Matt Cairns

National Parks Tour Guide

Guiding since:


At REI since:



Dellroy, Ohio

What type of tours do you guide?

National Park day hikes and multi-day hiking and backpacking tours


Being aphotographer, rock climber, mountaineer, hitchhiker.

What do you love most about guiding?

I love witnessing guests find their confidence.

A memorable moment from your job:

A black bear magically appeared in camp one night at the precise moment that I was telling two young guests about how sneaky the bears are. Apparently they understand comedic timing too.