Discover Outdoors is the premiere adventure outfitter for city dwellers. Leading thousands of explorers each year since 2004, our goal is to remove the barrier between city-living and nature-loving by making the outdoors accessible. Whether you are a first-time hiker or rock climber, or a thrill-seeking explorer, you can find a local day trip or multi-day adventure around New York and the northeast on our year-round calendar. You can even travel the world with us.
We manage the details so that you can escape the city, embrace adventure and discover the outdoors.
And the best part? When you live adventure with Discover Outdoors, you help us give adventure to deserving, New York City students through our nonprofit, the Discover Outdoors Foundation.
Our mission is to improve quality of life through meaningful outdoor experiences. We strive to create a more connected community through the pursuit of outdoor exploration and education and in doing so, encourage people everywhere to live adventure and give adventure.
Discover Outdoors guides are leaders, holding the highest certifications and setting the industry standard. Boundlessly capable, resourceful and caring, our unmatched team is motivated by our mantra - "Live adventure. Give adventure."
But, don’t take it from us. Take it from these adventurers:
"We did things we never thought we could do and that's a credit to our guide. He encouraged us without making anyone uncomfortable." - Marc
"We left the city Saturday morning and I was back for dinner that evening, jabbering uncontrollably about the unreal day we had just had with Marcus and the group." - Sara
"Our guide was so engaging and fun - he really helped set a great tone for the day." - Rachel
"When things didn't go exactly as planned, as can happen with Mother Nature, we had even more fun! Our guide thought on his feet and we knew he was in control." - Robert
Discover Outdoors guides hold the following credentials: New York State Licensed Trail Guide, Wilderness First Responders, Wilderness EMT’s, CWI, AMGA, LNTT, L1 Avalanche.
We are accepting applications for qualified Discover Outdoors guides and interns. Learn more >.
Kirk aims to turn New Yorkers into hikers—- one office worker at a time. Hailing from a small Missouri town, Kirk moved to New York City pursuing big dreams and even bigger ideas. Kirk blends passion with excellence to ensure Discover Outdoors is second to none. A competitive sports enthusiast and nine-time marathoner, Kirk is committed to sharing his excitement for the outdoors. His worldwide adventures have informed many of his plans for unforgettable, inspiring trips. Under his leadership, Discover Outdoors offers the ability for urbanites to take part in exploration and adventure.
Kennedy grew up in the North Carolina mountains and has lived all over since, from Boston to Jackson Hole and London to San Francisco and New York. She has trekked the far reaches of the world, camping among the peaks of the Himalayas, the wildlife of the Serengeti and the ranges of Patagonia. As a three-time marathoner, she explores by foot whenever possible. Her city self has worked with brands to inspire action through relationships and narrative, and she brings that experience to DO, rallying urbanites to discover that adventure is closer than you think. For media, event or partnership inquiries, please contact Kennedy.
Lucas grew up spending summers working on and hiking near his grandparents’ Andean farm in Peru. From the northern outskirts of Boston, he spent many weekends memorizing the trails of the White Mountains and even beating the cog railway up Mount Washington. His first taste of guiding began in Maine, where he co-led wilderness trips for his college outing club. He has cycled coast to coast across the Northern USA, backpacked through twenty-four countries on five continents, completed the Camino de Santiago, and has hiked remote peaks across Peru’s interior. When not giving clients the time of their lives in the Sacred Valley, Lucas can be found hating on brunch lovers all over North Brooklyn and day-lighting as the GM at Discover Outdoors. Lucas lives his life in a perpetual full split - with one foot in Kings County and one in the Woods. He will tell you (without cracking a smile) that coming out on a hike today is the best thing you’ve done all week.
Getting outside has always been a part of Dan’s life, from his early days in Utah skiing, rock-climbing, and backpacking, to his later years in Alaska ski-mountaineering. Most recently, he combined his love for being in the mountains with a love he has for education by serving as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan; in his free time as a volunteer teacher he skied and hiked in places around the country. Graduate school in International Educational Development at Teachers College brought Dan to New York City, but the energy and culture keep him here. He loves that he hears so many languages spoken and sees such diversity. Nowadays, Dan combines his love for education, the outdoors, and New York City by getting its residents off the pavement and into the mountains as a guide with Discover Outdoors.
