Our Team

Guide Service and Summer Camp Team


Our backpacking guides and summer camp counselors are the key ingredient to success for Lasting Adventures. While we all come from different backgrounds, we all share a passion for adventures, 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 team members carry off-season jobs as teachers, naturalists, counselors, or other youth-focused professions. A lot 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 have at least one male and one female guide/counselor.

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 guides holds current Wilderness First Responder and C.P.R. certifications. All leaders have also passed an extensive background check, including criminal history, and are generally vetted for being outstanding backcountry specialists, and of course, extremely fun to hang out with!

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 is Lasting Adventures’ Operations Manager 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!

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MICHAEL MISSELWITZ

Marketing and Development Manager
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Michael grew up among the Redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he spent much of his youth in the woods, often with a rough case of poison oak. He took his first backpacking trip to Yosemite at eight years old as cargo on his dad’s shoulders, an experience that evolved into a lifelong love for the Sierras. Over the years Michael’s thirst for wild adventures evolved into an obsession with rock climbing, hiking and surfing, and he carried it with him to college working as a lifeguard and surf instructor while earning a bachelors degree in journalism at San Diego State University. Upon graduating he paired his passions for writing and the outdoors to spawn his career as an editor for SURFING and SUP Magazine, telling stories of travel and adventure. His published works recount tales of backpacking through the jungles of Indonesia, surfing unknown breaks in Central America, running rapids in the Colorado River, climbing crags in Joshua Tree and competing in ultra-endurance events in Bora Bora, among other adventures. He’ll be the first to say: the stories from Yosemite are his favorite.

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NICHOLAS ESTRADA

Program Manager
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A Pacific Northwest local, Nick grew up in Bellingham, Washington surrounded by the splendor of the San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, and the Cascade Mountains. As a kid, he loved exploring the wide range of outdoor endeavors Washington has to offer, before moving to Arizona for university. He developed a love for instilling wonder, appreciation, and respect for the outdoors in others when he started guiding fellow students across the spectacular American Southwest, and graduated with degrees in Exercise and Wellness, and Parks and Protected Area Management. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Colorado, discovered a deep love for Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada with Lasting Adventures, and returns to Arizona in the winters working as an AASI certified snowboard instructor. Nick is passionate about exploring unfamiliar places, our connection and responsibility to those places, and enabling everyone’s potential through outdoor recreation!

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KARA MACEROSS

Program Manager
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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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MATTHEW SCHILOWITZ

Program Manager
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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.

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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 pursue 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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WILL HEAPS

Gear & Internship Manager
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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.

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TREY APPIER

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Trey has spent 4 seasons in Yosemite. His love for nature and the people that he has the pleasure of guiding on the trail are what keep him coming back every summer. To him, there’s nothing more grounding than being in nature’s playground, while its impenetrable beauty slowly pulls you away from all of the drama and distractions that keep you from simply being with yourself and the intricate life around you.

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LUCIE HLADIK

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Lucie grew up in Burlington Vermont. It was there that she spent spring, summer and fall racing sailboats on Lake Champlain and backpacking. Her winters were spent ski racing. When she was 17, she hiked the length of Vermont, and the following summer she led backpacking trips throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. She then decided to take a semester off and attend a semester-long NOLS course in Lander WY. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana and attends Montana State University studying Biology. She hopes to find a career one day that combines her passion for education and love of the outdoors.

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JACK WATERHOUSE

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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.

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DAWSON ALLWINE

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Dawson is returning for his second season with Lasting Adventures. In 2020 he was one of four interns who spent the summer learning the operational and logistical aspects of backcountry trips into Yosemite. Dawson grew up in the small lake town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Eager to explore the country during college, Dawson chose sunny California to attend San Diego State University. He is a fourth-year student majoring in Recreation and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Resource Management. Through his many cross-country road trips, Dawson has familiarized himself with many of the country’s most beautiful natural areas. Some of his favorites include Grand Teton, Olympic, and of course Yosemite National Parks. In the winter months, Dawson visits ski resorts across the west with SDSU’s Ski and Snowboard team where he serves as President. This past winter, Dawson spent the season working as a Snowboard Instructor at his local resort in New Hampshire and was able to earn his AASI Level 1 Instructor certification. Some of Dawson’s other interests include skateboarding, sustainability, and mental health issues. Dawson is incredibly stoked to join Lasting Adventures for another summer, continuing to share the Yosemite experience with clients from around the globe.

