The Born 2 Be Wild Team

Hi! Bruce Martin here. I’m an author, speaker, counselor and avid outdoorsman! As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the outdoors. From hiking and fishing trips as a 4 year-old in the Colorado Rockies, to an epic 460 mile, 6 week backpacking trip in the High Sierras in 2017, I love all things wild. And one of my greatest loves is taking folks like you outdoors and hoping a love affair begins!

I started Born 2 Be Wild outdoor adventures in 2003 to help others know the joy of backpacking and to develop their relationship with God and others. Since then I have logged over 2,500 miles in the Appalachian Mountains and another 1,500 miles in the High Sierra Mountains of California. I help people get away from the speed and the noise of suburban life and get back to the basics of walking with God, hearing His voice, and enjoying Him in His creation.

Hi! I’m Mark Booth. And I’ve lived in the Smoky Mountains for over 20 years now, about 1/2 mile from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. My wife and I are avid hikers and armchair naturalists who love the diversity of plant and animal life found in these mountains. Both of us can be found regularly on the many trails around the Smoky’s enjoying the beauty of its many plants, flowers and wildlife. I’ve hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, most of the local trails in my neck of the woods, and I enjoy overnight and multi-day trips. Bruce and I have been best friends for 36+ years and have hiked about 4,000 miles together from the Pacific coast, Oregon, the High Sierras, Appalachian Trail, and many places in between. I also serve as a guide with Smoky Mountain Guides here in Tennessee.

Hi, I’m Ashli Jennings! I was born and raised in Clay, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham. I now live in Madison with my husband and two girls. I’m an ER nurse and when I’m not hiking and backpacking, I love to paddle board, snow ski, and spend time with my family. I fell in love with the Appalachian Trail and hope someday to hike from Georgia to Maine. Last year my family took a trip to Glacier National Park and it was amazing!

I handle all things marketing and social media for Born 2 Be Wild, including being the new corporate marketing director! You can contact me here to create the perfect corporate retreat for your group: ashli@born2bewild.net.

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