Our Team

Yosemite Guide Service Team


Our Guides/Summer Camp Counselors are the key ingredient to success for Lasting Adventures. Although we all come from different backgrounds, we all share a passion for Adventures, Yosemite, and sharing it with others in a way that will create memories to last a lifetime. Our Yosemite guide staff is a young and energetic group who all understand the importance of professionalism, caring, and risk management. Some of our guides have grown-up in the program having started as a youth participant themselves. While others have been selected for the backgrounds and experiences they have with youth and within the outdoor environment. It’s common to have guides with off-season jobs of being a teacher, naturalist, counselor, or other youth professional. Many of our guides reside in the sierras year round. On most trips you will get the privilege of meeting more than one guide.

Our guides come together for a week long staff training each year. We bond as a team through fun activities, setting goals, and debriefing. This is essentially the same Adventure Based Programming model we facilitate on our youth, group, school, and corporate adventures. Our staff training week also covers Wilderness Ethics and Leave No Trace Principals, Risk Management and Emergency Protocols, Yosemite History, Positive Youth Development, and the basics for providing outstanding customer service in the back-country. Through the connections we create during our staff training, and also through their shared passions, it is common for our staff to spend their off-time together (usually in the Tuolumne Meadows vicinity). During the summer our team works, lives, and plays together!

On every youth trip (not exceeding 12 participants) there is a ratio of at most 1:6, but in most cases the ratio is 1:4. Each trip will also have at least one male and one female Guide/ Counselor as necessary.

Through our Guide Service, on day trips and backpacking trips, we will staff each adventure with 1-2 experienced guides who bring with them significant Yosemite backcountry experience. Ratios will not exceed 1:6; usually less.

Every leader has, at least, certification as a Wilderness First Responder and C.P.R. All leaders have also completed an extensive background check including criminal history.

Looking to join our team? Check out our Employment Page.

Administrative Team

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SCOTT GEHRMAN

Executive Director/Founder
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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 in the Yosemite backcountry. As both a credentialed school administrator and counselor, Scott has well over 25 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 leading 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.

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CHRIS HUBACH

Operations Manager
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Chris grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, spending his weekends hiking, camping, and climbing. After his first year of University he began working as a Wilderness Ranger in Yosemite, and spent 8 summers hiking and climbing in the park. He has also worked as a Wilderness Ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park, as a peer mentor for students starting university, and as an EMT. Chris has extensive risk management experience within the National Park Service and is also a Leave No Trace Master Educator. In addition to having hiked every mile of trail in Yosemite, Chris has traveled to 36 different countries. If he’s not working, he’s traveling!

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JULIET RAMIREZ

Program Director
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Juliet grew up in Southern Louisiana, where her first adventures in the wilderness included catching crawfish and searching for alligators with her family. She eventually moved to the Smoky Mountains, where she discovered her love for backpacking, rafting, climbing, and sharing those adventures with others. After graduating with a degree in English Literature, she began traveling and working as an environmental educator, hiking guide, white water guide, and wilderness therapy field instructor. Through guiding she learned that exposing others to the wilderness is one of the most wonderful things in the world, and she fell in love with the joys, beauty, and challenges of living in the mountains. Juliet obtained her Wilderness First Responder certification in 2015. She has spent her last year in Yosemite, working as a naturalist and guide in the park. She loved her season of guiding for Lasting Adventures and is thrilled to be returning as part of the Administrative team. When not guiding, Juliet enjoys baking bread, gardening, and traveling.

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RILEY COX

Equipment and Intern Manager
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Riley Cox was born and raised in Chico, CA, at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s. Although he spent most of his childhood outside under the sun, it wasn’t until his freshmen year of college that he truly fell in love with Outdoor Education. Now an avid backpacker and rock climber, Riley has a degree in Outdoor Education from Chico State, spent three years as a trip leader for Adventure Outings, and is a graduate of the NOLS Outdoor Educators Mountaineering course. Coming in on his second season with Lasting Adventures, Riley is beyond excited to continue sharing his passion for life, rocks, and silliness with everyone he meets. Joining Riley for a Bday on the trail is a real treat!

