Each experience is custom and fluid. We are not the type of guide that is going to know all about the history of said trail, town, or flora and fauna. If that is what you are looking for, we can recommend a list of them. This experience is about you, about who you would like to become, or where you would like to go; and it starts with that one first step……no matter how short or long it may be.
Our vision initially is for us to be your guide, not only on the trails but in life. There are many of us out there that get fearful, especially when traveling to a new area, to get out on the trails, outdoors, and experience nature. Not knowing the trail systems, what is safe, when to go, where to adventure, can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is where we come in, with personal attention and one on one guided adventures. Whether it is a walk around the block, or a 5-hour trail run in the mountains, we offer an experience for individuals or small groups. The mission is to keep it intimate and personal leveraging the mentoring/coaching aspect of our journey.
What I’ve found out in the last decade during my transformation is the more vulnerable I have gotten, and the more I’ve shared my insecurities and imperfections, the more I’ve grown. The more I’ve become callous to fear and failure. Additionally, as I’ve been able to share my story, it has given others courage, and permission to share theirs, opening up opportunities for peace and freedom. Now, we understand that sharing your fears on a trail with some stranger may not be your cup of tea and if silence on an adventure is what you want, just to get out, get away, but have someone there to guide you, we do that as well; and a lot in between.
“It shouldn’t be a surprise that I met Mike through trail running. We both signed up to volunteer at a very remote aid station during one of Aravaipa’s races, and we hit it off right away. The most striking thing about Mike is just how much he cares about people. During the first day of our friendship, I saw him act as therapist, doctor, nurse, counselor, nutritionist, coach, massage therapist, and a few more to the more beleaguered runners that came through our aid station, which was situated 29 miles into a 50-mile race. None of that was a part of the job description, but that’s just who he is. I don’t think he knows how to not care about people.
After that chance encounter, I’d found a training partner. And while we didn’t run all of our runs together, we’ve logged dozens and dozens of hours out on the trails together – random easy runs, I’ve paced him a couple times, he’s paced me – and in every case, spending time with Mike makes the experience more fun. For a guy who has run the races he has run, you’d think he’d have more of an ego, but it just isn’t there. He’s more interested in making sure everyone is doing okay than making sure everyone knows how many 100-mile races he’s finished.
Mike is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever known. I’m proud to call him my friend and will never be able to thank him for all the aid and guidance he’s given me over the last few years. He also is responsible for giving me the best meal I’ve had in my entire life – that peanut butter Cliff Bar 35 miles into a race tasted so good, I still have dreams of it.”
- Jeff B.
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