The High Adventure Company wants you to enjoy your passion, while we take care of the details. For more than 25 years we have built and developed lodges on three continents. We currently own and manage some of the finest sporting properties in the world. In the properties we don’t manage, we work with the venue management staff to ensure you have the experience that exceeds your expectations. Few companies in the world have this much control over your experience. The following are a few examples of the respect the media has for the High Adventure Company.
“High Adventure Company has an unparalleled record for developing small, high quality operations into some of the finest sporting Destinations in the world”
“The top-shelf international sporting properties company”
“Burrell has emerged as one of the South’s leading sporting figures and one of the most sought-after outfitters in the world.
“One of the most respected operators of the finest sporting lodges worldwide”
Through our sound customer service, our corporate client base reads like the “who’s who” of the outdoor industry. These corporate clients include Beretta, Benelli, Swarovski, The NRA, Brownell’s, Winnercomm, ESPN, Hornady Ammunition, Krieghoff, Ruger, Remington, Midway USA and Home Depot Supply. These companies trust us with their internal and external clients for traveling the world to our outdoor venues and so should you.
Another reason to use The High Adventure Company for your sporting travel needs are the awards our own industry has bestowed on us. These have included Sporting Classic Magazine’s “Award of Excellence”, considered by many to be the top international outfitting award in the world, and GA Safari Club International’s “Outfitter of the Year”. Again in 2011 we won Sporting Classics Magazine’s “Award of Excellence” for the second time as the Official Travel Concierge for The Beretta Trident Program. No other company in the outdoor industry has won this award twice. In January 2012, we won an unprecedented third award of excellence as the owner of Tipiliuke Lodge, voted the world’s top fishing lodge for 2011. In December 2012, HAC’s exclusive Honey Brake Lodge was voted Best of the Sporting South by Garden & Gun magazine.
We strive to keep lifelong clients that we come to know as an extended part of The High Adventure family.
John Burrell, High Adventure Company’s President and CEO, has been an avid outdoorsman since childhood. As one of the most respected professionals in the outdoor industry, John has years of experience managing one of the nation’s top sporting destinations and was heavily involved with the development, marketing and operations of a collection of high end lodges on three continents. He also formed a successful international outfitting firm for outdoor powerhouse Mossy Oak/Haas Outdoors and was the youngest partner in their recreational real estate firm Mossy Oak Properties.
A Certified Wildlife Biologist and award-winning outfitter, John was chosen as the lead guide to help legendary clothing manufacture, Eddie Bauer, design and test their new Sport Shop clothing line. This line of outdoor clothing has won more awards than any of its kind. His destinations have been featured in most of the world’s top sporting publications, as well as The New York Times, Mens Journal, Southern Bride magazine as well as most of the industry television series. He is the co-host of the popular TV series Brush Country Monsters, on the Sportsman Channel, and was featured weekly on ESPN’s Under Wild Skies as an international outfitting expert. Having been on over 30 African safaris and at least that many trips to various destinations throughout South America, John’s knowledge of the world’s top sporting destinations remains unrivaled in the industry. His experience was gained in the field, personally guiding clients all over the world. He takes pride in providing all his clients the best experience possible and always goes the extra-mile to ensure that quality.
Katherine Hughes, The seed and desire of “The Great Adventure” was planted early during Katherine’s several safaris to South Africa and Zimbabwe as a child. After developing a passion for travel and the outdoors while growing up in Alabama, she obtained a B.A. in Communications/ Public Relations from Mississippi State University.
Katherine moved to Wyoming to work at the Darwin Ranch, the famous guest ranch hidden in the Gros Ventre mountain range, gaining experience in customer relations and hosting elk, moose and mule deer hunts. Her next stop was Namibia, working for one of that country’s best outfitters, and honing her skills and understanding of international game operations and the intricacies involved in shipping overseas trohpies back home.
