Thursday, April 19, 2012
KIRK REYNOLDSOwner, Guide, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Leave No Trace Trainer, AMGA CWI
Growing up in small town Missouri, Kirk was first introduced to the outdoors fishing and hunting with his family. After moving to New York, he was surprised to find he could continue spending his weekends in the outdoors. He's always excited to share this discovery with others. What's your most memorable outdoor experience?
Spending two weeks in the Namib Desert in Namibia. Simply existing for two weeks in the desert, living among the elephants and rhinos, was both terrifying and incredibly satisfying. There was an amazing feeling of intimacy with both the locals and the animals.
One moment in particular epitomizes the coexistence with the desert creatures. One evening, as we were sharing dinner and stories around the campfire, an elephant quietly walked by us, just a few feet from where we were sitting. We didn't hear him coming, but the low grumble of his breathing caused us to turn around and admire the massive beast. After the initial tingling of adrenaline subsided, it felt natural to have a six-ton animal sharing our dining space. What is your favorite thing about getting outside?
I love challenging myself. The outdoors provides me with a place to push my comfort zone because the unknowns are limitless. What's your next big trip?
Well, it's not official but Nepal is on the horizon. Do you have a piece of advice for those interested in the outdoors?
I think it's important to remember that adventure doesn't have to happen only on the trail. It starts with a state of mind, with believing in yourself. When you're living boldly and confidently Monday through Friday, saying yes to trying rock climbing for the first time is a natural extension of your adventurous spirit. When Kirk's not coming up with new and innovative ways to get New Yorkers into the great outdoors, he enjoys spending time riding his bike, playing basketball, and gardening on his roof.