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AIDA GOMA PETIT

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Aida grew up exploring the hills of northern California, but seeking adventure and a mountain lifestyle moved to the beautiful forested lands of Oregon. She attended school at University of Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology & Archaeology and a certification from The Outdoor Pursuits Leadership Program in outdoor recreation. During her time at university, she discovered the freedom of Wilderness and now wants to devote her life to its stewardship and teachings. When not in the field, you can catch Aida sport climbing, kayaking, trail running or sippin’ on a nice iced coffee with a book in hand.

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ERIC MEYER

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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!

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BELLAMY BROWNWOOD

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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, 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.

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ANNA KRISTINA MOSEIDJORD

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Originally form Oakland, Anna’s first introduction to Yosemite was through climbing lore. As a teenager, she got to explore the valley and the backcountry of the park both through programs like Lasting Adventures and on her own, and has been coming back ever since. Her guiding experience includes working as a deep water soloing guide in Mallorca, as a raft guide out of Moab, and a backpacking and climbing guide for UC Davis, where she is currently an English and History major. She is a passionate hiker and climber with a love of water, and considers it wasteful to pass up any opportunity for an alpine swim. And she is beyond excited to be working with Lasting Adventures this summer!

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ZACHARY NAEGELE

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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.”

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SHEALYN MCCLEAN

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Shealyn grew up in Oregon. As a youth she camped and explored the Pacific Northwest with her family. There she found her passion for outdoor activities. With a desire to serve the community she became a volunteer firefighter at sixteen and continued her education to eventually become a certified paramedic. Lasting adventures has allowed Shealyn to find a home for these passions in a diverse and exciting work environment. In her free time she can be found backpacking and hiking with her dog Stevie. As well as sailing, kayaking and adventuring with her friends and family and of course never turns down the opportunity to take a road trip.

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KANYON LALLEY

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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 backcountry 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.

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ARI BORTMAN (HE/HIM)

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Ari (he/him) loves trail running, meerkats, watching sunsets, and just about everything else about the outdoors. He grew up in Philadelphia and Costa Rica, where he discovered hiking, ecology, environmental justice, and learning about different cultures. So before rushing off to college, he hopped between jobs training solar energy installers in West Africa, repopulating native trees in Peru, and working with youth– while doing lots of backpacking, kayaking, climbing, and meeting cool souls along the way. Now, he studies mechanical engineering and works in divestment and climate justice at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also runs and guides for their outdoors program. His friends describe him as, “an avid road-tripper,” “silly,” and “pretty short:” And he’d describe himself as very excited to see you this summer in Yosemite!

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CABER RUSSELL

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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. 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. After graduating, Caber spent 4 months of his summer hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Caber is ecstatic to share his love for the outdoors and spend this summer with Lasting Adventures!

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MEG SHARPLES

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Meg grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada where she developed a love of mountain landscapes and a strong appreciation for sunscreen. She is a fun-loving person who enjoys hiking, roller skating, nerding out over cool trees, and reading a good book. Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia and has been working outdoors ever since. From mountain zipline guiding in Southern Nevada, to collecting data on endangered frogs in the Sierra with the National Park Service, to monitoring endangered fish in the California Delta with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, she is very excited to be working on the Lasting Adventures team this season. Meg looks forward to helping you create long-lasting memories in beautiful places!

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EMILY ROSE

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Emily was born and raised in Upstate New York where the Adirondack Mountains were a home for her countless adventures kayaking, backpacking, and cross country skiing growing up. Emily is part of the class of 2021 at Ithaca College, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Outdoor Adventure Leadership which included her Wilderness First Responder certification and a month-long backpacking trek through the desert of Joshua Tree National Park. Emily began her outdoor career path at a high ropes course in her local state park and fulfilled roles of being a guide and supervisor for multiple seasons. Emily is excited to further her professional career with Lasting Adventures and looks forward to accomplishing her dreams of pursuing Wilderness EMT training and herbal medicine, adventure photography and writing, thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, and volunteering abroad on organic farms!

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MAX FARBMAN

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Max grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and discovered his love of backpacking, skiing and all other outdoor pursuits while traversing the icy Chicago streets in the winter. Just kidding! He was introduced to the outdoors at summer camp and has been an avid outdoorsperson ever since. He has previously worked as guide in both Connecticut and Oregon leading youth and adults on trips ranging from backpacking to snowshoeing. Max holds a degree in Environmental History from Yale University where his studies deepened his connection to the outdoors. He is excited for the opportunity to work with Lasting Adventures and share his love of the outdoors with others. When he’s not on the trail or hitting the slopes, you can find Max cooking, reading or playing with his two cats.

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FELICITY HOLMES

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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 mindfulness, mountains, rivers, weather, human relationships, ecology, and more. Guiding holds many different meanings for Felicity. One is to empower folks through support in natural challenges as well as support in intra or inter-personal challenges. Another is to facilitate natural exploration and recreation as it is evidence-based to increase health and happiness! She can also be found sitting under trees and on top of rocks.

