Meet Our Instructors

The Adventure Treks instructor team is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do. They’re more than just instructors—they’re role models, mentors, and friends to our students. Because we don’t take this responsibility lightly, we have a rigorous and selective hiring process. All instructors have significant prior experience working with youth in the outdoors, and they participate annually in a minimum two-week training. The six-instructor dynamic on each trip not only provides a variety of personalities to match our students, but also leads to better decision-making, as risk management is our top priority.

I am blown away by how each trip gets better and better. I love Adventure Treks! My last trip was flawless. I hope I can have some (if not all) of the same instructors next year! – Josh, 15, Reisterstown, MD

Our instructors at a glance:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Average age: 27
  • 95% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 30% have, or are working on, an advanced degree
  • Average tenure is 3.5 years, but many have been with us for longer
  • All have medical certifications as Wilderness First Responders, and some are EMTs or Wilderness EMTs.
  • Our hiring process includes at minimum 3 interviews, 4 reference checks, and complete background checks.
  • Our instructor return rate has exceeded 60% every year for the past 20 years, averaging to 73%
  • Each year, we receive more than 800 resumes to fill about 25 spaces for new instructors.

Abby S.

Trip Leader, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016

Alex C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2 2016

Allison O.

Trip Leader, Alaska Expedition 1a 2016

Amber R.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b 2016

Angelique C.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 2 2016

Ari M.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2 2016

Brandon B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 2 2016

Brett S.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2 2016

Bri R.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3 2016

Casey C.

Instructor, California Challenge 2 2016

Cedric G.

Instructor, Leadership Summit 2016

Cody B.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 2016

Colin H.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b 2016

Dennis M.

Trip Leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2 2016

Devin W.

Instructor, Leadership Summit 2016

Devon D.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 and Pacific Northwest Adventure 2 2016

Dillon S.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3 2016

El H.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Elijah A.

Instructor, Leadership Summit 2016

Elise C.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3 2016

Emily M.

Instructor, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016

Emily R.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a 2016

Emily S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a 2016

Erica V.S.

Regional Director 2016

Hailey M.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 and Pacific Northwest Explorer 2016

Ian H.

Trip Leader, California Challenge 2 2016

Ian P.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a 2016

Jack H.

Trip Leader, Alaska Expedition 1b 2016

Janie W.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2 2016

Jasmine S.D.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 and Pacific Northwest Explorer 2016

Jen H.

Instructor, California Challenge 2 2016

Jenna M.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Explorer 1 & 2 2016

Jess N.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2 2016

Joe S.

Educational Programs Director & Trip Leader, Leadership Summit 2016

John C.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3 2016

Kate B.

Logistics Coordinator & Trip Leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3 2016

Katie B.

Instructor, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016

Katy E.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Explorer 1 & 2 2016

Kay T.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2 2016

Kaytee C.H.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2 2016

Kiko S.

Instructor, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016

Kyle S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b 2016

Laura H.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3 2016

Liddell S.

Logistical Support Staff 2016

Lisa W.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 and Pacific Northwest Explorer 2016

Lucy H.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1 & 2 2016

Michael C.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 and Pacific Northwest Adventure 2 2016

Nate H.

Trip Leader, Blue Ridge Explorer 1

Nick C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a 2016

Nick H.

Instructor, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016

Nico G.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3 2016

Nicole C.

Trip Leader, Alaska Expedition 2 2016

Pete S.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 and Pacific Northwest Explorer 2016

Rachael M.

Trip Leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Raisa S.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Explorer 1 & 2 2016

Sam H.

Trip Leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer 2016

Sean D.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3 2016

Spencer M.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Explorer 2 2016

Stephen W.

Instructor, Blue Ridge Explorer 1 & 2 2016

Talley K.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b 2016

Tess S.

Trip Leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3 2016

Tim S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2 2016

Tyler S.

Instructor, California Challenge 2 2016

Wells J.

Instructor, British Columbia 1 & 2 2016