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, ultra-marathon runner, and NASM certified personal trainer. She has competed in the Chicago, Boston, Eugene and other marathons across the country in addition to completing the Leadville 100 mile utlra. Amy is the founder of Healthy, Hungry, Happy, a blog on healthy eating and exercise. Amy is a graduate of the University of Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Cook and Guide
Mason grew up in the Appalachian mountains of PA. Before he could walk he was learning to hunt from his father and great-grandfather, who also raised whitetail and black bear which his great-grandfather used to teach him animal behavior. Later he expanded his hunting experience to the north woods of Vermont chasing moose and worked as a cook for Smugglers Notch Ski Resort.
After highschool he joined the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst for 12 years. The Air Force took him all over the world and finally landed him in Colorado in 2011 when he became obsessed with Elk and Mule Deer Hunting. He also decided to return the Culinary world and went to study at Auguste Escoffier School for Culinary Arts which was followed up with a coveted internship at one of the top restaurants in the country, Sean Brock’s McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina.
When not at FTWG you’ll find him doing a lot of the same things as there: hunting, fishing, and cooking, especially with wild game and competing in Colorado Pro Rodeo Association or the Professional Cowboy Association as a Bronc Rider.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.