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THE TEAM

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CHRISSY MURPHY

Administrative Assistant/Registrar
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Chrissy grew up camping in the Sierras all her life, but it wasn’t until her first visit to Yosemite as a teen that she absolutely fell in love with nature and the Sierra’s. That single day hike in Yosemite, and her now husband Tim, launched a growing need for nature that introduced her to backpacking. On one particular trip to the Yosemite backcountry Chrissy was engaged to on top of Clouds Rest. While finishing up school, Chrissy (& Tim) guided for Lasting Adventures for three summers. She received her BA in History and continued on to obtain her teaching credential. Chrissy took a break from guiding to peruse her passion of teaching while teaching history at Gridley High School. Chrissy would leave teaching to become a stay at home mother for her twin sons Eli and Wyatt. Chrissy enjoys road-tripping with her family all over the U.S. or exploring nature with her twins. Chrissy is beyond thrilled to be joining the amazing staff of Lasting Adventures once again and to give back to the company that gave her some of the most wonderful and lasting memories of her young adult life.

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TREY APPIER

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Trey grew up in Chico, CA. He is a nature enthusiast that has a deep love for Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He advocates having a loving, and grounding connection with our natural world, and he can’t wait to share Yosemite’s awesomeness with anyone willing to go on an adventure with him! In his off time, he enjoys participating in multiple outdoor sports including golfing, swimming, hiking, etc. and he loves to play music. Trey is trained in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and EMT

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EMMA BADAMS

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Emma is from Erie, PA where she got her first taste of the outdoors sailing tall ships throughout the Great Lakes. She is currently a student at Green Mountain College pursuing a degree in Adventure Education and Outdoor Wilderness Therapy. She recently completed a 40 day expedition where she paddled 100 miles, completed a 140 mile thru-hike, and pulled rock in the Adirondacks. During downtime in the front country Emma likes to smooze folks with her mellow Amy Winehouse covers. After spending last summer sailing the Maine coast, Emma is excited to be in the mountains on the left coast working for Lasting Adventures.

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NICOLE FRATI

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Nicole is an east-coast adventurer who continues to find new corners of the world to explore. Growing up, Nicole was taken along by her father on backpacking, rock climbing, and ice climbing trips at a very young age. She went on to study both Adventure Education and Health Education in college, as well as completing a Rocky Mountain Semester with NOLS in 2013. Throughout school Nicole gained experience working with two non-profits in her area, along with working for her University’s Outdoor Center. Nicole has since worked in Alaska, New Zealand, and Australia as a health advocate and kayak guide. Nicole is an avid climber but has just as much passion for teaching, traveling, and making connections with others along the way. She believes in the value of both experiential education and outdoor recreation, and sees the most growth when these two come hand-in-hand. Nicole recently updated her Wilderness First Responder while on a short visit to her beautiful New Hampshire home. She is excited to start her new chapter with Lasting Adventures!

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NICHOLAS ESTRADA

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NOLAN FISHER

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Nolan Fisher was born and raised in beautiful Truckee, California where he grew up developing an intense love for the outdoors along with all the recreational opportunities it has to offer. Recently, Nolan has been expanding his horizons taking trips to Nepal to Trek the Annapurna circuit in 2016 and to New Zealand to travel, volunteer, and trek across the entire southern island in 2017. On any given day you can find Nolan enjoying a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, skiing and even mountain unicycling! Nolan received a degree in Parks, Hospitality & Recreation at California State University, Chico in 2015 and completed his Wilderness First Responder in early May 2013-2018. This will be Nolan’s sixth summer with Lasting Adventures continuing his lifelong dedication towards spreading love and understanding of the outdoors to others.

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KYLE GUNTHER

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Kyle was introduced to the outdoors when he was 10 years old doing various day hikes with his dad and grandpa. His love for the outdoors continue to grow when he became a boy scout participating in various outdoor activities. His first big backpacking trip was at age 15 when he did a 50-mile trip in Desolation Wilderness. After this trip he was hooked. A couple years later he went to Philmont Scout ranch where he did a 90-mile backpacking trip. Kyle is now a student at Chico State where he studies Biology. He is involved in many sustainability efforts and works for Adventure Outings, a student lead outdoor program. His favorite outdoor activities include backpacking, rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding and sea kayaking. Kyle’s greatest experience in the outdoors in through hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail last summer. Kyle is excited to begin his first season with Lasting Adventures!

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JAMES GALLANT

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James Gallant hails from the great state of Maine. Starting his outdoor career as a Kayak guide in Casco Bay James has learned that going into the unknown is where the magic happens. This mindset has taken James to The shores of Italy to climb with white bearded pros, to the tops of the snow covered peaks in the wind river valley Wyoming, to the depths of Canyons In Utah, and most recently to the Glaciers of Patagonia’s Exploradores Valley. With guidance and a hunger for life, James has found his way To Yosemite to grow and learn and Hopefully spread the wealth along the way on a New Lasting Adventure.

