Janet brings the experience of over twenty years in the travel industry. Most importantly, she brings her innate sense of curiosity, true love of sustainable adventure tourism, hospitality, and desire to connect with the local culture and nature. Janet is right at home designing and guiding adventure tours. As Chief Adventurer and Owner of Canyon Calling Adventures for Women, Janet loves leading tours and spending time with our valuable guests. Janet’s maturity, knowledge, and keen desire to ensure her guest’s safety and comfort will keep you in excellent care and laughing all the way.
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 years and her English is excellent. She is a passionate mountaineer and she climbed Denali in May 2009. Carla is a rafting, kayaking, and climbing guide and has also taught climbing, skiing and snow-boarding. She helped us tweak the schedule slightly to bring the local culture to the top and so that our customers enjoy the best experiences that her beautiful country offers. You’ll have fun with Carla –she’s a real “people” person.
Kym has spent most of her life hiking and skiing in the mountains of Canada. Her favorite place in the world is the Canadian Rockies and never gets tired of sharing this beautiful place with others. She currently owns and operates a bed and breakfast style inn with her husband in Smithers, BC. Her latest project includes getting her 5 grandkids into the wilderness and facilitating workshops in “creating what you want in your life”. Kym leads our Canadian Rockies and our NEW British Columbia trips with expertise and style!
Jesse lives in Boise, Idaho where she teaches violin/fiddle and mandolin to students of all ages, but luckily she takes time out to lead our trip in Idaho. She fell in love with the mountains and hot springs of the west at a very young age. A travel bug and a desire to explore the world took her all over the United States, Brazil and several trips through Europe. Jessie’s young daughter has already seen more of the mountains and hot springs of Idaho than some people who have lived in Boise their whole lives. Jessie’s passion for the mountains is contagious…you’ve been warned!
Uvi grew up in a small town in the countryside province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Uvi’s father worked on a dairy farm, while her mother was a school teacher. From her father Uvi inherited the love and respect for the land and nature, and from her mother she inherited the love of teaching. Uvi has her degree in Biology with an emphasis on Ecology and Sustainable Development, and a Masters degree in Sustainable Tourism Management. Uvi has been guiding for the past 20 years in different parts of Costa Rica and shares her love of bird watching, hiking in the rainforest, and appreciation and knowledge of nature with Canyon Calling’s guests on the Costa Rican Explorer trip.
Alison is relatively new to the adventure travel arena, however she is no slouch when it comes to travel. Alison loves adventuring with her family and friends, and sharing her active lifestyle with others. She works with The Fit Tourist, among other tour operators, and will be leading our Desert Mountain Escape trip in 2016, and possibly other trips too! Alison is a great trip ambassador, ensuring your safety and comfort, and her dry sense of humor will keep you in good cheer.
Hailing from the north of England originally, Jenny first arrived in New Zealand in 2007 and loved the outdoor lifestyle of the South island. The lure of the Southern Alps called to her and she has been calling Queenstown home for the last several years. Jenny lived in Ireland and completed an outdoor instructor training program and things really fell into place. Jenny is a trained kayak and rock climbing guide, an experienced hiking guide, plus also guides on New Zealand wine tours. If you can’t find Jenny, look for her in the mountains – hiking, climbing, mountaineering or skiing. She loves getting out on her bike too and enjoying all the adventures Queenstown has to offer. Jenny really goes the extra mile to make sure Canyon Calling guests have a terrific adventure vacation in New Zealand.
Anna Laura Fridriksdottir
Meet Anna Laura, our Canyon Calling Trip Leader in Iceland. Anna Laura has extensive knowledge of Iceland, the sagas, myths, geology, flora and fauna. Anna Laura speaks excellent English and is very enthusiastic as well as safety conscious. Her experience includes Tour Guide, Trekking Guide, Mountain Guide as well as a member of the Iceland Alpine Club, and guiding for the Icelandic Travel Association and The Icelandic Mountain Guides. Anna Laura is a safety first, friendly, knowledgeable, funny and delightful addition to the Canyon Calling team. You’re going to love spending time with Anna Laura, a local expert in Iceland!
Hana Maris, our local Southwest US expert leads our Arizona Spectacular and Best of the West trips, to name a few. Hana brings her love of nature and adventure to the trips as well as her background in teaching of philosophy and ethics. Hana is also an inspirational speaker, singer and songwriter! She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, taking safety very seriously and belongs to the Wilderness Guides Council. She has an infectious sense of humor, great leadership skills and brings an abundance of happiness wherever she goes!
Are you interested in becoming a Canyon Calling Trip Leader? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!