Karl Schmidt

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Karl is returning to Adventure Treks for his third year as an instructor. He worked as an astrophysicist at the Space Sciences Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2012 thru-hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Since, he has since been working as a high school teacher in California. He has also biked the Great Divide mountain bike route and many other human-powered adventures by bike and foot. He loves playing Ultimate Frisbee and will be pursuing a physics teaching credential in the fall. Karl is a Wilderness First Responder and third year instructor at Adventure Treks.

  • Education: University of California, Santa Cruz; bachelor’s degree in astrophysics
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? Working for AT gives me the opportunity to share my passions for nature, outdoor activities, and community-building with young people. My personal skills and interests are valued at AT in a way they are not always in other parts of my life.
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? Working with teenagers that are eager to learn, try, open up, relax, goof off, and grow.
  • What do you do when not working for AT? I ride my bike, run, cook, and teach high school physics and astronomy.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? It was July 3 on the Great Divide mountain bike route, and the most interesting cafe in Montana, according to our guidebook, was going to be closed on the July 4. My friend and I cycled our biggest day of the trip, barely dodging a thunderstorm, in order to get amazing pie and ice cream. Worth every extra mile!
  • Favorite quote: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe