Picking an adventure travel outfitter can be its own adventure, says David Sakowski, a senior staff engineer for Lockheed and a licensed California guide. He's been hiring outfitters for more than a decade and suggests five characteristics to look for in a first-rate operator. * Sound business history Small, independent outfitters can vary wildly when it comes to quality and reliability. Choose only those that have well-established business practices and a reputation earned from several ...

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