Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a
Originally from Chicago, Andi now lives in California where she led backpacking, canoeing, canyoneering, rock climbing, and camping trips throughout college and facilitated high and low ropes courses. Now she enjoys working with school groups year-round, taking them hiking, facilitating games, and sharing nature facts. In her time off, you’ll find Andi climbing crags or visiting relatives in Japan. Andi is a Wilderness First Responder; this is her first season as an instructor for Adventure Treks.
- Education: University of California, Santa Barbara; bachelor’s degree in zoology and English
- 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.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I’m a part-time medical biller, but in my free time I love learning languages—my life-long goal is to become a polyglot! I also enjoy road trips with my sister and off-roading with good friends.
- Favorite outdoor memory? If I have to pick one, I would say the first time I backpacked in the Sierra Nevadas. 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