Meet Your Guide

Kat Fitzpatrick

Classes Led by Kat


Getting to Know Your Guide


We asked our Guides some fun questions to help you get to know them a bit better.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I feel that my greatest achievement is recovering my spirit after a difficult divorce and loss of home and family in 2006. After a 3-month debilitating bout of illness, I chose to get involved (at very low pay) in outdoor education for young people. I believe the decision quite literally saved my spirit.

What is your favorite job?

My favorite job is leading kayaking trips! Whether it be an hour-long trip for friends, an afternoon class for an organization, or a multi-day trip with an outfitter, I love sharing the joy of being on the water and seeing people gain confidence with new skills.

What is your most treasured possession?

An old-style, almost archaic Zen Mozaic MP3 player that is not connected to the internet. I play audiobooks almost constantly with it and feel as if the narrator, author, and I are in our own little world.

What is your favorite journey?

I just came back from a trip to Costa Rica and I would have to say the kayaking journey on Gulfo Dulce (3 days and approximately 50 kilometers) was one of the best excursions ever.

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll never master the ability to fully be present to all the love and blessings in my life.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to be fully present in the moment.

Where would you like to live?

Since my great trip to Costa Rica, I’d have to say the coast of Costa Rica, but really, I’m quite happy in beautiful Upstate New York. So this is a difficult question! :D

What do you most value in your friends?

A fun-loving nature, with the desire to explore, to see, to listen, to enjoy, and to leave things just a little better than they are found.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Mary “Jacky” Faber of “Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship's Boy" is a historical novel by L.A. Meyer. She starts out in difficult, if not impossible circumstances and elevates herself into ranks unimagined!

Who are your heroes in real life?

The poets Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou, the writers Beryl Markham, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, and Anne Lamott; and the nature journaler Claire Walker Leslie. They all seem to be present to life as it is and bring its beauty (and brawn) into readers’ awareness in a nourishing way.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My vanity. I’m always worried about how I look and how that affects my value.

What is your motto?

“Take a deep breath: see what might changes in that moment.”

What are you looking forward to?

Leading summer outdoor activities for kids at the town park, facilitating kayaking (or as some say kat-yakking) adventures in Upstate NY this fall, guiding classes on Amava.com starting in September! Oh, and another trip to Costa Rica next year. :)

What have you always wanted to try?

Kite Surfing

What do you do for fun? (or to relax)

Surprise: Kayak!

What is your favorite dessert?

Popcorn with a side of dark chocolate

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