Canyon Calling is the labor of love for founder and Trip Leader, Cheryl Fleet. While guiding jeep tours on Sedona's red rocks she recognized the serene space that evolved when women were her only passengers. An admirer of the native people and the stunning beauty of Arizona, Cheryl decided to launch an adventure company in 1996, leading women on trips in Arizona. Canyon Calling now offers trips to eighteen worldwide destinations.
Cheryl is right at home planning and guiding adventure trips. She grew up hiking and camping in the mountains of New Zealand with the Girl Guides and boating with the Sea Rangers. She graduated from Outward Bound in New Zealand and considers this her best training for her role as Trip Leader. "Outward Bound pushes you to physical and psychological extremes in the outdoors and teaches you how to effectively interact under duress to ensure the success of the group. Leading adventure tour groups is a walk in the park in comparison! she says.
Cheryl played for the New Zealand Womens Basketball Team for six years including in two Olympic qualifying tournaments. After backpacking for a year through 12 countries in 1983, she earned a degree in Business Administration at George Mason University, VA. Professionally, Cheryl was a Uniformed Officer then a Detective in the New Zealand Police for seven years, a sales rep in Maryland and a tour guide in Sedona, AZ, her current home. Along the way she has coached girls high school basketball teams and renovated three homes.What Clients Say...
Carla is Swiss and we met her when she was guiding a kayak trip on a river in New Zealand. We were so impressed with her inter-personal skills that we invited her to guide our Swiss Alps trip. Carla has been guiding around the world for the past eight years and her English is excellent. She is passionate about climbing and she and her boyfriend conquered Denali in May 2009. Carla is predominantly a rafting and kayaking guide and has also taught climbing, skiing and snow-boarding. She enjoyed visiting parts of Switzerland she hadn't previously been to while learning our Swiss trip and she helped us tweak the schedule slightly so that our customers enjoy the best experiences that her beautiful country offers. You'll have fun with Carla - a real "people" person.
Marisol Velasco Espinoza
Marisol (you can call me Mari!) will lead us in Peru on the Inca Trail and in Cusco. She is a Spanish speaker and is fluent in English and French. At 5' and only 90 pounds, Mari has hiked the Inca Trail over 360 times! We've nicknamed her "Mighty-Mouse!" At 25, she has wisdom and empathy way beyond her years. Mari LOVES Machupicchu and her pride in her Inca ancestors shines through as she leads us through ruins and museums throughout Peru. A University graduate with a degree in tourism, Mari is a shining example of Peru's commitment to growing a vibrant and responsive tourism industry.