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Catalina Backcountry is family owned and operated.

Our passionate naturalists love the island and love sharing the secret places that make it special. 

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Who we are


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Pastor Lopez

Catalina Mountain Man & Stargazer


A lifelong surfer and island explorer, Pastor enjoys sharing Catalina Folklore and knowledge, gained from a lifetime in Catalina's backcountry.

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Linda Salo

World Adventurer & Catalina Trail Master


An avid hiker and world traveler, Linda has journeyed to seven continents!  Having hiked and trekked in a number of amazing and beautiful places, it is the rugged beauty of Catalina Island that speaks to her soul. With a long family history of visiting the Island, Linda moved to Avalon full time in 1992, where she is a community-wide volunteer, serves on a number of nonprofit Boards and can often be found enjoying the many trails that cover the Island’s interior. Always ready for the next adventure! 

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Mary Schickling

Enthusiastic Tour Guide & Comic Relief


Mary also hails from the majestic Pacific Northwest but, instead of braving rugged terrain, she braved rugged crowds as a stand up comedian.

She moved to the Island in 1994 after performing for a week at the Catalina Comedy Club. The Island cast its spell & Mary stayed. She got married, raised a daughter & developed a love of the trails. She joined Catalina Backcountry in 2014 and can't seem to keep the humor at bay while leading a group of explorers experiencing the beauty of our little island.

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