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Our mission & team

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to promote the outdoors and outdoor activities in New Mexico by offering customized guided adventures for group and leisure travelers that include hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 adventures. We strive to cultivate interest in the outdoors, foster respect for our wilderness areas as well as wildlife, and educate others on the importance of conservation. Most importantly, our goal is to have FUN outdoors and share our love of the mountains with others!

CERTIFICATIONS

Santa Fe Walkabouts (DBA Santa Fe Mountain Adventures) operates in accordance with permits issued by the USDA Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument and the Bureau of Land Management (Rio Puerco and Taos). Santa Fe Walkabouts (DBA Santa Fe Mountain Adventures) has full Commercial Liability Insurance and Commercial Auto Insurance, and has been certified by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to operate as a regulated motor carrier (PRC NO. 56483).

OUR TEAM OF OUTDOORS ENTHUSIASTS

Georges and Sue started Santa Fe Walkabouts in 2008, with a desire to show visitors the natural beauty of New Mexico and to share the depth of the state’s history and culture. The first few years were challenging but we persevered and, by 2011, had developed a solid reputation in Santa Fe and on the social media platforms such as TripAdvisor. In November 2015, Santa Fe Walkabouts acquired Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and embarked upon a new phase of the company’s journey. Our plan for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures is to continue sharing the great outdoors with our guests while having fun ourselves. We have a fabulous team of experienced and adventurous outdoor guides along, with a solid and reliable team at the office, who embrace our philosophy – reconnect with nature, do what you love, and live life to the fullest!

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Georges Mally, owner and guide, moved to Santa Fe in May 2007 from Paris, France. Georges, who speaks French, Bulgarian, English, and Russian, is an avid outdoors enthusiast and loves hiking, bicycling, and skiing. He has hiked throughout Europe (the Alps and the Balkans) and parts of Asia (Thailand) and Africa (Madagascar); he has also bicycled through much of France. His most recent adventures by bicycle include a trip from Chicago to Los Angeles on the Old Route 66, and a two-week tour of the Four Corners region. Georges loves the mountains of New Mexico as well as its rich cultural heritage and is thrilled at the opportunity to share his passion with fellow hikers.

Sue Mally, co-owner, packed her belongings and headed west to New Mexico from New York in late 2004. She and her two Border Collies, Kip and Derby (who crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2009 and 2010), spent countless hours exploring the trails around Santa Fe before serendipitously meeting Georges in September, 2006, and jointly deciding to start Santa Fe Walkabouts/Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Sue is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company but she occasionally heads out on the shorter trails and scenic tours with clients. She loves the beauty of New Mexico, the brilliant blue skies, and the tranquility of the mountains. She is eager to share her love of the area and looks forward to being able to organize a special day for visitors.

Murjo Mally, Border Collie extraordinaire, is the new mascot for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Born in Mora County, New Mexico, he’s a true native who loves working with Georges and Sue and checking out new trails for our clients!

Owen Perillo, the founding owner of Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, is a graduate of Cornell University and was a former Leadership Partner at Accenture, a publicly held consulting and outsourcing company. At Accenture, Owen led a global advanced technologies group, serving clients that included several start-ups as well as Fortune 500 companies in the travel services, transportation and consumer products industries. His strong project management skills help ensure the success of large, complex programs at SFMA.He retired early from Accenture, in 2002, to spend more time with his family and to pursue a second career aligned with his passions of outdoor adventure, destination management, health and fitness. Since then, Owen has studied Exercise Physiology and Outdoor Education, and is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Health Fitness Instructor. Owen is also certified in Wilderness First Aid. His hobbies include hiking, running, biking, skiing, triathlons and travel. He has climbed many fourteeners in Colorado,summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007 and trekked to Macchu Pichu in 2012.

Fritz Devendorf was born and raised in Santa Fe. Fritz loves the outdoors and grew up hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and bicycling in New Mexico and Colorado. His other interests include the geology of the area and history of the Native American and Spanish cultures. Fritz started guiding with Santa Fe Walkabouts/Santa Fe Mountain Adventures in 2012 and is certified in First Aid and CPR. He truly believes that New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment”, and enjoys sharing that feeling with others.
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Tom Gallegos, one of our master guides, provides cultural and educational tours throughout northern New Mexico. He helps visitors experience our native Pueblos, Spanish villages, beautiful outdoors, destinations, and unique cuisine. Tom leads tours for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures and is awaiting publication of his first novel, “Secrets to Tell” on the early years of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. Tom is a native of Taos and currently lives in Santa Fe.
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Scott Wiseman first moved to New Mexico as a young child in 1987. The time he spent in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Santa Fe spawned his life-long passion for the outdoors. To expand his outdoor skills, he enrolled as a student in a 75 day NOLS semester in Alaska in 2008, which included instruction in sea kayaking, backpacking and glacier mountaineering. His outdoor guiding experience includes working as an instructor at a wilderness therapy program in Utah, leading treks on the Matanuska Glacier in Alaska, assisting on sea kayaking tours in Prince William Sound, and ski instructing at world-renowned Taos Ski Valley. Scott began leading excursions for Santa Fe Walkabouts in 2015, which was a natural fit after growing up in The Land of Enchantment. His certifications include Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Level I, Professional Ski Instructors of America Alpine Level II and PSIA Children’s Specialist II. One of Scott’s favorite activities is peakbagging. He has been to the summit of over 40 peaks in New Mexico above 12,000′; more than half of Colorado’s 55 peaks above 14,000′; several Cascade Volcanoes including Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and Mount Saint Helens; California’s Mount Whitney; and Utah’s Kings Peak. He has ambitions to continue climbing high points around the world.
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Seth Cox was born in the small village of Nambé, NM in a Kiva on top of the Mesa surrounded by sage. He has traveled and lived in various parts of the world including England, Wales, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sweden, and quite a bit of the USA. He spends most of his time in his happy places doing what he loves -skateboarding, backcountry snowboarding, fixed gear/mountain biking, hiking and sunset seeking.
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Ed Cox was born in Dallas, TX, but has lived in Santa Fe for over 40 years. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking, Ed also enjoys photography and scuba diving – he has completed eighty-four dives at various dive sites in the Caribbean, the Philippines, and French Polynesia.
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Mark Miller started his professional guiding days in Colorado leading backcountry tours at Vail in the winter, and guided hikes in the Crestones in the summers. In the early 80s, Mark joined the ski patrol team in New Mexico before a career in hotel management temporarily halted his work as a professional guide. Mark happily returned to the ski patrol team in 2015, and started guiding for Santa Fe Mountain Adventures in 2016.
Kim
Kim Shallman has been guiding trips outdoors since she was 19 yrs. old! Her bachelor’s degree is in Recreation, Parks, and Community Education. She has been a wilderness canoe guide in MN, an interpretive naturalist in the Black Hills of SD, and an outdoor education instructor in Summit County, CO. She’s also spent extensive time “playing” in the Canyonlands of Utah and Big Bend Nat’l Park. Since moving to Santa Fe, Kim has been a student of all things “local”: The history, sights, geography, archaeology, people, their traditions, and flavors. Kim especially enjoys hiking, water sports, and snowshoeing.
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Paul Hillman spent 40 years as an art director at CBS and ABC Television in Manhattan before coming to Santa Fe, where he was immediately captivated by the richness of the land and its people. A longtime outdoors sports enthusiast and history buff, he devoured as much information as he could about the Land of Enchantment before joining Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Rain or shine, Paul now enjoys sharing his excitement about Santa Fe’s culture, history, and architecture with visitors from all over the world.
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