OUR GUIDES

Meet our expedition guides. When you are on an expedition with one of our guides, you will be taken to places not found in a guidebook and provided an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

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Nick Gordon

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Owner/Lead Guide

Nick Gordon is the owner of NOW Outdoors. He is an experienced guide on both land and water in all conditions locally and abroad. Nick teaches adventure recreation at UW-Milwaukee and certification courses for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2010, Nick has been helping people gain more skills, more knowledge, and more confidence outdoors throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Cambodia, Peru, Brazil, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.

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Dawn Mackety

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Assistant Guide

Dawn Mackety is an assistant guide and helps teach workshops and manage trip registrations and logistics. She has over 30 years of formal teaching, programming, evaluation, and administration experience in outdoor and experiential learning settings including museums, zoos, 4-H, and Outward Bound. She has been an outdoor adventure volunteer for Girl Scouts for over 30 years and has guided wilderness expeditions for them in seven states, including their BWCA basecamp in Ely, MN. She enjoys challenging, high adventure outdoor activities in all seasons, is a canoe, kayak, and archery instructor, and is a certified Master Naturalist and Wilderness First Responder.

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Steve Larson

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Assistant Guide

Steve Larson is an outdoor adventure leader and community builder with years of experience both formal and on the trail. He has been working as a BSA leader for 30 years and has planned and facilitated many large scale youth events. Steve also served in the military for 25 years and holds certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid. In addition, he hosts programs year round in SE Wisconsin aimed at helping outdoor enthusiasts connect through social events and related skill building workshops.

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Kabindra Lamsal

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Lead Guide

Kabindra Lamsal is our Nepal representative and certified mountain guide. Since 2008, he has lead tours and mastered all of Nepal’s major trekking routes and summits including Mera Peak 6,400 m, Island Peak 6,189 m & Yala Peak 6,000 m. In addition to Nepal, Kabindra leads tour groups in Tibet, India, and Bhutan. He is actively involved in local charity organizations that support social workers and others in need. Kabindra has a Master’s Degree in English Literature and teaches English Literature to graduate students in Kathmandu. He takes great care of his clients and strives to help everyone achieve their trekking and climbing goals.

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Jose Montes

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Lead Guide

Jose Montes is our partner and lead guide for our treks in Peru. A true adventure and trekking expert, Jose has nearly 20 years of guiding experience and is the heart and soul behind his own trekking company, Killa Expeditions. His passion and dedication to sharing his culture through once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Peru is inspiring. In addition to guiding treks, Jose works hard to support local people and communities through charitable events. Jose is fluent in both English and Spanish and his favorite trek is Ausangate. Outside of guiding exciting tours, he loves camping, playing soccer, cooking, and playing with his kids.

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Steve Haynes

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Assistant Guide

Steve Haynes has been camping and honing his outdoor skills since he was a kid, building shelters and fires in the woods behind his parents house. He is a SOLO certified wilderness first responder and a team leader with a search and rescue squad, focusing on visual tracking, navigation, and digital mapping. With over 15 years of experience backpacking throughout the Midwest, he brings a wide array of skills and expertise to NOW Outdoors in survival, edibles, and self-reliance. He has completed training with numerous instructors and schools including Terry Barney with 88 Tactical, Mors Kochanski, Kelly Harlton, and Paul Sveum with Jack Mountain School of Bushcraft. In addition to teaching for NOW Outdoors, he has also worked with Larry Roberts from the TV show ALONE and Jason Hunt of Campcraft Outdoor School.

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