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© 2017 Peak Explorations LLC

MarineL M. De Jesus, ESQ.

brown gal trekker
public speaker . MOUNTAIN nomad . AUTHOR

Marinel M. de Jesus, Esq. is an entrepreneur, a public speaker and a practicing attorney in Washington, DC. Born and raised in the Philippines, Marinel earned her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Work and American Ethnic Studies, as well as, her Juris Doctor and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. Marinel discovered her passion for hiking and traveling over 15 years ago.

Marinel spent a decade organizing hikes and wilderness backpacking  trips locally in the Washington DC area, nationwide, and overseas as a hobby.  During that time, she has organized over 30 overseas treks and trips for various outdoors & travel meetup groups in the DC metropolitan area. Marinel and her hiking groups have trekked Kilimanjaro, Inca Trail, Peru's Ausangate Trail, Mongolia's Altai Mountain and Gobi Desert, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, Patagonia (Chile), Roraima (Venezuela), the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia and multi-day treks and tours in Nicaragua, New Zealand, Iceland, Bolivia, Easter Island, South Africa and Indonesia among a few other trekking destinations.  As a result, in June of 2016, she launched her social enterprise, Peak Explorations LLC, to further her goal of sharing with others her passion for trekking and traveling worldwide.  

 

Marinel has given various presentations as a speaker for hiking associations on trekking in Peru, Tanzania, the Republic of Georgia, Nepal, South Africa and Mongolia.  In addition, she hosts workshops on Introduction to Wilderness Backpacking and Solo Traveling in Washington, D.C. 

Marinel is the woman behind "Brown Gal Trekker," which is a travel and outdoors media entity that focuses on women empowerment, the outdoors, diversity and the nomadic lifestyle.  She has been featured on The Global Women Sports Networks’ Women in the Wilderness Podcast Series, She Explores’ Diversity in the Outdoors Series, and Hike Like a Woman’s Podcast Series.  

Marinel is a regular contributor for Huffpost and Matador Network.  Marinel is the author of the book entitled, Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker, which is an introduction to her series of inspirational travel/trekking books entitled "Life Happens on the Move," - a collection of stories from her trekking adventures worldwide that document some important lessons learned on the mountain trails.  

Get your copy of the Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker on Amazon.​

Listen below to Episode 3 of Marinel's podcast series entitled "On My Way! From a Lawyer to a Mountain Nomad".

You can check out the entire podcast series via Soundcloud.

keynote

LIFE HAPPENS ON THE MOVE

Marinel's signature speech, Life Happens on the Move, touches upon the importance of going after our dreams and being true to ourselves. When we travel the world or trek mountains, we discover the authentic aspects of our inner being that are devoid of the external world's influences.  As we realize that time is of the essence, we learn that there is no reason to hold off on that lifetime goal or dream.  There is only now to look forward to.  Hence, we best serve our own interests by forging ahead towards our innate desires and higher purpose.

listen to a portion of "life happens on the move" speech

TESTIMONIALS

 "Wow! Life Happens on the Move! So inspirational." 

"Very inspiring speech, very powerful and authentic."

"Great personal story!"

"Your speech was captivating but was touching too...enjoyed it very much!"

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speaking topics

How to Overcome Fear of Change

 

What (Solo) Traveling Teaches You About Life

No Boundaries: How to be Fearless

How Hiking (the Outdoors) Makes You Successful In Life

ADVENTURE COACHING & CONSULTATION

Are you in need of help planning a trip or trek?  Need some guidance on how to prepare for a major trek or trip coming up?  Check out our adventure coaching and consultation services.  This service is customized to your specific needs.

workshops

WILDERNESS BACKPACKING 101 SERIES

The Wilderness Backpacking 101 Series includes the following subtopics.  Each subtopic can be a workshop on its own.

1. Intro to Backpacking 

2. International Wilderness Backpacking 

3. A Guide to Preparing for High Altitude Trekking

THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL

The Art of Solo Travel Workshop addresses the following:

1. The research and planning aspect of it.

2. Safety concerns: myths v. reality of solo traveling.

3. Other considerations: being culturally sensitive, mental approach to traveling solo, surviving language barriers, diet/nutrition, fitness, insurance, how to make friends, other scenarios you would need to prep for.

4. Must have gear & recommendations.

5. Travel resources and solo travel communities.

Both workshops can be facilitated to co-ed or women only audience.  

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WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Great class! I learned a lot!

— Michelle, Annandale, VA

upcoming events

GUEST SPEAKING EVENTS 

Marinel will be speaking as part of the panel for the What's Your Travel Niche? Innovative Business Models session of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Global Conference 2017 in San Diego, California, August 27-29.  

 

INTRO TO BACKPACKING & SOLO TRAVEL WORKSHOPS 

August 5 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking for Women  (D.C.)

August 6 at 11 am: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (D.C.)

August 12 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (co-ed, D.C.)

August 16 at 6:30 pm: The Art of Solo Travel & Smartphone Photography (co-ed, D.C.)

August 19 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (Baltimore)

August 20 at 10 am: Intro Wilderness  Backpacking (Philadelphia)

August 20 at 4 pm: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (Philadelphia)

AUTHOR

HUFFINGTON POST

OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

BACKPACKER MAGAZINE

ADVENTURE JOURNAL

TIERRA INCOGNITA

MATADOR NETWORK

DAVE’S TRAVEL CORNER

HIKE LIKE A WOMAN

CAMPING FOR WOMEN

MEDIUM

OUTBOUND COLLECTIVE

FEATURES

WisP: The Global Women Sports Network: Leading the Way for Women into the Wilderness

The Clueless Wanderer

Nomad Guru

Fat Girls Hiking Inspirational Hiker

Daily Dish Magazine Interview

The Trusted Traveller: What Inspires Marinel from Brown Gal Trekker

 

GUEST POSTS

HLAW: A Friendship in an Unlikely Place: On a Holy Trek in Yading Nature Reserve of China

HLAW: She Becomes a Judge. I Become a Mountain Nomad

WHOA MAG: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks

Women Who Explore: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks

BEST HIKE.COM: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks

Independent Traveler: The Republic of Georgia Brings You Mountains & Unparalled Hospitality

Cheers to Traveling: A Friendship Discovered in a Remote Region of China

Curious Bee: Kilimanjaro Kills! Here are 13 Ways to Survive

 

ContributOR

She Explores Podcast: Diversity, Beyond the Buzzword

I Have Been to Croatia and I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said

Travel Inspiration Series

Travellers Share Their Best Tips for Sustainable Travel

Travel Photo Tuesday: Yading Nature Reserve

On My Travels, I’ve Learned…

Best Travel Moments from Travelers Around the World

10 Travelers on How Travel Broadened Their Perspective of the World

Travel Bloggers Favourite Destinations of 2016

The One Thing I Always Regret Packing

Snap to Recap: Rinjani

RH Negative Nepal

 

AWARDS

Liebster

Versatile Blogger

Inspiration in a Nutshell: 2016’s Favorite Blogs

FEEDSPOT: Top 100 Hiking Blogs

Independent Traveler: Trip Review of the Month (Republic of Georgia)