Instructor, California Challenge 2
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Allison headed east to the Blue Ridge Mountains to attend Appalachian State University. Working with ASU’s Outdoor Programs, she’s been a climbing instructor, field science educator, service and adventure trip leader, and assistant program director. Allison is joining Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.
- Education: Appalachian State University; bachelor’s degree in recreation management
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I love working in outdoor experiential education because it empowers people to love and care for the world around them while also providing room for people to grow through challenges. This summer, I can’t wait to continue to share my love for the outdoors with students and provide meaningful experiences to teenagers! I’m also excited to live and work with incredible people who share my passion for working in this field.
- What do you do when not working for Adventure Treks? I love to climb, mountain bike on new trails, hang from aerial silks, and learn how to stay upright on a pair of skis!
- Favorite outdoor memory? The summer before my senior year of high school, I participated in a month-long program at Teton Science Schools. The first three weeks were incredible—I learned so much and my program crew became my family. The last week was backpacking, which I had never done before, and I felt a lot of self-doubt and uncertainty. But with four kind instructors and the support of the other seven people in my expedition crew, we made it. I don’t think I had ever felt so proud of myself and the people around me before. I felt so strong, empowered, and free because of the experience.
- Favorite quote: “It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.” – “The Invitation,” Oriah Mountain Dreamer