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Though he once dreamed of becoming an astronaut, Christopher Hagedorn instead found his passion on the Earth; he's worked as a geotechnical engineer, national forest hydrologist, wilderness leadership instructor and outdoor adventure guide. After roaming the country on more than 30 extended wilderness trips, he came to rest in the North Cascade Mountains where he leads adventure day trips and wilderness-skills classes. He and his team of experienced guides lead explorers of all ages on Family Adventure Backpacking trips to secluded and mostly unknown destinations, tackling rocky beaches, mountain hillsides, and coniferous forests.
On mountaineering trips, Get In The Wild shows groups how to traverse North Cascades National Park's rugged peaks, roaring waterfalls, and glaciers without having to arm-wrestle bears for passage. Canyoneering trips explore the Dirty Devil and Robber's Roost Wilderness, which got its name from the pack of outlaws traveling with Butch Cassidy and the Wildbunch Gang; more recently, Aron Ralston's ordeal and rescue, portrayed in the 2010 movie 127 Hours. During trips, groups will b navigating historic sandstone cliffs, rocky domes, and winding canyons; and give photographers the chance to focus their lenses on the wilderness of Southern Utah. Throughout their adventures, the guides keep their charges fueled with gourmet camp food, preparing vegetarian, vegan, and kosher options upon request.
They also lead classes in backpacking, glacier climbing, snow camping, canyoneering and wilderness leadership to help adventurers blaze their own trails.