Peter Conner was born in southern California but was raised against the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania with his brother and sister. With the great outdoors at his doorstep, excursions into the wilderness to hike, bike, climb, and swim became part of his everyday life. Peter’s involvement in organized sports up through college also helped to cement his active and adventurous lifestyle for the future.
As Peter moved into his adult years, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to study Environmental Science. A passion for the outdoors was forged with an understanding of the intricacies of its processes. After college, the allure of the west drew Peter out to Steamboat, Colorado, where he started a love affair with the Rocky Mountains which still continues today. Skiing, rafting, and disc golf became new additions to his ever-expanding list of outdoor pursuits.
In 2013, Peter moved to the quaint little ski town of Big Sky in beautiful Montana, where he lives to this day with his trusty sidekick, Cooper. Working by night and skiing or hiking by day, he became intimately acquainted with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In 2015 he came to work for Austin Adventures, guiding trips in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. He will be guiding the Montana Trip this summer with guide partners Jillian Thornton and Jeremy McKaig.
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Indonesia. As an experienced scuba diver, the incredible reefs, oceanic wildlife, and surfing make southeastern Asia and ideal destination. The food, culture, dragons, and volcanos make it even better.
What’s your favorite hike?
Beehive Basin. Located less than five miles from my home, I’ve conservatively hiked this trail 50 times. Wildflowers, high altitude lakes, sweeping vistas, and a cathedral of granite make this local favorite just that. Apropos that I have the opportunity to share it with my guests.
What’s your favorite bike ride?
Stoney Valley Rail-Trail. While not overly difficult, this 20-miler cutting through the state game lands of central Pennsylvania was a family favorite and still holds a special place in my heart.
Point Break. The original! Not another recent substandard remake of a movie I grew up with. Stop that!
Fiction – Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
Non-Fiction – A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
A Day in the Life by The Beatles
When did you first catch the travel bug?
Nova Scotia (August 1994) – My first trip to eastern Canada was full of camping, biking, and fishing with my family. The island was mesmerizing and the experience eye opening. I couldn’t wait to see more of this beautiful planet.
What are your hobbies?
What we call the “givens” in Big Sky – Hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, rafting, and camping. I also love to play disc golf, scuba dive, and run in my leisure time. When stuck indoors, cooking, reading, and playing darts keep me occupied.
Facts about Peter:
I have scuba dived with Great White Sharks and touched a Komodo Dragon in the wild. (I got yelled at for the second one).