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Introducing our 2019 trip leaders!

We’re so excited to announce our management workforce for summer time 2019! On June three, our administrators, regional administrators, and trip leaders will gather for a five-day retreat close to Mt. Hood in Oregon. Here, we’ll start bonding as a leadership group; pore over trip itineraries; share our collective experience as evaluation security, policies, and procedures; and apply youngster psychology and adolescent brain improvement principle to Adventure Treks. This time together reinforces our “AT culture” as we prepare to greet new and returning instructors for our two-week orientation beginning June 9.

This yr, our 15 trip leaders and administrators:

  • Common 28.four years previous.
  • Have a mixed 105 seasons of Adventure Treks experience. On common, they’ve seven seasons of trips beneath their belt; two long-time instructors have 16 and 26 seasons every!
  • Embrace 4 former Adventure Treks college students.
  • Comprise a passionate, caring group of school professors, center and high school academics, outside program course administrators, ski instructors, graduate assistants, EMTs, and more!

Under, meet our leadership group:

Dave McGlashan, director and regional director

Dave, or “Dmac,” is our 13th-year director and regional director. Originally from western North Carolina, he attended the University of Tennessee and earned a bachelor’s diploma in human ecology and grasp’s diploma in recreation and leisure studies. Dmac is a board member for the America Outside Association, graduate of the National Outside Leadership Faculty, and wilderness first responder. He has explored the outside of Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, France, Germany, Australia, and lots of more. Dmac can typically be found mountain biking in western North Carolina’s forests.

Jack Hoiland, regional director

Jack, our ninth-season regional director and logistics director, is initially from Portland, OR, and acquired a bachelor’s degree in adventure schooling from Prescott School in Arizona. He’s completed a yearlong apprenticeship at a primitive expertise faculty, hung out as a ski patroller, and labored because the outside schooling director at the Portland Waldorf Faculty. Jack is an avid traveler, having visited nations like New Zealand, Germany, China, Holland, and Belgium. In his free time, you’ll find Jack mountaineering, mountain biking, and skiing. Jack is a wilderness first responder and outside emergency care technician.

Abby Sophir, regional director

A former Journey Treks scholar, Abby is joining us for her fifth season as a regional director. Abby grew up in St. Louis, MO, and spent a semester overseas during her time at Ithaca School learning the intersection of historical past, politics, and culture in Tanzania; studying Swahili; and hanging out with elephants, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, and hippos. Before her first yr as an teacher for Adventure Treks, Abby had accomplished a NOLS backpacking course and labored for Camp Pinnacle as a counselor. Most just lately, she guided journeys for an all-girls adventure program and worked for a farm-to-school nonprofit, educating students about rising and maintaining a healthy diet meals in Bozeman, MT. Abby is a wilderness first responder.

Abby Simpson, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Abby is becoming a member of Journey Treks for her fourth season as a trip chief. She led journeys for outside packages and taught yoga courses whereas on the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and is a former Camp Pinnacle counselor. She found her love of the outside while on considered one of Journey Treks’ fall faculty group packages as a middle schooler. Through the faculty yr, Abby is a preschool instructor at the Verner Middle for Early Studying in Asheville. She is a wilderness first responder.

Alex Rhue, Alaska Expertise 1 & 2

Originally from southeastern Ohio, Alex is returning for her fifth season as a trip leader. She has worked as an outside instructor, trip leader, and expedition director for camps, universities, and guiding corporations in Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, British Columbia, and North Carolina. Alex is at present pursuing a PhD in greater schooling at the Ohio College, and in her spare time loves mountaineering, rafting, canyoneering, and backpacking. She is a wilderness EMT, CPR teacher, lifeguard, and climbing wall instructor.

Alyssa Skelly, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Alyssa is returning for her fourth season as a trip chief. For the past yr, Alyssa worked in psychiatric residential care and in early childhood schooling. In school, she helped begin the James Madison University climbing club and served happiness at a farm-to-table café. An avid advocate for exploration, she spent four months backpacking by means of South America in 2018. She also spent three years as a counselor, trip leader, and actions director for Camp Pinnacle. Alyssa is a wilderness first responder.

