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English
Tour Guide: Mark Wilkinson
Position:
Tour Guide
Mark grew up on the flat plains of Saskatchewan, Canada. His family would regularly spend their summer vacations camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. While in university, he worked for a number of years guiding tours in the Rockies and the west coast of British Columbia. He loves to play the guitar around the campfire and sing songs with his guests. Some guests make fun of him, calling him "rabbit" etc. because he eats a lot of vegetables. He also has some crazy long hair. Some of his hobbies include podcasting and running the half marathon. He loves languages and is a good communicator. He speaks German and Russian; his most recent travels were in Kazakhstan and Siberia (where he worked for half a year). Life is really a great adventure and Mark's looking forward to the next great adventure in the Yukon!!!
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Tour Guide: Quintin Winks
Position:
Tour Guide

Quintin Winks is a Canadian who's long indulged his passion for travel and adventure. He's easiest to find skiing steep Rocky Mountain powder, dropping down the faces of tropical waves on his surfboard or exploring remote parts of the world on a mountain bike. These days you'll also find him paddling the Teslin and Yukon Rivers and sharing his appreciation for the raw beauty of the Yukon's hinterland with visitors from all over the world. As a photographer, Quintin chooses his destinations for their scenery and inaccessibility, but mostly for their incredible inhabitants. This is a man who's in love with the road less traveled.

Visit his Blog: westcoastwindow.blogspot.com

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