Dave Smithey

Highlights:

  • Seasoned ultra marathon runner

  • Mountain experience in US, Nepal, Mexico, Switzerland & Italy

  • CPR & First Aid certified

  • Pursuing NOLS Wilderness First Responder certification in Feb. 2021

 

Dave is the owner of Top Out Adventures.   After a 20 year corporate career in operations, Dave got off the corporate treadmill to pursue his dream of introducing people to great outdoor adventure experiences.   He grew up exploring the parks and trails around his home in Nashville and the Smoky Mountains.  Life eventually took him to Monterrey, Mexico where he and his wife, Julie, had their two daughters, Zoe and Lucy. 

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Machu Pichu 2020.  Left to right: Lucy, Julie, Zoe, Dave

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While in Mexico he was introduced to the Sierra Madre mountains that are just south of Monterrey.   He and  Zoe, then a toddler, would grab the kid pack after work and go on a quick climb before dinner. Zoe, now 15, is training to become a Top Out Adventures Guide Apprentice.

Career opportunities brought Dave and his family to Dallas, TX in 2008 where they still live.   With that move came the start of Dave’s running adventures.   It started with marathons, but those didn’t scratch the itch of getting out in nature and the mountains.   It all came together when a buddy found the Transrockies Run in 2012.   His buddy never signed up, but Dave went and was hooked.   Since then Dave has run numerous ultras upto 50 miles, the Grand Canyon Rim2Rim2Rim and races in the Rockies, Mexico Copper Canyons, Himalayas and Alps. If you ask him, he will say he is just getting started.

Zoe and Dave in Nepal 2019

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It was the experience of the stage races that has most influenced the vision for Top Out Adventures.   The adventure and fun of meeting a small group of  people with the same passion in a wild location and pushing one’s limits day after day was life changing.   These trips allowed Dave to explore places he would never have otherwise and to test his limits with the confidence of a support structure.  The friendships that were formed on those trips continue to be a family around the world.

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Dave loves to be in the mountains even when he’s not racing.   He has been in Colorado every summer since 2012 where he has climbed 14,000’ peaks and covered many of the trails in the Arkansas River Valley.  He has found that fresh air, getting out of the city, and pushing his limits are the best way to fill his tank and tackle the stress that life brings.  He’s a better husband, dad, and friend after a trip. 

 

If you go on an adventure with Dave, you can expect careful planning, a safety first mindset and a “make it happen, capt'n” (his favorite phrase) drive.   His passion for client experiences is the compass for his decisions and the vision for Top Out Adventures.

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Kris Cargile

Highlights:

  • Thirty-plus years in the outdoors

  • Over a decade of trail and ultramarathon racing experience

  • Mountain experience in the US, Austria, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Scotland, Switzerland

  • NOLS certified Wilderness EMT, nationally registered NR-EMT-B

  • EMS skills instructor and American Heart Association CPR + first aid Instructor

  • Experienced cook and photographer

 

Kristopher spent his childhood camping and fly fishing with his father. The passion for travel and outdoor adventure was quickly passed on, eventually growing into unbridled wanderlust. Over the years, Kris’ interests have expanded from hiking and camping to include extended stints as a climber and mountain biker. In 2009, he discovered trail running and has traveled extensively in the US, Western Canada, Central and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia in search of the perfect stretch of singletrack.

 

Kristopher spends his winters on the East coast where he works as an EMT and AHA CPR instructor. During the spring, summer, and fall he can be found running in the Rockies, racing in the Alps, and trying to stay upright on a surfboard in Central America.

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Many people know Steve from his creative outfits when he appears on the trail to cheerlead at the Transrockies Run.

Steve Aderholt

Highlights:

  • Thirty-plus years in the outdoors

  • Over 15-years of trail and ultramarathon racing experience

  • Mountain experience in the US, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Event organizer and race director for over a decade

 

Steve is an avid rock climber, mountain biker, Nordic skier, and trail ultra-distance runner. Most days he can be found playing in the mountains and deserts of the western US. On days not spent playing outside, he plans, coordinates, and oversees events of all types; from large scale sporting events to small custom outdoor adventures.

 

He started his first career as an engineer, overseeing large scale construction projects but after a decade of grind, made the decision to change to a line of work more in tune with his passions. The running industry was a good fit, and there Steve spent 10 years helping grow Ragnar, a company that produces running races. At Ragnar he built the Ragnar Trail Series and oversaw all operations for the company, a task that kept him very busy. Ragnar had an international footprint with races on five continents, shipping containers and 18-wheelers moving globally, and a staff of around 80 full time employees and 40 contract employees. Steve’s role at the company was coordinating the operations for all of these moving parts, keeping an eye on expenses and profitability, determining the direction for the company in years to come, and having lots of fun doing it. But after 10 years with Ragnar is was time for another change.

 

Steve stepped away from Ragnar and started One Step Events in 2019. One Step Events is an event planning company that takes on projects large and small, from planning and organizing large scale events to small custom outdoor adventures. His latest projects include building the Cocodona250, directing the Park City Point 2 Point, leading trips for Aspire Adventure Running, and guiding for Top Out Adventures.

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Austin Smith

Highlights:

  • More than 30 years of mountain experience

  • Skilled in both warm and cold weather climbing

  • CPR & First Aid certified

  • Pursuing NOLS Wilderness First Responder certification in Feb. 2021

 

As soon as we get Austin out of the mountains long enough for an interview, we will be able to tell his story here! 

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