Hailey A.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Hailey grew up in the the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL, but has lived out west for the past seven years. She has worked all over the west as an outdoor educator: with Naturalists at Large in California; as an instructor with Outward Bound in Moab, UT; as a field-based science teacher at an outdoor school in central Oregon; as a raft guide in southwestern Montana; and as a ski instructor in Telluride, CO. Hailey is Swiftwater Rescue & Avalanche Level 1 certified and is a Wilderness First Responder. She joins us as an instructor for her first season.

  • Education: Willamette University; bachelor’s degree in studio art
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I am beyond excited to join this community of rad, like-minded folks in adventuring and falling in love with them, as well as facilitating and participating in new-to-me zones. I am excited for nights spent sleeping under the midnight sun, and the life-changing experiences that are so uniquely part of month-long expeditions!
  • What do you do when not working for AT? You can find me attempting to explore all of the red dust that comprises the Colorado Plateau, flying down ropes into tiny slot canyons, skiing San Juan coldsmoke, jamming body parts into pristine desert cracks, and trying to mold young minds into being stewards of the spectacular places that we are fortunate enough to play in!
  • Favorite outdoor memory? Boating down all 280 miles of the good ole’ Grand Canyon for 26 days with 15 of my favorite humans.
  • Favorite quote! “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – Kenneth Grahame