Agnes A

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Agnes joins Adventure Treks for her second season as an instructor. Originally from New York, Agnes now calls California home. Most recently, Agnes has worked an instructor for the Pali Institute: Outdoor Education Center in the San Bernadino Mountains. Before that, she was a river guide for Beaver Brook Outfitters, taking people on day and overnight rafting, kayaking, and canoeing trips in her home state. She was also a river guide for another NY-based outfitter. While in school, she was an intern for the Sassafras Environmental Education Center, teaching programs to K–12 students. She’s also served as a volunteer steward for the Adirondack Mountain Club, intern at the Echo Hill Outdoor School, and rowing coach at the YMCA of Kingston, NY.

  • Education: Washington College, bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and secondary education
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, NYS (New York State) Department of Environmental Conservation whitewater guide
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Impossible to pick a favorite! Probably any solid “type 2” fun with people I love or by myself. I spent the night in Flagstaff, AZ, on my drive back to California recently and went for a pretty sweet morning run underneath Agassiz Peak with some friends.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: Either my first three-day solo backpack in the San Gorgonio Wilderness or summiting Mt. Shasta with Adventure Treks last summer.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Shasta-Trinity Alps in northern California!
  • Favorite hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, skiing, running, and making music and art.
  • Best advice you’ve received: When I was in elementary school, my dad put a copy of this children’s poem called “The Man Who Thinks He Can” in my lunchbox. It was a lesson on positive self-talk that has stuck with me ever since.
  • What are you most excited for this summer? I’m so excited to have an excuse to be disconnected from technology for weeks at a time!