After a stint working for the Westervelt Sporting Lodges, it was off to New Zealand, where she served as the service manager at Poronui Lodge, considered by many to be one of the finest sporting destinations in the world. After spending extended time in the South Pacific, Katherine has returned to the United States to work with the High Adventure Company. Her primary focus is our “Exclusive Lodge Management” program.
George Gates, While our general counsel comes to the High Adventure Company from a background in litigation, the outdoors is his first passion. George grew up hunting ducks, deer and everything else with fur or feathers along the banks of the Mississippi River. Since then, he has taken that passion for the outdoors worldwide. He has hunted and fished North, Central, and South America, plus Africa and Australia. From fly-fishing in Patagonia to Cape Buffalo in Zimbabwe, he has done it all. He has an abiding love for firearms and currently competes in NRA Silhouette, IPSC, and Steel Challenge.
While serving as general counsel is one of George’s primary roles, don’t be surprised to find him in the field on one of our hunts. He travels every year to guide mule deer and elk hunts in the Rocky Mountains, and works behind the scenes in several of our upland bird operations.
George attended the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA; attained a degree in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.
Sean Finley, Sean has a unique and extensive background in the outdoor luxury travel and hospitality management fields, merging his passion as an outdoorsman and his experience in the hospitality industry.
A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Sean also attended Tennessee Technical University to earn a master’s degree in Fisheries Management. He carries a second master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Texas Technical University.
Sean has worked as a field biologist for the fisheries and wildlife agencies of both Tennessee and Alabama, and has traveled extensively in the pursuit of his outdoor passions. He currently serves as the High Adventure Company’s executive chef in our “Exclusive Lodge Management” program, and director of outside sales for the company. Sean is based in Indianapolis, IN.
Seth Johnson, Seth is co-founder of Whitetail Destinations and President of Outdoors Interactive and brings the world of hunting and fishing to life on the web and HDTV. Responsible for all our multimedia marketing, his award-winning web design has earned him the reputation as one of the country’s top multimedia outdoor production specialists. Combining these talents with a passion for the outdoors, Seth serves as the executive producer of our popular Brush Country Monsters TV series.
With years of experience hunting and filming all over the world, Seth has much to offer his fellow hunter. A solid understanding of what a hunter wants out of his hunt and the high-tech media tools that surround today’s outdoor industry uniquely qualifies Seth as a leader in his field.
Todd Mayzurk, North American Big Game Consultant for the H.A.C., brings his years of experience as a avid North American big game hunter to the team. Having hunted Mule Deer from the Sonora Deserts of Mexico to Stone Sheep in the high Mountainous regions of B.C., Todd has more passion and understanding of the sport than anyone in the industry. So the next time your ready to throw on a pack and head into what truly is God’s country, rest assured that he has the first hand knowledge needed and expected from every H.A.C client. Whether its traversing steep rocky cliffs for Goats in Alaska or just canoeing one of the many winding river bottoms of the Yukon for Alaskan Moose, he can help make your next adventure that trip of a life time you’ve been waiting for.
Justin Chumley, Hunting Consultant/Coordinator of worldwide hunting excursions, came to the High Adventure Company at the beginning of 2007. He works closely with John in taking care of the logistics of clients’ trips, as well as working in numerous other areas of the company from database management, to developing marketing materials. With a degree in computer science and an number of years working with one of the countries top recreational land companies, Justin is able to bring a unique mix of talents to bear and is a valued member of the High Adventure team.
Drew Burrell, Biologist and Hunting Consultant, Drew has a profound love of travel that is only rivaled by his passion for the outdoors. From backpacking through Europe to guiding ski trips in the mountains of Colorado, Drew has gained an appreciation for travel and knows the joys of a well planned trip. Drew spent this past season guiding at our South Dakota and Nebraska operations and is just returning from an extensive trip throughout Africa.
Tyla and Scott Kuhn, Wingshooting guides / managers, Tyla and Scott are the newest additions to the High Adventure family. They have over 10 years experience managing one of the country’s premier wingshooting destinations. In addition, they are two of the finest upland guides in the industry and come to HAC with a kennel full of world class pointing and retrieving breeds.