Adrienne-Banks Adventure Treks Instructor

Adrienne B.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Adrienne grew up in Eugene, OR, before moving east to attend school at Williams College in Massachusetts. She went on her first backpacking trip at 8 years old and has been hooked on spending time in the mountains since. She has been teaching outdoor education for five years, including most recently with Williams’ first-year orientation trips and multi-sport adventure summer camps. She loves trail running, backpacking, and spending time on the river. Adrienne is joining Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.

  • Education: Williams College; bachelor’s degree in chemistry
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • What excites you the most about working for AT? The opportunity to explore new places with exciting activities, learn from amazing staff and students, and help facilitate a supportive group of individuals who can get out of their comfort zones and be comfortable being fully themselves!
  • What do you do when you are not working for AT? When I’m not learning about biomolecules or reading about theories of social justice, my time is spent playing ultimate frisbee, running, and finding cool places to explore outside.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? A spontaneous ascent of Mt. Dana in Yosemite: I was 14, and this was the result of my family’s encouragement to make the most of our trips. At the time, hiking 3,000 feet up in only three miles of boulder-hopping and scrambling felt like the most intense adventure—and there were so many marmots and an incredible view at the top!