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Guide Profiles: Meet Marcus

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Guide, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician

For Marcus, being outdoors is a mind, body, and soul experience. Growing up in Harlem, his first taste of the outdoors was at summer camp. Now, 33 years later, Marcus is still in New York. He's busy preparing for the birth of his first child, running his own strategy consulting firm, and heading for the mountains on weekends.

What's your most memorable outdoor experience?

Well, actually, it was my interview hike with Discover Outdoors. We hiked Fourteen Peaks. I had never done an interview hike before so I had no idea what to expect. I brought a huge pack and probably enough gear to survive on Denali for a week.

Is there one trip you are most proud of?
Definitely hiking the Grand Canyon and mapping its rock strata in respect to elevation. It was my first time exploring the West Coast and we had permits to camp at a national monument! I was in college then. I remember going down was easy and going back up was extremely painful. But I was actually surprised at how in shape I was. I had never really pushed myself like that before. I would say it was a success.

What is your favorite thing about getting outside?

Breathing oxygen fresh off the trees. Especially coming from the city, I see it like a sort of oxygen therapy. I also like tricking my body into exercising.

Do you have a personal motto?
We actually have a family motto: "Kill the ant with the sledge hammer"

What is one piece of gear you couldn't live without?
My pack - it's a Dana Design pack. The company is out of business now, I think the pack is like 20 years old. It's a pretty basic bag, two main compartments and a "shove it" area. It's nice and big and has a great hip belt. The hip belt is key, I hold 99 percent of the weight on my hips and never have sore shoulders.

Do you have any tips for new hikers?
Get out more often and bring lots of water.

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