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Our Philosophy

Wilderness for All

The wilderness is not the exclusive domain of specially trained and equipped athletes. It's not a place reserved for the people like the ones you see in outdoor outfitter ads, the wealthy, or the elite. You'll see as you scroll through our team page, that we all come from different backgrounds, and we all got our start in the outdoors at different times in our lives, in different circumstances. 

Most hiking requires no more specialized skills other than walking up and down stairs, something all NYers have experience with! Whether you’re seeking your first night under the stars or your Catskill 3500 membership, on our adventures you will expand your comfort zone and experience exciting new things, secure in the knowledge that you will be supported, encouraged, and led by the most experienced, prepared, and knowledgeable guides based in NYC.


Our History

Back in the days when our founder wore a suit and tie, periodic escapes to the woods kept him sane long enough to bail and start a wilderness adventure travel company. He dedicated himself to sharing the restorative powers of the natural world with his fellow humans. That philosophy has attracted a host of guides and hikers who find peace, respite, adventures, excitement, and everything in between in the outdoors. The wilderness is truly our second home, and the one things that unites us all, guides and hikers alike, is a love of the freedom and beauty we've found in the forests and on the waters of New York's incredible state parks. 


Our Guides

The wild and remote destinations in which we adventure require a high level of expertise. When you’re on a DBA trip, you’re not just hiring drivers to get you to and from the trailhead; you’re in the hands of experienced and equipped outdoor professionals who have explored these wildernesses backwards and forwards. Licensed by the New York State DEC and trained in the wilderness, our guides are First Aid/First Responder certified with years of experience leading groups.

In addition to their impeccable credentials and experience, our guides are outgoing, friendly, and eager to share the places they love and know intimately. While they could have continued to enjoy the wilderness in solitude, they underwent the testing and training required to become guides specifically so they could share the places they love with others. They’re pros at creating a relaxed and welcoming environment for all skill levels. Supporting them are assistant guides, many of whom are experienced and skilled enough to be leading trips in their own right! We know where the best views, campsites, springs and more treasures may be found, and we can't wait to take you there!  


The DBA Difference

Gourmet Cooking 

It never ceases to amaze new DBA hikers the first time we lay out a lunch spread or put together a four course meal deep in the backcountry around the campfire. We meticulously plan our menus to be fresh, delicious, and packed with nutrients and energy to keep you going! We source locally whenever possible and you won’t find any foil-packed, space age grub on our adventures! We’re glad to and have experience accommodating all types of dietary restrictions, from gluten-free to vegan

Backcountry Oases and Old Growth Forests

There are many lovely parks accessible to New Yorkers via public transportation. We feel that if someone is paying us to guide them in the wilderness, it is our duty to deliver an unrivaled experience to a place they couldn't get on their own. We know the best viewpoints, the best itineraries, the best swimming holes, fishing ponds, waterfall—you name it. If you seek a new, exciting, wild place, DBA is the place to start to get you there.  

Why Wilderness? 

You'll know it when you get there

Quality time in wild places connects us to something greater than ourselves and provides peace and perspective so elusive in our urban lives. Surrounded by two hundred year old birch trees, the stress and strain of the city fades away. At times, we are gifted with enlightenment and see ourselves in the beautiful, intertwined web of life and scope of time and realize our place in it all. Everyone finds their own type of peace in the wilderness, but you’ll only know it when you find it for yourself.

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