Jeremiah has worked as an Adventure Facilitator for fifteen years, during which time he’s guided hundreds of individuals into the wilderness throughout much of the US, including Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands.
Jeremiah grew up on the outskirts of Washington DC where from an early age he was exposed to a variety of cultures and experiences that opened up his world view. He has held such positions as a Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Studies intern, Keeper’s Aid – Small Mammal House at the National Zoo, US Marine – Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, high & low ropes course facilitator, climbing and canoeing instructor, wilderness trip leader for high school and college students, councilor and field instructor for “youth at risk” – wilderness therapy (AZ, NC, GA), interventionist, primitive skills instructor, “first-mate” on a sailboat leading day sail and snorkel trips in the US Virgin Islands, trail crew foreman in Alaska, wildland firefighter in Oregon, wilderness/backcountry ranger in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. His diverse work experience reflects his deep interest in people, places and the natural world.
In 2002 he received a B.S. in Outdoor Education with an emphasis on Adventure Education and a minor in Native American Studies from Northland College in Ashland, WI. He has been certified as a Wilderness First Responder three times through intensive eight-day wilderness medicine courses offered by Wilderness Medical Associates and Wilderness Medical Institute.
His own travels have taken him from deep into the rain forests of Ecuador and Brazil, among remote Himalayan Villages in Nepal, along the endless waterways of the Northern Ontario wilderness, to pristine uninhabited Caribbean islands. That being said, he tends to agree with this popular quote from writer/naturalist Henry David Thoreau: “Such is beauty ever — neither here nor there, now nor then, neither in Rome nor in Athens, but wherever there is a soul to admire.” All it takes is being still enough to notice the natural treasure that surrounds us!Trips Guided by Jeremiah Felsen:
Jeremiah's Guide Survey:
What's your favorite vacation destination?
My favorite vacation destination is some place I haven’t been yet. Topping the “to see” list are New Zealand, Africa and Italy. I feel incredibly blessed to live in Alaska & Kauai, two of the world’s most beautiful natural places, conveniently located in the US.
What's your favorite hike?
The Kalalau Trail along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast.
What's your favorite bike ride?
My favorite bike rides are on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula - where you can catch your breath in crisp, clean air, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and incredibly blue skies, all while basking in warm sun!
Forrest Gump & Big Fish - for their simple truths about being present, having fun and making life an adventure. I also love the Planet Earth & Human Planet Series by the BBC.
The book Into The Wild made a strong impression on me. It brought up concepts I feel are especially relevant today. The desire to reconnect with the natural world and core aspects of being that seem to have been lost in complex modern society. Reconciling the urge to distance oneself from the “craziness” of modern life while at the same time acknowledging that we are social creatures and embracing the gifts of culture & technology. Living the fullest, most authentic life possible in a way the respects the planet and each other. I also recently read an autobiography called Hunting For Porcupine by Seth Kanter. It’s written in a unique, sparse style that reflects Seth’s life growing up in a sod igloo in a remote part of Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle.
When did you first catch the travel bug?
When I was 16 I got the opportunity to travel to Ecuador. I was awe struck by the beauty of the land, and of a vibrant, smiling culture so different then my own. It sparked a life long passion for travel and meeting new people.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include surfing, rock & mountain climbing, reading, writing, free diving, spear fishing, primitive skills, competing in mountain trail running races, and reciting the lyrics from bad 80’s songs.