UOU OUTDOORS is a group of like-minded outdoor adventurists who are passionate about being outdoors, exploring new adventures, learning new skills, sharing our passions, and demonstrating environmental stewardship in the process. There's a plethora of data showing that people who spend time outdoors have a better quality of life - physically, mentally, emotionally, and inspirationally. That said, who do you owe first and foremost, the opportunity to benefit from being outdoors ... UOU.
Our goal is to provide resources, skills instruction, and services that guide and enable you to have the safest and most FUN experience possible. Challenging? Yes at times we'll challenge you to look beyond comfort zones. We feel strongly that if we can provide and facilitate all of this for you ... you will in turn pass it forward to others.
Stoney has hiked well over 15,000 miles over the last 15 years. He has vast experience on trails in State and National Parks & Forests, as well as National Trails like the A.T.; John Muir; Mountains-to-Sea; Eastern Divide; Alleghany; Vermont's Long Trail; and more. Stoney is also a nationally certified Wilderness EMT and Wilderness Medicine Instructor with SOLO Schools as well as Director of UOU OUTDOORS Wilderness Medicine programs. He is currently working closely with SOLO SCHOOLS to develop and launch a unique and flexible Wilderness First Responder Module for certified First Responders and Medical Professionals that will allow participants to learn valuable skills, and significantly minimize time away from work and family.
Depending on the size or nature of your groups interests outside of photography, Stoney often solicits fellow Guide Brian Bell to co-lead your adventure and ensure UOU OUTDOORS is leading you on "Happy Trails".
An avid outdoorsman, Eagle Scout, conservationist and environmentalist. Brian enjoys sharing his love of nature with those who seek to learn from the wilderness, rather than conquer it. Brian has spent years cultivating his love for the outdoors in ways that will help future generations: as a certified Leave No Trace (LNT) Instructor, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Instructor, and founder of his own environmental nonprofit, Keep Virginia Cozy, Inc.
Keep Virginia Cozy focuses on reducing the visibility and impact of all people on public lands. From weekly litter cleanups around various areas in Virginia, to full blown government assistance projects in our National Parks when the government is shut down, Keep Virginia Cozy has a simple mission — Be kind. Smile at strangers. Pick up litter. Work to keep our public lands clean. Keep Virginia Cozy.
His favorite quotes are by Jack London and Mary Oliver —
"The wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept." — Jack London
"Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
unsuitable. I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours. Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing. If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” — Mary Oliver
An outdoorswoman and artist. Shay has a professional background in wilderness therapy and an educational background from Virginia Commonwealth University's Painting Department. She combines her passion for the outdoors and art with her love of sharing and teaching skills to others. Her skill set ranges from backpacking in the backcountry, leading hikes, bow-drilling fires to leading mindfulness nature groups and creative expression classes.
As the current artist-in-residence of the James River Park System she shares her enthusiasm for the outdoors with participants by teaching monthly workshops where she guides participants to explore their creativity and connection with nature. Shay's guided trips with UOU incorporate these activities on a larger scale. Her trips focus on getting participants comfortable with outdoor adventures and arm participants with the knowledge you need to feel empowered to hike, camp, and explore the outdoors. These trips include guided mindfulness and creative expression activities to help you get in touch with the tremendous benefits nature has to offer when you take a moment to pause.
Her favorite quotes are by John Muir —
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."
"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."
Writer + Photographer
An outdoorswoman, environmentalist and creative. Lindsay has over four years experience in journalism and photography. An avid lover of all things nature, she uses photography and writing to share breathtaking places as well as raise awareness about sustainability and other environmental issues we face today. In addition to photography and journalism, her favorite outdoor activities include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing and snowboarding.
Lindsay’s writing and photography encompasses all of the beautiful places to see in Virginia and beyond, UOU’s Wilderness courses and events, and important information regarding our environment and public lands.
Her favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau —
“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”