Kimery Duda, Founder and Executive Director
Kimery’s base camp is Austin, Texas – but, she’ll be the first to tell you that her home is where her heart is – and, that is, in the field. Her passion for adventure was ignited in 1996 by an expedition set out to climb the highest peak in Mexico, Pico de Orizaba. She was taken under the wings of a Mexican family who exposed her to some of the most pristine cultural, historical, and natural sanctuaries throughout Mexico. Since then, Kimery continues to create and provide opportunities which embrace the ethos of the expedition -through adventure and education in a sustainable way. Kimery has traveled extensively throughout Turkey, Turkmenistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. For the last twelve years, she has professionally guided students, adults, and families in Southeast Alaska; Hawaii; Mexico; Costa Rica; Nicaragua, Chile and, to a multitude of –local; -state; and –national parks in the United States. Kimery and the staff of The Expedition School look forward to sharing and exchanging their knowledge, skills, and wisdom with you in the field.
Certifications: Wilderness-EMT; American Red Cross Instructor – WSI, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard, First Aid, and Wilderness First Aid; Graduate Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS Instructor Training Class; Volunteer Firefighter; International Trauma Life Support; Ocean Safety Management Principles and Practices – North Shore, Oahu
Current Residence: Austin, Texas
Years of Guide Experience: 14
Years of Teaching Experience: 14
Skills: Surfing, mountaineering, photography, sea kayaking, and writing