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.

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.

Mark Hershberger

Wrangler and Guide

Mark grew up on a small family dairy farm, farming with horses. His father would take him along horse back riding – hunting – fishing – back when he was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper. This is where Mark developed his love for the outdoors. In 2011, Mark made his first trip out West doing a mule deer hunt… Right then and there he knew he’d be back for more. Since then Mark has hunted Wyoming an Colorado for elk and antelope. He worked on a cattle ranch in Montana and packed and guided for several other outfitters before landing a job with FTWG.
In the off season, Mark spends his time building log homes, hunting and riding.

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!

Mason Snyder

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.

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


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!

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.

Where the road ends, adventure begins...

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