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Our backpacking guides and outdoor educators are the key ingredient to our success at Lasting Adventures. While we all come from different backgrounds, we all share a passion for adventure, our National Parks, and sharing experiences with others to creates memories that last a lifetime. Our Yosemite guide staff is a young and energetic group that understands the importance of professionalism, caring, and risk management. Some of our guides were once youth participants themselves before growing into their elite roles, while others have been selected for the backgrounds and experiences they have with youth and within the outdoor environment. Many of our outdoor educators carry off-season jobs as teachers, naturalists, counselors, or other youth-focused professions, and many of us live in the Sierra Nevada year round. On most trips, you will have the pleasure of getting to know multiple guides!
Prior to each backpacking season our guides come together for a week-long staff training to prepare and refresh their skills. We have fun covering serious practices, playing games and reviewing protocols—essentially using the same Adventure Based Programming model we facilitate on our youth, group, school, and corporate adventures. We’re more than coworkers—we’re a team—and we work hard, live, and play together all summer!
On every youth trip there is a guide-participant ratio of at most 1:6, but in most cases the ratio is 1:5. Each trip will also typically has at least one male and one female outdoor educator.
For our guide service, day trips, and backpacking trips, we staff each adventure with 1 or 2 veteran guides who bring with them significant Yosemite backcountry experience. Ratios do not exceed 1:6; and are often 1:5 or lower is more common.
Each of our team members holds current Wilderness First Responder and C.P.R. certifications, and has passed an extensive background check, including a criminal history report. Furthermore our guides are selected for being outstanding backcountry specialists, and of course, extremely fun to hang out with!
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Scott is the Founder and Executive Director for Lasting Adventures, Inc and has been facilitating the Yosemite High Country Adventure since 1997 in which he has personally logged over 5,000 miles as a guide and instructor in the Yosemite backcountry. As both a credentialed school administrator and counselor, Scott has well over 30 years of experience working with youth. Scott attended Sonoma State University in California where he obtained both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. Scott holds certification in Basic Backpacking Awareness, is certified as a Wilderness First Responder by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and he is trained as an Outdoor Emergency Care professional. In addition to actively instructing and guiding the Yosemite High Country Adventure and through community collaborations and support, Scott has also successfully developed many other youth development programs; and he is also a requested presenter on these topics. When not in Yosemite, you might be able to catch Scott on the slopes snowboarding in Tahoe.
Will Heaps started his outdoor education in Appalachia, found his passion for adventure in the Rockies, and found his home in the Sierra Nevada. Thanks to parents that booked campsites instead of hotel rooms to save on travel expenses, he is quite comfortable laying his head close to the ground to sleep. Along the path to becoming an Eagle Scout, Will learned the outdoor survival skills that have given him the confidence to leave behind civilization and live in the wilderness. Will began camping as a child, backpacking as a teenager, and climbing/canyoneering in college. He graduated from BYU with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and worked near Zion National Park as a therapist. Finding that he yearned to spend even more time in the wild, he left behind the life of a therapist and went full time into guiding with Lasting Adventures during the summer of 2015. Will loves being a guide because it affords him the opportunity to invite others to share in the experiences that have given him the hope to carry on through difficult times, including his amazing wife and beautiful daughter. When your life is simple enough to fit all necessary possessions in a backpack, you have plenty of room left to fill yourself with happiness and adventure. He now finds joy in teaching those same skills to his partner and two daughters.
Kara grew up in a small town of Beaver, PA and loved spending every waking moment in the outdoors as a child. Once she was taken on her first backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park, Kara was hooked and eventually decided to change her career from the Fashion Industry to the Outdoors and that was the best decision she ever made. Kara then took an Outdoor Educator course with NOLS in the great Wind River Range for backpacking and rock climbing, got her Wilderness First Responder certification, and has since taken kids out into the outdoors from the White Mountains in New Hampshire to the desert in Joshua Tree National Park and challenged them in activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, white water kayaking and canoeing.
