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Guide helps someone with a sprained ankle.
CERTIFIED WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDERS
A chicken salad being served.
INCREDIBLE COOKS & CERTIFIED FOOD HANDLERS
A mechanic tightening a bike brake.
PASSIONATE RIDERS & SKILLED MECHANICS
FRIENDLIEST, MOST FUN LOVING GUIDES IN THE BIZ

Ashley Korenblat – CEO

Your hometown: Littlerock, Arkansas

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
My favorite thing about being part of the team is the times we get to hang out either around the campfire or even at the end of the day at the office!

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
Everybody feels better when they get outside!

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
So many things. I love the Bears Ears and the Foggy Dew ride on the Methow trip. Every Western Spirit trip. Really. It is just so fun to be out with the whole day to ride and a guaranteed opportunity to relax and see the sunset.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I beat Missy Giove in a dual Slalom and I saved the Slickrock Trail from oil and gas development.

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
Popcorn!

Mark “sevy” Sevenoff – Owner/Guide/Marketing Director

Your hometown: Windsor, Connecticut

When did you start working at Western Spirit?
1997

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
Meeting dirty but glowing guests after a week in Canyonlands is pretty special as we all know that feeling and how special it is to get that time outside.

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
#breauxdureaux (check the hashtag on IG for deets)

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
After my paper route, my first real job was picking tobacco in CT to pay for my first mountain bike

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
Wasabi Peas and a G&T on my deck

Anne Clare Erickson – Permit Manager

Your hometown: Los Alamitos, California

When did you start working at Western Spirit?
Are you kidding??? 1996

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
The enthusiasm and inspiration I feel from everyone.

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
When I trade them in for my backpack!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I worked at Disneyland when I was in college.

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
Mmmm, hot chocolate, really thick and really chocolatey.

Brendon Cameron – General Manager

Your hometown: Born in Northern Utah, lived and loved in Fort Collins Colorado before Moab

When did you start working at Western Spirit? 
Started this 2022 season

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
The camaraderie with our whole staff. Knowing most places in town, Western Spirit is the most fun.

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
Contrary to most riders repeat list, I love Slickrock. I think it’s one of the best combos of cardio and challenging climbs. It’s my daily lunch ride. Gold Bar Rim is my next Moab stoke list of to-do’s.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I married an actual hot shot. Both in her profession and bike riding ability!

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
I would eat an entire bag of party size of peanut butter M&M’s if no one was looking.

Sommer Stewart – Office Specialist

Your hometown: Moab, Utah

When did you start working at Western Spirit? 
2021! I’m sort of the new kid on the block around here. 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
I love working in such a fun and relaxed environment and aiding in creating memories of a lifetime for our guests!

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels? 
Shredding in Bentonville, AR was like being at a theme park made for your bike! I had soooo much fun

What’s something most people don’t know about you? 
I have an AAS in Culinary Arts. I wouldn’t say that I am a chef by any means, but I do love to cook!

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?  
Well…I have a secret love affair with Ben & Jerry…I usually have 3-5 pints in my freezer at all times…

Jenna-Rae Gardineer – Logistics Manager

Your hometown: Conroe, Texas

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
I love having the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, problem solving with the best, and occasionally getting on trips where I always make friends for life!

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
I will never forget my two month road trip through British Columbia. I was able to ride my bike everyday from Squamish to Revelstoke. World class riding with world class folks. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
When growing up in Texas, I worked at a wolf rescue for seven years. My best friend was a wolf named Amani and he would bring me gifts (aka squirrels) every time I arrived. 

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
My Mom’s shepards pie. Yum!

SEAN HAYES – SALES MANAGER

Your hometown: Harleysville, Pennsylvania

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
Because everyone needs a bike vacation… even if you don’t you do.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
13mo old cliff bar, orange peels, and a First Aid Kit

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Shreddin’ the Red!

What is your guilty pleasure comfort food?
Time Magazine cover.

EMILY SMITH – BOOKKEEPER

Your hometown: Vernal, Utah

When did you start working at Western Spirit?
2017

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
Sommer’s determination to find a reason to party

What’s the most fun you’ve had on two wheels?
Watching the sun rise on an early morning ride.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have an engineering degree.

What’s your guilty pleasure comfort food?
Cookie dough

JAMIE MARSHALL – MECHANIC/YARD MANAGER

Your hometown: While I was born outside of Utah, Moab has been my home for nearly 20 years.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the team?
While I do spend a lot of time in the backcountry, one of my first jobs was working at a bike shop. I worked at a bike shop while I was in college too, and somehow I am a mechanic once again here at Western Spirit. Bikes manage to keep pulling me back into the shop and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 5 points if you can guess my college degree.

What inspires you to ride bikes?
Growing up in Moab, mountain biking was inevitable. However, I really only became serious about riding when I started racing in high school where it quickly became part of my every day life. I have many friendships forged through riding with complete strangers, and more great memories while on a bike than I can count. It doesn’t matter if there is bad weather, if I’m having a bad day, or if I’m riding alone; any day spent on two wheels is a reason to smile.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Shock Pump, Tire Pump, and CO2. You’ll never find me without air! I suppose I have water and snacks too.

What is your claim to fame?
I have a faster lap time than our boss Mark S. on Daves Trail, a local downhill trail.

