Meet the Southwest Outside Adventure Team
Mike Krajnak, WFR
Mike was born and raised near Lake Michigan and moved to the Southwest in 1981 to explore the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business and has been guiding since 1990. He played 4 years of college basketball and is a former high school head coach. Mike is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and practices Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics.
Mike has been exploring Sedona’s trails and cross-country routes for over 30 years, moving to Red Rock Country in 1985. He is an avid Canyoneer and has led trips to dozens of remote Southwestern Canyons.
Mike writes for Jet Settin’ the West Magazine and has been featured inSunset Magazine. He has extensive experience guiding in Southern Utah and leads adventure trips for National Geographic. He worked for 13 years in Southwestern Native American Art and shares his knowledge of Native People on many of his adventures. In his spare time, you can find him atop one of Colorado’s “14ers” or in the bottom of Grand Canyon.
Marian Diamond RN,MS,FNP-C
Marian was raised in Illinois and moved to the Southwest in 1978 to pursue a career in nursing. She has hiked extensively on the Colorado Plateau for the last 25 years. Marian holds a Masters Degree (MS) in Nursing and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). She is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She was honored as Arizona’s “Nurse Practitioner of the Year” in 2005, by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Marian has lived in Sedona for over 30 years and has explored its backcountry extensively. In her spare time, she loves to run any of Sedona’s trails.
She has hiked many canyons on the Colorado Plateau with extensive experience “below the rim” in Grand Canyon. She loves to travel the Southwest and visit remote locations.
Kimball Walker, Guide, Artist & Author
Kimball grew up on the east coast hiking, fly fishing and camping. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a textile design degree and painted murals for 20 years. In 2003, Kimball left the tri-state area with her family and moved to Rhode Island where she opened a jewelry studio, and taught metal smithing.
Kimball moved to Sedona in 2012 to satisfy her hiking addiction. When she isn’t guiding, you can find her on a beautiful Red Rock vista taking in the Sedona sunrise. She also works as a wellness coach and is the author of “Lessons Earned”, a book about healing.