Rachel O'Neil Adventure Treks Trip Leader

Rachel O’Neil

Rachel is our full-time staffing director and dean of students for the Leadership Adventure Semester. Hailing from Green Bay, WI, she attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. She spent her summers leading backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota for Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, and after college completed a thru-hike of the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail.

  • Education: University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire; bachelor’s degree in social work
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Favorite outdoor memory: This one is so hard! Seeing a cloud inversion sunset in the White Mountains in NH, canoeing in the boundary waters in Minnesota, seeing moose in Colorado on an AT trip. Or that first meal and evening meeting on an AT backpack when everyone may be tired, but then seeing how far the students have come and what they’ve accomplished day one is incredible (and the silliness and jokes that come in the days following)!
  • Biggest outdoor achievement: Thru-hiking the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail!
  • Favorite hobbies: Hiking, mountain biking, hand-lettering, making bougie coffee, and stalking adventure cats on Instagram.