Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2
Ciara hails from southeast Michigan but currently lives in Boston, MA. She currently works as an outdoor educator for La Vida, facilitating high ropes courses and climbing activities for kids and teens. Previously, she was a counselor for SpringHill Camps in Indiana. She has received training not only in challenges courses, but also in mental health and inclusion for summer camp professionals. Fun fact about Ciara: She founded the first student-based music and arts festival in Rochester, MI!
- Education: Northeastern University, bachelor’s degree in philosophy and music
- Certifications: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: My favorite outdoor memory was in the middle of a hike in the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the trail emerged from the forest and opened up to a beautiful beach on Lake Superior with these huge waves (probably five or so feet)! My fiancé and I immediately dropped our packs and ran into the water and jumped around in the whitecaps for an hour, and finished the last five miles drenched, exhausted, and happy.
- Favorite outdoor achievement: My favorite outdoor achievement was when I was studying abroad in Argentina. I planned a day of trekking in El Chaltén for my classmates, and we were able to take a couple hikes around the Fitz Roy Massif, which was magical!
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: Patagonia! The Andes are the most magical place I have ever seen, and I have a dream to eventually return and guide there.
- Favorite hobbies: Hiking, being in the mountains, rock climbing, camping, music (I play guitar and I sing!), painting, reading books, and learning about nature
- What are you most excited for this summer? I’m excited to learn about each of the students I get to meet and work with this summer, and learn about the region I’ll be working in and how the landforms came to be the way they are! I’m also excited to be in the outdoors the entire summer, get to see and enjoy the new beautiful places we will be taking our trips, and build lasting community with our students and my