We are life-long outdoor educators. We have led trips in the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, worked with troubled youth in the Utah desert, and managed collegiate outdoor programs in the Adirondacks. We believe that everyone should have the skills and knowledge necessary to enjoy the wilderness safely and be ready to lend a hand wherever help is needed.

Allie Maloney started her career in outdoor education at sixteen as a summer camp counselor in Washington State. After graduating from the University of Montana, she worked as a trail crew boss, wilderness therapy guide, and NOLS instructor. She currently attends graduate school in upstate New York, pursuing an M.S. in Recreation Management and teaching outdoor cooking, wilderness survival skills, and backpacking.

I’m also an artist, herbalist, and student of permaculture. I brew my own bitters, craft healing salve out of piñon pine pitch, build earthen buildings, design t-shirts, and grow award-winning dahlias. I have worked as a personal assistant, logistics coordinator, and caterer. I’ve crewed on a tall ship, stalked the wild asparagus, and walked solo through the desert.

Dave and Allie worked very well together. Their opposite strengths, approaches, and personalities made for a great class and “comfortability”. This subject can be intimidating but these two make it comfortable to learn.
— Amber H., WFA Student, April 2017

Dave Durant has worked in the Adirondacks as a summer camp director, university outdoor program administrator, and EMT. These days he teaches backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, and backcountry skiing in addition to WFAs, WFRs, WFR-Rs, WUMPs, and WEMTs. Dave is a proud preceptor for new NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors, and proctored the first Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester.

Once I walked from the Hungarian-Slovenian border to the Adriatic Sea, contracting only moderate Achilles tendonitis. I made the first descent of Black Wolf Creek, in Canada's Northwest Territories. I’ve hitchhiked from California to Maryland wearing a Santa hat and carrying a sign that read “Home by X-mas.” I can frame a house, make chicken stock from scratch, and tell a good story.

Dave was an extremely well educated, patient, and well organized teacher as well as a very approachable resource for any information I sought. He always has a demeanor of professionalism while still maintaining his interpersonal skills and strengthening his relationship with each individual student.
— Will R., WFR Student, March 2017