Noah W

Noah grew up in the Pacific Northwest and still calls Oregon home today (though he’ll be moving to New Zealand in late 2023!). During his time at the University of Oregon, Noah was an Outdoor Pursuits trip leader, facilitating backpacking, climbing, orienteering, survival, and winter navigation, and mountaineering trips for students in the PNW. He also spent several winters as a kids’ and teens’ ski instructor on Mt. Hood. Most recently, Noah worked at Camp Lincoln in Minnesota as the director of leadership training, mentoring high schoolers as they transitioned into leadership roles at camp. He’s also been a camp counselor and natural sciences educator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; the president of youth volunteer programs at the Oregon Zoo; and a rock wall coordinator at Camp Laurel Maine. Noah joins Adventure Treks for his first season as an instructor.

  • Education: University of Oregon, bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental science
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, PADI open water diver, climbing wall instructor
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Making it to the bottom of my first-ever multipitch climb (“Voyage of the Cowdog” at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon) after dropping my belay device several hundred feet and having to create an improvised rappel system.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: Solo-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail over three summers. I met many of my best friends in the first year I hiked the 1,700+ mile stretch of California as my first-ever backpacking trip.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: Kruger National Park, South Africa
  • Favorite hobbies: Rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, teaching conservation issues, renewable energies, plant-based cooking
  • What are you most excited for this summer? Learning how tobe a more effective leader in backcountry environments and getting to know my students and fellow staff!