We know that planning an outdoor adventure can be time-consuming and challenging. Adventure East makes it easy to have fun, outdoor experiences where you can focus on enjoying the natural beauty of Western Massachusetts without the hassle of planning and figuring out logistics.
We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to safely and easily enjoy the outdoors regardless of skill level or the ability to access the gear and material necessary for an outdoor experience.
We aim to provide the resources that will help anyone and everyone be able to experience the outdoors in Western Massachusetts.
My life has been an adventure, starting from my first home on a lake next to a small ski hill, 600 vert! We moved to Colorado when I was 8 and did my first “start-up” was when I was 12 raising horses. We moved to Vermont when I was 15 where I learned to mountain bike before there were shocks on bikes! I did experiment with a real career in health finance. After completely burning out, my wife and I went on an adventure backpacking through South America for seven months. Settling in Santiago, Chile, I built a travel company opening up some of South America’s first cat skiing, wine lodges and pop up glamping. It’s nice to be settled now in a peaceful and beautiful valley where so many adventures are less than an hour away. I love campfires and cooking over a fire.
Social Media Manager, Client Service Coordinator
I am a Brooklyn-born, Western Massachusetts raised, extroverted introvert with a passion for writing. I'm the ‘meander through the woods, picnic next to chipmunks’ kind of outdoorsy but am game for a good hike. Just tell me first because I am never wearing the right shoes for a spontaneous adventure. I have 20+ years of experience in the service industry with 15 years spent managing a well-loved and much missed café in Northampton, MA. Though I genuinely enjoy working in a food service environment, I joined the Adventure East Team with an eagerness to combine my loves for connecting with community and bringing joy to as many people as I can, and then – of course – writing about it. When I’m not busy scribbling away in one of my many notebooks I am likely to be found making extensive (and awesome) playlists, obsessively reading product reviews, and seeking out dogs to pet.
Director of Hiking, Biking, and Wellness Programs
I have always been happiest when playing outside! As a kid I enjoyed ice skating on ponds, climbing trees, building forts, and swimming. My love of nature and the outdoors led me to an education and career in environmental consulting where I contributed greatly to the restoration of many sites throughout the world. I moved out west for graduate school and fell in love with a lifestyle of mountain biking, road cycling, surfing, skiing, hiking, and climbing. Now I’m back in New England, playing outside where I grew up!
My greatest joys are creating and leading road cycling experiences for people of all skill levels. Whether that’s helping someone get comfortable riding out on the road or on the trails, running fix-a-flat clinics, or leading an all-day biking event with swimming, local cuisine, and natural history, I want to give you the gift of feeling confident and happy out in nature. Oh, and I’ve been told I make a mean trail mimosa!
Paddling Program and OPS Development
I was born 2,000 feet from the Cooper River in New Jersey. Back then, it was so polluted they didn't need signs warning folks to keep out. It is no wonder the canoe in our garage was only used for special trips farther from home. The driver's license was my ticket to paddling. Suddenly my friends and I could go to the Shore and paddle back bays, navigate islands with nesting herons, and explore tangled creeks of the Pine Barrens. Years later my daughter was born in a hospital overlooking Kachemak Bay and there was no question that she would enjoy a ride across the bay at just 5-days old! Now, in addition to supporting Adventure East activities, you might spot me paddling the whitewater of the Deerfield, Millers, and Connecticut Rivers.
PS: The Cooper River has been clean enough that in 2006 they built an amazing boathouse and host national championship rowing regattas - we support the Clean Water Act
I always turn to the woods and waters when looking for inspiration, restoration, or invigoration. I was born and raised in Amherst MA, and my formative years were spent in the woods and beaches of New England. I have spent a considerable amount of time in the Pacific Northwest where the proximity of the ocean to the mountains made me feel like a kid in a candy shop. I spent years climbing the glaciated volcanoes of the Cascades, clinging to the crags in northern Washington, paddling the crystal and frigid rivers, sailing in the Puget Sound, and skiing in British Columbia. As much as I loved the Pacific Northwest, New England is home. Since returning home I have worked at numerous summer camps in the Northeast, have been an instructor in coastal kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, backcountry travel, and basic survival techniques. I find deep satisfaction in introducing someone to a new way to enjoy the amazing bounty of outdoor beauty that we have on offer in this part of the country.
Caving and Paddling Guide
For nearly a quarter century I have had the great joy of paddling solo and with many great people in amazing places like Georgian Bay, Thimble Islands of CT, the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, the coast of Maine, the San Juan Islands of Washington, Vancouver Island, and many beautiful canyons in Lake Powell. Whether I'm paddling locally or far away, I love the feel of the paddle and kayak as it moves through the water. In my concern that many of us have a one-sided relationship with the planet - where many of us get a lot more from nature than a lot of us give back - I love taking people into beautiful places to help deepen their connection with the world around them. As a friend who I took paddling once said, "I can see why you like kayaking so much, cause I've never seen you smile more."
Hiking and Paddling Guide
As a kid, growing up, our family used to refer to our camping trips and cross country excursions as "Adams' Adventures." As a videographer and photographer, I've been continuing this great adventure in a wide variety of ways over the years, combining business with pleasure, including: one of my first jobs as a production assistant at the National Parks Service Audio/Visual Design Center in Harpers Ferry West Virginia, a job as the weather report videographer at Mt. Snow, Vermont, documenting a zip line training course at Berkshire East, as well as directing many other outdoor educational and promotional video productions. I enjoy experiencing all of the seasons through kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing and I love to share the outdoor world with as many people as possible and find it very rewarding to see the happy smiles of those experiencing the joys of the natural world!
I am a naturalist who loves connecting people with nature. Whether it's out hiking, looking for tracks, exploring vernal pools, kayaking down a river or into bog, fun is always right around the corner. As a wildlife photographer/videographer, I also produce educational videos with fellow nature nerds to help people better understand the natural world. www.naturenerdsrule.com
My earliest childhood memories are escaping into the woods behind our house and getting lost in adventures. That is still one of my favorite things to do, and I wish that everyone should (repeatedly) have that kind of experience. I went to a Maine "back-woods" summer camp with no electricity and no electronic "transistors" allowed. I learned to cook and bake on a campfire. Food shared on the trail is a highlight for me.
I have been a cook in a pizza shop and a grease wrench in bike shops. I love mountain and road bike rides, hiking and snowshoeing on (and off) trails, and whitewater canoeing. Making things is what I love to do the most. When I grow up, I want to build a canoe. My children call me "the fix-it-up chappie." It is always time to make the world a better place and revitalize our ecosystems.
I was born and raised in Northampton, MA and relocated back to Northampton with my husband and two daughters in 2011. I have almost twenty years of experience in the corporate group travel industry with responsibility for all aspects of design, planning and onsite execution for mid to large scale incentives and meetings - both domestic and international. I'm involved in the community as a volunteer and board member for Manna Community Kitchen and as a coach for Girls on the Run. I joined the Adventure East advisory board because of my love for Western Massachusetts, the outdoors and physical activity. I'm known for my passion and commitment to helping others. I'm also a horrible cook who loves mochas (two unrelated things but both are true).
Calling All Guides!
We are looking to grow our team of guides, instructors, and educators. If you have experience in road/gravel biking, touring kayak paddling, or are knowledgeable about trails and conservation areas in Western Mass, then we'd love to talk to you!
If you are interested, we invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with information about your areas of experience and interest. A recording of one of our guide information sessions is also available upon request.