Our Guides

Backcountry Safaris has an amazing team of knowledgeable wildlife biologists that guide our tours. They possess a deep understanding of the wildlife, ecology, geology, and natural history of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. When it comes to guiding, however, it takes more than just knowledge to bring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, part of one of the largest intact mountain ecosystems in the world, alive. Enthusiasm, passion, and the perception to tailor each safari tour to the varying needs and interests of our guests are a few of the many qualities that set our guides apart from the rest. Each guide brings their own unique personality and experience to our safaris to make your trip personal and truly one of a kind. Whether you are touring the vibrant geo-thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, searching for moose along the Gros Ventre River, or enjoying the beautiful landscape of Jackson Hole, our guides will provide you with a travel experience you will never forget!

Call us at 307-413-9300 or request a reservation online.

Gus Davis

Gus was born and raised in New Hampshire where he frequently went hiking in the White Mountains and developed a passion for the outdoors. After graduating from University of Colorado, with a degree in a environmental science, Gus moved to Jackson to explore the Teton Range. Spending most of his days snowboarding and mountaineering in the high alpine, he has an every growing admiration for learning about, and discovering new places in The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Maxim Kaspi

Maxim was raised in New York City and ever since he was young, he had a deep passion for natural history and wildlife. While attending the University at Buffalo, he became an exchange student at the Turkana Basin Institute, the field school of anthropology, paleontology, and ecology located in northern Kenya. Maxim had completed his university BA degree in anthropology and also successfully completed a safari guide training school known as “Ecotraining” located in South Africa. As a licensed safari guide, Maxim worked at a couple of 5 Star lodges all across southern Africa. After he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where we worked as an oceanic tourist guide. His work focused on the sightseeing of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and group snorkeling. Maxim also prides himself as an amateur wildlife photographer. During his free time, Maxim loves to go hiking, world traveling, surfing, fossil finding, and, naturally, taking wildlife photography!

Sarah Zolondick

Sarah found her passion for ecology and environmental stewardship while exploring the White Mountains just north of where she grew up in the Boston area. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Environmental Science, she moved to the Tetons to be surrounded by the mountains where she fell in love with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Sarah’s abroad experience studying in Iceland inspired her to gain an understanding of the geothermal features Yellowstone holds. On her days off, Sarah can be found hiking, climbing, rafting, and biking and plans to pursue her graduate degree in environmental interpretation and education.

Austin Lewis

Austin Lewis is a business major student with a love for the outdoors. For the last 5 years Austin has lived and explored the Pacific Northwest. Taking regular trips to the Cascade Mountain Range, Willamette National Forest, and Oregon Coast in free time between work and classes. Austin is originally from Michigan where he began his curiosity with nature and its wonders with family trips to all five Great Lakes and Zip-line camp in Huron- Manistee National Forest.

Joe Dennison

Joe Dennison has studied different ecosystems as part of his education since he was eight years old. After college, he was an environmental consultant managing asbestos, lead, and PCB remediation. These multimillion-dollar projects also included supervising Indoor Air Quality projects as well as chemical sensitivity cases within time and budget constraints. He has led people on adventures for over 20 years in The Everglades. He has also traveled and hiked in over 21 countries including living in Thailand. His sharp eyes and good-natured personality are appreciated by guests from all over the world.

Ten summers ago, Joe began living and exploring Yellowstone and The Grand Teton National Parks. Today, with his vast knowledge of the super caldera area, Joe leads guests on adventures all over the greater Yellowstone area.

Natalie Sawley

Natalie was born and raised in Middle Georgia where she grew up exploring nature. She spent 3 years in Rome, Georgia at Berry College where she graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science. While at Berry she volunteered as an Environmental Educator at a local non-profit where she taught programs to the community about the local natural resources. She also worked as a research assistant where her team had a focus on white-tail deer conservation. After graduating from Berry, Natalie married her high school sweetheart and moved across the country to Montana to pursue their love of the outdoors. When not guiding, Natalie enjoys hiking and camping through the mountains of Montana.

Seth Palmquist

Seth Palmquist is a fun-loving, adventure-seeking local of Jackson Hole. Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, spending his early childhood in Istanbul, Turkey, then trading the city skyline for the beautiful Tetons as his backyard, Seth has been in love with this area ever since. Following in his father’s footsteps, he loves to learn and explore the beautiful outdoors and share his passion with others. Growing up living and working at local ranches just north of Jackson, Seth also has a passion for hiking, horseback riding, skiing, videography, camping, cliff jumping, and enjoying all the wonderful opportunities provided by the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. He is a graduating senior from the University of Wyoming. He looks forward to exploring his backyard and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with you.

Michael Fatsis

Mike grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia before attending Rhodes College where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. After graduating, he came out to Jackson, Wyoming where he taught elementary and middle school ecology at Teton Science Schools. After leading adult education hiking trips in the Tetons during the summer he transitioned to guiding. Mike has been a wildlife biologist and guide for Backcountry Safaris for four seasons and looks forward to sharing his knowledge of the area with the many guests that visit the Greater Yellowstone region. During his free time you can find Mike fly fishing the myriad rivers in Jackson for cutthroat trout!

Aidan Moore

Graduating from Furman University with a B.S. in Environmental Sustainability Science, Aidan has always been a big fan of the outdoors. He’s spent time trekking through the Himalayas, white-water rafting on almost every major river in the US, and exploring 38 different countries. He’s got a knack for helping others — in 2016, he volunteered with Save Dunoon, where he taught at a local school in South Africa. His excellent communication and support make him a great guide. Aidan can’t wait to share his love for exploring the outdoors with you!

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