Tom Murphy, Owner and Guide

Tom Murphy – Owner/Guide

Tom has been in the islands since 2001 and began working with Outdoor Odysseys since 2005 before purchasing it from Clark in 2012. His passion for paddling is only matched by his enthusiasm for getting other folks out on the water!

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Clark Casebolt - Founder - Outdoor Odysseys

Clark Casebolt – Founder

A former school teacher, Clark combined his love of the outdoors and strong people skills to create Outdoor Odysseys in 1987. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Clark grew up on the shores of Puget Sound and the San Juans. An avid paddler, he started whitewater kayaking in 1977 and sea

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Kaitlin Anderson, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Kaitlin Anderson

Kaitlin has been working with Outdoor Odysseys for nine years and she keeps coming back for more! Originally from Wisconsin, she went to college at the University of Utah is Salt Lake City. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Experiential Education and Outdoor and Adventure Programming in 2008. After

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Magda Balise, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Magda Balise

Magda is originally from California and started river kayaking in 1991. After she got a “bomb-proof” Eskimo roll, Magda began boating more difficult class IV and V river runs. During her college years while earning a degree in graphic design she also guided for several different rafting companies. She has

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Michael Balise, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Michael Balise

Michael was born and raised north of Seattle, and mis-spent his youth sailing small boats around Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands.  Somehow he graduated from the University of Washington by studying glaciers in exotic locales.  As a father he got a (slightly) bigger boat, and raised his children

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Taryn Collis, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Taryn Collis

Taryn first sat down in a kayak on Orcas Island 10 years ago and hasn’t really gotten out of the boat since. This will be her 6th season guiding with Outdoor Odysseys, and she is stoked to have the opportunity to continue to share her knowledge and love of her

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Emma Bucke, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Emma Bucke

When not in the San Juans Emma can be found moving vertically through the world in climbing meccas such as Joshua Tree, Yosemite and Thailand.

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Jennifer Koenig, Outdoor Odysseys giuide

Jennifer Koenig

Jennifer sees the outdoors as an opportunity to better live physically and mentally, while creating a reciprocal relationship and appreciation of nature.

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Keith Dornan, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Keith Dornan

This will be Keith’s 2nd season as a guide with Outdoor Odysseys.  Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Keith has felt a strong westward pull his entire life.  Keith’s love affair with the American west coast (South and North) began during his National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Semester in Baja, Mexico.  Later

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Matthew Porter

Matthew Porter

This will be Matthew’s second year in the San Juan islands. Matthew graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina in 2009. While not spending his time buried in modernism and shakespeare, Matthew was cutting his teeth on the numerous creeks and rivers

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Sev Piper, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Sev Piper

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Sev loves spending time both on the water and in the mountains. While he enjoys and seeks out the adventure that accompanies backpacking, rock climbing, and kayaking, he also loves the opportunity to explore the natural history of the accompanying environments. Sev has

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Sarah Young, Outdoor Odysseys guide

Sarah Young

Sarah began paddling on the calm waters of Lake Joy, a small lake nestled in the foothills of the North Cascades. After placing well in the Lake Joy Community Picnic Race at 10, she thought she may have reached the peak of her paddling career. Now she knows it had

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