Meet The Team

Brad Kruelskie

I have enjoyed being outdoors my entire life  - hiking and camping in Michigan and, as a Scout, doing trail maintenance work on the Shawnee Trail in southern Ohio.  My first Colorado outdoors experience was visiting RMNP and camping in Mesa Verde National Park. We moved to Steamboat Springs full time in 2017 and I have enjoyed trail work with FOW and hiking in the Mt Zirkel Wilderness - especially on the east side of the Divide.  I earned Certification as a Sawyer in 2018.  

 

When I am not in the Forest I enjoy running, bicycling, swimming, skiing, travel, and photography.  I have been married to my best friend Leila for 37 years and we have two sons, now grown, who also enjoy the outdoors. 

Sidney Moon

 

I have enjoyed wilderness hiking and backpacking my entire life.  I camped as a child with my family in the mountains of Maryland and Virginia.  While attending college in Vermont, I served as an officer in the Middlebury Mountain Club, which sponsored overnight hikes for Middlebury students on the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail in NH and Maine.  Also, during college I spent a summer in Colorado where I was introduced to Colorado hiking by joining a climb up Long’s Peak with the Colorado Mountain Club.  In 1989, I purchased a condo in Steamboat.   My family and I have been hiking here ever since.  In 2014 my husband, Doug Sprenkle, and I retired full-time to Steamboat and began even more frequent hiking and snowshoeing in the area.  In looking for a way to give back to the wilderness areas that have meant so much to me in my life, I found FOW.  I joined and earned Ranger Certification in 2017.  My professional background is in education, so I particularly enjoy the role of educating the public through the FOW trail patrol program. 

Curt Rogers

 Treasurer

Curtis joined Friends of Wilderness in 2015.  Having participated in trail maintenance, trail patrol, sign making, llama wrangling and backpacking as well as attending the 2017 Wilderness Academy and earning his crosscut sawyer certification, he still hasn’t found an FOW activity he doesn’t thoroughly enjoy.  FOW has been a great way to keep in touch with nature, meet fantastic people, and most importantly help the USFS with the stewardship of our Wilderness Areas.

KEEP WILDERNESS WILD

Gary Pon

Secretary & Training Coordinator  

After spending the past 11 years in Steamboat Springs, I enjoy it just as much as when I first moved here from the front range. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by three pristine wilderness areas and FOW is committed to maintaining its serenity for future generations to enjoy.

Barbara Sparks

 Llama Coordinator

Since 1978 when I moved my family to Colorado from Wisconsin, we have enjoyed skiing, hiking, backpacking, biking, fishing, and camping in the Rocky Mountains.  Steamboat has been my choice destination for the past 20 years and now retired the opportunity to give back though Friends of the Wilderness. My experience building parts of the Continental Divide Trail is a help. Protecting our forests and wild spaces through stewardship is a lesson I learned as a young kid which I hope I’m passing on.

Bill Sanders

Radios Coordinator  

My first Colorado outdoor experience was with the University of Denver Alpine Club tobogganing from the top of Loveland Pass to the bottom switchback on full moon nights.

We moved to Steamboat from Hawaii in 1997, where I had started & sold a hardwood lumber company.  We built our house here in 1997 – 1999.  Skiing, surfing, hiking, mushrooming & backpacking have kept me busy since.  I like to garden (potatoes & raspberries),  cook (especially curries) & am a ceramic artist.  I live w/ an amazing artist, printmaker & snowshoer:  the Supreme Commander Barb.

I have been a FOW volunteer for over twelve years now & still find new amazing places in the Zirkels to discover.

Dan Schaffrick

     President & New Member Coordinator

I embarked on a cross-country road trip from my home state of Connecticut during the 1976 Bicentennial, searching for open spaces, clear air and friendly people.  I found Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley and have called it home ever since. The nearby wilderness areas - Zirkel, Flat Tops and Sarvis Creek - have been my refuge for solitude, contemplation and renewal. Through Friends of Wilderness, I am given the opportunity to give back and contribute to maintaining the public's access to these special places. I invite everyone to join us.

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