Owner and Chief Guide Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson is an outdoor adventure trip leader with over 40 years of backpacking experience. Living in Santa Fe since 1989, he served the State of New Mexico for 25 years in environmental protection efforts, specializing in clean energy and mine reclamation. During this time Brian also led outings for Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, Santa Fe Community College, and Sierra Club Outings.
Brian is certified as a Wilderness First Responder by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and has a CPR certificate from the American Red Cross. He was trained in the Sierra Club’s Advanced Mountaineering program. An early life achievement in Scouting was the Eagle Scout award.
He frequently visits the wilderness areas of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and has also backpacked in Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California, Washington, Alaska, and New Zealand. Brian has summitted many peaks above 10,000 feet. He has also assisted with search and rescue operations. His more recent outdoor adventures have emphasized family backpacking, snowshoe/skiing overnight trips, and finding secluded camping spots in beautiful high country settings.
Brian is experienced in facilitating both classroom and field trip activities through his public service career. He is well-organized in his approach to deliver training, field trip, and administrative aspects of group outdoor adventures. Brian has led week-long outings for small-to- large groups, with responsibility for advance planning, outreach, budgeting, estimating supplies, obtaining government agency permits, and screening of participants. He is mindful of group dynamics, environmental impact, and safety during outings, and strives to facilitate a cohesive outdoor community.