Talley K.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Talley has worked as an outdoor educator and naturalist since 2007, leading trips in the Appalachian Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert, Swiss Alps, and the South Carolina lowcountry. Talley is a Wilderness First Responder and American Canoe Association Level II kayak touring instructor. She is an avid contra dancer, middling ukulele player, enthusiastic rock climber, and professional academic. This summer marks Talley’s sixth season as an instructor with Adventure Treks.

  • Education: Furman University and University of Nevada, Reno; bachelor’s degree in literature, master’s degree in literature
  • Why is working for Adventure Treks important to you? Seeing AT students celebrate each other, respond productively to challenges, and relish adventures in wild places is tons of fun—and it reminds me how powerful a positive, caring, and resilient community can be. Simply put, Adventure Treks students are inspiring.
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? Being outdoors! With students! In beautiful places! Every day!
  • What do you do when not working for AT? I teach in the English department at Pennsylvania State University. More specifically, I teach in and direct Penn State’s adventure literature series, which combines literature courses and outdoor expeditions.
  • Favorite outdoor memory? My first ever hike, at age 19, was the Yosemite Falls Trail, which ascends 3,000 feet in three miles. I was not athletic and under-prepared, but getting to the rim above Yosemite Valley and looking out at the Sierras unlocked me. I’ve been chasing wilderness experiences ever since.
  • Favorite quote: “May my heart always be open to little/birds who are the secret of living/whatever they sing is better than to know/and if men should not hear them men are old.” – e.e. cummings