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, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Airlie M.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Alex C.

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Alex R.

Trip Leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Alyssa S.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Andi H.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Andy V.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 2

Anthony M.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Austin C.

Trip leader, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, 3

Austin H.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Avery K.

Instructor, Colorado 1 & 2

Barrett R.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Bekah P.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Cameron H.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Cara O.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Carey C.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Caroline C.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Christina L.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Dan R.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Danny B.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Dave McGlashan

Director & regional director

Grant T.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Hailey A.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a

Hannah K.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Hannah M.

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Hannah N.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Heather E.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Ian J.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Jack Hoiland

Regional director

Jake C.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Jasmine S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Jon W.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & Colorado Explorer 3

Julia B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Karl S.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Kassie V.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Katie B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Katie G.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kelly Dohn

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kent R.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Kiko S.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1a

Kyle H.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kyle S.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Laura H.

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Lena F.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Lexi G.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Lucy H.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1

Maisie P.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Marisa C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Matt M.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1a & 2

Moriah S.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Natasha G.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Nate H.

Trip leader, Leadership Summit

Nathan W.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Nico G.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Nikki H.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Rachel O.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Sam H.

Trip Leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Sam W.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1b

Sara V.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Sarah M.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Sean D.

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Talley K.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Tess S.

Trip leader, Alaska 1b & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Torin R.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Wells J.

Trip leader, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Zach C.

Instructor, Leadership Summit