Brett Smith, Yellowstone 1, 2, & 3

Brett is returning for his eighth season as a trip leader. Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school. He then headed to Appalachian State University for college, the place he fell in love with the outside. He presently resides in Montana and is the youngsters’s ski program supervisor at Huge Sky Resort. Brett is a wilderness first responder and swiftwater rescue technician.

Cody Bauman, California Problem 2

Cody hails from from Kutztown, PA; she has labored within the outside business for greater than 10 years, serving as an instructor, trip chief, program coordinator, and facilitator for numerous college and youth/teen packages. She attended Slippery Rock University for her bachelor’s degree and then Ohio College for her grasp’s diploma. Cody has additionally worked within the non-profit sector, particularly with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Group Corps, main tasks related to environmental, group, and catastrophe needs. This might be her fifth season as a trip leader. Cody is a wilderness first responder.

Hannah McKinley, California Problem 1 and Pacific Northwest Explorer

Hannah is a former Adventure Treks scholar and this yr is returning for her fourth season as a trip leader. Originally from western North Carolina, Hannah spent four summers leading backpacking and canoeing trips at Camp Pinnacle whereas she was a scholar at the College of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Presently, she’s a educating assistant in a primary grade classroom in Hendersonville; in her free time, she like to stand-up paddle board and mountain bike. Hannah is a wilderness first responder.

Kelly Dohn, Alaska Expedition 1

A Colorado native, Kelly grew up enjoying in the Rocky Mountains. She spends her winters supervising ski instructors at Steamboat Resort and has traveled everywhere in the world, backpacking via southeast Asia and Central and South America after graduating from the College of Montana. She is returning for her fourth season as a trip chief with Adventure Treks. Kelly is a wilderness first responder and PSIA ski instructor.

Kent Ratliff, Pacific Northwest Journey 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Initially from San Antonio, TX, Kent is returning to Adventure Treks for his third season as a trip chief. He began guiding journeys for the mountain club whereas attending Middlebury School, and after graduating was employed full-time onto the outside programming group to plan orientation journeys, oversee the scholar membership, and supply hands-on coaching. Kent has also been working as a contractor constructing eco-friendly tiny homes. He is a wilderness first responder.

Nate Humphreys, Management  Summit

Nate was a five-year Adventure Treks scholar and is now transitioning into his 16th season as a trip chief and academic director—he is considered one of our longest tenured instructors! After graduation, he led immersive therapeutic backpacking packages for teenagers in Grand Staircase Nationwide Monument in Utah. He has since led journeys in all over North America; whitewater rafted the size of the Colorado River by way of the Grand Canyon; and thru-hiked the Long Trail. Nate presently lives in Asheville, NC, where he performs as a musician, and is a wilderness first responder. In his free time, yow will discover Nate baking artisan breads (and making an attempt different gourmand recipes) and mountain biking on western NC’s trails.

Nathan Welleford, Alaska Expedition 2

Nathan grew up in Kentucky however attended faculty at Central Wyoming School and Sterling School in Vermont, the place he fell in love with the mountains. Nathan took a focus in wilderness danger administration, wilderness drugs, and backcountry science expeditions, learning climate change’s impact on glaciers in the Wind River Range. Nathan has labored in the camp world for eight years and is joining Adventure Treks for his fifth season as a trip chief. He is a wilderness first responder and degree II certified youth alpine ski teacher.

Rachel O’Neil, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Rachel is our year-round staffing director. Hailing from Inexperienced Bay, WI, she attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned a bachelor’s diploma in social work. She spent her summers leading backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking journeys in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and after school accomplished a thru-hike of the two,200-mile-long Appalachian Path. Rachel is a wilderness first responder.

Sarah Malyn, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

A Salt Lake City, UT, native, Sarah is returning for her fifth season as a trip leader. Both during and after attending the College of Utah, she instructed climbing packages and led backpacking expeditions with youngsters; she additionally worked at Green River Preserve in western North Carolina earlier than coming to AT. This previous winter, she was a ski instructor at Huge Sky Resort in Montana. Sarah is a wilderness first responder.

View our 2019 instructors here. We’ll publish assigned employees groups within the subsequent few weeks!