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Woodchuck Hard Cider (Pabst Brewing Co.), February, 2017

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The brand manager of the Vermont Cider Company (maker of Woodchuck Hard Cider and part of the Pabst Brewing Company) contacted us in the fall of 2016 to partner on an "Ultimate Outdoor Adventure" promotion. We worked with them to offer a backpacking trip at any of our destinations to the lucky winner.

Mountain Designs, 2016 - Current

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In 2016 we began a partnership with Mountain Designs, an outstanding outdoor gear and apparel manufacturer and retailer in Australia. We partnered with them to offer annual expeditions to Nepal and Patagonia for Mountain Designs members. We also order the bulk of our logo'd apparel for our staff and guests from them. Click here to read more about Mountain Designs.

Cabela's, December, 2016

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Cabela's contacted us in November 2016 to inquire about a holiday sweepstakes partnership. We like the idea, and so worked with Cabela's to offer a Bechler River backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park as a prize for their sweepstakes. The contest wrapped up in mid December, with a lucky person winning two free spots on one of our most popular backpacking trips.

National Geographic, 2016

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In 2016 National Geographic published a piece on the "10 Best Backpacking Trips in U.S. Parks" as part of a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. They used our offerings as a reference for this piece, and specifically mentioned our guided version of the Mount Sterling Loop trip in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can read the article by clicking here.

Men's Health, August, 2016

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In May of 2016 we were contacted by Men's Health Magazine for a story they were doing that featured guides in specific outdoor adventure activities ranging from kayaking to fly fishing to hiking and backpacking. They interviewed one of our veteran guides, Ron Bubb, for the story and included him as the featured guide in the hiking/backpacking section. There's no online version, so you'll have to visit one of our offices to see a framed copy.

Msn.com, Fall, 2015

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In early fall, 2015 msn.com published this online article in their Travel section. The article is about the 40 most romantic fall getaways - they list the Grand Canyon in Slide #33, but their editorial focus is primarily on Havasu Falls. They list us as the primary guide company for trips to Havasu Falls. You can read the article by clicking here.

New York Times, September 4, 2015

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The New York Times published an article dedicated to one of our most popular destinations, Grand Canyon's Havasupai Waterfalls, in early September, 2015. They investigated companies offering tours to Havasupai and chose us as one of three companies to list in the article. You can read the article by clicking here.

Washington Post, May 31, 2015

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Veronica Howard and her two daughters joined us on one of our Havasupai Spring Break Tours in April of 2015. In May of 2015 Veronica authored a description of their trip for the Washington Post. Her descriptions of the Havasupai Waterfalls are outstanding and it was clearly an extremely positive experience for them. You can read the article by clicking here.

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine, January 2015

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In November of 2014 we were contacted by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine, an off-shoot of the popular Lonely Planet travel guides. They were doing an article on the best winter getaways and wanted to mention our Yellowstone Winter Wonderland Ski Tour. We were very excited to have our tour mentioned and helped by furnishing a photo and tour details. They didn't publish an online version, however we have a framed copy up for display at our main headquarters in Flagstaff.

Jetset Magazine, October 2014

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In May of 2014 we were contacted by the editor of Jetset Magazine. He was interested in taking a team of photographers, writers and editors into Yellowstone on an adventurous, intensely scenic backpacking trip. Most of our Yellowstone trips being full, we suggested an Elkart Park to Green River Lakes trip in the Wind River Range, south of Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. Their team of journalists had the adventure of their lives and the article was a success. Jetset has taken down the online article, but we have copies of the print article at our Arizona and Montana offices.

Sunset Magazine, March 2014

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In December of 2013 we were contacted by Sunset Magazine for a piece they were planning for their March issue on America's national parks. They wanted to interview one of our Colorado guides for professional input on Rocky Mountain National Park. We helped them and were quoted in the article. They didn't produce an online version of the article, but we have a framed copy at our main office in Flagstaff.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, 2014 - Current

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In 2014 we were contacted by Wyndham Vacation Ownership, who wanted offer some of our multi-day hiking tours as benefits options to their premier members. We were excited to partner with them and have continued to offer trips to their members.