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JACK GUAY

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Hello my name is Jack, and i’m a junior at Penn State University. I am majoring in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a concentration in adventure programming. My favorite adventure recreation sports are backpacking and mountaineering. I love backpacking so much that I spent 2 months the summer of my freshman year backpacking 21 miles a day on the Appalachian trail from Pennsylvania to Maine. My biggest passion though is mountaineering and one day I hope to become a professional mountaineering guide. My entire life and career is completely built around adventure recreation and my desire to instill my passion and love for this field in others. I truly do believe that Lasting Adventures will provide me with the opportunity to not only have a positive impact on others lives but get people engaged, involved, and in love with both natural spaces and adventure recreation

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JOSHUA LINKER

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Josh grew up west of Boston, taking frequent family trips up to New Hampshire to play in the beautiful rivers, forests, lakes, and mountains of the White Mountains. He steadily became increasingly invested in outdoor adventure, loving the powerful connection between physical and mental accomplishment. He now studies mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and hopes to advance the design of backpacking and climbing gear in the future. When he is not studying, he runs the outing club gear locker, and leads rock and ice climbing trips both locally and further north. He has a passion for backpacking, skiing, ice climbing, fly fishing, whitewater kayaking, photography, and above all, alpine rock climbing. He also dabbles in mountain biking, watercolor, and cello. Josh is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder, and has recently taken an AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. After having dreamt of the spectacular granite faces soaring high above the lush valley floor, and the high alpine meadows and crests of Tuolumne, he is beyond excited to spend this summer in Yosemite, sharing adventures with all of you,

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AYN-MARIE HAILICKA

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Ayni’s story starts in rural Southern Oregon with Mt. McLoughlin as the backdrop of her childhood adventures. Fast forward to 2012 when she graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in journalism and promptly packed her bags for Istanbul, Turkey, where she taught English to children and adults. The story picks up again when she landed in Denver, Colorado, and started ticking ‘14ers’ off her bucket list in between weekends spent volunteering with her “Little” through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Soon, weekend adventures weren’t enough, so she and her partner packed the bare essentials for a 1,000-mile trek up the Pacific Crest Trail that put her in touch with the rhythms and lessons of nature. Her most recent outdoor accomplishment was reaching the 19,347-foot summit of Cotopaxi in the Ecuadorian Andes (& got engaged!). That brings us to the current chapter where Ayni is now transitioning to a career in elementary education with nature-based learning as the foundation, so she’s looking forward to her first summer spent with the Lasting Adventures family.

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MADDIE HODGE

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Maddie Hodge is from Edinboro, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Gunnison, Colorado while she is studying at Western State Colorado University in the Recreation and Outdoor Education/Special Education with an outdoor leadership emphasis. Maddie worked for a state universities outdoor program and climbing wall, where she discovered her two greatest passions in life: education and the outdoors. “Being able to teach someone something new is an amazing feeling”. Maddie feels like teaching is something that gives her purpose and makes her feel like she has a real impact on the world around her. Maddie has experience as a ski instructor, and has a strong passion in working with special education and adaptive education. She is also a Wilderness first responder. She can’t wait to give people the trip and adventure that will last a lifetime in the beautiful lands of the Yosemite National Park with amazing leaders and educators.

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MARY LAGUNOWICH

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I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA and most of my outdoor time consisted of some form of organized sport (running, cross country skiing, etc.) When I was 18, I signed up for a two-week trail crew with the Appalachian Mountain Club and have been seeking ways into wild spaces ever since! I joined the University of Massachusetts Outing Club while at school and developed skills backpacking, whitewater kayaking and rock climbing. I had the honor of serving as president of the club last year. I’m an avid traveler and have road tripped all over the US. I graduated from UMass Amherst in January with a bachelors in Earth Systems and minors in Geology & Political Science. I spent the last 3 months post grad volunteering and traveling in Tanzania. I am stoked to be guiding in Yosemite this summer and can’t wait to spend time showing off such beautiful geology.

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GABRIEL KEE

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Two months after graduating from Florida State University Gabe moved to China where he ended up staying for 7 years. He became a certified Wilderness First Responder in 2014 and during his final two years in China worked as a backpacking guide, outdoor educator, and translator in the Tian Shan mountain range of Xinjiang, China. Upon returning to the states he worked as a naturalist in the redwoods of California until he left again for 6 months abroad, guiding a group of folks throughout Thailand, China, Mongolia, Turkey, and Lebanon.

