About Mike Knarzer-Owner/Adventurer
Mike Knarzer has been enjoying the outdoors his entire life. His parents took him camping when he was 1 month old, and caving at 3 months old. He has been hiking since he could walk, climbing since he could stand, canoeing since he could paddle, and backpacking since he was 7. In the summer of 1994 he visited Boulder, Colorado and, on a whim, hired a guide to take him up a 300' technical rock climb called The Bastille Crack. He was hooked, so much that he moved out West. He eventually quit his corporate job and started his own guide service, Outdoor Adventures AZ. Over the past 5 years, his guiding service has been fortunate enough to experience many great adventures with many great people, and has been featured in both The Climber and Sedona magazines. Outdoor Adventures AZ specialize in providing highly customized rock climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, and hiking adventures throughout Arizona, the Southwestern US, and beyond.
Through his guiding and recreational climbing, Mike Knarzer is fortunate enough to climb and canyoneer around 200 to 250 days/year. He is especially inspired by long, difficult, sustained climbs, canyons and hikes in beautiful settings with good friends. Some of the favored destinations of Outdoor Adventures in Arizona are Sedona, Winslow Wall/East Clear Creek, & Isolation Canyon. Outside of Arizona, outings have included, but are not limited to, Moab, UT; Joshua Tree, CA; The Needles of California, and Tonsai, Thailand. Mike Knarzer has climbed, hiked/backpacked, and canyoneered throughout the U.S. and internationally. Mike has a high level of ability with all the activities Outdoor Adventures AZ provides. He is the only AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and ACA (American Canyoneering Association) certified guide in the state of Arizona. However, despite all of the certificates and difficult level canyons and climbs he has accomplished, the true beauty of climbing, canyoneering, and backpacking is the camaraderie one experiences when sharing the thrill of the adventure.
Mike Knarzer is a fully certified professional guide (and the only guide in AZ certified with both the AMGA & ACA)