Our Team


Bryan Rooney

As Founder of Triangle Adventure Outfitters, Bryan has devoted much of the past 18 years to the field of Outdoor Experiential Education, including 3.5 years of work and study in Germany and Sweden. He holds a Master's Certificate in Education from Linkoping University in Sweden and a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. 

He is fluent in German, has studied French for six years, has a Wilderness First Aid Certification. 

Email: bryan@taoguides.com


Maura Rooney

Maura has been working with TAO since the beginning of 2016 as a lead guide and administrative specialist. In addition to being the glue of the team, she holds a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC and is the coordinator for UNC's Outdoor Education Challenge Course. Maura grew up in the western part of NC, in a little town called Hot Springs, where the sidewalks and the Appalachian Trail merge into one.

In 2015, she took part in "Bike And Build" and rode her bike from Nags Head, NC to San Diego, CA, building homes for affordable housing organizations.

Email:  maura@taoguides.com


Sean Taylor

Sean is our spokesman, as he comes from an avid mountain biking background. His commitment has pushed TAO's growth and inspired the recent addition of kayaking adventures. He graduated from NC State and remains in the area with his wife, Kim, and their furry kid, Bronson.

Email: sean@taoguides.com

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Natalia Lutterman

Natalia grew up all over the U.S. and Canada but has called North Carolina home for the last six years. She is completing a degree at UNC Chapel Hill in American Studies, with focuses in Folklore and Food Studies, but her main passion is Creative Writing. When she isn't daydreaming about being in the woods, Natalia is usually running around with her notebook trying to convince people to be interviewed for a story. Natalia was raised on the lakes and trails of the Algonquin forests of Quebec but had her first real taste of backpacking in British Columbia. Since then she has backpacked and mountaineered in northern California, Alaska, France, Switzerland, Nepal, and the Piedmont. Her favourite adventures include solo hiking the Haute Route through the Alps from France into Switzerland and baking pie at 13,000 feet in a family home in Nepal. She is currently working on a long term writing project to hike North Carolina's 24 historic fire lookout towers in the Smokies and interview one of 24 influential people in her life at the top of each. Other than the outdoors, Natalia's passions include storytelling, cooking, over-analyzing movies, and buying too many socks. 


Zach Tacy

Zach comes from Asheville, North Carolina. Throughout high school, he helped his family build Franny’s Farm and then headed to North Carolina State University for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Not only is he well traveled by car and plane, but also covers miles and miles on foot and bike.