Advice and Consulting Services

I grew up on the Central Oregon Coast and spent summers on the Metolius River as a child. Currently, I spend over 150 days a year traveling, camping and hiking in the Pacific Northwest. I have lived all over the western and central parts of the state, so I have locals-only knowledge over a wide range of areas in Central and Northwest Oregon. 

In addition, I am downright obsessed with the Southeastern part of the state, particularly Lake County. I have talked to locals for hours, and read countless books on the area. If you endeavor to spend any time around Hart Mountain, Summer Lake, or Christmas Lake Valley, you won’t want to miss out on acquiring a healthy dose of my expert advice. Desert travel comes with its own sets of challenges and rewards, so if you are uninitiated to the basin and range landscape, don’t miss your chance to optimize your experience. 

I also have extensive experience with Northern California, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, the Gifford Pinchot, the Dark Divide, Blue Mountains (Oregon), Oregon Coast Trail, and parts of Washington State east of the cascades. 

Just Ask! If we don’t know the answer, or you have questions about an area that we aren’t knowledgeable about, there’s no charge. 

Norther Knows Best! 

$10 each

Just-for-fun, for the low price of $10, you can tap into my encyclopedic wealth of knowledge about local destinations and I will recommend up to three hikes, camp sites, points of interest or travel ideas, based on your time and experience level.


Norther Knows Best is perfect for you if you have questions like…. 

“Where can I go backpacking with views, no crowds, and no permit system?”

“Where should I take my out-of-town and out of shape family when they come to visit next weekend?”

“Where should I take my date hiking near Portland? Short drive/not too hard/enough people around that she doesn’t get creeped out?”

“Where can I go camping with my kids in the Tillamook? Somewhere with water to play in but not enough to be a hazard?” 

Custom Beta Packages

$25 and up!

When you want detailed advice or trip planning help, choose a local expert who knows all the best spots. A beta package is more involved than a simple NNB request, and features involved descriptions, photos, GPS coordinates, and more. 

We get questions like…

“I want to know all the best swimming holes near Portland” 

“I want help planning a hot springs road trip in the desert”

“Help me plan a romantic camping trip to the coast for my anniversary”

“I want some ideas for a full summer of easy to moderate hikes within 90 minutes of Portland,”

“I’m new to town and overwhelmed by my choices! Help me understand different areas and their strengths and weaknesses so I don’t feel so lost!”


In-Depth or Professional Consulting 

$60 per hour

When you want more in-depth, professional advice, beyond the scope of #NortherKnowsBest, or a beta package, book a consult with me where we can discuss in-depth trip plans, camping, road trips, swimming holes, locations for movie and TV, photo shoots, weddings and more. We can pack a surprising amount of info into a one hour session, and afterwards I always follow up with any notes, driving directions or coordinates you might need to be successful in your journey.

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