OUR TEAM

 
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KIRSTEN GARDNER

Co-Founder & Journey Maker

Passionate about the people, landscapes and cultures of Latin America and Asia, Kirsten especially enjoys designing active trips that offer contrasting views of a destination. Like pairing a challenging tea-house or mountain lodge trek with a few nights at a boutique wellness resort or upscale city hotel. She also loves helping travelers explore destinations through a culinary & Permaculture lens - arranging time with farmers, makers, purveyors and chefs to share their craft. 

Prior to founding Outlier Journeys, Kirsten held leadership roles for award-winning tour operators and was partner at a highly respected boutique marketing firm representing the finest hospitality products in Latin America. She holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University and volunteers with Saira Hospitality and Evergreen Crank Sisters. She's a home chef, gardener and mountain biker, Semester at Sea (F05) alumni, founding member of Women's Travel Leaders, and prefers hotels that come with a fluffy dog.  

Favorite Hotel, Lodge or Camp:  Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador, Nebesa Chalets in Slovenia, Trasti & Trine in Norway, Lapa Rios Lodge in Costa Rica 
 

Favorite City: Mexico City, Helsinki, Lima, Hong Kong  
 

Favorite Remote Escape: Northern Chilean Patagonia, Brazil's Pantanal & Atlantic Rainforest, Mustang District of Nepal 

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JEFF STIVERS

Co-Founder & Journey Maker

Jeff has always opted IN for an adventure and believes that new experiences in far away places have the power to broaden our perspectives. He has seven years of designing active and immersive trips in Eastern and Southern Africa and knows that a wildlife safari may be one’s goal at the outset but often it’s everything else; the local history, ecology, and human connections made that transform a trip into a rejuvenating and sometimes life altering journey.  Jeff likes to get his traveler's moving, arranging cycling, hiking, and kayaking as key trip components and has deep connections with some of the best local adventure outfitters on the planet.
 

Prior to founding Outlier Journeys, Jeff led Product Development in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific for an award-winning global tour provider. He holds an anthropology degree and minor in African studies from The Colorado College and has conducted archaeological research on Easter Island, Sudan, Niger, and Tanzania. His claim to fame is a National Geographic article inclusion on the Lost Tribes of the Green Sahara where his left hand can be seen in the corner of an image. He’s a father of two rambunctious boys, dedicated husband, gardener, fly fisherman, AMC 03 Tanzania Study Abroad Alumni, and never tires of seeing big cats.
 

Favorite Hotel, Lodge or Camp:  Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, White Pearl in Mozambique, Matwemwe on Zanzibar, Serian Camp in Kenya, Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Malaysia 
 

Favorite City: Udaipur, Quito, Kyoto
 

Favorite Remote Escape: Borneo’s Maliau Basin, Empakaai Crater Tanzania, Okavango Delta Botswana, Rishikesh India,