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John Willard

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Born in Singapore, John moved to Attleboro, MA, as a child. He stayed in the northeast for school, attending Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. He was a trip leader for Camp Pinnacle last year, guiding backpacking and other off-camp trips for kids ages 7–15. He’s earned numerous certifications for climbing, including fundamentals of rock climbing, alpine climbing, and ice climbing. He’s also led ice climbing trips on Mt. Washington and Cathedral Mountain. John is joining Adventure Treks for his first season as an instructor.

  • Education: Northern Vermont University, Lyndon; bachelor’s degree in adventure leadership
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, Leave No Trace master educator, AMGA single pitch instructor, AIARE level 2
  • What excites you most about working for AT? After spending my last summer with Camp Pinnacle, I wanted to take the next step forward and grow with a closer community of students and outdoor enthusiasts. I can’t wait to spend another summer outside doing things I love with people I won’t forget!
  • Favorite outdoor memory? My favorite outdoor memory has to be from this past January where I got to spend 2 weeks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming doing an Avalanche 2 course. It was an amazing experience getting to see the Tetons for the first time and doing some splitboarding all around the Teton National Park. We got to spend a week in 2 different yurts away from society, living simply and doing what we love to do!