Client Testimonials

We know we’re making some pretty large statements, but we promise we can back them up. Check out what past participants have said about our events and the impact their experiences with us have had on their lives. We’re in the business of helping humans be more human, and nothing speaks louder than real human experience.

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Catamount events are for people who know the only reward for great work is more work; these people love that. If you participate in a Catamount event you're guaranteed to learn what aspects of yourself are most in need of improvement. If you compete in a Catamount event you're guaranteed to learn how to confront challenge with maximum levels of effort and patience. In either case you will be surrounded by people pushing past "good enough" to find their absolute best. I leave each race with renewed gratitude for God's creation, a thankfulness for relationships, and a plan to train my weaknesses. Join us!  ~ Hannah Huddleston

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"The week with Catamount Expeditions in Iceland was a trip of a lifetime. This was my first experience with the group and honestly I was a bit nervous. New country, people I hadn’t met before, the idea of hiking up to 20 miles a day, and all off grid….yikes! That feeling didn’t last long. Upon arrival it was immediately clear how epic the week would be. With spectacular scenery at every turn, we hiked glaciers, mountains, lava formations and black sand beaches. We experienced hot springs, beautiful fjords, glacier-fed rivers and waterfalls, and even some homemade cuisine. The hikes were challenging, terrain beautifully rustic and all with an incredible group of people. These people made the week in this stunning place even better than I could have imagined. I am so grateful to our fearless leaders and every one of the participants. Thank you for the amazing experience – can’t wait for the next adventure!" ~ Natalie Gardner

 

 
I was a bit nervous. New country, people I hadn’t met before, the idea of hiking up to 20 miles a day, and all off grid….yikes! That feeling didn’t last long. Upon arrival it was immediately clear how epic the week would be.
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The Winter Catamount Games 2016 were by far the best, most challenging event I have competed in as an athlete. Within these events and expeditions are physical, mental, and emotional challenges that will make you find and then redefine what you previously thought were your limits.

The Winter Catamount Games 2016 were by far the best, most challenging event I have competed in as an athlete. Within these events and expeditions are physical, mental, and emotional challenges that will make you find and then redefine what you previously thought were your limits. As the wife of a combat veteran, I have the utmost trust and respect for the men that lead these groups. These expeditions and events are not for your coordinated workout gear to complete a 10 minute AMRAP. These are no stop strategic strength, endurance, and skill-building adventures that require you to dig deep, suck it up, tough it out, and find a new appreciation for what is around you. Without question, there are skills you can only test and learn under such circumstances. At the end of the weekend, I was elated to realize what I was capable of physically, mentally, and emotionally. I had used every muscle in my body to rise to the challenges set before us. I recommend these events to any person who wants a challenge. I think someone who could not complete such a task may not, in fact, be the athlete they believe themselves to be. " - Ellen Casale

 "Catamount has changed my life in ways that I never would have dreamed of.  I did my first catamount when I was 17 years old and still trying to find my purpose in life. I was shy, scared, and never did anything outside my comfort zone. One day in the gym Darrin convinced me that Catamount would be a fun adventure and that I would love it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This event was the first time I was pushed both physically and mentally to my breaking point. I had to punch through many mental walls that where telling me I wouldn’t make it through the weekend. It gave me a new-found confidence to be ambitious in my life and break through even more walls. My first catamount really opened my eyes, I learned how to survive in a whole other world. I had never been camping or on a long hike before catamount. With the help of the amazing people who run Catamount and some of the participants I learned things from how to set up a tent to how to properly take care of my blistered feet. Over the years I have completed many catamounts and I continue to learn new things every time.     Catamount has opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed. Because of Catamount I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places like Michigan, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Boston, and Iceland. The Catamount Expedition trip to Iceland was life changing. It really put in perspective how easy my day to day life is compared to the people that live in the backcountry of Iceland. It taught me to never take anything for granted and to spend more time living in the moment instead of being glued to my phone or obsessing over social media. I still dream about climbing mountains in Iceland and looking over the gorgeous fjords. The best part about Catamount for me are the people. I have never in my life met such driven, kind, loving, genuine people. I strive every day to be more like them. I know whenever I need advice I have amazing people in my life that I can turn to. I will cherish their friendships for the rest of my life. Deciding to do a Catamount was one of the best decisions I have ever made, Catamount and the people involved in it mean the world to me."  ~ Sarah Colclough

"Catamount has changed my life in ways that I never would have dreamed of.  I did my first catamount when I was 17 years old and still trying to find my purpose in life. I was shy, scared, and never did anything outside my comfort zone. One day in the gym Darrin convinced me that Catamount would be a fun adventure and that I would love it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This event was the first time I was pushed both physically and mentally to my breaking point. I had to punch through many mental walls that where telling me I wouldn’t make it through the weekend. It gave me a new-found confidence to be ambitious in my life and break through even more walls. My first catamount really opened my eyes, I learned how to survive in a whole other world. I had never been camping or on a long hike before catamount. With the help of the amazing people who run Catamount and some of the participants I learned things from how to set up a tent to how to properly take care of my blistered feet. Over the years I have completed many catamounts and I continue to learn new things every time.

