About Us

Our Mission

“We provide a program & environment that empowers and supports people of all walks-of-life to achieve their wildest adventures in the outdoors, while fostering a respect for and connection to the natural environment.”
-Cliff Hodges, Founder/CEO

Since our founding in 2004, the mission of Adventure Out has been simple: to help people fall back in love with nature. We accomplish this by providing programs of the highest quality and safety standards that get people outdoors, physically active, and adventuring in nature. By providing this time and space for people to escape the hustle-and-bustle of daily life, we accomplish what we consider to be some of the most important environmental work of all – helping people to reconnect with our natural world.

Interested in joining our team? Scroll down to see available positions.


Meet The Team

It goes without saying that the management team of Adventure Out is composed of avid outdoor enthusiasts and intrepid businesspeople. Combined, they have surfed, climbed, camped, biked and hiked their way across the globe. Their common love for empowering people and being active in the great outdoors, brought them together at Adventure Out.

Cliff Hodges CEO & Founder at Adventure Out

Cliff Hodges

CEO & Founder

JACK HARRISON PROGRAM COORDINATOR &  LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR at Adventure Out

JACK HARRISON

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR

Melinda Reece ROCK CLIMBING  PROGRAM MANAGER at Adventure Out

Melinda Reece

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

Joey Evans SURF PROGRAM MANAGER at Adventure Out

Joey Evans

SURF PROGRAM MANAGER

Cliff Hodges

CEO & Founder

Cliff holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where he was a Tau Beta Pi collegiate scholar. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and outdoor guide; traveling the world to climb mountains, surf big waves, study with indigenous peoples, and lead groups of clients ranging from school groups to corporate executives to tap in to their true potential through wilderness adventures. At the heart of his management style and mission statement is the desire to cultivate environmental stewardship. Hodges has been featured in international publications such as Outside Magazine and Popular Mechanics, and is the co-host of the hit TV show Remote Survival on the National Geographic Channel.

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JACK HARRISON

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR

Jack has spent over a decade teaching people how to survive. As a lifelong student of nature, Jack has made conservation his priority and in his words: “there is no better way to conserve, than to educate”. Jack’s training began at age 3 with famed naturalist Elizabeth Terwilleger and by 18, Jack had spent more time in the woods than most people will in a lifetime. Jack spent a year at the renowned Wilderness Awareness School – one of the only accredited wilderness studies programs in the world. As a result, Jack has mastered a range of survival and primitive living skills and it’s that experience & passion for the natural world that helps make the survival program at Adventure Out what it is. As the driving force behind expanding our programs to Marin, Jack has played a large role in growing Adventure Out’s survival curriculum. When he’s not teaching, you can find Jack working on his collection of beautiful flintknapped arrowheads, hand-crafted bows and arrows, and honing his stalking and tracking skills for hunting season. Jack is also an expert fly fisherman and can be found chasing “hard to catch” species such as Pacific Steelhead, West Coast Striped Bass, Surf Perch, Halibut and those ever present Small and Largemouth Bass.

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Melinda Reece

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

Melinda began rock climbing at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in 2004. Melinda has developed a profound appreciation for the emotional and physical challenges of the sport of climbing. For Melinda, climbing is much more than a sequence of movements; it is a dynamic expression of beauty, strength, and passion. She is dedicated to a life of self discovery and adventure, and effortlessly shares that joy her community and students. Melinda completed a Single Pitch Instructor training with the American Mountain Guide Association in 2011. She has been guiding for Adventure Out since 2011 and teaching climbing since 2006. In addition to guiding others on climbing adventures, Melinda continues to explore rock climbing throughout the world for her own personal adventures.

Joey Evans

SURF PROGRAM MANAGER

Growing up in a surfing family, Joey began surfing at five and has been hooked ever since. So far, he has followed his passion through North America and has surfed the coasts of Florida, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In undergrad, he surfed in the collegiate level of the National Scholastic Surf Association (NSSA). During this time, he was invited to surf in Nationals at Salt Creek in 2004. Since graduating, Joey has shared his love of surfing with others and managed surf camps in San Diego before joining Adventure Out in 2011. He really enjoys teaching people to surf and coaching them to help the transition from beginner to advanced. Joey’s other passion is art and he earned an undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design. Currently he is attending Academy of Art for a masters of fine arts in Web Design & New Media. Recently he has found a way to merge his passions by focusing his masters thesis on designing a top secret surfing app.


Work With Us!

We are always interested in receiving job inquiries from qualified people.  The work here at Adventure Out can range from very part-time and seasonal, to nearly full-time for certain positions (especially in the summer months!).  Currently we are hiring for the below positions.  Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@ or contact us here to inquire further.

*Surf Instructor – Pacifica, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification (ok to acquire upon hiring)
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years surfing experience, experience teaching, passion for the ocean!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry 3-5 surfboards on/in your vehicle

*Surf Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification (ok to acquire upon hiring)
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years surfing experience, experience teaching, passion for the ocean!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry 3-5 surfboards on/in your vehicle

*Backpacking Guide – Various locations throughout California.
*Trips are hired out on a contract basis, guides can select specific dates and trips to lead.
**Minimum requirement: WFR Certification
***Desired skills: experience leading backpacking trips from either other guide services or university outdoor programs.
****Logistical Needs: Transportation – guides must be able to travel to trip departure points with their own vehicle.

*Rock Climbing Guide/Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years climbing experience, experience teaching, AMGA SPI Certification (or equivalent) a huge plus!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation – gear and office are located in Santa Cruz, programs take place at Castle Rock State Park and Pinnacles National Park.

*Rock Climbing Guide/Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years riding experience, experience teaching, familiarity with trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry several bikes.