As a senior guide for Discover Outdoors, Evan is fully in his element when exploring the world outdoors. He is a local New Yorker and an avid mountain biker, hiker, snowboarder, trailrunner and yogi. He has climbed into the world of mountaineering, completing his first big-mountain ascent in August of 2009 on Mt. Shuksan, while raising funds the youth of the Summit for Someone program. Evan holds a Masters in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. When not guiding for Discover Outdoors, he works at the JCCA Compass Project helping young adults with special needs find career and educational direction.
Born in Harlem, Marcus has never let the city keep him from enjoying the great outdoors. His passion for adventure sports include hiking, climbing, skiing and spelunking. He developed his love of the outdoors at a young age and had he pleasure of hiking the Grand Canyon while studying at Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona.
Pete may say he grew up in Brooklyn but no one seems to believe him. Teen weekends splitting wood in Pennsylvania and trips with the Boy Scouts provided a solid base for his outdoor life. After college at the Virginia Military Institute, Pete packed up and hiked the Appalachian Trail. Military school gave him ample experience orienteering and mentoring groups. He has spent time hiking and rafting in Ecuador, surfing in Costa Rica and adventuring throughout Europe. Pete has guided three successful summit treks on Kilimanjaro, climbed Mt. Meru as well as a number of volcanoes in Mexico and a trek to Machu Picchu.
Marc spent much of his youth hiking and backpacking throughout the Adirondacks. Marc graduated from Colgate University with a degree in International Relations and an impressive record as a varsity crew team member. He has backpacked throughout the Northeast, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, California, Europe, and Africa. He’s guided on Mount Kilimanjaro and in the Spanish Pyrenees, and has successfully toured Mont Blanc. When Marc isn’t finding new routes to explore, he enjoys skiing, wakeboarding, competing in triathlons, and scuba diving. Most importantly, Marc loves sharing the outdoors with hikers of all levels.
Kevin grew up in Ohio and New Jersey in the scouts, spending his days in the woods and climbing things he wasn’t supposed to. Nowadays you can find him hiking and climbing in the Shawangunks and the Adirondacks. He also enjoys snowboarding, scuba diving and sailing in the tri-state area. He is always ready to share his experience as a high ropes instructor, and loves hitting the trail with fellow New Yorkers.
Native to the northeast, Marc was born and raised in Southern Connecticut. As he kid he loved getting lost in the woods on missions to clean up the litter left behind by others. Now he spends his time kayaking on the rivers and lakes in Connecticut, hiking, camping, and climbing whatever he can get his hands and feet on – still carrying his trash bag for litter and determined to complete his childhood mission. He has recently hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, camped on the gulf shore in Alabama, and backpacked through western Turkey. Marc loves meeting new people and discovering new places with others.
Nathan grew up hiking in the white mountains of New Hampshire and the love of the outdoors has taken him around the globe. Nathan has climbed, guided and taught remote medicine across globe including Alaska, Argentina, Mongolia, Iceland, Tanzania, the Rockies and many more. Nathan is also a Wilderness Paramedic and has over 10 years of remote, extended care and disaster medicine experience. He has spent time working in Haiti where he co-founded a clinic in the mountains of Belle Fontaine to provide emergency and long term medical services to victims of the 2010 earthquakes; Panama working with Floating Doctors to provide healthcare in rural island clinics; Tanzania and Mongolia providing medical care to indigenous populations. Nathan loves being outside and helping others have great wilderness adventures.
Born to the unique prairie ecosystem of western Minnesota (where the grasses grow seven feet tall and the trees grow miles apart), LeAnn embraced the simplicity and remoteness of primitive living. For diversity and adventure, she traveled to every U.S. state but Hawaii and 17 foreign countries, seeking out opportunities for mountaineering, expedition kayaking and Tae Kwon Do. On summer breaks from teaching middle school on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, she put over 1500 miles on her legs hiking the Badlands, High Sierras of California and the Appalachian Trail. Now in NYC working on her PhD. in Philosophy and Education, LeAnn lives to connect people to nature.
