Ella Imes Adventure Treks Instructor

Ella I.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Ella grew up in Wisconsin’s beautiful lake country and spent her summers swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. Before studying at Earlham College, Ella took some time off to travel through South America and southeast Asia. A former Adventure Treks student, she spent numerous summers working as a camp counselor and instructor in North Carolina and California. She has also been involved with the outdoor education department at Earlham, working as the trip coordinator for their college adventures. Ella joins Adventure Treks for her first season as an instructor.

  • Education: Earlham College; bachelor’s degree in Spanish and peace and global studies
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? ​As a high schooler, I was able to spend a few summers with Adventure Treks, traveling to Alaska, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest. Those experiences helped shape me into the person I am today, and I am so excited to be a part of that experience for others for summers to come. Times spent in wild places are like no other, and being able to share that passion with students is something I have been looking forward to since I was first able to lead groups outside.
  • What excites you the most about working for AT? Building community and working as a team are powerful things that help make any adventure fun and meaningful. I am really excited to meet and get to know the groups I will be with, and to explore and wander together.
  • Favorite outdoor memory?​​ I once led seven young women on a one-night backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountain range; the women on the trip transformed in ways that I would never have imagined possible in such a short time span.
  • Favorite quote: “‘And now,” cried Max, ‘let the wild rumpus start!'” – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak