Hey there, adventurer :)
I'm 'T.J.' and I'll be your guide.
It's just me here: No big company or investors, no secretary or web designer. Just me... well, me and my trusty van, "Mo." Can't forget about Mo.
Much has changed since I began this project almost 8 years ago; and yet, in most ways, nothing has changed. It's still me and Mo (I told you she's trusty!), and I still run it all with the same intentions and approach, the same principles and mission.
For me, this is more than just a business: It's a reflection of my passions and values, and an expression of my personal vision of this special little piece of planet Earth.
I create experiences to share my LOVE for movement, adventure, & discovery; for wild places, open spaces, & secluded beauty; for hands-on encounters, out-of-the-ordinary experiences, and journeys of mind & body; for having a breeze on the face, the stars as a ceiling, & the destination unknown.
I craft adventures that reflect my BELIEF that direct experience with nature is good for both the walker & the world; that the views never feel bigger than after some good, old-fashioned hard work, first; that nature cannot be experienced from afar, & experience cannot be flattened onto a screen; that the frenzy of modern life must be balanced with moments of wonder, stillness & surprise.
I am driven by my personal EXPERIENCE that the sincerity, passion, humility & character of a business is 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 to do better; to measure my success not by traditional values but by the amount of wisdom, wonder & well-being I can give & receive; and to always stick close to my values, as a person and a business.
My mission: Responsible nature travel.
I aim to provide not only a great experience for you, but to protect and care for this place along the way.
I teach an ethic of respect for the natural world on all of my tours, and ensure that we always leave the natural world better than we found it.
By sharing this unique place, I aim to deepen our personal connections with the natural world; to educate on our impacts; and to empower us to be active and responsible caretakers of nature. I then encourage all of my guests to spread the love to the people and places they encounter back home.
My story, or How I got here.
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 ready to wrestle with the difficult questions, most able to connect with the things I find most valuable, most well-aligned.
My adventuring has taken me from by birthplace in the middle of North America to most every corner of the globe. In the end, I found what I was looking for -- and much more I didn't know I was looking for -- right here, at the Western edge of Europe, and I created this tiny business to share what I'd discovered.
My qualifications, or Why you can trust me to take you into the wild :)
I have been a wilderness guide and educator for 7 years. I have professional certifications in Wilderness First Response, and in hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing instruction. I have studied at the National Outdoor Leadership School, International Wilderness Leadership School, any many more.
I have spent much of my personal life in wilderness environments, from the high Himalayas to the Andes, Alps, Atlas, and Rockies; from the highlands of Scotland to the deserts of Jordan, the volcanos of Central America, to the glaciers of Patagonia. Most recently, in 2020, I completed a self-supported full traverse of the Pyrenees, from Atlantic to Mediterranean, in 42 days.