Nathan W.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Nathan grew up in Kentucky and later attended school in Wyoming and Vermont, where he fell in love with the mountains. After school, Nathan focused on 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 returning to Adventure Treks for his third season as an instructor. Nathan holds his PSIA Level 1, children’s specialist, and avalanche level 1 certifications, and he is a Wilderness First Responder.

  • Education: Central Wyoming College and Sterling College; dual bachelor’s degrees in outdoor education and adventure education
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? The core value of cultivating a culture of kindness. As someone who is very intentional about the communities I try to be a part of, 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’m excited to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, all while getting to learn something new in an amazing place.
  • What do you do when not working for AT? I spend the bulk of my time skiing—about 130 days each of the last two seasons! I am also an alpine ski instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. During shoulder seasons, I spend time in new landscapes, while drinking a lot of tea and coffee on the tailgate of Hotel Tundra. I’m also constantly planning how and when to get back to the High Sierra!
  • 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