Instructor, British Columbia Challenge; trip leader, Pacific Northwest Explorer
Originally from Plymouth, NH, Hannah returns to Adventure Treks for her second season as an instructor. Most recently, Hannah worked as an EMT in Washington. She’s also worked for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center as an adaptive ski and snowboard instructor; Albuquerque Academy as an experiential education intern; and Mayhew Program as an outdoor education instructor for at-risk teens. She also completed a NOLS semester, where she backpacked and sea kayaked in Australia for 45 days.
- Education: Goucher College; dual bachelor’s degree in business management and Spanish
- Certification: Emergency medical technician, PSIA-AASI alpine skiing level 1, PSIA AASI adaptive snowboarding
- Favorite outdoor memory: My favorite outdoor memory comes from working with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. I was teaching a beginner ski lesson to a teenage girl who was visually impaired and steadily losing more and more of her eyesight. It was Christmas Day and the skiing wasn’t really taking, but this student was just beyond excited and squealing the entire time! We ended the lesson with a few sledding runs down the nearby hill and then it started snowing! This was the last day that this girl was going to be in town and all she wanted the entire time was to see snow falling! She was afraid that she’d never get to see it happen because she was losing her eyesight, and her excitement when it began to actively snow was just so pure and beautiful. I will treasure that memory for a long, long time.
- Favorite outdoor achievement: So many, it’s hard to choose! A recent highlight was in Zion National Park in December. The park was relatively quiet because it was winter, but the day was sunny and beautiful with amazing blue skies. I hiked up Angel’s Landing, a well-known hike with beautiful views at the top. I generally don’t fear heights, but I certainly had fears on the way up! There are bolted chains on the route and I had to constantly pause or squeeze off to the side in order to let people descend while I was going up. It was wild! Once at the top, though, it was unlike any other summit that I’ve reached before. The weather was so perfect and the red rocks against the blue skies—wow! It all just felt so magical and unlike anything that I could’ve ever imagined.
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: New Zealand
- Favorite hobbies: I love to be on the move! Outdoors, I really enjoy casual bike rides around town, hikes with cool views, playing pickleball, trail running, and playing silly lawn games like Kubb or bocce. When I get tired of being outside, I love to cook and eat, read novels, watch food TV, and I just learned how to play chess so I’m chasing my first victory!
- What are you excited to learn this summer? I’d love to learn some new recipes! I’ve got a decent cooking repertoire, but new people tend to bring new recipes, and that’s pretty exciting to me.
- Why are you excited to return to AT? I’m really excited to be able to work and play in amazing places again! The AT community is so diverse and welcoming, and I love that I get to be part of this hard-working, fun-loving group. I’ve been traveling around the country for the last year, living out of my van and seeing amazing places! The sights have been wonderful, and I’ve also learned that it’s really the people that matter. The people that I’ve met, stayed with, experienced these places with—they’re what make the memories from this year so much sweeter.