By Lyndsay Hupp
Studies--and a lot of personal anecdotes--show that time spent outdoors can have a profound, positive affect on a person’s well-being. This is something many of us wild-seekers know and live by. It is also what can fuel us to share this “fountain of health” with the masses in an effort to make the world a better place.
Queue: Four Season Guides. Since in 1999, this small, locally owned and operated guide service based in Flagstaff, AZ has made it their mission to facilitate this positive affect through outdoor recreational experiences, as well as to “foster a greater appreciation for the incredible landscapes and wild places of the American Southwest and beyond”. They offer guided trips throughout Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Moab, Yosemite, Sedona, and Havasupai Falls, ranging from day hikes and lodge-based excursions, to multi-day backpacking adventures.
Long-time FSG guide Lily Styrmoe describes the power of backpacking,
“In my experience, backpacking is one of the most empowering activities anyone can do. Everything you need to survive is on your back. No matter how hard a trip is, or what happened along the way it's all worth it when I see my clients get to the top of the canyon…Backpacking gives you a sense of connectedness to the world around you and the people you share that experience with. It's invaluable.”
Sure, hiking in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes sounds incredible, but you may have little idea of where to start, what to take, the best way to get there, or what to expect—which is all very daunting. This is where Four Season Guides can take your adventure vacation dream and turn it into reality.
FSG guide Scott Victor comments on the value of a guided trip,
“I think the value lies in a combination of convenience, enriched experience, and safety. We attempt to make the experience as seamless as possible for the guests on our trips and to provide local knowledge and information and to complete the trip in the most enjoyable and safest way possible.”
Scott Victor elaborates,
“Guiding allows me to share an area of the world that I am completely passionate about and to experience these areas through new eyes of the guests on the trips. I get the opportunity to engage people and educate them on these incredible southwestern parks and feel blessed to do so.”
Huppy Boils it Down: The Desert Southwest is the most inspiring, enchanting, and breathtakingly beautiful landscape on the planet (yes, I am biased) and should not be missed in any wild-lover’s lifetime. However, it can be a daunting, intimidating, extreme environment not easily navigated by the unfamiliar. Let the pros at Four Season Guides show you the way, it will be BEYOND worth it! AND YOU WILL BE FED HUPPYBARS ON YOUR TRIP!!!!!
Four Season guides offers a wide-variety of adventure tours on their website. If you need help planning a trip, owner-operator Dave Logan would be happy to answer any questions and offer advice. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to catch a glimpse of recent trips and see what they are up to throughout the season. Best of all, read the testimonials of past guests to hear what it's really all about.
We here at Huppybar are thrilled and honored to be the Official Energy Bar of Four Season Guides!