Trudi Angell lives in Loreto,
Baja, Mexico. Trudi was a graduate of one of
the first National Outdoor Leadership School
(NOLS), Baja courses in 1976, and subsequently
worked for the school and kayaked the coast
for the next 7 years. Just as adventure travel and Baja
gained popularity, Trudi started Paddling South.
Paddling South began running kayak tours in
the early '80s when she settled into the small
coastal town of Loreto. Expanding horizons, she discovered
other natural treasures of the region while
traveling by mule in the sierra. Trudi has developed
an intimate knowledge about the people, area,
history and roots of Baja.
and her daughter Olivia in a painted cave
As Trudi explored the intriguing mountain ranges
and ranches she also developed Saddling South in
order to offer tours and exploratories into
very remote regions throughout the Baja peninsula.
Trudi, and her daughter, Olivia,
completed the 5th leg of their Long-Ride from 2000 to 2009;
traveling almost the length of Baja by mule! In 2013/14 a 108 day trek on mule-back was completed. Cabo to the border nearTecate - La Mula Mil - The Mule 1000 has made history!
Mexican Business - in 2015 Trudi sold her kayak booking agency Paddling South to Sea Trek of Sausalito California. It has been the perfect melding, and though she is still involved with her Mexican kayaking partners in Loreto Kayak Tours helping to manage the paddling operations... it leaves her with more time to ride and film on mountain trails.
Trudi and Olivia have dual citizenship. Olivia, age 27 in 2016, sometimes leads rides and kayak tours, sharing her own stories of growing up in a small Mexican town and graduating from the La Paz university with a degree in marine biology.