oUTER LIMITS EXCURSIONS
-- NATURAL ADVENTURES --
WHO WE ARE
For 7 years, Outer Limits Excursions has been Atlantic Zone's premier outer-zone adventure tour service, offering three-week, five-week, and custom excursion packages to destinations west of The Salt Line. With the unparalleled experience of our staff, a top-notch training facility, and special out-of-zone amenities, OLE can give you the wilderness you crave alongside the safety and comfort you've come to expect.
Our staff is the lifeblood of OLE. Meet two of our guides who'll set you on the path to a life-changing experience.
TIA's six years at OLE "have been insane. Good insane," she says. A junior national champion in the women's 50 meter freestyle, Tia was well on the way to adult swim stardom when a car accident and several broken bones forced her rethink her life plan. "I decided that I wasn't going to let that tear me down. I was still young and strong. I'd just point my passion another way." At OLE, Tia often co-leads the Fall Color Tour, though her personal favorite is Ghost Towns of the Old Republic. "I like history, old things," she says. She and her husband, Thad, have a 3-year-old daughter named Berry.
Our most senior guide, ANDY has logged in almost 100 excursions. "You wouldn't guess it to look at me, but I'm an idealist," Andy says. "I believe that communing with nature is worth any risk." Andy credits his colorful personal history with making him the man he is today. "I went through the rough patches, the phases," he said. "I felt trapped in this life. Wasn't until I started going out-of-zone that the shackles fell away." But Andy, a family man, believes in smarts and safety, too. "Look, I have a wife and two kids. When you hit the trail with me, you do it knowing that I have a lot to come back home to, too."
An OLE excursion is an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're hiking the old Appalachian Trail, touring points of interest in abandoned towns, or hunting wild game, OLE offers something for every adventurous spirit.
Fall Color Tour
Spend three unforgettable weeks hiking west of The Salt Line during the peak of gorgeous fall color. Warm days, cool nights, and beautiful sunsets make autumn, some say, the very time to experience what the Appalachian mountains have to offer. Enjoy a four-night break from camping at a quarantined luxury chalet with all of ammenities of a fine hotel. Only offered in October.
Ghost Towns of the Old Republic
History buffs will thrill at the experience to explore towns last occupied generations ago, before eradification measures. See Hickory, Marion, Black Mountain, and Asheville; learn about 21st century America and tour the beautifully preserved Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Two- and three-week packages offered in March, May, and September.
Winter Wonder Tour
Winter, in addition to being the safest time to travel past quarantines, is a season that brings its own startling beauty to the mountains. See snow at higher elevations; travel down into the valley for milder temperatures and signs of spring. Spend a leisurely five days at our luxury chalet. Cross-country skiing and bow-hunting lessons are also available. Offered only in February.
Where humans are scarce, animals thrive, and serious hunters are discovering the bounty that points west of the salt line have to offer. Hunt small and large game with a variety of weapons under the guidance and expertise of one of our trained guides. Each traveler is allowed to bring back one large-game trophy kill through quarantine, through special arrangement with Atlantic Zone Fish and Wildlife.
We excel in matching travelers to incredible, personalized experiences. Talk to an OLE Excursion Guide to find out about custom excursions for groups of 8 or more. If there's a way to make your dream a reality, we'll find it.
Safety and training
At OLE, we understand that a safe traveler is a traveler who can really enjoy the beauty and fun to be found on an out-of-zone adventure . That's why we've developed a rigorous three-week training regimen, which is required for every traveler. At OLE Central, a state-of-the-art facility with sumptuous touches, travelers will take classes on basic outdoor preparedness and survival skills, team-building, and first aid. We've been told that the training is almost as fun as the excursion itself! And OLE is proud to partner with SecondSkin Microsuits, which offers cutting-edge personal protection against miner tick bites.
See what our clients are saying about their adventures beyond The Salt Line.
"All my life I've felt like something was missing, and OLE showed me what that something was."
"I didn't know I had it in me! The training was exceptional. This wasn't just a trip. It made me a better person."
"The best time I've ever had. Hands down."
"I haven't had so much fun since summer camp when I was a kid!"
"Our guides were excellent. It was reassuring to be in such capable hands."
"You know, it was hard. But isn't anything worth doing hard?"