Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
Ritson joins the El Portal team with over 25 years of guiding experience, 12 years in the Sedona area. He has spent 30 years doing extensive outdoor exploration in the Mountain West, as well as North Carolina, New York, Maine, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest.
He also does Grand Canyon tours and uses a jeep to access back country trail heads. He has a gift of determining people’s wants and desires and developing an experience they feel is unique and special to them. He recalls, “Last week I had a couple who wanted a cool, shady, not to strenuous hike. I took them to a little known canyon which we accessed by four wheel drive, explored a side slot canyon, had lunch and a great time together. We were in an old growth ponderosa pine forest. We were lucky enough to see a spotted owl, a rare bird, my first, and saw no other people. My favorite hike is the one that my client wishes they could do but don't know where or how to do it.”
Ritson joined the El Portal Sedona team to guide in an environment that has integrity. Segner and Ritson both have a love of people and their stories. Ritson has a broad knowledge of arts, literature, world events, technology, so he is able to translate the whole experience based on the people's world view and experience. It is really important to him to develop a rapport - it’s about the personal connection, not just a hike in the woods. He is a birdwatcher, and naturalist, and will bring this into the picture. He will do photo essays of the people's day in the outdoors using and provide them a photo file via a file sharing program as part of the experience (at no additional charge).
Most of this country (Sedona) is rarely visited, is vast, and Ritson has found many incredible places where it is unlikely to see anyone else. To experience the Sedona hiking trails with someone who knows that Arizona is big, bold and sometimes unforgiving, is an adventure. Ritson is above all focused on safety.
He quotes John Muir, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.”