Scott’s Bio

Scott L
Scott Larson

Challenged Hiking was a venture started during my time as a BSA Venture Crew Advisor. I have a passion for helping others get healthy and spent much of my professional life doing so. As an Exercise Physiologist/Physical Educator, I’ve worked with individuals with disabilities/challenges and athletes at all skill levels alike.

Something I noticed over the years was how powerful nature was at improving and restoring an individual’s internal balance and their fitness. Hence, Challenged Hiking has been born and with my backwoods partner and son, we want to share, educate and bring these experiences to all, even those who can never step a foot on a trail.

I’ve been out and about hiking, climbing or backpacking:

  • Backpacked and hiked extensively in Harriman State Park
  • Catskill 3500 Club Member having climbed all 35 high peaks over 3500′ in the Catskills (all peaks at least twice)
  • Adirondack Forty-Sixer having climbed at the high peaks in the Adirondacks (most peaks two times or more)
  • Hiked all the trails in the Catskill Park
  • Hiked and climbed about half of the 48 4,000 footers in New Hampshire
  • Rock and ice climbing
  • Friction scrambling on Adirondack slides
  • Climbed Mount Rainier

During my professional training outdoor recreation pursuits was one of my interests. Being schooled in backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, leave-no-trace and other environmental / outdoor related training has only increased my enjoyment.

Living in a rural area of the Catskills with my family, we are in the mountains all the time, even on our front lawn. Something I enjoy enormously! With thousands of acres of state lands at our doorstep, we can simply roam. Even though I enjoy backpacking and being on the trail, my favorite pursuit is being off trail and exploring.

During my tenure as a BSA Scoutmaster and Venture Crew Advisor, I taught, mentored and supervised young men and women as they became skilled in outdoor pursuits. From two hour day hikes to 7-day backpacking trips these scouts learned the essential skills needed to plan and execute the outings, eventually with only a smile from me. One of my most memorable experiences was leading a hike of heart patients up Slide Mountain when working at a cardiac rehab program.

If you have a question, simply use our contact form to get in touch. Happy hiking!

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