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Conor Frantzen

Conor grew up in Maine where he spent a lot of time outside, usually hiking with his family, skiing with friends or playing sports year-round. He went to Dartmouth College where the green hills lured him outside the classroom early and often—he volunteered for the local ski patrol, led freshman orientation trips, coached youth lacrosse and studied abroad in Barcelona. An econ major, he interned for Merrill Lynch in New York City the summer before his senior year. The city was great, but he yearned for a different career path so he turned down the offer to return once his courses were complete.

A couple of weeks after graduation, Conor flew to Colorado where he worked as a hiking leader for a summer camp called Overland. While spending six weeks with middle schoolers on day hikes, backcountry treks and rafting trips in the Rocky Mountains may sound easy, the job was tough. But he loved the challenge of guiding and teaching 13-year-olds things like how to poop properly in the woods. He led more challenging trips the next summer in California, then worked for Overland full-time in their office in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. While handling logistics, marketing and sales, Conor also had the opportunity to bike across most of Europe and develop a new trip in Thailand. After three solid years, he felt the itch to move west again. Following some independent travel to South America and Southeast Asia, he sold his pickup truck, bought a Subaru and drove to Colorado. Conor started working at Nat Hab in 2013 and now manages the company's programs in South America. In his spare time, he competes in triathlons and road races, volunteers for his alma mater and explores the mountains of Colorado on foot and on skis.

At home in Colorado, Conor loves taking trips up into the mountains to hike and go on hut trips with friends.One of Conor's favorite campsites in the Sierra Nevada in California.Conor joined his buddy Adam (left) for the New Hampshire section of the Appalachian Trail, which Adam was thru-hiking. They averaged about 15 miles a day over some of the most rugged terrain in the US.Getting up close to the wildlife at Elephant Nature Park north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Conor visited the country and selected this preserve as the community service element for a trip he developed for high school students.Sporting a sweet mustache, Conor and a colleague biked from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland and then from Carcassone, France to Barcelona while re-scouting a 4-week bike touring trip for Overland.Walking through the town of Pisac, Peru, trying to find a place to sleep.One of Conor's favorite trips is when his dad joined him in Peru to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.Conor's all-time favorite campsite in a mountain range northeast of La Paz, Bolivia. The site was located above 14,000 ft. and Conor and a friend hiked to the peak in the upper right of the photo the following morning. It was real hard but the views were spectacular and made even more special since the only other creatures they saw were llamas for three days.Conor and Adam tackled Huayna Potosi in Bolivia and were the only two (besides their guide) to summit the 6,088-meter peak that day. Everyone else turned back because of the snow.Awed by the salt flats outside Uyuni, Bolivia.Conor and his girlfriend on a private junk in Halong Bay, Vietnam. Waking up surrounded by the mystic fog-shrouded islands and kayaking throug the small caves and inlets was amazing.Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Sunrise here was pretty cool but he recommends checking out the less-visited temples nearby.Conor on the famed Slickrock trail in Moab, Utah, with some friends.In the highlands above Otavalo, Ecuador, on a short hike. In the background is the volcano Imbabura and San Pablo lake.Donning his gringo hat, Conor enjoys an off day at the beach at Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz in the Galapagos.Conor with two of NatHab's best South America guides, Zapa (left) and Roberto Plaza (right).Conor at Perito Moreno glacier outside El Calfate, Argentina. You really have to see it for yourself to get a sense of the enormity of this glacier.Conor at a viewpoint high above El Chalten, Argentina, where you can see both Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. He was super lucky to have a bluebird day with no wind for this self-guided hike. Conor had the chance to travel to the Galapagos with his mom in 2014. It was so special to be able to share the magic of the islands for a week with her.

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