Nathan Welleford Adventure Treks Trip Leader

Nathan W.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Nathan grew up in Kentucky but attended school in Wyoming and Vermont, where he fell in love with the mountains. Nathan took a focus in wilderness risk management, wilderness medicine, and backcountry science expeditions, studying climate change’s effect on glaciers in the Wind River Range. Nathan has worked in the camp world for eight years and is joining Adventure Treks for his fifth season as a trip leader. He is a youth alpine ski instructor and a part of the training staff team at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

  • Education: Central Wyoming College and Sterling College; dual bachelor’s degrees in outdoor education and adventure education
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, alpine ski instructor level 2, avalanche level 2
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? The core value of cultivating a culture of kindness. As someone who is also very intentional about communities, Adventure Treks has such a positive, growth-oriented group of people who genuinely care about each other. Being able to join this community that embraces positive energy and then disperse into some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world while sharing it with others is truly a privilege, and it keeps me coming back.
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I am beyond excited to spend an unforgettable trip with an incredible community of students and instructors! The opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with students who in some cases I’ve been on three trips with is such a unique and meaningful opportunity.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? Definitely near the top of my list is the true epic that was my first caribou sighting in Northern Labrador; that memory has become quite the fireside story!
  • Favorite quote: There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela