About

What We Do

Welcome to the Shoestring Adventures community, where you can connect with others who share your love for the outdoors. We offer guided weekend camping and backpacking trips across California, as well as group hikes on our local trails.

Camping & Backpacking Weekend Trips

Weekend trips are led by experienced guides with current Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certification, who will empower you with the skills you need to become more confident planning your own adventures, like how to start a campfire, prepare a delicious meal outdoors, read a map, Leave No Trace and more. Connect with like-minded people, enjoy gourmet camp meals and say “cheese” for our Triptographers, who will document the experience. Click here for upcoming events.

Hiking Day Trips

Group hikes are led by Shoestring Adventures Ambassadors. Hosts are not experts, but community members who have earned their Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification with Shoestring Adventures and want to gather and connect with others in their favorite outdoor spaces.

Photo by Ryan Tuttle

Testimonials

“I had a fantastic time on my Shoestring Adventures trip. It was my first time camping since I was a kid, and I was nervous to try it again. Alyx makes everything so easy, and she is a great guide! All I had to do was follow her packing list and show up—she took all the work out of cooking, knowing where to go, what to bring, etc. The park was so beautiful and it was a wonderful experience I will always remember. It turns out I LOVE camping and hiking, and since then I have even gone on my own trips (but I missed Alyx’s campfire cooking).”

Lindsay, Death Valley Weekend Adventure

“I’d always dreamt of seeing Havasupai Falls but I never made the time to deal with, and was a little overwhelmed by, all the logistics required. I was super psyched to discover Shoestring Adventures had everything covered and all I had to do was show up. Alyx and her crew did an awesome job handling everything-including great meals. The rest of the adventurers were super awesome which made the experience even more memorable. I can’t wait for the next adventure with Shoestring!”

Evan, Havasupai Backpacking Adventure

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Meet Our Family

Alyx Schwarz

Founder
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Alyx started Shoestring Adventures in 2011 following back surgery, the end of a year long struggle with chronic pain. A former triathlete and marathon runner, she rediscovered her love of the outdoors through hiking and devoted her weekends to exploring, photographing and blogging about her home state of California.

In 2014, she founded Shoestring Adventures LA, a free Meetup for her rapidly growing community to find connections and support as they ventured into the great outdoors. In 2015, she began organizing camping trips for weekend warriors throughout California: everything from Death Valley to Yosemite and beyond! Alyx is a certified Wilderness First Responder with several years of experience guiding trips.

Photo by Justin Sullivan

Abbey Ganz

Community Engagement Coordinator
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Abbey is earning her bachelors degree in Recreation, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at California State University Northridge. While attending Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, she fell in love with her first job for San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation, which brought her back to Los Angeles to continue her studies.

She loves being around people, trying new things and spreading positivity. Abbey is the best cheerleader on the dirt, and we are lucky to have her on our team! LEARN MORE

Cyndee Ewing

Strategic Advisor
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With an MBA from University of Southern California, a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from UCI and over 11 years planning and implementing results-focused marketing strategies in the entertainment industry, Cyndee is an experienced marketer with a passion for innovation and effective storytelling. She’s a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and currently serves as the President of the L.A. Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter.  As an endurance and adventure junkie, Cyndee has been to 30 countries, completed 3 marathons, 20 half marathons, 2 triathlons and conquered 1 mountain, Mt. Baldy. She hopes to climb Mt. Whitney later this year. LEARN MORE

Favorite Camp Activity: Singing songs and telling stories around a campfire with a beer in hand and a s’more stick in the other

Favorite Camp Food: Campfire Banana Boats

Trip Leaders

Graham Williams

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Graham is a graduate student studying Recreation Management at California State University-Northridge and has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Health, and Exercise from the University of Nebraska. He has a collective of 5 years working for Outward Bound and various other collegiate outdoor recreation programs. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and holds a climbing wall instructor certification. He is an avid climber, surfer, backpacker and backcountry skier. He is absolutely stoked to have been relocated to the West coast where he can share his outdoor passions with others. LEARN MORE

Photo by Ryan Tuttle

Heather Bixby

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Heather currently works as a Residence Director at a university and is aspiring to work full time as a Life Coach, offering healing and rejuvenating outdoor activities to others. She runs a hiking group called The Climb: Hiking Is Healing. One of her most meaningful trips was backpacking the John Muir Trail solo. She is so thankful to be a part of the Shoestring Adventures family and looks forward to getting to know you! LEARN MORE

Canyon Grove

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Before graduating college with a Recreation Systems Management degree from San Diego State, Canyon was a Head High School Lacrosse Coach. While he had an extreme passion for coaching, he wanted to transition his teaching into what he lived outside of work. Leading camping and backpacking trips is a dream come true, and he hopes his enthusiasm for the outdoors and teaching shines through positively on our Shoestring Warriors! Canyon is a certified Wilderness First Responder. LEARN MORE

Photo by Julie Hotz

Triptographers

Our Triptographers document the weekend adventures, so you can put your camera phone down and stay in the moment!

Ryan Tuttle

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Based in Monterey, Ryan has joined us on two Shoestring Adventures in Joshua Tree and Big Sur. A couple years ago, she left her full-time job in LA to pursue a successful career in photography full-time. Her beautiful photos has helped us expand our community a ton, and we’re grateful to have her on board!

Justin Fricke

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Justin is a freelance photographer, videographer, writer, and daily vlogger. I explore the country in my converted van always in search of that next great adventure, scene to capture, and story to tell.

Photo by Adam Fricke

Clare Healy

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If catching a sunrise, summiting peaks, crushing tacos, or throwing up shakas is involved, I am probably close by. I majored in social media and my parents still ask if that was legitimate. I am a born and bred Californian, but I accidentally moved to Chattanooga, TN once and fell in love with the south. Hands down, the best feeling in the world is crushing a strenuous trail then crushing a beer. Lastly, my #1 goal in life is to keep the stoke alive. Shall we?

Mike Struna

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I have been in LA for 2+ years and am loving all the adventure it has to offer! I am a designer and maker by day and lifestyle/adventure photographer by weekend and night. I love to capture the moments that nature has to offer – just have to surround yourself and seek them out!

Photo by Peter Amend

Shani Leead

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I am an adventure lifestyle photographer with a bad case of the doodle bug. I love traveling, hiking, climbing, camping, and beachin’! When I’m not outside, you can find me at comedy shows, concerts, or the movies. My favorite fictional character is Walter Mitty.

Kyle Miyamoto

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I’m a Los Angeles based photographer that loves to chase sunsets and starts every day with a cup of coffee. I love exploring the world and being able to share experiences through photography.

Favorite Camp Activity: Chatting around a campfire with a beer in hand.

Favorite Camp Food: Tacos!

Amanda Proudfit

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I’m a freelance photographer of all sorts of things living in the LBC with my husband and dog. I grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and have a deep appreciation for the outdoors and adventures.

Work With Us

We provide memorable experiences for first-time campers and backpackers to test products in the field before they invest in their own gear. If you are interested in partnering with us to make the outdoors more accessible for all, please contact: alyx@shoestringadventures.com

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