I have always had a strong sense of adventure, a passion for exploration and believed that life should be lived without ever asking yourself “what if?” As a cadet in the University of Arizona’s Army ROTC program I joined the Battalion’s Ranger training program and soon found myself spending most weekends in the desert learning small unit tactics, land navigation, and desert survival under the tutelage of soldiers from the Green Berets, Delta Force, and Rangers. I marveled at the beautiful places we traveled to in order to train to fight and eventually had the epiphany that, “Hey, I can come here without the M-16.” My passion for the outdoors was born in the deserts and mountains of Southern Arizona and only grew from there.
I eventually transferred to the Naval ROTC and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S Navy. As a Naval Officer I had the opportunity to fly jets, hunt submarines on a guided missile frigate and serve as a boarding officer charged with leading a 12 man team tasked with taking over ships in the Persian Gulf and inspecting them for contraband during the United Nations Embargo against Iraq. Returning to New York City in January 2001 I began a new life as a law student. January 2003 marked my return to active duty when I deployed overseas with a reserve gunboat/coastal warfare unit as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I returned to law school after my latest tour of duty and completed my studies. Admitted in NY and NJ, I very quickly realized that a desk job was not for me.
I started Gear To Go Outfitters in the living room of my Brooklyn apartment in January, 2009. Gear To Go was the first full service outfitter in NYC, offering Sales, Rentals, and Guided Trips around the world. I soon moved on to street vending and eventually a brick & mortar location. Gear To Go Outfitters was recognized as an industry leader and innovator but after 10 years of running what were essentially three businesses I decided to focus on what I loved most, guiding! I sold Gear To Go in 2018 and launched International Adventure Guides on January 1st, 2019.
I have been hiking since 1991 and have thousands of miles under my boots from the deserts of the Southwest, the volcanic landscapes of Iceland, the arctic tundra of Greenland, to the legendary Appalachian Trail. As one of the few military trained guides in the industry, I have had unparalleled survival training and can navigate on land, sea or even in the air. I am not only certified as a Wilderness EMT, I also teach both the Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid courses. The guides I hire share my passion for, and knowledge of the outdoors. It is my sincere desire to provide you with a unique adventure that will leave you with new friends and a lifetime of stories.
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