Myles moved around quite a bit growing up, from the beautiful Northeast, to the wide open Southwest, before finally arriving in Southeast as a teenager. His love of the outdoors developed there in the vast Blue Ridge Mountains, and grew exponetially while living and hiking in the Sierra Nevadas after college. Now living in New York, he spends most weekends exploring the region where he made his earliest memories, leading hikes and meeting adventurous New Yorkers.
Marie grew up exploring the wooded landscapes of southeastern Pennsylvania. She resolutely took to the mountains during her college years in New England spending her summers and weekends exploring the White Mountains and the Green Mountains. At Brown University, she had the opportunity to lead backpacking trips for the school’s outdoors program. Her pursuit of adventure has taken her from the Himalayas to the deserts of West Africa. Her most recent endeavors involved leading trips in the Cascades of Washington and the Rockies in Montana. She is happy to be back on the East coast, and is thrilled to share experiences of new and wild places with her fellow east coasters.
From childhood family camping trips throughout the East Coast to summers working and guiding in Alaska, spending time outside has always been one of Geno’s life passions. Sharing this love of the outdoors and the skills required to enjoy and preserve wilderness comfortably and safely provide him with great life balance as he resumes his studies here in New York City. Over the last decade Geno’s interests in mountaineering, sailing, and backpacking have taken him professionally and personally from Alaska to Argentina and many places in between. Geno looks forward to meeting new people and bringing this excitement to the wild just outside the city. He is particularly excited about the potential of bringing New York City students into the outdoors with the Discover Outdoors Foundation.
Sam hails from the North shore of Long Island where, believe it or not, it’s still possible to wander in the woods. Love for running, swimming and hiking were instilled early on by his parents who, being from Oklahoma, also enthusiastically encouraged exploring the wide open spaces of the South West. Sam loves to share stories from the road and hopes to keep adding to his adventures which include a tour of Central America, a sixth month 20,000 mile road trip from New York to Alaska and a recent summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Sam enjoys nothing more than to get out with fellow New Yorkers into some of the deep spaces that, luckily enough, are well within reach of our great city.
Born and raised in the rugged terrain of south central Alaska, Shannon’s love of outdoor adventure stems from a childhood spent skiing, hiking, sea kayaking, and trail running. Her passion for reconnecting her clients to nature is combined with a focus on alignment, functional movement and performance training. Shannon is an established fitness and outdoor sports trainer, instructor, and a dedicated stand up paddle board guide and instructor for the Manhattan Kayak Company. Inspired by the incredible growth of the sport world-wide, Shannon co-founded Suplogix LLC, a research group dedicated to studying the biomechanics of stand up paddle boarding. Shannon holds certifications from ACE, the Kane School for Pilates, and a BFA from Rutgers University.
Mike was born and raised in Michigan where he learned to enjoy the outdoors through family camping and fishing trips. He spent the majority of his summers in the woods and winters in the snow having Calvin and Hobbes inspired adventures. When software brought him to NYC, he started “commute hacking” by running to and from work to avoid the busy subway. To reconnect with the outdoors he began doing backpacking trips using only the tri-state commuter trains. He has traveled extensively and his hobbies include skiing, triathlon, and obstacle course racing. Mike believes that a lifestyle including outdoor activity is the path to happiness and gets a tremendous amount of enjoyment seeing New Yorkers have that realization as well. Constantly in search of the next adventure, Mike is pursuing an Appalachian Trail thru-hike from Georgia to Maine.
Chris grew up circling the globe as his father’s work moved his family to a new country every few years. He was riding elephants before he’d even seen a horse and his introduction to bicycles was through rickshaws in Bangladesh. Chris remembers being silenced by the tremendous natural beauty of the Himalayas and has found peace and calm in the outdoors ever since. He found his way to New York City after serving in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and is working as a musician in Brooklyn. He loves the energy of the city and as long as he keeps getting outside and meeting new people, he couldn’t be happier.
