The Guides

Wilderness Brenda Gorczynski (Owner/Guide)


A native Bronxite. The only Hispanic female  Guide Company Owner and Operator in the NYC area.  After having, briefly, served our country in the U.S. Army, Brenda came home to take on a more important role – Motherhood. Since then she has dedicated her life to serving the community she grew up in, as a Medical Assistant. She volunteers in schools to encourage children who struggle academically and provide support to families with children with special needs. When not guiding, Brenda works as the Executive Assistant in one of NYC’s Charter Schools; a job she finds rewarding. Her dream – to introduce others to the beauty New York has to offer outside of the Concrete Jungle.  Brenda is a Registered New York State Guide.  Wilderness First Aid Trained and CPR Qualified.

Edward Gorczynski (CEO Founder)

An Upstate New Yorker (tri-State Area) of 38 years  and a guide for 21 years, ED is the only Guide in the NYC that can still call upstate home (His Back Yard).  Ed , has an intimate  knowledge of the areas hiked and often takes clients to the areas he has been as a child.  Ed , started his career as an Adventure Based Counselor for at-risk youth in an upstate New York residential facility, running an outdoors program teaching leadership skills, group dynamics and problem solving skills.  This program blossomed into taking the same at risk youths skiing, rock climbing, camping, and hiking. Ed is also a Catskill 3500 Member and in his free time does volunteer to lead groups for the Catskill 3500 Club currently he is the only professional guide that gives back to the hiking community in this way.  .  When Guided by ED you can expect the experience of a lifetime.  Edward is a Registered New York State Guide.  Wilderness First Aid Trained and CPR Qualified.



Stephan Beffre


Stephan Beffre is a licensed New York State Wilderness Guide and a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Wilderness First Responder for local search and rescue. Stephan grew up in the tri-state area, so he is particularly familiar with local favorites like the Delaware Water Gap, Harriman State Park, the Catskills, and Adirondacks. In the past, he served on trail crews in the Grand Canyon, Everglades, and the New Jersey section of Palisades Interstate Park.  Stephan specializes in bird identification and is always on the lookout for wildlife on his hikes.

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