Nicholas Ames

Instructor, LAS - spring 2022

Originally from San Luis Obispo, CA, Nicholas joins Adventure Treks for his first season as an instructor. Having recently finished his Ph.D. in anthropology at Notre Dame, Nic spent the last 13 years leading multi-week archaeological excavations and outdoor trips for teenagers and underclassmen. Before joining Adventure Treks, he led backpacking trips for middle and high schoolers as an educational facilitator at 100 Elk Outdoor Center in Colorado. Throughout his time at Notre Dame, Nic led various classes and research projects in the field for college freshmen. He spent seven years in the field as an archeologist, working with institutions like the University of Pennsylvania, University of Copenhagen, Arizona State University, and National Geographic Society, and visiting places like Jordan, Oman, Sudan, Azerbaijan, Ireland, and Italy.

  • Education: University of Notre Dame, master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology; University of California, Berkeley, bachelor’s degree in anthropology
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Sailing across the Atlantic in a 19th century tall ship during summer 2018: The heavy blanket of stars above reflected in the roiling sparks of bioluminescent plankton that churned in the wake of the ship, while the dull throb of hundreds of jellyfish pulsed within the dark sea surrounding. It was a breath-taking cosmic kaleidoscope!
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: Cycling solo 4,464 miles across the U.S. during the summer of 2021!
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled to: Inishbofin, Ireland
  • Favorite hobbies: Baking (during the off-season I work in a bakery that delivers bread by bicycle), mountain biking, cycling, backpacking, digging holes, reading, and gardening (which is basically just digging holes and putting things inside them).
  • Best advice you’ve ever received: “You will never be able to experience everything. So please, do poetic justice to your soul and simply experience yourself.” – Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1935-1951
  • What do you hope to learn this summer? Becoming better at identifying constellations
  • What are you most looking forward to this summer? Getting caught in a rainstorm, climbing a mountain, fording a river, eating good food, being warmed by a fire, eating terrible food, shouting from the cloud tops, exploring the amazing world around us, spending time with incredible people, and challenging myself every step of the way.