Gabe is incredibly passionate about global-awareness, intentional interactions, the wilderness, and discovering how to combine those three things for the sake of life-changing experiences. He has spent time in 24 national parks and is excited to help others experience the power and beauty of the Sierras

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RENA KINGERY

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I grew up in central Illinois and have always felt an affinity to the outdoors. I was always curious about the beauty and complexity of the natural world whether I was hanging out with friends in local parks or exploring an exotic western landscape on a family road trip. After completing a degree in Biology and Italian from Indiana University, I moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, where I was surrounded by water, forest, and mountains for the first time and began my career as an environmental educator. For the last four years, I have been growing my knowledge of the outdoors and sharing my passion with others through numerous seasonal positions. I have worked as a naturalist teaching school groups about nature and as a backpacking instructor for youth through the YMCA. My jobs have led me to some of the most beautiful places in the world, and I love leading others in discovering those places as well. I am excited to begin work in Yosemite sharing its unmatched beauty with youth and visitors from around the world who are perhaps seeing it for the very first time

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MEGAN OWENS

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Megan Owens grew up on the other side of the pond in Cary North Carolina. As a young doe she grew up enjoying activities such as running, biking, hiking, and swimming. Immediately before entering College at NC State University to study Fisheries and Wildlife she went on a week-long backpacking and climbing trip where she became hooked on both outdoor activities. After that she enrolled in the Outdoor leadership minor at NC State. Soon After she began working as a trip leader for their outdoor adventures program where she made a name for herself as the “Gordon Ramsey” of outdoor adventures. Some of Megan’s other hobbies include birding, herping, and biking. Last summer she spent on the Alaskan tundra working for the US Geological Survey contributing to research on the breeding bird population. Often heard before she is seen, Megan is known for her boisterous personality. She is excited to explore Yosemite and share the journey with people from different walks of life.

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JENNA LEVY

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A love for the mountains was ingrained in Jenna as a child growing up in Boulder, Colorado. After being influenced by a very environmentally conscience community, Jenna left to pursue a degree in Environmental Science from Chico State. Her intrigue for outdoor pursuits grew during college and she was introduced to Yosemite in the form of a six-day, 60 mile backpacking trip. Post college life has taken her from Tahoe to Santa Barbara where she works as an Environmental Educator in the off-season. Jenna loves sharing the majesty of Yosemite with guests from every walk of life and it is with great joy that she returns for her third season with Lasting Adventures!

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KARA MACEROSS

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I grew up in a small town of Beaver, PA and loved spending every waking moment in the outdoors as a child. Once I was taken on my first backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park I was hooked and eventually decided to change my career from the Fashion Industry to the Outdoors and that was the best decision I ever made. I then took an Outdoor Educator course with NOLS in the great Wind River Range for backpacking and rock climbing, got my Wilderness First Responder certification, and have 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 my free time I love 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 my blog, star-gazing, chasing rainbows and ultimately lounging in my hammock.

I believe in the philosophy that you should never stop learning and I am very much looking forward to learning even more about Yosemite, where I got first bitten by the outdoors bug, and sharing that knowledge with all the participants on Lasting Adventures trips!

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QUINN SULLIVAN

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Quinn Sullivan grew up always trying to engulf himself in nature. He started guiding in college while pursuing and earning his degree in Recreational Therapy from Chico State in May of 2017. Growing up within Northern California, Quinn saw from a young age what impacts nature had on him and how those impacts could better so many other lives. Quinn became a Wilderness First Responder in June of 2016 while guiding with Adventure Outings at Chico State. While attending college, Quinn worked as a care provider for kids and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Quinn also works for a sports camp called Ability First. This camp is for kids living with spinal chord injuries or disabilities who want to pursue a career in sports. These amazing individuals whom he has been so fortunate to work with have taught Quinn how he should never take his own capabilities for granted in life and to always be an advocate for inclusion. Being from Chico, it was very easy for Quinn to commute to secrets spots within Upper Park, which is famous for its scenic bluffs, beautiful swimming holes, and well kept trails. Quinn has recently taken up rock climbing and archery as well as being an avid backpacker and hiker to add to the plethora of interests that come with Quinn. With a background in Recreational Therapy Quinn understands the benefits that come with engulfing yourself in nature and Quinn will never hesitate to lend a helping hand or be a source of encouragement for anyone coming to Lasting Adventures in need of an adventure.

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MATTHEW SCHILOWITZ

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Matt is a senior studying adventure education at Plymouth State University. He is an avid hiker and climber with a passion for wilderness preservation. After his first backpacking trip in Yosemite, Matt knew that the outdoors was where he would work and play for the rest of his life. During the school year, Matt works as the coordinator for Plymouth State’s SOAR (Student Outdoor Adventure Recreation) program. His desire for adventure has taken him on a three month walk along the Pacific Crest Trail, to the summit of Mt. Whitney in the dead of winter, down the depths of the Rio Grande and even off trail along the continental divide. Matt’s next big adventure is a second summer with his friends at Lasting Adventures.

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ERIKA SMITH

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Erika Smith is an adventure loving human from the mountains of New Hampshire. Growing up on a farm surrounded by conservation land, she quickly found a passion for exploring the woods and learning about its critters and plants. After spending an epic semester in the Rockies with NOLS she decided to pursue Natural Resource Conservation and Wildlife Ecology at UMass Amherst. At UMass she leads weekly rock or ice climbing trips, and backcountry skills workshops for the school’s outing club as their climbing chair. A few of her favorite outdoor experiences have been mountaineering in Denali National Park, climbing and backpacking in the White Mountains and in the Rockies, backcountry skiing in Wyoming, canyoneering in Utah, camping on remote islands in the North Sea, and swimming through colorful reefs in the Bahamas. Erika especially loves the challenge and freedom of mountaineering. In 2017 she was a member of the NOLS expedition team to summit Denali at 20,300ft via the Muldrow Glacier Route, which has become one of her proudest accomplishments. Erika’s certifications include Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Avalanche Awareness, Wildlands Firefighting WCT, and SCUBA. She speaks conversational French and some German. When not climbing, you can spot Erika watercolor painting, playing cello, and practicing yoga. She believes strongly in experiential education and the positive impact wilderness has on the heart and mind. She couldn’t be more excited to share her love and enthusiasm for the wilderness with fellow adventurers this summer in Yosemite!

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EMMA TEERING

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Originally from The Netherlands, Emma grew up in Pacific Grove, California, where she fell in love with the ocean and the forested mountains of the Central Coast. As a child, she spent most holidays and school breaks hiking and camping in Yosemite, making the spectacular mountains and valleys of the park feel as familiar as home. After consistently bothering her dad to take her on her first backpacking trip at age 14, Emma became hooked on the outdoors and life in the mountains. Following high school, she took a gap year to spend some time backpacking, kayaking, and climbing mountains in the Patagonian wilderness. Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Lewis & Clark College in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Emma spends most of her weekends either backpacking, kayaking, trail running, mountain biking, or working as a Trip Leader for her school’s outdoor program.

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KAREN TASSINARI

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Karen grew up in Western Massachusetts with ample space to roam. Her passions for adventure and delicious food evolved while studying at the University of Massachusetts. Karen’s travels in the countrysides and forests of Europe developed her plant know how and gardening skills. These new insights inspired her journey as an herbalist and the desire to explore wild places.

Karen moved to Oregon in 2008 and fell madly in love with the mountains of the west coast! The exploring never ends and she’s grateful to have had opportunities to experience wide range of ecosystems the west offers, from high desert to coastal rainforests, mountain meadows and un-dammed rivers. For Karen, the connection between the food system and Nature is paramount in her career and she’s been sharing this knowledge in Southern Oregon and Northern California as a school garden and outdoor educator, farmer, and herbalist. Karen delights in leading youth in the woods and has guided environmental education trips in the Sierra foothills, led youth on backpacking journeys throughout California’s Trinity Alps, and motivated youth on many hikes. Karen enjoys spending time on backpacking trips, along rivers, growing her garden, skiing, and seeking new adventures. She is super excited to share her love for Yosemite and the outdoors as a guide this 2018 season

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ZACHORY TAYLOR

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Zach’s first hike to a summit didn’t go very well. As his grandfather is fond of recounting, minutes into the easy, sloping day-hike that is Mount Pisgah (a staggering 1,531 feet above sea level), he collapsed in the tall grass and asked, “what are we doing this for?!” Fast-forward twenty years and, much to his grandfather’s surprise, Zach loves hiking, particularly when there’s a steep climb, a summit and spectacular views at the end. Raised in Oregon, and being surrounded by as much natural beauty as he was, he really couldn’t help but fall in love with mountains, wildlife, and all the good tidings they bring. Since graduating college in 2012, Zach has deliberately lived in places with ample amounts of wilderness: Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado. During this time he’s volunteered with several youth organizations as a mentor, become a Wilderness First Responder, worked with at-risk youth in the backcountry, and, in 2016, spent 86 days hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. A few of Zach’s favorite things include: coffee, books, spotting wildlife, travel, and transforming reluctant youth into die-hard outdoor enthusiasts. Which, from personal experience, he knows can be done.

