Trip leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2
A Colorado native, Rach is no stranger to the outdoor education and recreation world. Prior to joining Adventure Treks (she’s returning for her third season as a trip leader), Rach was a program instructor at the Keystone Science School; she taught classes on atmospheric science, biology and ecology, earth science, and survival skills. She also coordinated multi-day backpacking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting trips. She’s also volunteered with the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center; tutored elementary school students in math, language, reading and science; and worked as a research assistant at CU Boulder’s Emery Lab. This past winter, Rach was a ski instructor for both kids and adults at Big Sky Resort in Montana.
- Education: University of Colorado Boulder, bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology; in fall 2022, Rach will start a graduate program in teaching at the University of Washington
- Medical certification: Wilderness first responder, PSIA alpine level 1, PSIA children’s specialist level 1
- Favorite outdoor memory: Singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in its entirety (including all guitar solos) on both the Lost Coast and while rafting down the Klamath River at Adventure Treks.
- Favorite place you’ve traveled: Denali in Alaska
- Favorite outdoor achievement: This past summer was the busiest summer of my life, and as a result is my biggest outdoor achievement. Before starting Adventure Treks, I canyoneered three canyons in southern Utah. Then I road-tripped straight to California to hike 150 miles of the PCT in nine days. After that incredibly intense and life-changing trip, I started my summer at AT. Throwing all those adventures into one season felt like Maggie Rogers’ song “Dog Years” where I lived a long period of life in a short time. I consistently reflect back on the tensity and grit I had to find within myself on those trips. Especially when I was hiking 20-mile days and walking was the only thing my day consisted of.
- Favorite hobbies: Rock climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, skiing, drinking good coffee, star-gazing, adventure sledding, trail running, baking bread, reading a whole book in one sitting.
- What are you excited to learn this summer? More fun facts! On a more serious note, I’m very excited to learn where I end up after the season and reflect back on all the lessons I did not realize I was getting at the time.
- What are you most excited about this summer? Creating new friendships that will last beyond the surprisingly short time we are all together.