There are those who dream and those who accomplish. There are those who follow the crowd and those who take the lead and make things happen. Some people prefer a comfortable environment, while others seek to push their limits. These highly skilled women crave excitement and adventure fueled by a passion for the outdoors.
Kim reichhelm, Aspen, Colorado and Baja, Mexico
From the beginning Skiing with Kim in 1989, Reichhelm organized clinics, camps, corporate skiing, private trips and adventure trips for all ages and abilities across the world. A pioneer in the ski industry, Kim was a member of the U.S. Ski Team, Women’s Pro Tour, an NCAA All-American for the University of Colorado, a professional skier, and one of the original members and creators of the ‘Alliance K2. Kim is a two-time world champion in extreme skiing and the only skier to have won the North American, South American and World Extreme Skiing titles in a single season. Reichhelm was recently named by SKI magazine as one of the “Most Influential Best Skiers of All Time”. She believes that being outdoors, recreating yourself, exercising and enjoying nature are important to staying positive and fulfilled.
Tia clark, Charleston, South Carolina
This Charleston native and restaurant veteran started Casual Crabbing with Tia in 2017 and is now hosting an Airbnb experience, “Let’s go crab. “Fueled by a passion for the outdoors and marine life, her family has been crabbing and casting for fun and food for generations. She says,” Crab has been therapeutic for me and has given me an outlet. when I quit smoking, helping me become a healthier person in more ways than one.
Gisèle “Moana” Tromeur, Tahiti
As the first and only nature guide in Tahiti, Tromeur currently works as a tourist guide for Mato-Nui Tours in Tahiti, after giving up a career in finance. At 40, she decided to spend 25 days alone in nature to prove that she was capable of being a ranger woman in the islands, something extremely rare in their French Polynesian culture. In June 2019, she completed a university diploma in tourist guide at the University of French Polynesia while working in the evening and hiking on weekends.
Robyn Amour, Aurora, New York
Love, outdoor adventure guide at Aurora Hostels on Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes, guides resort guests on outdoor adventures like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, while offering a lesson in ecology and geology about the surrounding area. Love, who is also a science teacher, spent last summer at the Inns of Aurora waterfront helping guests learn how to paddle properly to make sure they get the most out of the lake. When not kayaking, paddling, or motor boating, she can be found skiing, biking, running, or attempting to conquer the high peaks of the Adirondacks.
Suzana Machado D’Oliveira, Illinois
As Abercrombie & KentExpedition Director of, D’Oliveira has explored with A&K since 1992 and has greeted the shores of extraordinary places such as Japan, the Amazon and Antarctica, which she has visited over 200 times. Agile leader who has served as cruise director, expedition leader and naturalist guide, she is also the representative of A&K to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO), which advocates the practice of safe and respectful travel environment in Antarctica. She is originally from Brazil.
Anna mattingly, Vail, Colorado
Mattingly is both Director of Sales and Marketing at Viceroy Snowmass as well as a fly fishing guide in his spare time, and has been featured in Flylords Fly Fishing Magazine. She says: “I am someone who is always very aware of my surroundings and I love to know more about nature.” Growing up in Oregon, she did a lot of stream casting and also a lot of deep sea fishing off the coast.
Brodie Farrow, Pitchup.com
As an avid wild swimmer, marketer Farrow can skillfully adapt to cold water temperatures, inspired by the family tradition of swimming in the living sea every New Year’s Day. On dry land, she is a hiker, a counselor and an experienced camper. She is the recipient of the prestigious Duke of Gold of Edinburgh award in England for young people who have mastered outdoor expeditions. Farrow also crossed the North Sea from Germany to England with no land in sight for days.
Jackie Kecskes, Greenough, Montana
As an equestrian manager at The complex at Paws Up, Kecskes is a real woodland woman. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jackie developed an affinity for horses and moved out West as soon as she was old enough. She has been part of Paws Up for over 10 years. She founded core programs at the resort, from the Mustang mindfulness demonstration to the Horsepower series, and was single-handedly responsible for the dispute over wild mustangs in Utah who were said to have been miserable by farmers angered by the consumption of their crops, bringing them back to the Paws Up shelter.
Rachel Ward Opperman, Estes Park, Colorado
Opperman is both responsible for marketing and communications at Visit the Parc d’Estes and a volunteer firefighter from the Allenspark Fire Protection District. She made it her mission to defend her tourism-dependent community on the front line and behind her office. In the midst of wildfire season, Opperman is dedicated to raising awareness about fire prevention and encouraging sustainable visits. Using her expertise, she has compiled her top tips and tricks for enjoying the outdoors safely. While inspiring firefighting and tourism stories exist throughout Colorado, she is the rare professional who instills and combines responsible tourism and experiences into one.