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When you travel with Fit 4 Adventure you not only explore the world, but meet like-minded fitness enthusiasts who share your passion for one-of-a-kind experiences.   

Our trips include cycling in Spain, trekking in Switzerland and skiing in Colorado, and itineraries are equal parts fitness and fun. For every hill climb there’s a wine tasting, and  for every encounter with a manatee while snorkeling there’s a sunset cruise.  

Along with planned itineraries throughout the year, Fit 4 Adventure also works with groups of athletic adventurers who are looking for custom holidays. Are you part of a running or cycling club that wants to travel together, or have a group of friends in need of an active getaway? Contact us, and we’ll do the planning for you.  

With us, you’re not simply booking a trip — you’re signing up for an adventure.

diverse locations

Guided adventures in over 11 countries and counting. We take you to the best places and book hand-picked accommodations.

Experienced staff

Every one of our trips features a dedicated team member that travels with your group to ensure you have the best time possible.

Let us handle the details

When you travel with us, we take care of the details so you can have the best experience.

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our team

meet the people that make this happen

Diane Golden

Diane has always been a fitness/health buff, outdoor enthusiast, and wanderer.  Even back-in-the-day when she was a hotel industry Accountant, active vacations were always top priority … often taking off work without pay to go somewhere.

Always staying in shape kept the door open for many adventures through the year including running marathons, scuba diving, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, canyoneering, camping, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding.

Being the “organizer” for many active vacations for herself and friends through the years, Diane dreamed of starting her own business one day.  Doing exactly that, by the fall of 2000 it was time to launch Golden Adventures (now FIT 4 ADVENTURE) full time!

Today, after traveling there since 2001, Boston marathon is the largest trip for FIT 4 ADVENTURE (500 traveling with us for the 2017 Boston Marathon).   Our trip cycling in Majorca Spain, is also hugely popular and going strong each year since 2011.

But we have such a variety of athletic interests, FIT 4 ADVENTURE trips have grown into much more than running & cycling.  The trips now include hiking, kayaking, rafting, yoga, skiing, snow shoeing and more! New, active adventures are born every year. Honestly, Diane keeps a simple philosophy … plan a trip as if it were for your best friends. It truly is the best job ever!!

Joe Dann
Senior Adventure Guide

Since 2009, when Joe first came along on a hiking trip at Big Bend National Park, he has contributed to, and created, many exciting adventures with Fit 4 Adventure: A discovery trip to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State; a snowshoe trip to Estes Park; snow skiing in Colorado, Montana and Utah; hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park; rim-to-river backpacking at Grand Canyon National Park, day hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park; multi-sport adventuring in Alaska; hut-to-hut trekking in the Alps; and more to come!  As an Adventure Guide, Joe is easy-going and adaptable - always looking for the most unique and unexpected experiences.  Meanwhile, he stays well attuned to safety and satisfaction of those he travels with.    

Joe was a hike leader for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program in North Texas, 2008-2010, when he first connected with Diane and started going on F4A ski trips.  In 2011, he relocated to Seattle and was hired as the event manager for the Climb for Clean Air, in which participants raise money for the American Lung Association while training for the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Inspired, after a year or two, to share everything he loved about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Joe also worked as a city tour guide, driving the city highlights and leading scenic day trips through Mt. Rainier National Park.  Relocating once again in 2015, Joe now lives in St. Louis where he enjoys working as a green-vested sales specialist at the local REI store…when he’s not traveling and guiding!   

On Joe’s bucket list: a trip to every major national park in the U.S. before retiring to a scenic coast somewhere in Europe or the Mediterranean.

Jenny Kettler
Adventure Guide and Travel Blogger

Jenny is a certified yoga teacher, photographer and outdoor enthusiast. She’s been practicing yoga for over 3 years and currently teaches at REI and works the front desk at Shanti Yoga in St. Louis. To further her education she recently completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training.

