Bay Area Expeditions Team

Chris Van Loan

Chris founded Bay Area Expeditions in 2007 to train, outfit, and guide explorers operating in the American west with modern perspectives on training and equipment. He has worked with thousand of clients on backpacking, wilderness training, and remote off-road expeditions over the last decade and developed the curriculum taught in BAE courses. Guiding has lead to experience as an outdoors fine art and lifestyle photographer, industry consultation, location guide for production teams, and as a brand ambassador. Chris is also a member of scientific expeditionary team working with universites engaging in exploration and research. He has had articles and content published in several outdoors publications.


Agustin Bella III, CPL, USMC

Before, during and after the Marine Corps Agustin has been an avid outdoor enthusiast for well over 20 years.  Most of his experience has been in the western Sierra Mountains, where he has taken his passion of four wheeling to its limits on trails such as, the Rubicon, Fordyce and many others.  At the same time he’s backpacked and hiked parts of the Sierra only accessible on foot. His near future goals as part of his “bucket list” is to backpack the entire Pacific Crest Trail. As for his attitude about the outdoors, “Just get out and enjoy the scenery and have fun!”

Six year US Marine Corps veteran with tours of the Middle East (Operation Desert Shield/Storm)
CPR, Basic First Aid Certified
Navigation Qualified
Field Mechanic Qualified


Daniel Gorder

Dan grew up exploring the diverse Utah wilderness and has logged more nights in the outdoors than most and one of BAE’s most experienced outdoorsman. Dan has twenty years experience as a commercial and celebrity photographer, bringing professional production skills to the Bay Area Expeditions photography team. 

Alex Chan, National Guard

Alex has spent several years working in security and in the National Guard infantry. His Toyota Tacoma is featured in several publications and truck shows. You can find Alex working out climbing Mission Peak in his ruck and body armor or on the 4WD trails in the American West.


Robert Green, ARMY

Robert Green joined Bay Area Expeditions in 2008 after returning from deployments in the Middle East as a medic. He is the co-founder of Down Range LLC, specializing in combat medicine training for governmental agencies and private security.


Stephen Kennedy, Coast Guard

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the Columbia River Gorge. Family rule was, “Eagle Scout before drivers license.”

14 Years Coast Guard providing care and evacuations from remote areas for people injured on the Oregon and California coastline
Nationally registered EMT
Certified Wilderness First Aid instructor, as well as several other programs, through American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)
Issuer certification for boat crews in FA/CPR and O2 admin
Experience operating in remote areas and disaster preparedness stationed in high flood areas
Experience with the tsunami response on the California coast
Air Force survival school oversight and safety supervision
Enrolled in University of Oregon Outdoor Leadership BA
Oregon Search and Rescue training




Moleek Busby

Jack of all trades, master of some.

Moleek started working in conservation in the early 90s with the C.C.C (California Conservation Corp) where he fought the Happy Camp fire of 1994, cleaned up two oil spills and built five miles of trail in Henry Co State Park. He then went on to run chainsaws for a private arborist company in the Mendocino Mountains. 

For the last five years he has worked with the SCA (Student Conservation Association) as a crew leader mentoring teenagers in environmental education and trail maintenance, as well as team building, hiking and camping etc.

Currently going to school for a BA in Environmental Management, working freelance for the SCA as a work skills instructor, and moonlighting as a bouncer at various bars in Oakland CA.




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