About Us

Our staff is made up of experienced horsemen, hunting guides, fisherman, and survivalists. The guiding staff is all first aid certified and several are certified Wilderness First Responders (Woofers). Our senior staff members have been working our camps and hunting area for decades. Some of our mules have 25+ years of mountain packing experience.


Amy and Cliff Gray

Owners and Outfitters

Cliff is an avid backpacker, skier, wildlife conservationist and big game hunter. He has a pilot’s license and is a certified wilderness first responder. Cliff is a registered outfitter in the State of Colorado with commercial special use permits for hunting, fishing, and remote horse packing in the White River National Forest and Flat Tops Wilderness Area of the Rocky Mountains. He grew up on ranches in Northern California and Adam’s Rib Ranch in Eagle Colorado, where his family managed an outfitting and cattle business. Cliff earned a BA from Stanford University in Economics and a MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Cliff is an official measurer for both Boone & Crockett and Pope & Young records programs

Amy is an avid skier, ski instructor on Vail Mountain, marathon runner, and NASM certified personal trainer. She has competed in the Chicago, Boston, Eugene and other marathons across the country. Amy is the founder of Healthy, Hungry, Happy, a blog on healthy eating and exercise. Amy is a graduate of the University of Arizona.

Evan Koster

Wrangler and Guide

A fifth generation Coloradan, Evan was raised on Sweetwater where he and his family own an adventure summer camp for children. The mountains have been his home, his playground and his sanctuary.

Prior to joining FTWG, Evan spent several successful seasons as a guide and packer for a Meeker-area outfitter. He also has worked as a fly fishing guide, a wildlife biology technician, a ranch hand and an oilfield laborer.

When he’s not chasing elk in the southern Flat Tops, Evan also enjoys fly fishing, rafting, wingshooting, and training horses. He is an accomplished team roper, and he and his new wife spend much of the summer traveling to rodeos and ropings throughout the West.

Steve Wall

Wrangler and Guide

Steve began firefighting at age 18 and worked on several fire departments. In 1984, he went to work for Heaps Peak helicopter base fighting wildfires via helicopter for 7 years, including working the Yellowstone fire in 1988. Steve has also worked was also Operations Chief for Search and Rescue. He is a flyfishing and whitewater rafting guide in the Gunnison Gorge wilderness area in the spring and summer months. Steve and his horses have been packing and camping in the Colorado wilderness for the past 15 years.

Steve loves the total outdoor experience, including hunting, fishing and campfire cooking, specializing in dutch oven cooking. He loves showing his clients the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors and spends most of his summers sleeping out under the stars. In the winter time, he travels with his artist wife, Janet, to art festivals and shows in Arizona.

Comfrey Jacobs

Wrangler, Packer and Trail Work Boss

Comfrey Jacobs was born in the Colorado Rockies spring of ‘93, and grew up on a small farm outside of Grand Junction, Co with horses and a variety of other animals. He is an avid outdoorsman and adventurer, who enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, skiing, rafting, and all kinds of other outdoorsy activities. There is nothing that makes this young man happier than exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of the Rocky Mountains and southwest.

Comfrey is a chainsawing fool and has been with FTWG since 2015.

Jimmy Oswald

Wrangler and Guide

Jimmy is from Reading, Pennsylvania. He grew up hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather. At the age of four, he was going to deer camp, and by six years old he was walking along with his father in the forests of Potter County. These early years is when Jimmy’s love for the outdoors started. In 2014, he graduate from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors degree in wildlife and fisheries science and a minor in biology.

After graduation, Jimmy worked the summer as a caretaker at Hawk Mountain Raptor Sanctuary. During the 2014-2015 hunting season, he interned at El Tesoro, a hunting ranch in South Texas. After the season, Jimmy went back to Pennsylvania and worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a biologist aide trapping and tagging white-tailed deer. In May 2015 he went to Alaska and worked as a fisheries technician and deck hand in Prince William Sound at multiple salmon hatcheries for Prince William Sound Aquaculture. In September, Jimmy went back to El Tesoro as a wildlife manager/head of hunting operations.

