My name is Mark Hardie. I own and operate Daybreak Excursions, a small company that delivers big outdoor expedition and adventure experiences.
When I began working in the adventure industry, I operated a small climbing guide service. Years later I owned and operated a full service adventure business. The rock climbing guide service had morphed into a rather large company that provided Ropes Course construction, training and inspection throughout the Mid Atlantic region. During that time my business was also providing kayaking, mountain biking, caving and rock climbing instruction. As if that was not enough, we operated a kids adventure camp too. I found myself managing hundreds of clients on ropes courses, or excessively large groups in climbing and caving areas that could not sustain the daily abuse that large groups tend to generate year after year.
My new venture, Daybreak Excursions, offers customized guided outdoor adventure experiences. Based in Frederick Maryland, many of our daily excursions are to the Catcoctin Mountains, Monocacy River and other western Maryland mountains, crags, rivers and caves. Daybreak Excursions strive to stay small. This allows me to provide my clients with my complete focus and to make a much smaller footprint wherever we go. An optimum group would be a party of 8 for any daily excursion.
When guiding, I like for the activity to be challenging as well as positively motivating. I have found that with smaller groups there is a provision for less distraction, increased ability to absorb the instruction, and time to apply that instruction to the task at hand. This attentiveness to detail and delivery will make your experience with Daybreak Excursions all the more rewarding. The theme here at Daybreak is “Quality not Quantity”.