The Active Times, January 2014

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In January of 2014 The Active Times produced an article about winter activities in Yellowstone. Our Yellowstone Snowshoe Tour was featured and our company photographer, Russ Nordstrand, supplied them with photographs for the slideshow.

Click here to read the article.

Teen Life Magazine, Winter 2013

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In November, 2013 we were contacted by a freelance writer, Diane Daniel, doing a piece on family spring break ideas for Teenlife Magazine. She asked if they could include our Havasupai Spring Break Trip for Families in their story. We helped them with information and photos and the story appeared in their Winter 2013 edition.

Click here (and scroll to page 27) to read the article.

Men's Health, October 2012

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In October 2012 Men's Health produced an online piece called "The World's Greatest Winter Getaways." They chose a hiking excursion into Havasu Falls as the 8th of 17 featured activities. We assisted them with the Havasu portion of the project, shared photos, and our website is listed as a resource for guided trips.

Click here to read the article.

Official Best of Arizona on Discovery Channel, July 2011

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In 2011 our Mule-assisted Classic Grand Canyon hiking tour was featured on the show "The Official Grand Canyon and Sedona" as the Best Backcountry Adventure in Arizona! Our tour was chosen based on the quality of our guest reviews, the reputation of our company, and the wide range of abilities and experience levels this trip is available to.

Click here to see the video.

REI Adventures, 2010-2016

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From 2010 to 2016 we partnered with REI Adventures by running their Yellowstone National Park backpacking trips. We chose to discontinue the partnership at the end of 2016 due to changes in capacity limits instituted by the Park. We enjoyed working with REI Adventures and were proud to be one of their premier operating partners.

Backpacker Magazine, May 2010

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In February of 2010 Backpacker Magazine contacted us asking for insider information on the best wildlife hikes in Yellowstone. They were interested particularly in specific wildlife - wolves, bear, moose, big horn sheep - and which hikes would provide the highest probability of seeing them. Our Rocky Mountain Field Coordinator, Steven Cundy, was featured in the article as the resident expert. They didn't create an online version, so the only way to see the article is to visit one of our offices in either Missoula or Flagstaff, where we have framed copies up for display.

USA Today Travel, 2010

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In USA Today Travel Bernard McCoy, an associate professor of journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a writer for USA Today, wrote an article about hiking the Grand Canyon. In the article he describes our company and lists us as a prime resource for hiking the Canyon. We were honored to be listed.

Click here to read the article.

London's Travel Magazine, July 2008

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London's Sunday Times features a traveler-oriented publication called Travel. In 2008 we were contacted by Sally Howard, a freelance writer doing a piece for Travel, who wished to join one of our most exciting and strenuous treks in the Grand Canyon and write an article about it. In June of 2008 she joined our New Hance Loop Hike and published her article in Travel Magazine in the July edition. She raved about the experience and about Wildland Trekking, and we were of course thrilled to be featured!

Lancaster Online, October 2008

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Ron Callihan, a Wildland Trekking guest in the Grand Canyon in 2008, is a cancer survivor. At the time he was also a recent widower, his wife having also been afflicted with cancer. In this amazing article he describes how the goal of hiking the Grand Canyon helped him persevere in his battle with cancer. He celebrated his recovery with us in October of that year by hiking rim to rim.

Click here to read the article.

Turkey Country, May 2007

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In May 2007 Turkey Country published an article about Nancy Stevens, a Wildland Trekking guest who joined us on a Rim to Rim hike. It doesn't seem like too big of a deal considering hundreds of guests join us for that tour every year - except for the unique fact that Nancy is blind.

Click here to read the article.

The New York Times, July 2006

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In July 2006 Kate Siber, a writer for the New York Times who was writing an article on dehydrated backpacking meals, contacted us to see if we would support her with the article. She wanted experts in the hiking and backpacking industry to sample several backpacking meals and give feedback for the article. We were happy to help her with the article, which came out in the next Sunday's newspaper.

Click here to read the article.