Our Guides

NATALIE FLOWER

Your hometown: Prescott, Arizona

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
I think that riding bikes is the best experience on the planet and I love to sharing that with people.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
SNACKS, sunscreen, tools, a mini coke, and my handy wind breaker

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Riding my bike from Portland to San Diego

Do you have a trailname?
Marge is the name and she loves to go bowling.

JUSTINA LISS

Your hometown: Bark River, Michigan (in da U.P., eh?)

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
Sharing a love of bikes and the experience of being in the backcountry.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Water, Clif bars, lifetime supply of sunscreen, multitool, and many band-aids

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Discovering trails in Moab my first season in the desert.

What is your claim to fame?
I probably hold the world record for fastest double braids.

MATT GRADY

Your hometown: Athens, Georgia

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
For the opportunities to share remote experiences with people.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Sunscreen, tools, all the snacks.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Colorado or Idaho trips

WILLIE SLOOP

Your hometown: Portland, Oregon

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
I love being with people away from the distractions of daily life. Getting to know our guests in the theater of bikes, nature, fun and food provides a unique way to unwind. Our trips are really about these four things, nothing else really matters out there.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Snacks.

What is your favorite camp recipe?
Fried chick, mashed potatoes, collard greens…

ADAM ROSENFELD

Your hometown: London, England

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
Showing people our amazing public lands and educating and empowering them to respect and protect them.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Margarita flavor Clif blocks, all the tubes, all the water, pocket bacon, pocket hot dogs

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Winning races!

What is your claim to fame?
World’s heaviest hardtail mountain bike! The blue whale.

ROB LUTHER

Your hometown: Ilion, New York

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
It’s great sharing what I enjoy most with other people, seeing peoples’ reactions to a stunning, remote piece of backcountry is incredibly rewarding.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Water, first aid, duct tape, multi-tool and a rain coat.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Road trips from CO to BC riding all the trails along the way.

Do you have a trail name?
The Sizzler. You’ll have to ask Tim or Sean for the story…

FRANKIE SOLARES

Your hometown: Guatemala City, Guatemala

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
Seeing people achieving their goals is a great joy.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
A Chicago deep dish pizza, two 9v batteries, a forgotten PB & J, three packets of mustard, and a random assortment of 8-track tapes.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Riding around dirt and sketchy curvy paved roads in north Vietnam.

What is your claim to fame?
My cooking.

JAMES HENDERSHOTT

Your hometown: Social Circle, Georgia

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
I want to share the experience of unplugging from the outside world and being immersed in the moment of riding bikes in fun environments and eating tasty food.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
First aid kit, pocket pancakes, sunscreen, empty food wrappers, a few pounds of snacks.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Every time I reach that magical moment of flow.

What is your claim to fame?
1999 Georgia state fair doughnut eating champion.

BRITNEY CHARME

Your hometown: Boise, Idaho (and Truckee, CA).

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
My guests inspire me! I absolutely love sharing rich and meaningful experiences with the folks that go on our bike trips. Every single person who comes on a Western Spirit trip has something valuable to bring to the group and to the experience. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Starbursts, my handy Buff, first aid kit, bike tools, more candy.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Everything I’ve biked in Tahoe- always beautiful, always fun.

What is your claim to fame?
Chess enthusiast. My travel set goes with me everywhere and I’m always down for a game!

BLAKE STRETTON

Your hometown: Scottsdale, AZ.

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
The opportunity to show others the magic of the outdoors on two wheels. What better way to explore a new or already loved place? Plus the food we cook is pretty legit. Some might say I am an aspiring grandmother, no one will ever be hungry or disappointed.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Most importantly, all the snacks, a multitool, flat kit, Voile straps, and large amounts of sunscreen.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Biking coast to coast on a whim, but honestly anytime I am on a bike.

What is your claim to fame?
My father invented Toaster Strudel…just kidding!

MARK TAYLOR

Your hometown: Detroit, Michigan

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
I love bringing people out into the backcountry and exposing people to our beautiful public lands.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Med kit, pump, multi tool, water and pocket bacon

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
Anytime on 2-wheels.

What is your claim to fame?
People like my hair.

LAURA LONG

Your hometown: Green Oaks, Illinois

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?
There’s a quote that goes something like.. you know.. by that one guy… ? haha…But seriously, cycling has brought so many good things into my life. An awesome community, immersion in nature, new places, new challenges, freedom and simplicity, good health, and pure fun (both types!) to name a few. Everyone should have access to this and taking people on bike vacations allows me to be a part of it.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:
Sunscreen, water, snacks (most likely a Snickers), photos of the fam, and a journal or notepad

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?
So my dad, brother and I rented mountain bikes in Phoenix one afternoon. The singletrack was fun, but the ride back from the trailhead was by far the best part of the day. The sky was a lit in an orangey-purple that only existed for for an hour. The air was warm, breezy and fresh. I remember cruising downhill on buttery pavement through the neighborhood singing “Handlebars” by the Flobots – all hands proudly raised high off the bars, of course. We made it back to the rental trailer with perfect timing and in high spirits. Moments like this are the most fun on two wheels!

What is your claim to fame?
I’m born on the luckiest day of the year!