Guide Feature: Chris Rutz

Guide Features
Mar 2018

Get to know Chris

Guiding since: 2016

At AOA since: 2016

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

What type of tours do you guide? ALL Single-day tours!

Hobbies/fun facts: I have lived in Scottsdale since 1995 and have an extensive background in outdoor adventure. I have been a competitive athlete much of my life including road and mountain bike racing, triathlon and most recently a professional obstacle course racer (OCR). When not competing I am exploring the southwest – camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing and canyoneering. In 2014 I retired early from a 23-year career in the insurance industry. Outside of guiding I am an OCR coach, steward for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and private adventure guide for my girlfriend and two cats.

What do you love most about guiding?  I love introducing first timers to the southwest. For many the southwest is a dream destination that holds great fascination and mystery. My goal as a guide is remove some of that mystery but leave just enough so they want to come back on another adventure.

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What Guests Say About Chris

“My husband and I set up a day trip with mountain biking in the morning and paddle boarding in the afternoon (late March). The weather was perfect, the booking experience was super easy, and our guide, Chris, was really amazing!! Not only was he super knowledgeable about the places where we were riding and paddling, but he was extremely helpful with navigating the trails, the bikes themselves, and knew so much about the vegetation, animals, and city! We couldn’t have been happier with our experience with this company and our guide! We can’t wait to go back!! I’ll upload some pics later! :).”

– Emma, Mountain Bike & SUP Tour Guest

“Booked three half day road bike tours with AOA in early September. Chris, Elaine, and Kapri were receptive to the type of rides I desired, helpful in route selection given how quickly the temps rise on a summer morning, and were all around fit, strong riders who knew a lot about the area they were riding in and where to go to give me the best Scottsdale riding experience. AOA is in North Scottsdale, but I found most UberXLs willing to transport the bike I flew out from where I was staying in Old Town. AOA has restrooms to change, place to fill water bottles, and pre-ride nutrition and post-ride snacks and drinks to recover. Very affordable experience, even for the solo traveler. Really gave me a great impression of Arizona cycling. I’ll be back soon; thanks!”

– Andrew, Mountain Bike Tour Guest


Find Chris Rutz on Instagram: @toughtraining

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