Zach grew up in Northern California sandwiched between the coast, the redwood forests and the city of San Francisco. As a kid, his parents helped to foster a life of unbridled curiosity, an interest in art and music, and an acute connection to open spaces. As he grew older, he turned a romantic eye to New York and the culture of creativity that thrived there. He attends the Tom Brown Jr Tracker school in New Jersey where he studies primitive survival skills. Zach has travelled through Chile, India, Canada, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom, Bolivia, and more. He plays the drums, rides bikes, studies martial arts, writes, paints, and loves burritos.
Fernando is from Mendoza, Argentina and recently moved to New York. He holds a three-year mountain guide degree and has guided mountaineering expeditions, trekking, and rock climbing in Argentina and Chile for ten years. Fernando has guided more than twenty expeditions to Aconcagua, which at 6,962 meters is the highest peak in the Americas, and has summited it numerous times. He has climbed mountains and rock faces throughout Patagonia and the Andes in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, and has also climbed in Venezuela, Brazil, Vietnam, and throughout the U.S. His summit credits include Half Dome, Rainier, Grand Teton, Pão de Açúcar and numerous 6000-plus meter ascensions, including several solo climbs and ski descents. He has also aided in multiple high altitude rescues. Fernando is SPRAT and IRATA certified, which has opened him up to the new world of industrial climbing.
Pete wholeheartedly believes in the power and sanctuary of the outdoors, and has had the opportunity to experience it in many forms. His earliest outdoor adventures involved canoeing and fishing the lakes of northern Minnesota, and have ranged as far as backpacking in Patagonia, trekking the Inca Trail, and raft guiding the American River near Lake Tahoe. In past lives, he has been a middle school Spanish teacher, baseball and basketball coach, and avid surfer. When not thinking up a new form of backcountry cuisine to whip together, Pete is searching for a great adventure to provide his dog and plotting his next excursion.
Larson is a Brooklyn-based commercial and fine art photographer, teacher, and adventurer. He is a photo instructor for children and adult classes, in studio and on location. Beginning in film photography, Larson has not stopped photographing since his first international trip at the age of 16. He has toured the U.S. with the Canon Photography in the Parks program, and internationally with National Geographic Student Expeditions. With Brooklyn as home base, Larson can be found photographing for commercial clients, teaching for local photography schools, or working on his own fine art and documentary series. For Discover Outdoors, Larson is the outdoor photography guide extraordinaire. Whether photographing wildlife or the starry night sky, you can join Larson on a range of photo adventures in and out of New York City. Larson is Wilderness First Responder certified, and a great campfire cook!
Garrett grew up in North Idaho and developed his love for the outdoors early on while hiking and camping in the mountains of the Northwest. He completed his B.S. in biology at the University of Florida and his M.A. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Missouri. Garrett is an environmental instructor at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side and has worked as the Government and Forest Policy Intern at the Wilderness Society in Washington D.C as well as a field ecologist in places like the North Slope of Alaska and Kruger National Park, South Africa. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, spelunking, and an occasional triathlon. He loves working in environmental advocacy and education and is excited to expose more people to the great outdoors.
Doug grew up on the ocean in Rhode Island but was always attracted by the mountains - hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. After college in Colorado and graduate school in the midwest (where there was neither a mountain nor an ocean), Doug went to work in the canyons of Wall Street. Following retirement in 2011, Doug refocused his interest on the outdoor life and has since hiked the Appalachian Trail. In addition to regular hikes in the NY/NJ area, he spends as much time as he can in his kayak in the marshes of coastal South Carolina with his wife and three adult children.
Lauren hails from the great state of Massachusetts. She started exploring her backyard woods from the time she could walk and grew up hiking and camping throughout New England and upstate NY. Her passion for the outdoors and her constant search for the next challenge has taken her on backpacking adventures both close to home in the ranges of the Presidentials and Adirondacks, and internationally in locations like Iceland and Dominica. When she’s not escaping the city to get into the woods, Lauren is instructing cycling classes, running, playing with her (adorable) dog, or googling phrases that start with “Best Hiking in…” After spending years in an office job, she has embraced her passion for an active lifestyle and loves to share her energy and excitement with other New Yorkers - helping them learn about the beauty in and beyond their backyard and to discover the great things they’re capable of accomplishing.
