Your guide, Justin Kingsland was born in North Wales. He graduated from Military college in 1979 and joined the Coldstream Guards. He specialized in alpine mountain operations and survival and was selected for Special Forces.
Justin moved to the USA to work as a commercial helicopter pilot instructor. In 1991, he accepted a leadership position with BMW North America. Justin helped develop the BMW adventure off-road motorcycle school and their Smoky Mountain motorcycle adventure tours. In 2010, Triumph Motorcycle, a British Company, asked Justin to help develop their off-road motorcycle adventure program in the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains.
Justin moved to Highlands NC with his daughter and started Highland Excursion. He has worked closely with the US Forest Service and obtained a USDA special use permit which enables him to operate as an official expedition and mountain guide in the Nantahala Temporate Rainforest.
Justin’s mountain guide qualifications include: Wilderness Medical First Responder, NC Rescue Technician, Wilderness Rescue Technician, Mountain Search and Rescue Alpine Specialist Level 1. Justin is an active member of the Glenville and Cashiers Rescue Squad and an EMS Chaplain.
In 2013 Justin founded and is the President at Bridge of Hope-Warrior Survival School, a 501C3 non-profit organization teaching both Veterans and First Responders Resiliency against stress and PTSD – Warrior Survival School is for veterans and First Responders.