girl in blue jacket standing in the mountains

Heather E.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Heather grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. In college, she spent a semester abroad studying outdoor education and sustainability in New Zealand, and for three years worked with Appalachian State University’s outdoor programs, leading the freshmen orientation backpacking program. She spent this past fall living and rock climbing at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and then moved to Park City, UT, to work at the village’s ski resort. Heather is returning to Adventure Treks for her fourth season as an instructor. 

  • Education: Appalachian State University; bachelor’s degree in social work
  • Certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? Working for Adventure Treks reminds and challenges me to be my best self and encourage others to do the same.
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? The laughter and friendships I’ll get to share with students and instructors.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? Rafting on the Rio Marañon (aka the Grand Canyon of the Amazon in Peru), portaging two massive rapids, and evacuating from the river by hiking out of a 4,500-foot-high canyon while leaving our river gear behind. 
  • Favorite quote: “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” – Brené Brown