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What is a Cairn Guide?

What is a Cairn Guide? Cairn Guides are local outdoor experts that optimize the health benefits of getting outdoors by providing personalized outdoor experiences for individuals based on their own interests and abilities. This could include hiking, fly fishing, trail running, outdoor yoga, rock climbing, SUP, nature photography, or some other outdoor activity.

We want guides to bring their own personal experiences and passions to each adventure to create unique experiences that increase the client's independence and motivation to keep exploring nature. Much like individualized treatment in healthcare, we are trying to meet people where they are at and create the perfect adventure just for them. Additionally, by "exploring like a local" you offer unique experiences and insights people may otherwise not know about, further enhancing their experience.


The combination of physical exercise, nature, and pro-social environments create a very powerful therapeutic tool for both clients and guides. Ultimately, we want to get more people outside to lead healthy lifestyles, connect with others, and develop a stronger connection to nature because those that feel connected to their environment are more likely to take care of it.

Sounds great, but what does it pay? We also greatly value our guides and their communities, so we use a 90/10 pay structure that is meant to directly support guides and their communities to create personal and local economic growth. Guides set their own rates and we pay you 90% of whatever you charge. It's important to note that we do require all Cairn Guides to meet the necessary permits/certifications and insurance requirements for the area and activity they're guiding in.

We want to have Cairn Guides all over the United States, so if you want to help create a healthier world, conserve and protect the environment, or both, complete our short application and we'll contact you soon!​

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