Instructor, British Columbia Challenge & Pacific Northwest Explorer
Kurt joins Adventure Treks for his first season as an instructor. A California resident, Kurt recently received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Stanford University. While working toward his doctoral degree, Kurt immersed himself in the university’s outdoor program. He’s worked as both a trip leader and support staff since 2018, including mentoring student trip leaders and teaching outdoor education classes. He was also a school outreach coordinator at Stanford, working with underfunded high schools to help organize outdoor adventure trips for students.
- Education: Stanford University, Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry; University of California, Santa Cruz, bachelor’s degree in chemistry
- Certification: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: A four-day backpacking trip with my good friend in Sequoia National Park. It was a perfect trip.
- Favorite outdoor achievement: While leading a trip for Stanford, my co-leader and I successfully navigated a difficult situation wherein a student was very reluctant to participate in the activities. We encouraged them to take small steps into the activities, which eventually led to her becoming more excited about everything.
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: Belize
- Favorite hobbies: Backpacking, hiking, cycling, sketching, billiards, cooking, chemistry, and music.
- What do you hope to learn this summer? I am excited to learn more of the lingo that teenagers use—I’m out of the loop!
- What are you most excited for this summer? I am very excited to share my enthusiasm for the outdoors with young people. I’m also really excited to see what fun camp meals we come up with!