Company History and Vision
The Wildland Trekking Company was founded in 2005 by Brad Ball, Steve Cundy, and Scott Cundy, all long-time guides and outdoor enthusiasts. Steve and Brad worked together as state foresters in Northern New Mexico in the late 90's, and it was while driving around inspecting timber sales in the San Juan Mountains that the dream of starting a guide company was hatched. Several years later, in 2005, the company was officially formed in a partnership that also included Scott, Steve's brother.
The dream was to start a business doing what we loved, to provide a workplace where guides could do what they loved, and to introduce as many people as possible to the wonder, adventure and joy of hiking and backpacking in the world's national parks and wild lands. We ran our first official Wildland Trekking backpacking trip in 2006.
In 2015 we partnered with veteran international guide and outdoor instructor, Seth Quigg, to form a partner company called Wildland International, the global arm of our operation that runs trips in Peru, Ecuador, Patagonia, Iceland, Nepal, the Alps, and Kilimanjaro.
Wildland Trekking Today
Today we accommodate more than 10,000 guests annually. We operate hiking and backpacking tours in over 20 parks and wilderness areas in 9 different U.S. states, and in 9 countries. We run a variety of "trip styles" including tent-based and inn-based hiking tours, backpacking trips, portered trips, llama-supported treks, and ski and snowshoe tours. We employ more than 180 staff and have 8 operational bases in Arizona (Flagstaff and Sedona), Utah, Montana, California, Colorado, Washington and North Carolina. And we donate than tens of thousands of dollars annually to conservation and non-profit efforts worldwide.
Vision for the Future
Our goals are to continue to reach more and more people through our hikes, and to introduce them to what for us is an essential part of a life well-lived: connection with the natural world. Our specific vision is to enrich 15,000 people's lives annually through exceptional hiking experiences in U.S. and global national parks and wilderness areas. Additionally, our intention is to increase our contributions to conserving wild places.