Meet the Guides
 
Eric Pinkston is Pathways’ founder and Lead Guide. He began his outdoor leadership experience as a Scout. Some of his highlights include attending all of the high adventure bases at least once, attending the 1987/88 World Scout Jamboree in Australia and being selected as the Senior Patrol Leader of Atlanta’s contingent troop to the 1989 National Jamboree. He continued his involvement as an adult leader where he served as an Assistant Scoutmaster and the Advisor for newly formed Venture Crew 70 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He also completed his Woodbadge Training and served on numerous District Committees.

Eric attended Purdue University (1991-1995) where he received a triple major in Forest Recreation, Forest Management and Wildlife Management. This is also where he began to hone his more advanced outdoor skills as part of Purdue’s Outing Club. He quickly became involved in all aspects of the club, particularly climbing and caving.

He served in many aspects of the club including Lead climbing consultant and President. He also began working with the Central Indiana Grotto (a caving “club” associated with the National Speleological Society) where his interest in cave rescue began.  After school Eric continued his training by becoming certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) through Wilderness Medical Associates and attended High Angle Rescue Training with Alpine Towers International. 

Eric married Tina in 1999 and they have been having adventures together ever since.  They have both worked for numerous camping programs, working extensively with youth in outdoor adventure and ropes course settings, and are certified Wilderness First Responders. They are members of the National Speleological Society and regularly read trade magazines to keep up with current trends in climbing and caving technique and safety.

Pathways has functioned as a formal guiding service since 1996.  The business has spread primarily through word of mouth in all that time, from one satisfied customer to the next. Over the years they have worked with a variety of groups, from Scouting programs to church youth groups and staffs, to private schools. Currently, Pathways is based out of Ringgold, Georgia. Eric and Tina run Pathways from their home, which will soon be outfitted as a base camp for groups to use when needed.
 

Tina Pinkston started backpacking as a child, grew up in the wilderness, and seemed to only be waiting for Eric to bring Pathways into her life so she could continue her outdoor adventures.  She worked at Beckwith, an Episcopal Summer Camp for 5 years – focused on high and low ropes course facilitation.  She worked with At-Risk-youth in a residential therapeutic wilderness program at the John de la Howe School for 1 year – long story you’ll have to ask her about.  And she has been working in the United Methodist Church with youth and adults for the last 9 years.  She also enjoys pottery & stained glass – teaching classes from the Hopeful Hands Arts Studio – click here for a brochure!

   

Anthony Rood has been guiding with Pathways for about 5 years.  He’s an extraordinary climber and always fun to have around.  When you get stuck on the crux of a climb, just ask him to show you some moves.  Anthony has climbed all over the south east, is an active member in the SCC and The Access Fund, and has participated in a few bouldering competitions recently - winning first in his division each time.  He is also an accomplished bass player - you can catch him on Sunday nights at The Water's Edge worship gathering in the band with Tina.  Or you might see him out on his Harley or working under the hood of his 1966 Chevelle.  Anthony also is a student and is working two other jobs in addition to guiding with Pathways! 

   
This is Moab, Eric & Tina's dog. 
He goes on most outings with them - and ends up being one of the highlights of the trip for many participants.

 

 

 

All in all,
there’s nothing fancy about us!
We’re just good people who love the outdoors and can help you to have a phenomenal experience enjoying them, too. 
Give us a call
we’d love to hang out!

 

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