Trip leader, Blue Ridge Leadership & Blue Ridge Discovery
Originally from the Northeast, Zach has spent the better part of a decade working as a math and physics teacher in China (two years) and India (seven years). In Mussoorie, India, he was interim head of the math department and taught precalculus and Advanced Placement calculus to high schoolers. Before traveling east, he was a math and science teacher in New York for high school juniors and seniors. He’s also led backcountry expeditions in the Indian Himalayas, is a graduate of both the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi, India, and can speak Chinese and Hindi. Zach returns to Adventure Treks for his third season as an instructor.
- Education: Clarkson University; bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
- Medical certifications: Wilderness first responder
- Favorite outdoor memory: Traversing Mount Sahale in a rainstorm with my wife last summer!
- Biggest outdoor achievement: Summiting the 20,722-foot Bandarpunch (its name translates to “tail of the monkey”) in the Indian Himalayas.
- Countries visited: Australia, Bhutan, Canada, China, England, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam
- What do you do when not working for AT? Backpacking, rock climbing, snowboarding, mountaineering, and sourdough baking!