Private Guiding, Advice Services, 1:1 Coaching and Consults, Professional Inquiries.
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! Advice Request:
$15 Basic/ $25 Extra Fancy
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.
Basic Level gets you a quick, cut and dry email with GPS coordinates and a brief description. Just the bare facts!
Extra Fancy is more like a blog post written just for you, with more involved descriptions, photos, and tons of extra info.
PLEASE NOTE: We only accept a limited number of requests per week, and we also travel extensively out of cell service, so ask your questions early for best results! We suggest a minimum of 72 hours to process your request, but feel free to reach out about last minute requests, too! We are happy to accommodate you if possible.
Norther Knows Best Advice Request 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?”
“Where can I take my dog hiking off leash?”
Custom Mini Guides
$25 and up!
When you want detailed advice or trip planning help, choose a local expert who knows all the best spots. A custom mini guide is more involved than a simple advice request, and features a greater number of options, 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!”
Coaching & Consults
1:1 Coaching and Consults
$40/30 min or $75/hour
1:1 calls are perfect for folks looking for more detailed, personalized information, and is the best value for anyone who has multiple questions.
We are available help you work through mindset blocks, like fears around solo hiking and travel.
We can also work together 1:1 via zoom to teach you skills like map reading, foraging, navigation and more.
We can pack a surprising amount of info into a one half hour session, and afterwards I always follow up with any notes, driving directions or coordinates you might need to be successful in your journey.
Ready to hear how we can work together to overcome mindset blocks that might be holding you back from living out your wildest dreams? Click the link below to book a FREE 15 minute consult.
When you want more in-depth, professional advice, book a consult with me where we can discuss locations for movie and TV, photo shoots, weddings and more.
PRIVATE GUIDED TRIPS
If you can dream it, we can craft it for you on one of our two spectacular locations.
Want to backpack deep into a canyon to sleep under some of the last old growth trees in the forest? Do you long to take a private tour of the best swimming holes in the Tillamook? Are you ready to dive deep into the impassable-seeming canyons above the Deschutes River, searching for passage in places only seen by bands of deer and elk? Want to spend a day visiting every known waterfall in the Kilchis River canyon? Or maybe you dream of knowing the steep, ancient legacy roads of the Trask, it’s towering waterfalls and basalt formations.
Along the way, we’ll practice skills specific to the forests and steppe of the PNW, find some forest snacks, maybe see some animals, and you’ll come away with dozens of ideas for trips to the future area.
Every private event is fully customizable, and after the days hike is over, we will send you a digital handout that covers everything you need to know to return again and again, building a relationship with the places we share together. You’ll also know how to apply our methods to your own favorite forest homes, so you can continue finding cool secret spots and developing intimacy with place wherever you go.
Four, six or eight hours of guided hiking and instruction, plus an intake interview to assess your fitness level, discuss your goals and make arrangements.
Prices below assume ONE guest. We accept groups up to 5 total, but please note that some locations require us to transport you and our limit on those trips is three. You may add another guest for $100, subsequent guests $75.
4 hours: $400 weekend, $200 weekday
6 hours: $450 weekend, $250 weekday
8 hours: $500 weekend, $300 weekday
Overnight Trip Rate: $550 weekend, $350 weekday. Inquire about multi-day discounts.