 

Catamount has opened doors for me that I didn’t even know existed. Because of Catamount I’ve had the opportunity to travel to places like Michigan, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Boston, and Iceland. The Catamount Expedition trip to Iceland was life changing. It really put in perspective how easy my day to day life is compared to the people that live in the backcountry of Iceland. It taught me to never take anything for granted and to spend more time living in the moment instead of being glued to my phone or obsessing over social media. I still dream about climbing mountains in Iceland and looking over the gorgeous fjords. The best part about Catamount for me are the people. I have never in my life met such driven, kind, loving, genuine people. I strive every day to be more like them. I know whenever I need advice I have amazing people in my life that I can turn to. I will cherish their friendships for the rest of my life. Deciding to do a Catamount was one of the best decisions I have ever made, Catamount and the people involved in it mean the world to me."  ~ Sarah Colclough

 "I have been with Catamount Expeditions since their early days when they put on the second Catamount Games competition and have done a total of eight competitions and one overseas expedition. To say they have had an impact on me would be an understatement. The adventures they help facilitate have redefined who I thought I was and I am. Through their event locations my view of the outdoors and nature has been stretched beyond what most people will ever know. Physically it has tested my body to go deep into the depths of myself to release strength I did not know I had. Mentally it has made more confident and secure in my everyday life. Through them I have realized I can see and do more than I ever thought I could. They have helped me get past my biggest barrier of self-fulfillment which is myself. I anticipate greatly more growth of who am in their future events as they help see beyond the world of my everyday life." ~ Jimmy Daresta

"I have been with Catamount Expeditions since their early days when they put on the second Catamount Games competition and have done a total of eight competitions and one overseas expedition. To say they have had an impact on me would be an understatement. The adventures they help facilitate have redefined who I thought I was and I am. Through their event locations my view of the outdoors and nature has been stretched beyond what most people will ever know. Physically it has tested my body to go deep into the depths of myself to release strength I did not know I had. Mentally it has made more confident and secure in my everyday life. Through them I have realized I can see and do more than I ever thought I could. They have helped me get past my biggest barrier of self-fulfillment which is myself. I anticipate greatly more growth of who am in their future events as they help see beyond the world of my everyday life." ~ Jimmy Daresta

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"My experience with Catamount has impacted my life more than I could of ever imagined. I learned a lot about who I am and who I want to be. Finishing my first Catamount was an emotional experience that showed me how strong I can be and how much improvement I needed to make. Each event offers an opportunity to discover yourself and meet like-minded  individuals. I don't know what I do without the Catamount crew or coach Darrin. Our recent trip to Iceland was a once in a lifetime trip that exposed me to so many new experiences and gave me an opportunity to get close with an amazing group of people." ~Alexandra Colclough

 "The Catamount Games are a life changing experience. Your body and mind are tested beyond normal limits. When I completed the games I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. Courage to step out of my comfort zone and complete a challenge no matter how difficult the task.  The expedition trip to Iceland was unforgettable! You get a totally different perspective when you hike through a country rather than ride in a vehicle. You are able to experience the culture, climate and people first hand.  The sights, sounds and smells of the country are totally different when you see it from the trail.  Overall, I am no longer afraid to try something new either in a group or on my own. The catamount series has helped me overcome fear of the unknown, and helped me have a better understanding of the world we live in. Through both of my experiences with catamount I have gained lifelong friendships and experienced things I will never forget."  ~Cheryl Davis

"The Catamount Games are a life changing experience. Your body and mind are tested beyond normal limits. When I completed the games I felt a sense of accomplishment and pride. Courage to step out of my comfort zone and complete a challenge no matter how difficult the task.

The expedition trip to Iceland was unforgettable! You get a totally different perspective when you hike through a country rather than ride in a vehicle. You are able to experience the culture, climate and people first hand.  The sights, sounds and smells of the country are totally different when you see it from the trail.

Overall, I am no longer afraid to try something new either in a group or on my own. The catamount series has helped me overcome fear of the unknown, and helped me have a better understanding of the world we live in. Through both of my experiences with catamount I have gained lifelong friendships and experienced things I will never forget."  ~Cheryl Davis

 "I witnessed some crazy impressive physical strength that weekend, both women and men. I witnessed folks dipping their toes into backpacking for the first time in their lives...something I have done for 20+ years. I think folks learned so much about what they are capable of in those 2.5 days. The event was wonderfully executed. You learn about the area of the country you are competing in, you learn about yourself, you get to go many miles out into the wilderness and see what many don't! That for me is huge...to witness new wilderness. You HAVE to join in on one of the Catamount Games!"  ~ Jane Ann Coffey

"I witnessed some crazy impressive physical strength that weekend, both women and men. I witnessed folks dipping their toes into backpacking for the first time in their lives...something I have done for 20+ years. I think folks learned so much about what they are capable of in those 2.5 days. The event was wonderfully executed. You learn about the area of the country you are competing in, you learn about yourself, you get to go many miles out into the wilderness and see what many don't! That for me is huge...to witness new wilderness. You HAVE to join in on one of the Catamount Games!"  ~ Jane Ann Coffey

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"The camaraderie among all of us made for such a great feeling. I enjoyed this experience; it broadened my horizon a great deal, and I hope I’m fortunate enough to do another Catamount event in the future."  ~ Jennifer Marciante

"It’s hard to put Catamount Games into a box. Is it physical? Mental? Spiritual? I’ve done several different endurance style events and have been an avid outdoorsman most of my life. I signed up for the games not knowing what to fully expect. Honestly, I underestimated it. I didn’t show up in peak physical condition and I knew right off the bat that I was out of my depth. There were a lot of really tough competitors. Fortunately (or possibly unfortunately) I had a long walk in the first couple hours, under heavy weight, to find my drive. Quitting never crossed my mind. I had to dig deep and face a lot of pain. In the process I amazed myself of what exactly I was capable of. Except fractions, still can’t do fractions. I found solace in the pain, God in the beautiful hills of Kentucky, and myself somewhere over the miles. If you think you’re “ready” for Catamount, you’re not. If you think you’ll be ready, you won’t. Just sign up, show up, and keep going. Even when it hurts, because it will. You’ll be amazed at the person crossing the finish line."  ~ Robert Groves

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