Compass Illustration

I also noticed that as some of us struggled a little on steep decents that Zach kept his eye on all of us. He helped as needed but avoided smothering us or making anyone feel, through well meaning solicitations – are you okay? – that anyone was having a hard time or should be concerned. In short, he had the perfect touch for a group leader and that did not go unnoticed.

Zach Dahlmer

Tour Designer + Guide

Before talking with Zach Dahlmer, you might not know there’s world-class surfing to be had off the coast of Nova Scotia. As one of his first adventure playgrounds, those waters gave Zach some of his most significant encounters with the sheer strength of nature — and the meaning of responsibility. Now, as a professional outdoor guide, Zach calls on that responsibility and those life lessons on a daily basis.

Zach focused his degree in Adventure Education on the educational and interpersonal aspects of outdoor adventure with small groups. “It helps me understand students and clients needs on many levels; to know when to offer a challenge. They’re at a point of stretching, of growth, while they’re out there. My job is to have fun with people and meet them where they are.”

Certified as a Wilderness First Responder and trained in a wide range of skills such as backpacking, climbing, sea kayaking and wilderness navigation, Zach spent the last three years guiding in the mountains and canyons of the U.S. Southwest and the nine years prior to that as a sail charter guide. His favorite part of leading a group is the chance he gets to share his passion for wild places, “to offer them the chance to interact with the world and each other in a very real way.”

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