Active holidays and vacations with a small, friendly gay and lesbian group


What's in the name?

This hiking site is sponsored by Alyson Adventures, 4-time recipient of the "Editor's Choice" award from Out and About, the gay travel newsletter.

Sasha Alyson

Company founder Sasha Alyson, on a hiking holiday in the Tetons of Wyoming.



To some travelers, holiday means relaxing on the beach. Others want their holiday time to be an opportunity for new experiences and new friendships.

Alyson Adventures was created for that second group -- though we're not adverse to an afternoon on the beach now and then, either! This hiking site, which supplements the main Alyson Adventures website, was created to provide more detailed background and preparatory advice for participants on our popular hiking trips.

Why should you trust us with your hard-earned holiday time and dollars? And what should you expect from us? Our name tells you more:


Founder Sasha Alyson has a long history in the gay community. In 1980, he started one of the country's earliest gay publishing companies. Alyson Publications quickly became the leading producer of gay and lesbian books, with an emphasis on providing books for gay teenagers (such as Reflections of a Rock Lobster and One Teenager in Ten); and for children, including the controversial Heather Has Two Mommies, Daddy's Roommate, and The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans.

Sasha also founded Boston's gay newspaper, Bay Windows, and in 1987 initiated an industry-wide program to publish the book You Can Do Something About AIDS, which became the most widely distributed AIDS book of the time. His varied activities have won him awards as diverse as the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement from the Greater Boston Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance, and "Publisher of the Year" from the New England Booksellers Association - and a rock climbing medal at the Gay Games.

As one of the country's leading gay entrepreneurs, he has been published on the editorial pages of the New York Times; appeared on Larry King Live; and was named to Out magazine's "Top 100" list of influential gay men and lesbians.

Sasha sold his publishing company in 1995, to bring that same spirit of innovation to the world of gay and lesbian holidays and travel. After nurturing the company's growth for seven years, he then sold Alyson Adventures to Philip Sheldon in 2002, so that he could pursue new ventures in Thailand and Laos. Phil moved the company's headquarters to Key West, Florida, and offers almost 50 tours a year through Alyson Adventures and Hanns Ebensten Travel, the original gay tour company, founded in 1972.


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About this site


Our trips are active holidays, full of options and opportunities. These activities make it easy to get to know others in the group. Nothing is more natural than striking up a conversation with someone as you hike along an alpine trail.

Moreover, we look for the right balance between planning enough that you don't waste your time waiting for things to happen, while still leaving room for the chance encounters and unplanned adventures that often become the highlight of a vacation or holiday. If you find it exciting to turn a corner without always knowing what's ahead, then give us a try. See out why Out and About, the respected travel newsletter, gave us their Editor's Choice award for Gay Adventure Travel.


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