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"After a long hiatus from backpacking, I got invited on a three-day trip with some friends. I was nervous about getting back out there but Mary was there to answer all my questions. Her kindness, humor, tell-it-like-it-is approach gave me the confidence to get back on the trail. By the time the trip rolled around, although I still felt a little nervous, I felt prepared and ready. As I took those first steps into the wilderness for three days, I felt empowered and expectant. Having Mary guide me through the preparation phase was invaluable and made the trip all the more enjoyable because I knew I was ready to go out there on my own. Mary provided the blueprint for a perfect hike, starting with months of personal consultation leading up to the trip, then picking the best route for our group, campsite selections, permit and area leave-no-trace practices, and even arranged a taxi shuttle so we made a point to point, through hike over a high mountain pass."
"My first time backpacking would not have happened without Mary's guidance, patience, and trail wisdom. From answering my questions (no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential) to talking me through my outdoor fears (there were many!), Mary empowered me every step of the way. Her enthusiasm for the trail is infectious. My dream of a backpacking trip came true because of her."
"As a backpacking newbie, I had questions about gear (what I truly needed to buy and bring -- nothing extra!), food preparation, and what to expect regarding weather and animal activity. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. Mary's expertise was essential to my first trip's succss. She provided thorough advice and recommendations and encouraged me in my personal goals. I highly recommend Hiker Midnight's services!"