John Schaefer is a native of the Washington and has been adventuring in the Cascades since the late 90’s and guiding for the last 17 years. He has guided a multitude of disciplines from Sea Kayaking, Fly Fishing, Rock Climbing, and Skiing. John spent 5 years professionally ski patrolling while being a avalanche dog handler at Stevens Pass and currently guides for both NCMG and North Cascades Heli. When not guiding John works as Field Scientist and Risk Manager for a environmental consulting firm based in Seattle. He has a Bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation, a minor in Environmental Education and is a current Wilderness First Responder. John lives in Winthrop with his wife Adrienne and their two boys Tye and Reid.