Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Caroline grew up attending an all-girls camp in Brevard, NC, spent a lot of time backpacking, hiking, and rafting with her family. Caroline’s passion for outdoors grew on a 30-day mountaineering trip in the North Cascade National Park. She began college at the University of Southern California, but then transferred to UNC Asheville to finish her bachelor’s degree. She worked for UNCA’s outdoor program, leading students on different adventures in the western NC mountains. She also works at the North Carolina Arboretum, teaching kids about environmental conservation. In her free time, you can find her fly-fishing and volunteering at a local women’s shelter. Caroline joins Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.
- Education: University of North Carolina Asheville; bachelor’s degree in environmental education
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I can’t wait to work with and be a role model for young people while supporting their growth in an outdoor adventure setting. I am also excited to be a part of a special, strong community and spending every day of the summer outside doing what I love.
- Favorite outdoor memory: This past summer on a mountaineering expedition, we woke up at 2 a.m. to start our ascent of Gannett Peak in Wyoming. We navigated the first four hours in the dark with the stars lighting up the sky like glitter above the mountain. You could see another group moving up the glacier by their headlamps. It was such a humbling experience to be in the shadow of such a massive and powerful mountain in the middle of the night. We finally summited around 11 a.m. with a clear, 360-degree view. On our decent, it rained and hailed until we arrived at basecamp!
- Favorite quote: “It’s a stupid question, what are you going to do with your life. Setting out to do something with your life is like sitting down to eat a moose. Nobody ever did anything successful with their life. Instead they did something with their day. Each day. Sunrise is birth. Sleep is death. Each day is your life. Let the moose run. Eat some blueberries.” – Paddle Whispers by Douglas Wood