Trip leader

Originally from Monument, CO, Dana calls Colorado Springs home. She currently works as an art teacher for elementary and middle schoolers; she also coaches soccer and serves as the school’s athletic director. Previously, she’s worked as a high ropes course and tower guide at Castle Rock Adventure Park. She’s also worked as a high school substitute teacher and recreation center supervisor.

  • Education: University of Northern Colorado, bachelor’s degree in visual art and design education
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: I backpacked the Napali Coast on my honeymoon and birthday! I overcame stomach bug on the first day and pressed on for a lonnng day of hiking. Woke up on my birthday to my husband making smashed cinnamon rolls (no other way when backpacking) on the famous Kalalau Beach.
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Backpacking with my best friend to Cracker Lake in Glacier National Park. We met awesome people at the campsites, and we all ended up cooking our dinner at the same time. Everyone was so kind, and we watched the sun set and continued to hang out. In the morning, we took a swim in the extremely cold alpine lake and saw some moose.
  • Favorite hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, climbing, caving, hiking, skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, running, hiking, camping, painting, puzzling, baking, reading, throwing pottery, and photography.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Glacier National Park
  • What are you excited about this summer? Being a trip leader! Getting to lead other instructors and help them with learning the ins and outs of AT. Being able to stretch myself with learning new things.
  • Previous Adventure Treks trips include California Challenge, Alaska Expedition