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

CJ Jessett ROCK CLIMBING  PROGRAM MANAGER at Adventure Out

CJ Jessett

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

Alan Yu PACIFICA SURF MANAGER at Adventure Out

Alan Yu

PACIFICA SURF MANAGER

Chase LaRue SANTA CRUZ SURF MANAGER at Adventure Out

Chase LaRue

SANTA CRUZ SURF 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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CJ Jessett

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

CJ fell in love with climbing and the mountains while living in southwest Colorado. During college, he spent most of his free time in the crack climbing mecca of Indian Creek, Utah. CJ is passionate about sharing his love for the mountains and has been working in outdoor education for over 5 years. After becoming an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness First Responder, he started guiding in Texas. His pursuit of climbing has taken him all over the US, Canada, and even the French Alps. Some of his favorite places to climb include Indian Creek, Toulumne, Squamish, and Index. When he’s not climbing he likes to spend his time surfing, skiing, and spearfishing.

Alan Yu

PACIFICA SURF MANAGER

Sharer of stoke, Student of life, Waterman at heart… As a young kid, daily lap swims (rain or shine) was his father’s way of introducing aquatic life to Alan and his brother. Ever since, exploring new ways to be in harmony with mother nature’s oceans has always been a consuming passion. While the many branches of surfing (such as Longboard, Shortboard, SUP, windsurfing, bodysurfing) take center stage; water photography, sailing, kayaking, spearfishing, and crabbing equally captivates his soul. Having been with Adventure Out since 2008, Alan will tell you that he has no plans to stop sharing his water knowledge or stoke until his body forces him to stop. ”As a merman and a fan of pedagogy, I find myself refining my teaching systems year after year; chipping it down to its core spirit and mechanics, all for the privilege of witnessing the first successful day of the rest of your lifelong aquatic journey.”

Chase LaRue

SANTA CRUZ SURF MANAGER

Chase grew up surfing and has found a passion in sharing the experience with others. He received a bachelor’s degree in music at Humboldt State University, located in Northern California, where in his free time developed his heavy water skills in the raw surf. Along with his lifetime of surfing experience, Chase is an accomplished musician and has played music all over the West Coast in various groups. A love for big and perfect waves has brought him to reside in Santa Cruz, a short distance from Mavericks and other powerful waves. When he is not teaching people to surf, you can find him working on creative projects or training for the next big swell.


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

*Mountain Biking 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.

Adventure Out Press & Media Coverage

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