Lyle Phetteplace fell in love with the outdoors and his home state of Colorado at an early age. Today, he runs Renaissance Adventure Guides so they can continue their passion and allow others to experience adventure, too. The excursions they curate include everything from hiking, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, and even sea kayaking, a skill beginners hone on the lakes of Colorado before moving on to distant ocean destinations to paddle, such as Costa Rica. Renaissance designs guided travel tours of the country, which presents excellent terrain for hiking, backpacking, and other activities in addition to sea kayaking.
Renaissance Adventure Guides believes outdoor adventures have the ability to bring people closer to their fellow participants and the environment, so they treat each experience differently. They customize adventures to suit the abilities and goals of their customers, while also keeping groups at a manageable size so everyone receives personal attention and a unique secret high-five. Since safety is always at the forefront of any expedition, they also offer avalanche training taught by American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–trained instructors. Additionally, having learned to love nature at a young age, they strive to pass along their love for exploring to children through kids camps filled with days paddling the river.