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KIRSTIN WHITING

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I grew up in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, raised by outdoor and bluegrass loving parents. I spent my childhood camping, biking, skiing, hiking and spending time with friends and family. My love for photography and capturing the beauty of the world is what really connected me to the outdoors. I couldn’t leave my home of Colorado for college, and am about to graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Half way through my degree, I realized my passion for learning more about the natural world, and decided to add a minor in Global and Environmental Sustainability where I could learn more about the environment. My junior year (last year) I studied on the South Island of New Zealand for a semester. This experience only enhanced my passion for the outdoors and adventures, and I spent every weekend of 6 months backpacking, road tripping or exploring some new coastline. Now that I am about to have my degree in a month, I am beyond excited to share my passion and knowledge of using the outdoors as a tool for growth and learning for humans! When I’m not outside (not often) I enjoy listening to my parent’s classic rock vinyls, taking photos, going to concerts, a good cup of coffee and adventuring with my friends.

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JAMES WARNER

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James Warner is a native New Yorker from the Catskill Mountains. He grew up hiking and camping in his backyard, spending as much free time as he could under the sun. He grew up to love the outdoors and decided to pursue a career that allowed him to be outside. While attending New England College in New Hampshire, he found a love for the White Mountains. While earning his Outdoor Education degree, he spent time backpacking, camping, gym climbing and working on his colleges ropes course. During his senior year, James took part in a trip to Zion national park where he found a new love for adventuring. After getting his degree, he took a summer to do trail maintenance in the the Adirondacks of New York. Returning to New Hampshire after that summer, James is pursuing a Masters of Education in Curriculum Design. He is looking forward to exploring the Yosemite park and the west coast this summer. He is ready to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and go on more adventures!

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GUS GEBHART

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Gus grew up in Berkeley, California, and his passion for the wilderness started with day hikes in Lake Tahoe when he was five. He had his first experience with Yosemite with Lasting Adventures in 2013 at age 14, and immediately fell in love with the dramatic granite walls and beautiful trails and rivers. Lasting Adventures and Yosemite became an important part of his life, and came back every year to better his skills and knowledge of the area. He became a junior guide in 2015, and is now super stoked to begin working with Lasting Adventures as an intern! Gus is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and he plans to major in Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

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LUCIE HLADIK

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Most of my childhood was spent in Burlington Vermont. It was there that I spent spring, summers and fall racing sailboats on lake champlain and backpacking. My winters were spent ski racing on ice. When I was 17 I hiked the length of Vermont, the following summer I lead backpacking trips throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. I then decided to take a semester off and attend a semester long NOLS in Lander WY. I am currently living in Bozeman MT and attending Montana State University studying Biology. I have trade in my race ski for a touring set up and have fallen in love with backcountry

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SAGE TAYLOR

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Sage’s favorite thing to do growing up was to meet her extended family in Tuolumne Meadows for a week of camping, hiking and fun. Sage grew up in Davis, California, and began rock climbing at Rocknasium where she later went on to climb competitively into her early teens. In 2014, Sage hiked Mt. Whitney and fell in love with the magic of the Sierra Nevada. The same year she became a devoted cross-country runner for her high school and spent more time running than climbing. She loves painting, hiking, backpacking, running, gardening and everything outdoors! Sage has taken up rock climbing again and is currently a junior team coach at Rocknasium. She is enrolled as a freshman at UC Santa Cruz for the fall of 2018. Sage is very excited to be joining the team at Lasting Adventures.

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BEN THOMPSON

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I grew up in Western NY, frequenting the Adirondack State Park for many hiking and backpack trips throughout my childhood. I’ve hiked the 46 highest peaks in New York state a few times over in the summer as well as in the winter, which was in a single season. I’m currently finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Expeditionary Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh in Northern NY and plan to pursue becoming a fully certified AMGA Guide sometime in the future. I’m an avid rock climber and skier in any free time that I come across and have climbed and skiied all over the east coast and look forward to seeing and playing in, on, and around the granite walls of Yosemite.