Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1 & 2
Originally from Chicago, Andi currently lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where she led backpacking, canoeing, canyoneering, rock climbing, and camping trips while at the University of California and facilitated high and low ropes courses. She also used to be a professional dog trainer! Now she enjoys working with school groups year-round, taking them hiking and sharing nature facts. This is her second season as an instructor for Adventure Treks.
- Education: University of California, Santa Barbara; bachelor’s degree in zoology and English
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I’m most looking forward to beautiful places where moments of openness and vulnerability build invaluable trust and group cohesion.
- Favorite outdoor memory? If I have to pick one, I would say the first time I backpacked in the Sierra Nevada. My group was taking a very easy day, as it was our first day above 10,000 feet. The trail popped us out of the forest into this luscious, green meadow with a lake here and a calm brook there, Golden Trout hugging the edges of the stream. We spread out, plopped down, and took a nap in the sunshine surrounded by forest with Mt. Langley looming over us. That moment of bliss was out of this world, in a place I didn’t think still existed! That was the first time I fell in love with the Sierras.
- Favorite quote: “The thing is to become a master, and in your old age to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.” – Henry Miller