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MK McDonald

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MK is an Art Educator, Yogi, Colorado Native, Snowboard Instructor in the winter and Raft Guide in the summer. On her free days she is often travelling, trekking, camping, backpacking, taking a walk with hippopotamus (a special brown dog) hot springing, and all the outdoor things.  In the summer months you’ll find her in a foreign country or living in her 1970 red VW van down by the river! Follow MK’s adventures on Instagram


Josh Ryan

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Josh is 35, resides in Vermont, The Green Mountain State, and home of The Long Trail. He likes to spend as much time outdoors as he can, be it snowmobiling, working onbecoming an Adirondack 46er(12 of 46) or just walking a back road. He has a Redbone Coonhound, named Cooper and is a Visual Merchandising Specialist at Hubbardton Forge, in Castleton, VT. Follow Josh’s adventures on Instagram



Mike Grice


Mike is an outdoors enthusiast from northern New Jersey.  You can find him climbing and hiking in the warmer months, searching for fresh powder after a killer storm, or on ski patrol in upstate New York living out his passion.   Passionate about snowboarding for almost two decades and currently pursuing a nursing career, Mike has developed a deep love for helping others out in the mountains.  He also enjoys climbing, hiking, camping, kayaking, biking and well, the list goes on.  He likes beer too.  Follow Mike on his adventures on Instagram!


Ryan Benzunnamed

Ryan spent over 10 years building a career in pharmaceutical marketing on the communications agency side, working to build campaigns that effectively communicate the benefits of medications to physicians. In the Spring of 2017 he decided to leave the career behind, because he ultimately felt he was working for an industry that was in direct conflict with his personal core values. He took his passion for the outdoors and founded Adventure Heroes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with mental or physical challenges to discover a happier, healthier self through the healing powers of nature. From May 2, 2017 to September 5, 2017, he thru-hiked the 2,189.8 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, using the journey to raise awareness for a rare and progressive lung disease called cystic fibrosis. He has a strong desire to educate, motivate, and inspire. Since completing his thru-hike, he’s been sharing his story about the importance of finding your passion and pursuing it, presenting at elementary schools, as well as college classes. He is currently working on his Health and Life Coach Certification. Check out Ryan’s nonprofit organization and follow him on Instagram & Facebook

Emily Penningtonunnamed

Emily Pennington is an adventurer, solo traveler, mountaineer, quote collector, and all around lover of things that get people out of their comfort zones. Put on her first international flight at 3 weeks old, she’s been adventuring in one way or another ever since. From wandering the forests of Sweden alone at the age of nine, to solo trekking in the Himalayas of India, to joining the circus as a professional aerialist, Emily is a big fan of the “just get out there and do it” mentality. She considers it her mission in life to inspire others to go outside, travel, and get curious about everything. As John Muir aptly put it, “going out is really going in.”
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Jared Heathjaredheath

Jared is a photographer and climber from the New England area.  He is well practiced in an art of ascents that can most aptly be described as “blissfully lost scrambleneering.”  When not climbing, or working odd jobs to fund trips, in his home state of New Hampshire he can be found living the life of luxury out of the back of a 2005 Kia Sedona minivan; shooting photos and climbing across the country. Follow Jared’s adventures on instagram.


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Jolena lives in Rich Valley, Alberta- an extra small place you’ve never heard of. She is a teacher who loves to spend weekends and summers outdoors in places without cell service. She loves backpacking with her husband, friends, beef jerky and a St.Bernard named Norma. Follow Jolena’s adventures on instagram.



Bill Hynesbill hynes

Bill Hynes is a Long Island native who fell in love with the rugged Adirondack mountains during his time attending SUNY Plattsburgh. Shortly after graduating he returned to the mountains and found work as a handyman at High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid and Falling Leaf Properties in Saranac Lake. When he is not working Bill is frequently and ferociously exploring the park via mountain bike, canoe, ski or simply hiking. Check out what Bill is up to on instagram.






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