man smiling in green kayak on river

Brett S.

Trip leader, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Brett is returning to his eighth season as a trip leader. Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school. He then headed to Appalachian State University for school, where he fell in love with the outdoors. He currently resides in Montana and is the children’s ski program supervisor at Big Sky Resort.

  • Education: Appalachian State University; bachelor’s degree in recreation management and outdoor education
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, ski instructor, swiftwater rescue technician
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? It is a job which is sometimes more than a job, and most of the time less than a job, that keeps me active, happy, and healthy. I love going to all of these fantastic places with other like-minded folks and feeling in awe at the world. Interacting with youth and educating them on outdoor skills, teamwork, and environmental stewardship is also very important to me as the future of the world is theirs and ours.
  • What excites you most about working for AT this summer? Being a part of an awesome trip, and adapting to all of the weather, obstacles, and surprises adventures like these bring. I Also look forward to helping along those who might be a little nervous and showing them they can do things they may not have thought they could do.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? Backpacking with my girlfriend through an incredible desert canyon called Coyote Gulch in Escalante National Monument.
  • Favorite quote: “Nothing good comes in the world from being cozy and happy all the time.” – Alex Honnold