Meet Our Instructors

The Adventure Treks instructor team is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do. They’re more than just instructors—they’re role models, mentors, and friends to our students. Because we don’t take this responsibility lightly, we have a rigorous and selective hiring process. All instructors have significant prior experience working with youth in the outdoors, and they participate annually in a minimum two-week training. The six-instructor dynamic on each trip not only provides a variety of personalities to match our students, but also leads to better decision-making, as risk management is our top priority.

I am blown away by how each trip gets better and better. I love Adventure Treks! My last trip was flawless. I hope I can have some (if not all) of the same instructors next year! – Josh, 15, Reisterstown, MD

Our instructors at a glance:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Average age: 27
  • 95% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 30% have, or are working on, an advanced degree
  • Average tenure is 3.5 years, but many have been with us for longer
  • All have medical certifications as Wilderness First Responders, and some are EMTs or Wilderness EMTs.
  • Our hiring process includes at minimum 3 interviews, 4 reference checks, and complete background checks.
  • Our instructor return rate has exceeded 60% every year for the past 20 years, averaging to 73%
  • Each year, we receive more than 800 resumes to fill about 25 spaces for new instructors.

Abby S.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Airlie M.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Alex C.

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Allison C.

Logistical and team support

Allison O.

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Andrew H.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Angelique C.

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Austin C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Avery K.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Barrett R.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Brett S.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Casey C.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1a

Chris G.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Chris L.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Christina L.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Cody B.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Danny B.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Dave McGlashan

Director & regional director

Devin W.

Trip leader, Yellowstone 1, 2, & 3

Elise C.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Alaska Expedition 2

Erica V.

Regional director

Hannah C.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Hannah M.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Heather E.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Ian P.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Jack H.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Janie W.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1

Jasmine S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Jen H.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Jenna M.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Joe S.

Regional director

Jon W.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Karl S.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Kate B.

Trip leader, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Katy E.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Kayla G.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Keeka G.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kelly D.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Kiko S.

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kyle S.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Laura H.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Lauren T.

Lauren Textor, Colorado Explorer 3

Lucy H.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1

Mackenzie W.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Maggie N.

Instructor, California Challenge 1

Maisie P.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Marisa A.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Matthew M.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Michael C.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Mike T.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Molly D.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Nate H.

Trip Leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Nathan W.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Nick K.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Nico G.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1b

Nikki H.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Pete B.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Rachael M.

Logistical and team support, Leadership Summit

Ricky B.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Rosy C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Ryan B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & 2

Sam H.

Trip leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Sarah M.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Sean D.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & 2

Spencer F.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 2

Stephen W.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Tess S.

Trip leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Wells J.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Zachary C.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer