Owen is from Toledo, OH, but has called New England home for a while. In college, he served as the president of the Outing Club, organizing and leading hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, and rafting trips for students. He was also an instructor for the Appalachian Mountain Club, guiding teenagers on backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and kayaking trips in the northeast and New England. He’s worked as a climbing instructor and gymnastics coach; forest manager for a maple syrup company; bike shop manager; and community forestry intern!

  • Education: Allegheny College, bachelor’s degree in environmental science
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder, PADI open water diver
  • Favorite outdoor memory: When I first experienced SCUBA diving in open water, on the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Favorite outdoor achievement: I think my favorite outdoor achievement is thru-hiking the John Muir Trail through the Sierra Nevada, concluding with a summit of Mt. Whitney.
  • Favorite place you’ve traveled: The fjords of Norway
  • Favorite hobbies: Climbing rocks and trees, canoeing, biking, backpacking, blacksmithing, fixing things, playing cards and board games, doing puzzles, and eating chocolate
  • What are you most excited for this summer? I can’t wait to get to know students and share a bunch of incredible experiences with them. I am really looking forward to meeting and working with the other instructors. And I’m excited to learn and advance my skills as an instructor, meet new friends, and have lots of fun!