Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 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 recently returned from a multi-element expedition in the Grand Canyon of the Amazon in Peru. Currently, she works as a residential coach for girls at a therapeutic boarding school. Heather is a Wilderness First Responder and is joining Adventure Treks for her third season as an instructor.
- Education: Appalachian State University; bachelor’s degree in social work
- 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.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I love climbing, yoga, hiking, traveling, skiing, playing with dogs, and baking desserts!
- 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