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About the Founder - Kelly Crawford
Kelly Crawford is the founder/CEO at 29 Trail Tours, LLC, a veteran-owned and operated outdoor ECO adventure tour company. He served honorably, in the U.S. Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps for 23 years. The bulk of his time in the service was spent with the USMC as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, where he supported both military and law enforcement organizations around the world, to include several combat deployments to Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
After leaving the service, but prior to founding 29 Trail Tours, Kelly was the Director of Business Development and Training for 6th Wave Innovations Corp, a nano-technology product development company. Kelly decided to leave the corporate world to pursue his love of the outdoors and nature and explore the planet with other like-minded individuals.
Kelly spent his formative years in the mountains and valleys of Oregon. He has travelled extensively around the world exploring and discovering the hidden wonders of our amazing environment. Kelly resides in 29 Palms, CA - the gateway to Joshua Tree National Park - one of the most majestic of the National Parks. He lives by the motto that, "Life is a journey and not a destination." He possess a wealth of leadership experience, is an avid outdoorsman and an expert in survival, navigation and backcountry expeditions.
Hailing from upstate New York, Justin Jurgens discovered the joy of exploring the outdoors at an early age, spending the sweltering north-eastern summer’s canoeing in the vast expanse of rivers and lakes that is northern Ontario, Canada. His other passion, music, lead him to Purchase College in White Plains, NY, where he played in a touring rock n’ roll band and graduated with a degree in Arts Management. But as people grow and change, so do passions, and as his college career drew to a close Justin found himself longing for new adventures in wild places. Luckily, a few months before graduating college, Justin happened upon a sport that would completely and irreversibly change his goals, lifestyle, and world view: Rock Climbing.
After graduating college, Justin moved to Philadelphia to continue playing music, but by then rock climbing had grown from interest to full blown obsession, and the little voice telling him to move west could no longer be ignored. Climbing, coupled with a growing interest in education eventually led Justin to participate in a 50 day Outward Bound semester course in Colorado designed specifically for aspiring teachers with an interest in pursuing Outdoor Education. Humbled and inspired by what he learned, Justin applied for and accepted an internship with the Colorado Outward Bound School the following summer.
Justin is currently entering into his fourth season with Outward Bound, working with teen-agers and young adults as a Lead Instructor on alpine backpacking, mountaineering, and rock climbing courses in the Rocky Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park. He also worked as an instructor at High Trails Outdoor Science School in Big Bear, California for three seasons, working as the head cook for the second half of his time there!
Justin currently splits his year down the middle, spending the Summer and Fall in Colorado working with Outward Bound, and Winter and Spring in Joshua Tree, guiding in the park and climbing as often possible. Justin began guiding for Joshua Tree Excursions in November of 2016.
Serving: Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, and the Coachella Valley with hiking, camping, backpacking and night sky journeys.