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Jim Pfitzer

An autodidact, Jim has spent a lifetime studying and exploring what he refers to as “the intersection of human progress and wildness.” Stumbling on the writings of Aldo Leopold in his early twenties—namely Leopold’s essay Thinking Like a Mountain—launched Jim on a journey that has crisscrossed the country in pursuit of wildness.

Jim began his guiding work in the early 1990's, living in an old Volkswagen bus and paddling rafts on the Snake River in Wyoming in the summer, and working as an educator with live birds of prey in Arizona in winter. Since then, he has been as a naturalist, guide, and host, on rivers, in the back country, in national parks, and aquariums, from Redwood National Park to the Tennessee River Gorge, and now the rainforest of Southeast Alaska.

Jim will tell you that he would rather paddle a canoe than drive a car and prefers watching birds to watching television, and that he agrees with author Bernd Heinrich when he wrote “There is no greater pleasure than eating roasted moose, while resting under a spruce, and contemplating ravens.” He believes, like Leopold, that every one of us must have an ethical relationship with the land that is based on love, respect and admiration, and has a passion for helping others find their own Land Ethic.

My upcoming expeditions

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness

Jun 1 2024
Jun 8 2024
Jun 15 2024
Aug 3 2024
Aug 10 2024
Aug 17 2024
Aug 24 2024

Columbia and Snake Rivers: Food, Wine, and History

Sep 29 2024
Oct 6 2024
Oct 13 2024
Oct 20 2024
Apr 12 2025
Apr 19 2025

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal

Nov 30 2024
Dec 7 2024
Dec 14 2024
Mar 7 2025
Mar 14 2025