In Jimmy’s free time, you can find him in the forest hunting or along the streams fly fishing. He also enjoys bass fishing, snow skiing, photographing wildlife, birding, and golfing. If it involves being outside, Jimmy enjoys it. He’s looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime with Flat Tops Wilderness Guides!

Mark Tole

Wrangler and Guide

Mark was born and raised in northwest Kansas working on his Dad’s farm and ranch. His passion for the outdoors started as a kid while shooting at prairie dogs with a .22 and hunting pheasants. After high school Mark enlisted in the Marine Corps and served four years as an infantryman, deploying twice overseas to Afghanistan and abroad with the 15th MEU. When his enlistment was up with the Marines he decided to continue the family tradition and attend college at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He chose to major in Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management with a minor in Business because it went hand in hand for his love of the great outdoors. Mark is currently interning at Flat Top Wilderness Guides to fulfill requirements to complete his degree at KSU.

Cody Donley

Guide

Cody Donley was born in Arizona, where he grew up enjoying sports and hunting with his dad, Rex. The pair enjoyed many years of hunting dove, quail, javelina and deer in the deserts and mountains of Arizona.
After college, Cody moved to Denver to run a small business and to be closer to the Rockys. He plans his year in the back country around his annual rifle and archery hunts. When he isn’t hunting, he enjoys mountain biking, golfing, basketball and exploring CO with his girlfriend Jessica. He looks forward to any time spent in the outdoors and looks forwards to guiding with Flattops Wilderness Guides each year.

Ethan Boertje

Wrangler and Guide

Ethan grew up on a small family farm in Southern Minnesota hunting waterfowl, pheasants, and deer. From there he expanded his hunting experience to involve many different states, terrain, and animals; from the pristine Alaskan wilderness to the golden wheat fields all throughout North Dakota. In May 2016 Ethan graduated from North Dakota State University with my Bachelor’s in Zoology- Fisheries, Wildlife, Ecology and Behavior and is currently finishing my Master’s in Biology. He is exited to gain many new hunting stories and skills as a wilderness hunting guide!

Jacob Richards

Wrangler and Guide

Born and raised in the Colorado high county, Jacob is as at home in the woods as in town. When not working Jacob can be found chasing elusive giant trout, mushroom hunting, or scouting a new area. Jacob brings many unique skills to the outfit.

Jacob is an experienced horse/mule packer, but he also has extensive knowledge of living in the wilderness just out of his backpack during all four seasons.

Alan Hood

Wrangler and Guide

Alan has been working and guiding in the Turret and Sweetwater drainages for decades. He has packed in hundreds of hunters into our camps. He knows the area and stock better than anyone else.

Larry McFarland

Wrangler and Camp Coordinator

Larry has worked for the outfit for years, starting in July each year and ending in November. Larry and his wife enjoy RV’ing across the country, but always make their way back to the Sweetwater area for summer and fall. He keeps our gear in order, rides hunters into camps, and checks on our remote camps. In the off-season Larry does taxes for H&R Block. He previously worked as an EMT.

Wes Gray

Advisor

Wes served as a division-level Marine intelligence officer during the 2006 Leyte mudslide disaster in the Philippines, filled various intelligence officer positions throughout Japan, and was a battalion-level military advisor in Iraq. His military decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with bronze star), and the Global War on Terror Service Medal. Wes has extensive medical and safety training to include training in CPR, combat trauma, basic surgical skills, and casualty care.

Dr. Gray is currently the Executive Managing Member of Alpha Architect, an SEC-Registered Investment Advisor. Dr. Gray has published two books: EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army and QUANTITATIVE VALUE: A Practitioner’s Guide. Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude with a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Wes grew up on a working cattle ranch and loves to get up and work in the mountains whenever he can.

Tyler Gray

Advisor

Tyler is a practicing family medicine physician in Hood River, OR. He grew up in Eagle, Colorado on Adam’s Rib Ranch. He is trained in wilderness medicine and has a strong passion for the outdoors. He is an avid mountaineer, kiteboarder, rockclimber, fisherman, and general adventurer. Ty loves to get up in the mountains whenever he gets the chance.

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