When Jenny’s not teaching yoga she works as a Photography Professor at the Art Institute of St. Louis where teaches classes in everything from Photojournalism to Nature Photography. In 2006, Jenny planned a trip to India to administer a photography workshop to underprivileged youth in Bangalore. Then in 2008, she lead a group to Ecuador to hike and explore the Rio Napo region of the Amazon Rainforest and swim with penguins, sharks and giant starfish to the Galapagos Islands! During her free time she likes to explore spring-fed waters and vast scenic hiking trails.

Nick Tilley
Adventure Guide and Blog Contributor

Nick started traveling at an early age, with family trips to England, France, the Caribbean and Canada. A childhood obsession with Australia led to a Semester Abroad in Sydney while enrolled at Northwestern University. That experience in turn led to a 3-year trip-around-the-world, which included a year spent living in New Zealand, 3 months backpacking in Southeast Asia, a month in China, a month in Nepal, a year back in Australia, and 4 months traveling through 11 countries in Africa. Talk about ‘adventure’- it.was.EPIC.
Add to that extended-length expeditions through South America and Europe- at 45 countries (and counting…), Nick has developed quite the travel dossier.
His passion for travel and adventure are rivaled only by his enthusiasm for encouraging and empowering others to get out of their comfort zones and pursue their own adventures. To that end, he has developed an Adventure Travel website (www.BackpackU.com), is an avid adventure travel writer/blogger, and continues to pursue a career in Adventure Travel

In his spare time, you’ll find Nick running trails at local state parks, hitting the single track on his mountain bike, or hiking along the bluffs that line the Missouri River. Skiing the Rockies, camping in Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon, backpacking through Glacier- Nick continues to pursue outdoor adventures at every opportunity, and is thrilled and excited to be part of the
Fit4Adventure Team.

Chris Gescheidle
Cycling Group Leader and Skills Clinic Coach

Chris Gescheidle is a long-time resident of Texas, currently residing in Richardson with his wife, Dana.  He is a veteran and a retired police officer.  Since his retirement from law enforcement, Chris has spent the last decade devoting himself to learning all he can about fitness, sports and a healthy lifestyle.  As the owner of Athletic Volition LLC, he coaches adults in these endeavors.  
Chris is a Certified Running Coach by the Road Runners Club of America and a Certified Swim Coach by the American Swimming Coaches Association.  Chris has also received his certification as a Level I Triathlon Coach by USA Triathlon and his Level I Cycling Coach certification* by USA
Cycling.   He is a Certified Personal Trainer by The Cooper Institute (Dallas, TX).  Additionally, Chris adds the certification of Bike Skills Instructor* to his resume!  

*Level 1 in USA Cycling is the highest achievement.  That level of certification and Bike Skills Instructor are certifications very few people obtain!

Chris joined us on the Majorca cycling trip in 2018 and quickly amazed us with his cycling skills and his ability to instruct and relate to all skill levels both as a cyclist and a coach. He fit in extremely well so will join us in 2019 as an instructor for novice riders and as a group leader in the daily rides.

Emily Goode
Adventure Guide

Emily has had a love of adventure since traveling to Russia at the age of 15.  She has since explored Israel, joined a photo safari in South Africa, backpacked in the Rocky Mountains and Smokey Mountains, and hiked the awe-inspiring Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  As a cyclist, she has completed several century rides and has been part of group rides around Texas and has since added tours of Spain and Croatia with Fit4Adventure!

She spent the last several years coordinating remote recruiting teams which gave her the opportunity to work anywhere, even from a tent, on occasion.  She used this freedom to explore many of America's National Parks including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, Joshua Tree and Death Valley.  

Emily has practiced yoga for over 15 years, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and is currently pursuing a coaching certification.  While researching the type of adventure travel company she dreamed of building, Emily discovered Fit4Adventure and is excited to join the team in planning and guiding trips, as well as working to continually optimize our guest's full experience.