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Meet Your Guide


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Meet Your Guide


Hike New York creates curated outdoor experiences to help people

get outdoors and connect with nature.

 

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We have a deep and resounding appreciation for natural beauty, fresh air, clean water, and abundant wildlife.  This is why we live, work, and play in and near the Hudson Valley's most amazing places.  And truth be told, one of our greatest joys is to share these beautiful, restful places with people like you. 

 

what we do

Hike New York offers guided nature walks, hikes, trail runs, kayak trips, camping, school programs, and a variety of skills-based workshops.  As a team of outdoor enthusiasts, fisher/wo/men, gardeners, and ecologists, we also know what fresh, delicious, sustainably-harvested food is, and we provide you with the same quality (yet trail-friendly) dining experiences that we choose for ourselves.

 

where we work/play

We offer trips to the Hudson Highlands, Shawangunk Ridge, and Catskill Mountains.  Most are within a 1.5-2 hour drive from New York City, though many are accessible by public transportation. 

 

community support

The health of our land, water, and communities are intricately intertwined.  That's why we offer substantial discounts to local schools and non-profits, helping get kids and families outdoors.    Contact us to learn more.

Every time you pay for a trip with us, you help support these programs.  Thank you!

 

who we are

Our fun-loving, certified guides really just want to play outside all day (which we do), but also have the expertise, skills, and wisdom to teach the class (which we also do!).  Scroll down to meet your guides.

 

All of our trips are designed to help you most thoroughly, joyfully, and exquisitely

explore New York's natural areas, whether you are with colleagues, with family, or going solo. 

We look forward to curating your next trip.

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Kali Bird


 

 

 

 

 

Kali Bird


 

 

 

 

 

Hi.  My name is Kali Bird.  I founded Hike New York as an extension of what I love and what I love to do

Kali Bird, Founder & Lead Guide

Kali Bird, Founder & Lead Guide

I love beautiful, precious natural areas that are worth protecting for the health and enjoyment of ourselves, our communities, and our children.  And I work hard doing my part to help maintain protection for these areas.

I love to see others experience the joy, wonder, and rest brought by spending quality time in healthy natural areas--places where you can taste the fresh air, still reminiscent of the fern that just released it; where you can watch pileated woodpeckers peck for grubs as warblers sing you the most beautiful songs; or where you can spy on tree frogs calling for their mates, becoming silent for a moment as you draw closer. 

As an ecologist and educator, I'm passionate about making outdoor experiences accessible and fun for everyone, and empowering people to feel confident exploring the outdoors for themselves and with their families.  This means that if you're not already, I want to help you feel confident identifying poison ivy, reading and using maps, and finding answers about the natural world that you, your kids, or your friends may have.  I primarily lead EcoTours.

I am also an avid trail runner with a serious mountain addictionI live in Beacon, New York, where the Hudson Highlands are my backyard and the Shawangunks and Catskills my playground.  You can follow my adventures on Instagram.

Creds

  • Licensed NYS Outdoor Guide
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified

Regional Environmental Leadership

  

Photo credits:  Main image – Stefan Lisowski, Upper right – Jarad Mellard.  Gallery images: Rovers - Chris Ingui, Marsh - Chris Bowser, Birding - Danyelle Davis, Turtle - Cappy Bird, Running - John Gunn, Close-up & Long Dock - Rob Penner (Rob Penner Photography), Invasive Plant Walk - Pam Freeman (Cary Institute).

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Kris McShane


 

 

 

 

 

Kris McShane


 

 

 

 

 

Hi.  I'm Kris McShane.   I've been exploring the outdoors my whole life and am passionate about helping others do the same in an environmentally responsible way. 

I'vehiked, canoed, and backpacked across the U.S., including along the entire 2,142 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. I'm also an eco-forward hunter with an ingrained conservation ethic. This means that I use my bow and arrow to harvest overpopulated wild game for food. 

For 15 years, I worked as a biologist for New York State helping to manage our fisheries.  But it's a funny thing; we do not actually manage the fish--we manage the people. Our increasing human population has increased demands on our natural resources, severely decreasing fish populations and degrading natural habitats.  We can do little to help plants and animals grow faster, but we can help prevent people from harming what's left.  Unfortunately, this usually involves limiting people's participation in outdoor activities.

After so many years of incidentally limiting people's access to the natural environment (which generally makes them unhappy), I'm excited to introduce folks to new experiences while helping them learn what they can do to protect and respect our natural resources.  This generally makes them happy (which makes me happy!), and they can share what they've learned with their friends and family.   The more everyone knows and shares about how to protect our natural environment, the better it will be for our environment and future generations. 

My ten chickens and I live in Kerhonkson, NY, surrounded by the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge and southern Catskills.

Creds

  • Licensed NYS Outdoor Guide
  • First Aid & CPR certified; Former EMT (4 years)
  • Fisheries Biologist (15 years; NYSDEC, RIDEM, NMFS)
  • Eco-forward Hunter - Sustainably harvesting my own food since 1989.

Previous Experience - Outdoor Everything

  • Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker (2142 mi in 5.5 months)
  • VT Long Trail End-to-Ender (272 mi in 19 days)
  • Multiple 2-4 week Canoe Trips
  • Wilderness Trip Leader, New England Camping Adventures
  • Sherpa, Sunrise County Canoe Expeditions (Class III whitewater)
  • Ocean Lifeguard
  • Volunteer Ski Patrol - Belleayre

  

 

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Ken Bolton


 

 

 

 

 

Ken Bolton


 

 

 

 

 

It is time, dear reader, for your tempest-tossed vessel to come to port.
— Italo Calvino

Hello!  I'm Ken Bolton and paddle sports are my passion.

A four-season paddler, I'm in the water until we can't find a way in or out!  You will usually find me hunting surf on the Hudson River and Fishkill Creek around my hometown of Beacon, NY, in the tide-races at Fishers Island Sound, or hiking in the Hudson Highlands before or after a trip. 

My teaching focuses on safety, rescue skills, mental and physical flexibility, and paddling with ease.  I practice and teach traditional Greenland rolling skills in an effort to blur the line between surfaced and submerged.  So if you want to practice your rescue skills, I will be your happy victim! 

During violent static discharges between clouds and Earth, I enjoy black coffee while making the world a better place by contributing code to open source projects.

 

Wave-Rocking Creds

  • Volunteer Safety-Kayaker for Hudson River swims since 2008
  • Blackburn Challenge racer (20+ mile ocean kayak race...with no rain date)
  • Longest trip offered: 7-day, 150-mile kayak trip from Albany to Liberty State Park (a.k.a. possibly the best way to spend a week off)