Instilled with a deep love of travel and outdoor adventure from a very young age, Judith knows the only way she can keep living in the New York area is if she makes it a point to regularly escape the urban jungle! Be it snowshoeing, kayaking, rock/ice climbing, biking, skiing, hiking, or sailing – Judith firmly believes that life is better lived when outdoors and active. To that end, she fully relinquished life on land several years ago and now lives year-round on the Hudson River on her beautiful old sailboat. When she’s not working on boat projects, she teaches self-defense seminars rooted in Krav Maga, tutors high school students, works as a brand ambassador, and attempts to teach herself how to draw (better stick figures) and play violin (less squeakily). Judith is currently pursing a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
Lydia is a proud Chicago native and passionate about getting into the wild. While at Columbia University, she was a backpacking leader for incoming freshman, and during her summers led wilderness and service trips out West for high school students. She spent a year in rural Thailand teaching at a University and traveling throughout Southeast Asia and now has accrued some serious mountaineering life goals. When she’s not traveling and competing for the US Fencing Team, you can find Lydia rock climbing, doing yoga, or cooking up a storm. Nothing is better for her than time spent in nature.
Growing up in northern Ohio, Pat’s first adventures consisted of playing soccer and keeping his parents on their toes. During college, he decided to pursue a career in outdoor recreation after working at a summer camp in West Virginia and leading trips for the Bowling Green State University outdoor program. Pursuing that career has taken him to Colorado, Wisconsin, New York (twice), and Kentucky. In 2013, Pat earned an M.S. in Recreation from SUNY Cortland. Pat likes pretty much every outdoor activity he has tried, but rock climbing tops the list. He loves to teach almost as much as he likes learning. When not sharing his love for the outdoors with others, Pat enjoys road trips with his wife and finding new places to eat in the city.
Emily grew up outside of Philadelphia, but really found her love of the outdoors in her years at school in Lake Placid, NY. It was there that she was able to try all sorts of outdoor adventures, and she has never looked back. Finding her way to NYC, via the fashion industry in 1999, seemed like another great adventure, and she spent 14 years working and traveling all over the world. Her new adventure is pursuing a career in Outdoor Education. Recent trips to Alaska (with NOLS), Iceland, and the Gila Wilderness are a few highlights on that adventure. She experiences a sense of limitless possibility when in the wilderness. Sharing that expansiveness with others is her goal as a guide. When not guiding she splits her time between Brooklyn and Catskill where she spends time with her partner, their animals and the great outdoors.
Josh hails from New Hampshire and grew up exploring the mountains, forests, and rivers of northern New England. After earning degrees in philosophy from Connecticut College and the University of Chicago, he spent several years working in education in the US, France, the Czech Republic, and India. Josh has climbed mountains and explored wild places all over the globe - from the Himalayas of Nepal to Romania’s Carpathian Mountains to America’s own Pacific Northwest. He loves immersing himself in new cultures and traditions and discovering the man ways that people have found to relate the natural world. He is currently working on his Ph.D and teaching philosophy at Boston University. He gets back to New Hampshire to hike as often as he can.
Alex has spend most of her life trekking the urban landscapes of Romania, Austria, Canada and the US. It wasn’t until she lived in Japan that she truly became a mountain fanatic and true nature lover..a hike up Mount Fuji after an 80 hour work week will do that. Since then Alex has spent her free time planning treks, hiking and camping in the White Mountains, Northern Cascades and Japanese Alps.
Megan recently moved back to New York after spending 3 years as a kayak, coasteer and surf instructor at an eco-lodge in Pembrokeshire, Wales. When not jumping off cliffs or swimming in the sea, she enjoys cycling, yoga, camping, rock climbing, weightlifting, snowboarding, horseback riding and generally being active outdoors. She has been lucky enough to have adventures all around the world, from the Arctic Circle to Croatia to Peru, but she still has so much more to see! Most importantly, she is a mother to two beautiful cats, Archimedes and Professor Alistair Duckworth.