Meet Sam and the Staff

Meet Sam – KAC OwnerSam-chainsaw.jpg

Sam has spent most every summer of his life in Copper Harbor.  He has a genuine love for the area, the community, its history, geology, all around natural beauty and of course, Lake Superior. After college, Sam moved to Colorado … Learn More


IMG_0108-2.jpgShelby Laubhan – KAC Administrator

Prior to partnering up with Sam (both in the company and in life!) Shelby’s career involved a diverse decade in the environmental field as a government official and educator, outdoor naturalist, organic farmer and a Peace Corps rural Thailand volunteer. In addition to … Learn More


slash-1-2.jpgRyan Boushee – Supervisor & Head Mechanic

I was born and raised in the Midwest and love nearly everything the outdoors has to offer — I can’t be outside enough! Since I can remember, I have been building trail and riding bikes. At a young age I started constructing a bike …Learn More


danhead-300x300.jpgDan Wiersgalla – Supervisor & Senior Sea Kayak Guide

As a graduate from Vermilion College with an Outdoor Leadership degree I have found the perfect place to work and play! As a young kid my dad would bring my little brother and me up to Copper Harbor looking for rocks and biking. One … Learn More


JJ-mack-2.jpgJJ Ferrington – Supervisor & Senior Sea Kayak Guide

JJ is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, having majored in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management.  This is his third season at Keweenaw Adventure Company and he is looking forward to leading trips on Isle Royale for a second season.  He was a Boy … Learn More

charlie_eshbach_400.jpgCharles Eshbach – Eco-Interpretive Hiking Guide

Charles Eshbach has been guiding people in the back country and working as a professional photographer in the Keweenaw Peninsula for over forty years! He was actually Michigan Technological University’s first photographer from 1968-1985. His education is in Forestry and Natural Area … Learn More

1376633_10151890384486308_1732630278_n_Fotor-2-275x300.jpgConner Deur – Sea Kayak Guide & Bike Mechanic

My name is Conner Deur. I am 21 years old and from Muskegon, Michigan. I am currently studying environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University. I love the Keweenaw and spending my days outside. In the winter, I work as a ski instructor as … Learn More

liz-300x225.jpgLiz Martin – Sea Kayak Guide

Liz, an Upper Peninsula native, was pretty much raised on local bays and lakes.  She spent most of her childhood either barefoot in nature or sailing with her parents on Lake Superior.  Growing up on the water cultivated a strong love, respect, and … Learn More

unnamed-300x225.jpgEmily Hinsa – Administrative Assistant

Emily was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and moved to the Keweenaw in 2010. To serve as KAC’s assistant administrator she currently commutes to the Harbor a few days a week from the Houghton/Hancock area where she also works … Learn More

ben.jpgBen Miller – Lake Superior Sea Kayak Guide

Ben’s love for the outdoors and snow brought him to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Keweenaw.  He originally grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but was born to be in the outdoors.  At the early age of 15, Ben … Learn More

ryan_mc.pngRyan McPhillips – Bike Mechanic & Sea Kayak Guide

Ryan McPhillips is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University’s Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management program. He spent two years attending classes at Saginaw Valley University before taking some time off to work in the leisure service industry. His search for solace led … Learn More

connor2.jpgConnor Eckhout – Bike Mechanic & Sea Kayak Guide

Outdoor recreation and a love of nature have been the essence of my person since day one. Raised a Metro-Detroiter, I am entering my Junior year in Forestry at Michigan State University. A devout backpacker at 13, mountain biking junkie … Learn More

lena-pic-2.jpgLena Wilson – Sea Kayak Guide

I love being in nature! I grew up around Muskegon, MI and have spent a lot of time in the Traverse City area and the Keweenaw. Mostly I enjoy simple activities: clambering around hillsides, tree climbing, trail running, playing, swimming, … Learn More

UniJustin-2.jpgJustin Sczechowski – Bike Mechanic

Justin first began coming to the Keweenaw 5 years ago. At that time his first employer and friend, Eric, was working for Sam, and had insisted Justin come visit for the coolest bike riding in Michigan. Since then, Justin has made it a … Learn More

mo_150.jpgMo Anton – Sea Kayak Guide

Mo enjoys sharing her love of kayaking and the outdoors especially with beginners.  She has been kayak guiding on Lake Superior since 2004.  Even though Mo loves every sea kayaking adventure we offer, her favorite trips are the Porter’s Island … Learn More