Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Mark Kutolowski is a naturalist and wilderness skills instructor. A passionate student and teacher of the ecology and natural history of Northern New England, Mark is proud to have eaten over 150 wild plant species from the region! In addition to guiding walking tours, Mark teaches wilderness survival courses at Dartmouth College and also leads retreats exploring the relationship between wilderness living and contemplative spirituality.
Deborah Lewis grew up in and has hiked and guided extensively throughout New England. Her love of Maine started when she went there for summer as a child and has continued throughout her adult life with hiking, biking, camping, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sea kayaking adventures in Acadia, Camden, Rockport, and elsewhere. Deborah lives in Connecticut and Vermont but finds as many excuses as she can to explore the beautiful “Vacation State” with frequent visits to relatives in Rockport and Portland. During the past ten years Deborah has guided professionally in Maine, which appeals to her for its combination of wonderful hiking, multi-sport activities, grand ocean views, and interesting history, to say nothing of blueberries and lobster, which are suspected of being her real motive for being a “Mainiac.”
Randy Judkins’ childhood passion for the outdoors allowed him to lead hiking and canoeing trips around his native state of Maine by the age of 20. He is an avid hiker and kayaker and has shared his enthusiasm over the years on walking, cycling, and gourmet food tours and at summer camps. Most importantly, as a professional vaudeville performer, he will keep you entertained on and off the trail (be sure to ask him about juggling!).
Ron Lucier makes his home in Stowe, Vermont, where roaming the hills and mountains has been a lifelong passion. Ron spends his winters as a ski instructor, and guides during the summer months with annual visits to the Maine coast where for the past several years he has guided trips in Acadia National Park. Besides spending time on the Maine Coast, Ron enjoys hiking and skiing the world’s mountains and sharing his love for alpine plants, geology, and bird watching.
Alexandra Conover Bennett
Alexandra Conover Bennett has over thirty years’ experience in outdoor education and adventure guiding. Not only has she lead multi-day wilderness canoe and snowshoe trips throughout Maine, Minnesota and parts of Canada, she has worked in various capacities with a multitude of environmentally-minded organizations, including the Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary, the Friends of Baxter State Park, the Maine Wilderness Guides Organization, the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands, the Campfire Girls, the Merck Forest Winter Program, the Student Conservation Association, and the Aroostook Conservation Education Camp. In her very limited free time, you can find Alexandra entertaining audiences with her accordion, playing everything from Celtic jigs to ballads from the woods of Maine!
Carolyn Beecher first started hiking in Acadia when she was 6 years old with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Her family would stay at the AMC Echo Lake Camp on the west side of Mount Desert Island. The aroma of balsam fir, the taste of blueberries, and the expansive views of the ocean and islands from the granite summits of Acadia touch deep places within her. While she settled in Montana in 1980, gathering experience out in the West as a guide since 1991 in Glacier National Park, as well as in Utah’s canyon country, her excitement about sharing Acadia’s remarkable ecology, history, beauty and peace with you cannot be missed. Carolyn will encourage you to relax your mind, open your senses, and have fun in the present moment, where deep appreciation of the natural world lies.