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.
One of our most veteran guides, Eric Kessler has guided over twenty years with Country Walkers! After studying the natural history of the Olympic Peninsula in college and exploring its jagged peaks and forested valleys as a wilderness traveler, he went on to devote his career to sharing this remarkable national park with guests. Eric has guided worldwide and pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems. He is currently working on a writing/photo project on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River, which was part of the largest dam removal and watershed restoration project in US history.
Heather Harding has been guiding for many years on both Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she lives, and in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest, where she earned college degrees in biology and Southwest Studies. Heather brings a world-wide background of whale research and Waldorf teaching to her guiding. Heather winters on Maui, where she runs her non-profit whale foundation, with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.