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“I don’t think I can say too many good things about Pathways and the Pinkstons.  I have known Eric for more than 10 years and Tina almost as long.  Troop 552 has had at least one outing with them each year since the Troops beginning in 1997.  I view them more as friends than guides.  They are competent above measure and most importantly love what they do and those they work with.  The Troop’s scouts recognize this and look forward to each trip whether it be caving or climbing.  As long as Pathways and the Pinkstons continue to guide, Troop 552 will be on their schedule.”

- Joseph Ashby, Scoutmaster Troop 552, Northeast Georgia Council

“To prospective climber, repellers and adventurers.  I have been using Pathways and the Pinkstons for all our rock climbing and repelling adventures for over 10 years.  They have been great whether it was an experienced boy scout troop, young boy scout/webelo or coed Venture Crew.  They have always been at the appointed location on time, prepared, and with excellent equipment, attitude and guidance.  They have always had adequate coverage for climbing with safety a top priority.  Their attitude is upbeat and encouraging whether it is the more experienced athletic climber or the young or older adult who is not too sure about heights!    We have had many who were at first just along to be with the group  and with the encouragement and enthusiasm of Pathways discover something new they could do and have the sweet sense of accomplishment and self confidence of stretching themselves further than they thought they could  in a safe learning environment.  I heartily recommend and endorse Pathways to any group seeking an outdoor adventure.”

- Phil Stovall, Scoutmaster - Crew Adviser - Church College leader

  "Although it was harrowing, I think it was quite an accomplishment for me and for them to get me to do it.  When I look back on it I totally freak out about the pancake squeeze but I feel good that I did it." 

- a 50 year old mom who chaperoned a trip with a boy scout troop

“I can say that over the course of years, I have done many trips with Pathways, both climbing and caving.  I have seen Pathways guides work with various scout groups both boys and girls of ages ranging from 11 years old to 19 years old and their adult chaperones. Their team can coerce, encourage, and even incite enthusiasm about climbing to heights or crawling through spaces that none of the individuals would ever have thought possible, nor ever would have even voluntarily done if not for the sparked camaraderie of their companions in the group. 

Their climbing and caving trips are wonderful team building experiences, and the challenges are both invigorating and gratifying by the end of the day.  I have seen them repeatedly talk kids (and adults) through situations in which they have gone well outside their comfort zone, and yet come through at the end with a sigh of relief and a sense of profound accomplishment, and even sometimes the discovery of wanting to repeat a new-found challenge!  I have recommended Pathways Guiding to many youth leaders and sports team coaches who wanted to find a good team building experience.”

- Carolyn Sparks, a scout & venture crew leader




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