Trip leader

A Portland, OR, native, Hayden spent the last few winters working as a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs in Colorado. Previously, she lived in New Hampshire where she worked as the lead guide for kids at Summit Achievement Wilderness Therapy. During her time at OSU, she managed the indoor climbing center, teaching rock climbing courses and training new staff. She’s also led whitewater rafting, canyoneering, mountaineering, and rock climbing trips throughout Oregon for the school’s Adventure Leadership Institute.

  • Education: Oregon State University, bachelor’s degree in kinesiology
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, climbing wall instructor, sport climbing instructor, Leave No Trace trainer, swiftwater rescue, PSIA alpine level 1, AIARE avalanche 1
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Mountaineering in the Selkirk Mountains the summer after I graduated high school. We got helicopter-ed to our basecamp and stayed there for eight days summiting the peaks around us. One day I was sick and stayed at basecamp by myself, and it was an unreal experience.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: Ski mountaineering in the Oregon Cascades
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: San Juan Islands, WA
  • Favorite hobbies: Rock climbing, skiing, and baking pies
  • What are you most excited for this summer? Being in the backcountry with students. It is when they take on the most challenges and grow both as individuals and together. Along with that, being in a smaller group makes it easier for everyone to connect and get to know one another on a new level.
  • Previous Adventure Treks trips include Pacific Northwest Adventure, Ultimate Northwest, California Challenge, and Pacific Northwest Explorer