How my Hiking Career Began

Updated: Mar 21

SPOILER ALERT: Jump ahead 18 years to 2021. I'm now 65 years old and feeling stronger than ever! With 15,000+ Outdoor Adventure friends later life is good! Over the years I've taken adventure enthusiasts hiking, kayaking, exploring, stand up paddling, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, etc. to Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, Hawaii, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and we're just getting started!

I didn't just wake up one morning and decide to start a hiking group. Watch this video and see how adversity and hardship actually became a great blessing in my life.

In February 2003 my hiking group was born. 

I was 47 years old when I decided I was going to be a hiking guide, even though I wasn't familiar with any trails in the Wasatch Mountains and I was in poor physical condition.

That didn’t stop me.  I found a few people who would start hiking with me. I was very slow and had to stop and catch my breath often. 

I wasn’t good at anything that had to do with hiking but I had tenacity and determination!  I believed I could get better at this sport so I just stuck with it week after week. More people slowly started joining me and my hiking group began to grow.  So did my ability to hike. I discovered more trails. I developed what I call “hiking legs”. Not once did I ever imagine that it would lead to a full time hiking and outdoor adventure career.

I looked ahead one week at a time and just kept on hiking. 

Hiking is not really the hard part.  Showing up is the hardest part. Once you show up, everything else is a piece of cake because in our adventure group you have lots of choices - you can hike slow, hike fast, hike for a few minutes or hike for a few hours.  Once you start meeting people and making friends it becomes very fun and easy to do! 

It’s really all about a strong support team and the social and emotional needs that are being met. The physical needs are taken care of automatically. Before you know it you've hiked several miles! 

This is the same formula we have developed for every outdoor adventure we offer, no matter what sport, activity or outing it is!

I hope you will join us soon.  You will meet some of the most incredible people ever!  I am extremely blessed to have found so many kind, caring, friendly outdoor adventure enthusiasts who have a positive energy about them. 

Come and see for yourself and join us often.

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