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Meet Chris Schmidt of Adventures Thru History

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Schmidt.

Chris, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always loved history and the outdoors. As a kid, I dreamed of finding a lost city like in the Indiana Jones movies. The thought of going deep into the mountains to an ancient site that’s rarely to never visited intrigued me. Years ago, as an adult I started visiting remote Indian ruins throughout the Southwest. I made videos, took pictures and shared my adventures with family, friends, co-works or anybody that would listen to my stories.

As time went on, I started to think that maybe other people would want to visit these locations. I started Adventures Thru History LLC to take people to remote historical sites. I went through a several years long process to obtain a Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service for guiding and outfitting. Today, we are permitted and insured and we are beginning our second season of operation. Currently, we offer 2 hiking tours, but are in process to add more hiking tours.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
We operate exclusively on US Government property. There is a lot of red tape. The permit took several years to get and any changes requires approval of our operating plan. Additionally, because of Arizona’s extreme heat during the summer months, we can safely operate only 6 months of the year.

Adventures Thru History – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Most hiking guides take guests through the front country, local trails that are easily accessible and require little experience. We specialize in taking guests on remote back country trips. Our hikes are in designated wilderness areas and can be physically challenging.

My role in the company is I do everything. I do the marketing, legal, accounting, website, guide trips, etc.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I don’t define success in monetary or material terms. I believe that success is doing what you love and mastering your field while remaining humble and willing to help others.

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