In her free time Kara loves going canyoneering, backpacking, trail running, researching new cheesy jokes, cooking and eating lots of yummy food, climbing multi-pitch routes in Red Rocks, road tripping, playing lots ‘o’ board games, writing for her blog, star-gazing, chasing rainbows and ultimately lounging in her hammock.
Kara believes in the philosophy that you should never stop learning and is very much looking forward to learning even more about Yosemite, where she got first bitten by the outdoors bug, and sharing that knowledge with all the participants on Lasting Adventures trips!
At the age of three, Ciaran was transplanted from the gorges of upstate New York to the mountains of Oregon. He immediately took to the new lands and grew up with his hands and feet in the dirt. Educated through Waldorf pedagogy and public school Environmental Education through STEM courses, Nature and the outdoors were at the core of his developmental years. In 2017, Ciaran finished a BA/BS degree in international outdoor leadership with a focus on South American countries. As his senior capstone, Ciaran designed, filled and lead a three week trip through Ecuador. This trip focused on community service, sustainable travel and of course the expanses of the Andes. In addition to this venture, Ciaran has spent his last four years working in both adolescent therapeutics and teen adventure trips to Hawaii. As a first year counselor and guide, Ciaran is emphatically excited to live and breath the Yosemite valley.
Chris is Lasting Adventures’ Operations Consultant and a former Yosemite National Park Wilderness Ranger. He has hiked every inch of trail within Yosemite and all but 20 miles in Rocky Mountain National Park, where he was also a Wilderness Ranger. Chris is not only a Wilderness EMT, but is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and is filled with a vast amount of Yosemite knowledge. His favorite locations in Yosemite include Mount Clark, Mount Hoffman, and Tenaya Creek. He started working with Lasting Adventures in 2018, and has continued to increase his Yosemite knowledge along the way. When Chris isn’t working, he spends his time traveling, and has visited 36 countries across the globe. The only continents he hasn’t been to yet are Australia and Antarctica–but they’re next on the list!
Nick grew up in Bellingham, Washington surrounded by the splendor of the San Juan Islands, the Puget Sound, and the Cascade Mountains. As a kid, he explored all that the PNW has to offer and moved to Arizona for university. He found joy in instilling wonder, appreciation, and respect for the outdoors in others when he started guiding classmates across the spectacular American Southwest. He graduated with degrees in Exercise and Wellness, and Parks and Protected Area Management before moving to Colorado to work as a wilderness guide. Soon after, he discovered a deep love for Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, and is devoted to teaching lessons on outdoor ethics, personal growth, and backpacking skills. Now, he is excited to combine his experiences and teach in his home state in Olympic National Park. In the Winters, Nick works as an AASI certified snowboard instructor in multiple states, or spends his time snowboarding, traveling, learning how to sew backpacking gear, and making plans for the next adventure. Nick is passionate about exploring unfamiliar places, our connection and responsibility to those places, and enabling everyone’s potential through outdoor recreation and education!
Matt is an outdoor educator and guide who loves working in the outdoors. He graduated with a degree in Outdoor/Adventure Education from Plymouth State University in 2019 and has since been traveling, teaching, climbing and exploring all over the country. Matt spends most of his time rock climbing and on remote adventures, especially around Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. He is also very passionate about education. In addition to showing people how much fun the mountains can be, Matt works hard to teach people about the amazing natural wonders of our planet, and the importance of protecting wild places. Working in the outdoors has always been a dream job, and is balanced with personal hobbies. After a day of climbing he enjoys relaxing by swimming in an alpine lake, drawing landscapes or practicing astronomy, one of his favorite subjects to teach. Matt is really looking forward to his fifth year working with Lasting Adventures, and his first year on the Admin Team.
JR has been an outdoor addict since his first backpacking trip on a section of the Appalachian Trail with his father at the age of 17. Originally from Ohio he fell in love with Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra on his very first visit in 2015. A year later he would quiet his job at a photo studio in New York and spend the next 3 living out of his van climbing, skiing, and exploring the West with a great deal of time focused in California.
JR started guiding Outdoor Education trips in 2018, learning and teaching about Californias natural history, geology, ecology, and is stoked to be returning for his second year with Lasting Adventures.
Typically behind the lens more than in front, JR is also an Artist and Photographer, constantly pulling inspiration from the wonder of the High Sierra and Yosemite.
Bella grew up in Nevada City, California, where she spent her free time exploring the woods, lakes, rivers, and Sierra mountains. Her first backpacking trip was one mile long at the age of 5, and she still uses the backpack from this trip as a day pack! More recently she hiked the John Muir Trail and loved every second of it (except the frozen water bottles). Her love of backpacking is now matched with a love of rock climbing and if she can combine the two, even better! Adventures aside, Bella has a deep appreciation for the plants, animals, and rocks all around and she loves to share stories about them. She has a degree in Environmental Studies and Chemistry from Reed College and has worked as an outdoor educator, river guide, farmer, and teacher in various capacities, among other things. Seeing and understanding human’s role in nature is very important to Bella and she believes that connecting with the natural world is the first step. When Bella is not outside, she loves to dance and do crossword puzzles (although both these things can be done outside as well!). Bella is CPR trained, a Wilderness First Responder, and a certified yoga instructor.
Jackie grew up in the southern California sunshine, but feels most at home swimming in alpine lakes, scrambling and climbing in the high country, and whipping up scrumptious backcountry pancakes. During the school year, Jackie studies environmental science and ecology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she serves as a board member of the CU Alpine Club. In Boulder, Jackie spends her time scrambling in the flatirons and splitboarding in the mountains. Before attending school at CU, she spent a year living in Mammoth Lakes teaching snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain and exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains, so Yosemite has a special place in her heart. Her favorite activities are backcountry snowboarding, rock climbing, and trail running—and she can’t wait to get outside with you!
August is an outdoor educator who grew up hiking and backpacking in the Sierras with Lasting Adventures. Working with Lasting Adventures from a young age has provided him with a passion for the natural world and a deep love for his community of guides and coworkers. When he isn’t in Yosemite, you can find him navigating the deep canyons of Utah or climbing high alpine ridges in the mountains of Colorado. He holds a current Wilderness First Responder Certification as well as many field days from his 5 year stretch at Lasting Adventures. He is currently attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, for Adventure Education.
Aida grew up in the hills of northern California where she spent her free time exploring local mountains, beaches, and woods. Aida has worked as an outdoor educator, backcountry guide, wilderness therapy guide, and has taught in various other capacities. Seeking an understanding of our human/environmental interaction is one of Aida’s passions and she believes that connecting with the natural world is the first step to being better stewards of these landscapes that we love. When not in the field, you can catch Aida climbing rocks, trail running, eating snacks, doing a crossword or bouncing around the alpine with her friends. Aida is CPR trained, a Wilderness First Responder, and a certified goof.
Savannah grew up in Southern California, exploring all of the different landscapes it has to offer. She went to San Diego State University where she received her BS in Environmental Science. It was during her final year at SDSU that Savannah began working her very first outdoor education job leading hikes for local students along the river. Since then, she has been hooked on sharing her love for the outdoors with others and has worked as an outdoor educator for 5 years. Savannah has backpacked many trails throughout California, Washington, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming, including thru hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail in 2019. She hopes to add many more trails to her ever growing list of experiences. Savannah’s favorite backcountry (and front country) meal is mac n cheese. She is excited to share many wonderful experiences with others this summer!
Maddie grew up in a small town called Edinboro, PA but left to follow her dreams out west. She went to college and study Recreation- Outdoor Equation- Outdoor Leadership and Special Education and Marketing at Western Colorado University. She is a passionate backcountry skier, runner, backpacker, and all things community. She has worked for many outdoor industry companies doing operations, logistics, marketing, and guiding and is stoked be back and apart of the best family ever- The Lasting Adventures Guide Family! You can get outside with Maddie to not only hear some amazing comedy but also eat amazing backcountry cooking.
Kanyon grew up in the Great Plains and Black Hills of South Dakota, where he gained a passion for the great outdoors through hiking, biking, and camping. While pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, he developed a new passion for rock climbing which drove him to Yosemite in Summer of 2017. Kanyon spent three seasons making beds at the Yosemite Valley Lodge and exploring the granite walls of the Sierra Nevada in his off time. Most recently Kanyon has worked in Montana as a ski instructor, and he’s excited for the opportunity to share the beauty of the outdoors while basking in the warm rays of the hot California sun.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric spent ample time tromping around the Pacific Coast and redwood forests with the Boy Scouts, learning foundational outdoor skills with friends. Yet the wonders just beyond his backyard – such as the Sierra – went unexplored. It wasn’t until a road trip just after graduating high school that Eric “discovered” Yosemite, and the place grabbed him and didn’t let go. Since then, Yosemite has become what can only be described as a (hopefully healthy) obsession for Eric, a place of endless wonder whether alone or with others. Simultaneously, Eric grew into a passion for history and education, graduating with a degree in the two fields from The Evergreen State College, set on becoming a high school teacher. Thus, Lasting Adventures represents a unique joining of Eric’s passions: an opportunity to cultivate curiosity and encourage others to ‘fall in love with the world’ in a place which engenders those inspired feelings like nowhere else. The stoke is real!
Zach grew up playing in the hills of West Virginia. He fell in love with rock climbing as a child in the New River Gorge and has continued his exploration of the outdoor world in Yosemite. After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Parks and Recreation in 2013, Zach moved out to Yosemite Valley where he was a naturalist and educator for years. He has spent much of his time exploring the backcountry of the park, from the peaks of the Cathedral range to the depths of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. He has a true love for being in the woods, even voluntarily living in a cave for a month instead of employee housing. When asked why he says, “it felt more like home.”
Michelle grew up in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Her outdoor adventures began in the wetlands of the Everglades, hiking, camping, and wading through swamps! She has a passion for youth development through the outdoors and has spent many of her summer’s as an outdoor educator and counselor for sleep away camps. Then she decided to go on a new adventure! Trading mangroves and beaches for the mountains and beautiful alpine meadows here in the Sierras. She has spent the last 4 years as a recreation coordinator and outdoor guide in Yosemite National Park. When she’s not hiking in the woods Michelle enjoys painting, learning about plant’s and animals, climbing, cooking, and reading. She is very excited for her 2nd season with the Lasting Adventures team and is eager to grow and learn during this new summer season!
Originally from New Jersey, Emily fell in love with the mountains and desert out West and has made it her home. Emily’s passion for guiding began with her time as a backpacking guide at the George Washington University. One of her favorite trips was a week trekking in the Nepal Himalayas, surrounded by yaks and gorgeous snow-capped peaks. This passion brought Emily to Lasting Adventures for an unforgettable summer in Yosemite. Wanting to keep the adventure going, Emily worked as a ski instructor in Salt Lake City this past winter. When not on the trail or ski slopes, look to find Emily on a river with a crossword or sketchbook in hand. Emily loves meeting new people and creating a bond that only happens on the trail. She’s psyched to be back for another season at Lasting Adventures, reuniting with the amazing team and sharing Yosemite’s splendor with others!
This will be Emily’s second season guiding with Lasting Adventures, and she is PUMPED! Her love for the awesome power of the Earth started in the lush wilderness of upstate New York where she was able to enjoy a childhood of backcountry camping, fireside laughing fits with her family, flat water adventures, and cross country skiing in the Adirondacks. The importance of nature-immersion and the free education it offers encouraged her to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Leadership from Ithaca College in 2021 where she graduated top of her class. She has been an adventure ropes course supervisor, helped teach little kiddos how to ski in Colorado, and has worked at multiple outdoor science camps and forest schools. Emily loves education and the opportunities being an educator has brought her; she believes learning alongside her participants is one of the most rewarding parts of being a guide! Emily loves to share laughter, encourages compassion, vulnerability, and gratitude and dives deep to understand those she works with with open arms. She enjoys hilarious dance-offs, climbing up multi-pitch climbs in the Valley with her friends, challenging campers to card games or DIY-boat races, and capturing memories through her love of writing and photography! Emily looks forward to advancing her outdoor knowledge, experiences, and career by planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, obtain her Wilderness EMT, and learning more outdoor skills like backcountry snow travel and safety, whitewater rafting, ice climbing, and become a more technical trad climber!
Caber was born and raised in the small beach city of Santa Cruz. Where he learned to love the outdoors through camping, climbing, backpacking, and mountain biking. This is Caber’s second summer with Lasting Adventures, and in previous summers he worked as a backpacking and climbing director at Camp Wolfeboro. He lived in Southern California for 2 years to earn his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at Cal State University Fullerton. While in school he worked as an outdoors guide, taking students on trips all throughout southern California. Caber spent 4 months of his summer in 2020 hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Caber is ecstatic to share his love for the outdoors and spend this summer with Lasting Adventures!
Lindsey is a rising junior at the University of Washington, majoring in environmental science with a minor in quantitative science. She grew up in the Silicon Valley getting outdoors in Tahoe and along the coast with her family, where she enjoys skiing, hiking, and swimming. As a Girl Scout for 13 years, she backpacked around the Sierra Nevada mountains since she was 15, with Yosemite holding a very special place in her heart. She now loves living in the Pacific Northwest enjoying all the green goodness that comes with the constant rain. When not studying, she is out hiking as a trip leader for Peak and Professors, skiing with the snow club on campus, or rock climbing in the local climbing gym. Lindsey grew up as a participant on Lasting Adventures trips in high school and had the opportunity to join the Lasting Adventures family as an intern last summer. She is so excited to be back with Lasting Adventures this summer as an outdoor educator, impacting youth and getting them stoked about being outdoors!
Dyson grew up exploring the nature and history of the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains. He got his first taste of backpacking in the Trinity Alps, leading him to become an outdoor guide for George Washington University. At school he earned a degree in Creative Writing and English and led backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail and to the Grand Canyon. When he’s not reading or writing fiction and poetry you can find Dyson hiking, backpacking, paddle boarding and observing wildlife. With a deep love for the adventure and community found on backpacking trips, Dyson is excited for another summer with everyone on the trail!
John grew up in Denver, CO, and spent much of his childhood and adolescence backpacking and camping in the near by Rockies, where he fostered a love for the mountains. Right after high-school, John began rock climbing and through this new passion found a deeper connection to the outdoors and nature, and a larger appreciation for community. He has since spent a lot of time exploring the country, from remote rock climbing trips in Wyoming’s Wind River Range to canyoneering adventures in Southeastern Utah. After spending years developing this passion, John is excited to share it with others, and is eager to introduce people to the value of the great outdoors.
This will be John’s second season with Lasting Adventures, and he is looking forward to the experiences he will share during the 2022 season!
Dawson has spent the last two summers working with Lasting Adventures in Yosemite developing his wilderness skills through many days in the field. This summer, he will be joining the team in Washington State, guiding trips in one of his favorite places; Olympic National Park. Hailing from New Hampshire originally, Dawson is a recent graduate of San Diego State University where he studied Recreation and Tourism Management. Dawson’s favorite place to backpack is Mt. Hood, Oregon where he hiked the Timberline Trail last summer. During the winter months, he can be found at ski resorts across the west hitting terrain parks and chasing powder on his snowboard. He is also passionate about environmental and mental health issues. Dawson is incredibly stoked to join Lasting Adventures for another summer and guide trips in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Jaimo grew up in Seattle, Washington and spent his formative years roaming the central Cascades and the Olympic peninsula. Later, he lead backpacking trips with YMCA Camp Dudley, based out of Clear Lake, Washington. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2019 with a degree in environmental science and is currently finishing up a master’s in the same field. The things that bring Jaimo the greatest joy in life are backpacking, beans, and friendship (not in that order). He’s super stoked to bring his bean-fueled love for the outdoors to California, and share it with the good folks of Lasting Adventures.
