Ginkgo Adventures

Q: What type food will be provided?
A: We supply hearty healthy meals: hot drinks in the morning and evening upon request. The needs of coffee addicts will be met. We are also happy to accommodate the needs of vegetarians and/or vegans and those with food allergies and/or dietary restrictions. Our guide will organize all the food prior to each trip and for backpacking trips each participant is given a food to carry in his/her backpack with a portion of the group’s food.

Q: What type of Physical Conditioning?
A: We require no prior experience. However, hiking and the other adventure sports we offer are strenuous. We strongly recommend a long-term regular cardiovascular conditioning program, such as running, power walking, bicycling, or training machines. Weight/resistance training is very helpful, too. We recommend that you see your physician regarding your overall health. Fit or not, hiking and other adventure sports are not for everyone. Harsh weather sometimes occurs. Modern conveniences do not exist. Nonetheless, for those willing to “rough it” and get in tune with the natural rhythms of the wild, the rewards will linger for a lifetime.

Q: What is “Leave No Trace”?
A: These are guidelines for low impact use of the back country to preserve wilderness. We will go over these guidelines before entering the back country. The seven main ethics are:
Guides group photo
1. Plan ahead and prepare.
2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
3. Dispose of waste properly.
4. Leave what you find.
5. Minimize campfire impact.
6. Respect wildlife.
7. Be considerate of other visitors.

Q: What kinds of trips/ classes are offered?
A: We are currently scheduling Wilderness First Aid course. If you have a group that is interested in taking this course please contact or call Ambre at 314-496-1332.

Q: How do I know what each trip is like?
A: If the description we have listed on the website is not enough please don’t hesitate to call. We love to describe in detail what the trip is like. The same trip will vary in feel and experience depending on the season. Call Ambre at 314-496-1332 to learn more about our adventure trips and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Q: Who goes on Ginkgo Adventure trips?
A: People from all walks of life and ages. The common denominator is a love for the outdoors.

Wild Wisdom - Ambre TiggsQ: Do you take children on your trips?
A: Many of our trips can accommodate families. Due to the active nature of some of the adventures and other factors, we may give a minimum age recommendation of 8+. A personalized trip may be planned for those wanting to have a child under the age of 8 participate. All children must be accompanied by a legal guardian who assumes responsibility for the child’s supervision. For our hiking trips the group must be aware that they might have to carry some of the child’s gar in their pack.

Q: What is your maximum group size?
A: For our Wilderness First Aid Courses our maximum is 20 participants. For our adventure trips we need a minimum of 4 participants. 

Q: What if I’m traveling alone?
A: Wonderful! This is a chance to make new friends and meet people. We also have people traveling with a friend, a spouse, or their entire family. If you don’t already have trip dates in mind we can match you with a group that has already scheduled a trip.

Q: How do I sign up for a class and/or trip?
A: E-mail: or call Ambre at 314-496-1332. We will need your name, address, and phone # along with a 50% non-refundable deposit.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and/or check made payable to: Ginkgo Adventures.

Q: Who are your instructors/ trip coordinators?
A: Our instructors and trip coordinators are all experienced backpackers and outdoor adventurers. All of our trip coordinators are certified in Wilderness and Remote Area First Aid through the American Red Cross.

IMG_7977aQ: Can I give a trip as a gift?
A: You can purchase a specific trip and give it as a gift, or you can purchase an Ginkgo Adventures Gift Certificate which can be applied to any of our trips. Ginkgo Adventures Gift Certificate can be used for any occasion-a wedding present, honeymoon trip, graduation gift, birthday or any other celebration. Adventure travel is a unique and exciting gift, and we look forward to sending you (or someone you know) on a wonderful trip. For more information on our Gift Certificates, please E-mail:

Q: Why “Ginkgo” Adventures?
A: Our company is named after the Ginkgo tree which is one of the oldest living fossils. While the Ginkgo is not native to Missouri it can be found everywhere. It is an extremely adaptable tree that can thrive in rural and urban environments, tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces as well.

An extreme example of the Ginkgo’s tenacity may be seen in Hiroshima, Japan, where four trees growing between 1-2 km from the 1945 atom bomb explosion were among the few living things in the area to survive the blast. While almost all other plants (and animals) in the area were destroyed, though charred, the Ginkgo’s survived and were soon healthy again. The trees are alive to this day.

The Ginkgo trees ability to adapt to extreme conditions and survive is amazing. We at Ginkgo Adventures want our customers to be able to emulate the Ginkgo tree and be able to thrive in both urban and back country environments.

Q: What forms will I be required to fill-out?
A: You will be required to sign a Liability Waiver as well as fill-out an Emergency Contact Form.

Q: Will we need to buy permits?
A: Ginkgo Adventures will acquire any special use permits, camping permits, etc. that are require for the are.

Q: How long has Ginkgo Adventures been in business?
A: Ginkgo Adventures was founded at the beginning of 2006 by Ambre Tiggs, owner and instructor/ trip coordinator. We are proud to say that we are the first and only outdoor guide company in Missouri.

Q: How are your trips rated? What does "moderate" mean?
A: We have active trips for every skill level, novice to expert. These guidelines will help you select the level of adventure that's right for you.

(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.
Activity: 1-3 hours most days
Distances: walk less than 3 miles most days
Surfaces: flat terrain
Elevation change: little to none

(2) Easy Active: Great for newcomers to active travel.
Activity: 2-5 hours most days
Distances: Hike up to 6 miles, cycle 10-30 miles most days
Surfaces: flat or rolling terrain with some possible steeps
Elevation change: up to 2,000 ft/day
Scenic overlook

(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.
Activity: 4-6 hours most days
Distances: Hike up to 10 miles most days, cycle 20-40 miles most days
Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day

(3) (4) Moderate Plus:

Trips rated as Moderate Plus [3-4] are recommended for travelers seeking both moderate [3] and vigorous [4] activity levels. Please refer to daily trip itineraries for specifics.

(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fit travelers with basic skills
Activity: 5-8 hours most days
Distances: Hike up to 12 miles most days, cycle 30-50 miles most days
Surfaces: mountainous, exposed terrain with steep ascents/descents and uneven trails
Elevation change: up to 4,000 ft/day


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