Hannah D

Hannah grew up in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC, and now lives in Grand Junction, CO. While working at a local coffee shop, Hannah is also an artist and runs her own business—in fact, Hannah designed the 2023 Adventure Treks T-shirt! Also in Grand Junction, Hannah spent time with a non-profit organization as an advocate working with at-risk and homeless youth. She spent two seasons as a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs, CO, and worked as a trip leader for Mountain Alliance in North Carolina, a non-profit organization that provides after-school and weekend outings in outdoor adventure, community service, and cultural activities for teenagers. She’s also worked as the assistant manager for Rivergirl Fishing Company; a crew leader at Paddle Creek Kayaking company; and studied outdoor recreation at the Ara Institute at Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • Education: Appalachian State University, bachelor’s degree in recreation management
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, PSIA alpine level 1, PSIA children’s specialist
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Any day when there’s fresh snow on the ground, I’m surrounded by my people and we’re skiing and laughing through the trees.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: I completed a nine-day environmental expedition across the southern Alps of New Zealand! We trekked across rainforests, snowy peaks, and grassy plains!
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Taiwan, New Zealand, or Alaska
  • Favorite hobbies: Skiing, art, hiking/roaming around in nature, reading, paddling, biking, health and wellness, travel, and coffee!
  • What are you most excited for this summer? I’m stoked to learn more about the Pacific Northwest region and learn some new, hilarious jokes to add to my collection. I’m also excited to spend intentional time in the outdoors with my staff and students laughing, supporting and challenging each other, and creating lifelong memories!
  • Previous Adventure Treks trips include Blue Ridge Adventure, Ultimate Blue Ridge, Alaska Expedition, Yellowstone Teton Adventure