Felicity is an explorer and knowledge seeker. She grew up exploring Southern California and most recently explored the Pacific Northwest. Her fire inside can be stoked by plants, mountains, rivers, weather, human relationships, ecology, and more. Guiding holds many different meanings for Felicity. One being to empower folks through support with natural challenges as well as support with intra or inter-personal challenges. Another is to facilitate natural exploration and recreation as these are evidence-based to increase health and happiness! She can also be found sitting under trees and on top of rocks.
Jack grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, and went to college in northern New York, where he discovered rock climbing and ski touring while completing a degree in outdoor recreation at SUNY Plattsburgh. These two pursuits have led him to many places throughout the world, including the place he now considers home, Yosemite.
Jack’s first Yosemite job was cleaning rooms at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, where he was known for having the fastest hospital corner in the west. He later moved on to guiding with Lasting Adventures at the recommendation of a friend, and this season will be his second with the company.
Jack has also worked as a ski instructor, rappel-tour guide, and many other less glamorous positions. As with all of Lasting Adventures’ guides, he holds current Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certifications. In his spare time he enjoys reading books, and believes in the value of going outside. This is his 4th summer working with Lasting Adventures.
Maddi grew up traipsing around the mountains and forests of western Washington. In high school and college she cultivated a love for backpacking and spent as much time as she could in the backcountry. After college Maddi began working as a backpacking guide in Wyoming during the summers and ski instructed in Utah during the winter. She eventually moved to Bend, OR where she entered the challenging and rewarding field of wilderness therapy. She reveled in the privilege of spending the majority of her nights sleeping under the stars, whilst working with youth to inspire change and healing in the outdoors. She is now pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. These days, when she isn’t studying, Maddi can be found rock climbing or trail running.
Maddi is beyond stoked to spend the summer with Lasting Adventures and to continue to share the magic of the backcountry.
Natalie grew up sailing the coast and skiing the mountains of Maine. She completed a month-long Outward Bound Course in Utah during high school, which spurred a love for backpacking, stewardship, and the outdoors. This experience drove her to complete a semester-long NOLS course sea kayaking, backpacking, and mountaineering in New Zealand in 2017. Her passion for skiing and riding has drawn her out west, where she just finished her fifth season as a ski and ride instructor. Natalie has a passion for Bluegrass music, her favorite food is anything between two slices of bread, and she is so excited to join the Lasting Adventures team for her first season in Yosemite!
Learning to read by flipping through bird field guides, Eric has been a nature nerd for a long time. Summer camp was a fundamental part of his childhood, and he went on to work at camps for five summers as an outdoor environmental educator. This fostered a passion teaching kids about nature that has followed Eric throughout his random biology and recreation jobs over the years. A four month stint spent studying frogs in Madagascar during the winter of 2022 has reminded Eric of just how important it is to inspire a love of nature and the outdoors in our youth, as the future of this planet rests on their shoulders. He’s thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire young minds and bring his energy and excitement about the natural world to such a unique and beautiful corner of the US.
Originally hailing from London, England, and having grown up in Seattle and Washington DC, Isaac has been adventuring since as young as he can remember. Isaac is an avid hiker, climber, and rafter and has worked on trail crews in Colorado, raft guided in Montana, and taught sailing in Virginia. Isaac is a Wilderness-EMT, swiftwater and rope rescue technician, and has his wildland fire red card. When not guiding, Isaac can be found thru-hiking various trails and attending school in Amherst, Massachusetts where he studies natural resources conservation and is an active member of his schools’ outing club. Ask him about thru-hiking or gear if you’d like to talk for hours on end.
Emily was born in Boulder, Colorado and has loved the outdoors since she was a baby. She grew up mountain biking, skiing, and camping with her family. She went to high school in Crested Butte where she found a love for getting lost in the backcountry whether on foot, skis, or a bike. She spent the past four years at Fort Lewis College in Durango, graduating with a B.A. in Adventure Education. Here she completed her Wilderness First Responder training, an immersion semester with 20 days of desert backpacking and leadership training, and her Avalanche Rescue certification. She began her guiding experience leading a six day orientation backpacking trip for incoming students at Fort Lewis. Emily loves trail running, art, backcountry skiing, and just about anything else outside and can’t wait to spend her summer with Lasting Adventures.
