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Darrin Siefken


CrawDaddy Outdoors’ owner, Darrin Siefken, has over 25 years of outdoor skills and leadership experience. Darrin has been actively involved in Scouting. These experiences have led him through his education and his job experiences over the past 20 years. He has extensive trip experience backpacking, canoeing and kayaking have taken him to BWCA, Lake Superior, Smoky Mountain National Park, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks, Apostle Islands, Porcupine Mountains and Colorado

Janeen Siefken


Janeen enjoys the outdoors – whether it is kayaking, canoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing. She has been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Porcupine Mountains, Apostle Islands, Colorado Rockies and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Janeen’s favorite outdoor destination is the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Mark Curran

Outdoor Enthusiast

A longtime Scouter, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about camping and outdoor activities . . . and has a lot of experience in these areas, too. Mark has kayaked at Apostle Islands and Isle Royale as well as backpacked at Philmont Scout Ranch. He is currently working on building his own wooden kayak.

Al Hemesath

Outdoor Enthusiast

Al retired, was looking for the most fun job he could find in Iowa’s Cedar Valley. He found CrawDaddy Outdoors. Longtime Scouter, he enjoys camping, backpacking and kayaking. Al has joined CrawDaddy Outdoors on the Flambeau River, Red Rock, Apostle Islands, Isle Royale, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore trips. He has kayaked Rainey Lake in Voyager National Park as well as the Slate Islands in Lake Superior In fall 2012. He has also hiked at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Austin Meyer

Outdoor Enthusiast

Austin is a Waverly Shell Rock student who hunts and fishes more than he is in school. He participates in trap shooting and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Austin has made several trips to the Boundary Waters, Glacier National Park, Isle Royale and the Rocky Mountains.

Sam Hanson

Outdoor Enthusiast

Sam is a junior studying Environmental Conservation at Upper Iowa University. She is beyond excited for her future career as a naturalist, inspiring communities to dive back into outdoor recreation. She is also excited to offer opportunities for communities to learn more about their impacts on the land and wildlife. Sam enjoys kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, and going on CrawDaddy Outdoors’ trips. Sam competed in the Rugged Toad Triathlon and is planning on competing again next year.

Ryan Gilstrap

Outdoor Enthusiast

Ryan is a (pre-nursing) Neuroscience major with minors in Spanish, Leadership, and Intercultural Studies. His favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, outdoor photography, and sailing. Some of Ryan’s favorite locations include the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and Washington D.C. After graduation, he plans to go to Allen College to get his BSN and become a traveling surgical nurse. Ryan really enjoys working at CrawDaddy Outdoors, because it provides the opportunity to learn about outdoor products and gain more knowledge on various outdoor recreation activities.

Chris Shipley

Outdoor Enthusiast

Chris is a senior at UNI studying Economics and MIS. She loves backpacking and has found time to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail, Grand Canyon, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. She enjoys the opportunities that have come along with working at Crawdaddy Outdoors including adventuring to the Apostle Islands as well as working with awesome customers.

Eamonn McCollough

Outdoor Enthusiast

Eamonn is a swimmer and runner at Gustavus Adolphus in Minnesota.  In some of his rare free time he gets out and paddles his Necky Manitou sport kayak, usually with fishing gear on board. He has co-led several river trips through CrawDaddy Outdoors and enjoys both learning about and teaching people about all the awesome stuff you can do in the wild.

Ellie Neuendorf

Outdoor Enthusiast

Ellie is going to be a sophomore at Waverly Shell Rock.  She enjoys paddle boarding, spelunking, and biking.  At school she enjoys extra curricular activities such as band, tennis, robotics, and choir but most of all enjoys being busy.

Cole Ross

Outdoor Enthusiast

Cole is going to be a sophomore at Waverly Shell Rock.  He likes to go camping, kayaking, and play sports.  This past summer we went on a 5 day backpacking trip in Colorado where he got to learn how to use all the gear.  He also learned a lot about nature and how to care for it.

Lukas Krakow

Outdoor Enthusiast

Lucas is a senior at UNI studying Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. He loves to rock climb, especially at Clear Creek Canyon in Golden, Colorado. He likes working at CrawDaddy Outdoors, because he enjoys helping people prepare themselves for all kinds of adventures. He always looks forward to helping customers and hearing their stories. After graduation, Lucas would like to travel to gain more outdoor recreation experience.

Levi Bridges

Outdoor Enthusiast

Levi is busy as a nurse at Allen Hospital, but gets to work at CrawDaddy Outdoors from time to time. He is our kayak fishing expert and occasionally catches some fish.


Outdoor Enthusiast

Gabe is a student at Waverly Shell Rock where he participates in cross country and golf.  He enjoys all kids of outdoor activiites.