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T.J., hiking guide and owner of West Coast Adventures, Lagos, Portugal

HEY THERE,

TRAVELER!

I'm "T.J." and I'll be your guide ;)

It's just me here: No big company or investors, no secretary or marketing team. Just me... well, me and my trusty van, "Mo." Can't forget about Mo.

Much has changed since I began this project over 10 years ago; and yet, in most ways, nothing has changed: It's still just me and Mo, and I still run it with the same intentions and same approach. 

Let me tell you a bit about it...

My intention:

I create experiences to share my LOVE for movement, adventure, and discovery; for wild places, open spaces, and secluded beauty; for hands-on encounters, out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and journeys of mind & body.

 

I craft adventures that reflect my BELIEF that direct experience with nature is good for both the walker and the world; that the views never feel bigger than after a bit of hard work; that nature cannot be experienced from afar, and experience cannot be flattened onto a screen; that the frenzy of modern life must be balanced with moments of wonder, stillness and surprise.

I am driven by my personal EXPERIENCE that the sincerity, passion, humility and character of a business are at least as important as it's product; that it's better to build one thing really well than a lot of things sort-of well; that what you love, others will too, if you just show them how.

And I run it all on a HOPE to create something not just fun, but meaningful; to not do more, but do better; to measure my success only by the amount of wisdom, wonder and well-being I can give and receive; and to always stick close to my values, as a person and a business.

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Leaving the coastline better than we found it on ever hiking tour.

My mission:

I aim to provide a great experience for you while also protecting, caring for, and giving back to the land along the way, a land which has given me so much.

By sharing this place, I aim to deepen our personal connections with the natural world; empower us to be active and responsible caretakers of the natural world; and encourage us to pay it forward to the people and places we encounter back home.

As well, I ensure that we actively leave it better than we found it on each and every tour.

My story: 

I have spent much of my adult life seeking adventure, movement, connection & clarity in the Great Outdoors. For me, the natural world is both the best playground and the best classroom. It is where I feel most complete, most aligned with the things I find valuable and meaningful. 

 

My travels have taken me from by birthplace in the middle of America to most every corner of the globe. In the end, I found what I was searching for right here, at the Western edge of Europe, and I created this tiny business to share what I discovered.

T.J., hiking guide and owner of West Coast Adventures Lagos Portugal.
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A group of hikers learning about the Algarve's West Coast geology from guide T.J. from West Coast Adventures.

My experience: 

I have been a certified hiking guide & outdoor educator for over 10 years. I have professional instructor certifications in Hiking, Backpacking, Mountaineering, and Rock Climbing, as well as Wilderness First Response.

In addition to my work in tourism, I also lead an outdoor education program with local middle school children, where I teach kids every week how to safely, effectively, and joyfully explore the outdoors.

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