Jordan was born and raised just north of San Francisco, CA. He completed his first backpacking trip at the age of 2 (start ’em young!). Jordan attended UC Davis where he studied History and was a collegiate swimmer. After graduating Jordan worked for California State Parks, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Land Management as an outdoor educator. These jobs took Jordan all over the country, but California and the Sierra Nevada drew him back to his home state. Jordan considers himself a “nature enabler” and is looking forward to helping others create lifelong memories in the back country.
Sophie grew up in Washington, surrounded by apple orchards. She spent the last few years in Seattle, studying environmental science and hanging out in the Cascades. She went on her first backpacking trip while working for a YMCA camp, and liked it so much that she went on to lead trips there throughout college. After working briefly as a rock climbing instructor and a donut salesperson, she got tired of the Seattle rain and drove on down to CA. She is now wandering around various parks in California, teaching kids about plants and taking them hiking. In her free time Sophie loves going on road trips with friends, or sitting down with a good ole book and some coffee. She is super excited to head back to Washington for the summer and explore Olympic National Park with some fun people!
Hannah grew up in Milwaukee, WI with a deep appreciation of the forested wetlands around her. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she joined her school’s outdoor recreation club and fell in love with leading backpacking trips. After some wandering around the mountain west and the Big Island of Hawaii, Hannah realized she wanted to pursue outdoor education as a career. She completed a semester course with NOLS, earned her WFR, Wilderness EMT, LNT Master Educator, and has spent the last three years working in a variety of outdoor industry positions. Now a resident of Port Angeles, WA, she loves to ski, paddle, climb, hike and bike around the beautiful Olympics. Her passion for outdoor recreation permeates every corner of her life, and she loves to share it with others!
Izzy grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington. As a previous Lasting Adventures summer camp participant, Izzy believes in the power of connection that only the outdoors can provide. She found her love of the outdoors at a young age and spent much of her childhood exploring the beaches and forests of the Pacific Northwest. Later in life, it was Izzy’s love of the outdoors that led her to Montana for college where she is currently a junior at a Montana State University aiming to graduate with a degree in Human Development and Family Science. During her free time, she loves to run and ski and can often be found on a mountain or on a trail. With this being Izzy’s first season with lasting adventures, she is excited for the experience the summer will bring and hopes to be able to share her passion for the outdoors with others in a meaningful way.
Growing up in Truckee, CA, Ella quickly developed a love for being outside. Backpacking from a young age showed her how impactful and important it is to spend time outside. She spends lots of time backpacking, skiing, and climbing in the Sierras. As a kid going on Lasting Adventures trips were highlights of her summer, so she is excited to share that love with others as an intern.
Born in San Francisco, Alex has enjoyed exploring the outdoors in the Bay Area and Tahoe. She is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at UC Berkeley and leading trips as an officer for Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society. During her free time, she enjoys swimming in alpine lakes, backpacking through granite valleys, finding caves on snowboarding adventures, and drawing in her sketchbook. Throughout college and beyond, Alex hopes to make positive changes to human-environment interactions as a way to protect the outdoor spaces she loves. She is looking forward to exploring Yosemite and making new friends as an intern for Lasting Adventures this summer!
Shannon is a junior at Liberty University studying Strategic Communications. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but she has always loved the outdoors. While she grew up in a family that wasn’t able to travel much, she has joined or planned as many camping and hiking trips as she possibly could since living on her own! Shannon started doing photography for fun a few years ago, and she is so excited to capture the beauty of Yosemite and the people of the Lasting Adventures this summer! She can’t wait to spend her summer backpacking, exploring, mountaineering, kayaking, climbing, and meeting new friends! Shannon hopes to use her experience at Lasting Adventures to help people further (or discover!) their passion for adventure and the outdoors.