-CPR,Water Safety and Wilderness First Aid Certified
-Weather Forecaster (Founder of Hudson Valley Weather)
-#1833 To Have Climbed All of the Catskill High Peaks
-#690 To Have Climbed all of the Catskill High Peaks in the Winter
-CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certified
-Water Safety Instructor
-Leave no Trace Master Educator
-Land Navigation & Orienteering Instructor
-Board Member of Catskill Mountain Club
-President of the New York State Outdoor Guide Association (NYSOGA)
-Producer & Host of the Great Outdoors on WIOX
-Founder of the Catskill Adventure Tourism Summit
A Boiceville native, Andrew Surak was born, and raised in the foothills of the
Catskill Mountains. From a young age, he enjoyed fishing and exploring the great outdoors. Andrew is an avid trout fisherman having spent his lifetime fishing the fabled creeks of the Catskills. Andrew has also hiked the trails within the region, and has a passion for finding the next hidden location off the beaten path. Besides spending his time in the Catskills, Andrew has traveled to throughout the US, and spent time exploring the natural wonders he discovered along the way. Andrew hopes to help you connect with a simpler way of spending your time, by reconnecting you to the natural world.
Jennifer Skipper, often called "Skip", or "Skipper", grew up along the Hudson River south of Albany, in Coeymans Hollow. From a young age she could be found exploring nature, and the wilderness she found surrounding her house. She developed a love for exploration, and adventure. Whether she is tramping through the forest, or building shelters, Jennifer finds great joy in her time in the wild. She has explored, and familiarized herself with the Northern Catskills, and Southern Adirondacks, and looks forward to showcasing those regions in her adventures. Jennifer is an avid hiker, camper, and bush crafter. She also enjoy anything that will put her closer to nature. Recently Jennifer participated in an apprenticeship with Dave Muska, from Ondatra Adventures. Where she learned, and practiced primitive skills, survival skills, as well as wild edible, and medicinal plant identification. Jennifer is eager to share her knowledge, and passion for nature, and exploration. Her goal is to help people to get out into the wild, closer to nature... Maybe even understand it better, embrace it, harmonize with it, but most of all, to get out there and enjoy it!!!
Upstate Adventure Guides offers a range of options from interpretive nature walks, to multi-day backpacking trips. We have programs for all ages, and can custom tailor an experience for you, or your group.
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