Since 1982, Discover Outdoors has been the premiere provider of outdoor adventure for city dwellers, from beginner to mountaineer. Our mission is to bring balance to the urban lifestyle and give you a dynamic encounter with nature, designed to challenge, invigorate, and inspire. Leading thousands of explorers each year, we give you unmatched opportunities to develop new skills, test your limits, and attain a higher level of health and awareness.
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.
Our satisfied guests tell us that our guides define the Discover Outdoors experience. Boundlessly passionate and caring, our outstanding team of men and women strive to exceed expectations and transform great days into unforgettable adventures. Our highly-qualified leaders hold only the highest certifications, setting the standard as industry leaders. In addition to backgrounds filled with travel, outdoor education, and sports expertise, our guides hold the following credentials: New York State Licensed Trail Guide, Wilderness First Responders or Wilderness EMT’s.
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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 communications, relationships and narrative, and she eagerly brings that experience to DO, rallying urbanites to discover that adventure is closer than you think. For media 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 routinely beating the cog railway up Mount Washington. His first official guiding experience began at Bowdoin College, in Maine, where he led wilderness trips for the outing club. Formerly on Wall Street, he left his job to cycle across country. Lucas recently completed a pre-med program while guiding and working as an EMT. He firmly believes that the best cure for the malaise of city living is a good romp in the woods.
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.
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.
Born into the wilderness, Alaska native and Minnesota grown, Ali, finds the quality of being connected to the earth a decision of whether or not we want to engage our minds, bodies and nature to the fullest. After a yak trek in the remote Alaska bush, rebuilding trails in the El Yunque rainforest, living on the Ruth Glacier, and spending hours flying through Denali National park she continues to hike, climb and explore every chance she gets. Adventure is in her family’s DNA where she has learned her natural wisdom first and foremost. With a background in the arts, she finds the same organic energy breathing in her work as she does when leading a trip. To Ali, guiding is to share in an experience, one that has been lived, and her respect for people and the outdoors will always chief the trip itself.
Ben grew up hiking, camping, swimming, and canoeing along the east coast before ending up in New York where for years, most of his ascents involved climbing flight after flight of stairs. International travel helped him reconnect with the outdoors though, and he has since explored Europe, Asia, and Central America by foot, bike, and boat. The author of Best Hikes Near New York City, he now contributes to publications such as DRAFT, the Village Voice, Wend, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Rails to Trails, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Ben is always ready to share his deep appreciation for nature and conservation.
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.
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 residence off the pavement and into the mountains as a guide with Discover Outdoors.
Growing up in the remote suburbs of New York City, Nancy has always had an appreciation for the city’s proximity to beautiful, remote, natural escapes. After college her vacation trips quickly took on an adventurous overtone seeking beautiful, remote places which presented physical challenges and yielded outstanding scenery among its rewards. Her international summit and adventure list spans five continents and will someday reach all seven. Nancy’s love for adventure has taken her to the summit of Mt Elbrus and up Kilimanjaro twice. Here on the home front, she is excited to introduce New Yorkers to the natural beauty of her home state.
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.
Beth’s passion for travel and adventure has taken her most recently to Glacier, Big Bend, and the U.S. Virgin Islands National Parks, as well as Iceland, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Closer to home, Beth enjoys hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing throughout the Catskills, Shawangunk, and Adirondack regions, as well as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the Hudson River. A former outdoor education instructor in her native Ohio, Beth is currently a certified yoga teacher and the Managing Director of the Discover Outdoors Foundation, which provides outdoor experiences to underserved teens in New York City.
Originally from Michigan, Neale began his outdoor excursions with the scouts, learning to appreciate the woodsy charms of the Midwest. Quickly expanding his outdoor horizons, he has since guided climbing, whitewater, and backpacking trips in locales ranging from West Virginia to British Columbia to southern California. His personal expeditions include mountaineering in Wyoming, backpacking in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, and completing first descents of remote slots in the Grand Canyon. Neale loves introducing people to outdoor activities and seeing them bring those experiences back to their daily lives. When not planning his next trip, Neale can be found preparing the Philadelphia for public health disasters or playing his violin.
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.
Growing up in the South Jersey Pine Barrens inculcated Dan with a love of the outdoors that has followed him as he’s traversed the globe through the Americas and Europe . An avid backpacker and hiker, Dan also enjoys paddling, cycling, and has recently taken up skiing. He has led trips from New York State to Costa Rica. He returned to the Delwarare Valley in the Fall of 2012 after spending several years reveling in the alpine joys of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Dan loves to explore and experience remote and ignored places in both the front- and backcountry, and is an ardent Philly sports fan.
Although Ben is a native of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he considers himself a local to the backcountry slopes of the Colorado Rockies. After spending multiple ski seasons out west, and growing up with long summer days full of hiking, camping, and boating throughout the mountain ranges of the Northeast, Ben never stops dreaming of epic powder turns and calm mornings on glassy lakes. Deep down, Ben believes more than anything in the power our natural environment has to instill the values of self-awareness and self-reliance. He believes escaping to a wilderness setting is not only an important educational experience, but essential to finding purpose and balance in ones daily life.
Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where he learned at a very young age that he grew a strong connection with the outdoors and wildlife. This passion for the outdoors has lead him to become an professional guide in hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking over the years. He is thrilled to pass along his knowledge to all walks of life interested in getting outside and connecting with nature. Andrew loves to learn the best recipes for the back counry as well as learning new trails to share with others. He sees that the knowledge you can gain from nature are endless; embracing them as much as possible. Whether he’s hitting a local trail or out on another adventurous trip, you’ll always see a smile on his face!
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.
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.
Arielle grew up traveling and developed a passion for exploring new cultures at an early age. Although she spends the work week at an art gallery, she spends all of her free time planning her next adventure seeking out new mountains, beaches, and jungles. Growing up on the grounds of her family’s day camp, she developed a boundless sense of adventure and a love for the outdoors. She filled her days with swimming, horseback riding, and exploring the woods. These days Arielle practices yoga daily, hikes, and snowboards. She lives for adventure and feels there is nothing more thrilling than exploring the beauty of our natural world.
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.
Adam grew up locally on Long Island and New Jersey, but now hails from Brooklyn. He has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, re-hiked the John Muir Trail portion (and proposed to his wife on the summit of Mount Whitney!), guided in Shenandoah National Park, backpacked in the Olympics, wintered in the White Mountains, skied in the Adirondacks and has explored much of the Catskills and all the rest of the great wilderness areas within a day’s drive of his home city of Brooklyn. When Adam isn’t exploring the great outdoors, he spends his time as an accomplished filmmaker.
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!
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.