Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
We are a small group of people intent on making it easier for you to create the adventures of a lifetime. We started this site because we have struggled to find and book outdoor guides for custom adventures and we have talked to too many guides who have had difficulty finding new clients.
How does this work?
It's pretty simple. If you want to book a guide for a custom trip, just fill out the form here. Once you submit a trip, we will send your request along to our list of certified guides who we know are qualified to guide for you. Once we get a response from those guides, we'll pass their information along to you and you will be free to reach out to them. This approach will save you time and effort in booking a guide for a custom trip. And yes, our site will be updated to include direct booking functionality shortly, but we wanted to start offering this service to you as soon as we possibly could.
Who are these guides?
All the activities listed on our website are regulated by internationally recognized organizations. These organizations work in tandem with local associations to certify guides in each of the countries featured on our website. When you submit a request through our website, we contact these guides on your behalf. At times, we may also contact operators who employ a list of guides.
What are these international associations you speak of?
Currently, we feel comfortable recommending guides with certifications from two different organizations: the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) and the Union of International Mountain Leaders Association (UIMLA). In general, IFMGA guides operate on more advanced terrain and guide more complex activities, while UIMLA guides are qualified to lead overnight trekking trips on a variety of less complex terrain. We encourage you to become familiar with the qualifications each guide must meet to be considered a certified guide of the specific activity and terrain you are seeking.
Wait, if I can contact guides on my own, why use you?
Well of course you can, but as we know from experience, doing so can take many hours. If you use our service, we will help you find the guides who are going to be most responsive.
This site seems a little simple, what’s up with that?
We had to start somewhere. Rather than make you wait any longer for our intended site, we thought why not start with this version, and why not now? Until we are fully up and running, this gives you a chance to reach out and let us know what you would like to see in a more complete platform, so please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We really do love hearing from you.
Do you charge for your service?
Not right now, but we would be very grateful for your startup support via PayPal. Feel free to send what you think we deserve via PayPal at email@example.com
Why don’t you offer “fill in the blank” activity through your site?
We would love to and hopefully we will one day soon. In the spirit of starting somewhere, we decided to start with activities that we know have excellent and well recognized governing bodies.