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SAVANNAH HACKETT

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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 4 years. Savannah has backpacked many trails throughout California, Arizona, 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!

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DYSON WAITE-HIMMELWRIGHT

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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 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 to play, learn and grow with everyone on the trail this summer!

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MICHELLE RAMOS OSEGUEDA

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Originally from Puerto Rico, Michelle grew up in South Florida. 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 3 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 to be part of the Lasting Adventures team and is eager to grow and learn during this new summer season!

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EMILY REILLY

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Hailing from New Jersey, Emily grew up exploring the beauty of the East Coast and is thrilled to be moving west to call California home this summer. Emily discovered her passion for backpacking as a guide for George Washington University’s outdoor leadership program. She has led trips and backpacked all along the Appalachian Trail and in the Grand Canyon and Mount Rainier National Parks. One of Emily’s favorite trips was a week trekking in the Nepal Himalayas, surrounded by yaks and gorgeous snow-capped peaks. When not on the trail, you can find Emily covered in paint with a sketchbook in hand trying to capture the splendor of Yosemite on paper. Emily loves meeting new people and creating a bond that only happens on the trail.

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Jackie grew up in the southern California sunshine, but feels most at home swimming in alpine lakes, scrambling the high country, and whipping up scrumptious backcountry pancakes. She has spent the past 2 years studying environmental policy in central Maine, where she learned to paddle a canoe, cross country ski, and pronounce “Bar Harbor” and “lobster” without an -r at the end. In college, she was a canoe and backpacking trip leader, heading the Trips Facilitation committee at her school’s outing club. Jackie has spent the past year living in Mammoth Lakes serving espresso drinks, teaching little ones how to slide down snow-capped mountains, and exploring the Sierra by skis, splitboard, and bicycle. She loves growing things in her garden, practicing yoga (she is a certified yoga teacher!), reading by the fire —and can’t wait to get outside with you!

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HALLE JACOBS

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Halle grew up in Southern California spending her winters swimming in the Pacific Ocean and her summers hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Her love for the outdoors began in childhood while camping and backpacking with family throughout Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In high school, she participated in three NOLS expeditions where she backpacked in Utah, Arizona, and Washington. Halle spent the last four years in New York City and recently graduated with her degree in Medical Sociology from Barnard College of Columbia University. In her time off from school, she continued to explore the world, hiking in Hawaii, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Argentina region of Patagonia, and each summer returned home to the Sierras. After hiking the John Muir Trail and summiting Mt. Whitney in 2019, she was inspired to pursue backpacking and outdoor education full-time. Halle is grateful to be home in California this summer and spend her first full-season in Yosemite as a guide with Lasting Adventures.

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JAMESON GOFF

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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.

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CIARAN REDDY

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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.

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JOHN (JR) BERRY

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JR’s been an outdoor addict since his first backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail with his father at the age of 17. A few years later in college JR would be introduced to the sport of climbing – a hobby that quickly became a passion. After graduating college his new found passion for climbing and the love of the outdoors took him Asheville, NC falling in love with the outdoors.

JR, while in college earned a degree in Film/Video/Photographic Arts, so when a job opportunity called him to New York City, he took his passion for the outdoors along for the ride. Being an Outdoorsman/Climber and living in Brooklyn, NY presented him with some challenges. He learned a LOT in the two years of stringing together bus rides, train tickets, and climbing partners to make adventures happen. (Side note: getting on the subway at 5am on a Saturday with Ice Axes and Crampons strapped to your backpack gets you some pretty good looks.)

In 2016 after enough time in the city, He bought a 95 Ford E-150 van and spent 3 years as a traveling artist, photographer and guide. During this time he fell in love with the Eastern Sierra, which, as of 2021, he is now lucky enough to call home.

JR, originally from Cincinnati, OH he now lives in Bishop CA where he works as a backpacking guide, artist and photographer.

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SARAH BERLINSKI

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Growing up in New York City, Sarah didn’t often imagine a life and career in the outdoors. It wasn’t until she attended a high- school semester program called the Mountain School, on a working farm in Vermont, that her love of the outdoors sprouted. This experiential school taught her the value of environmental and place-based education as well as a number of the technical outdoor skills that continue to serve her today. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Health and Societies and Hispanic Studies, Sarah moved to Washington D.C. to pursue work as a case manager and family support worker. She also volunteered her time with Wild Wilderness Women, a nonprofit geared towards empowering women to get outside. Most recently, Sarah returned to life in Vermont to work as a winter season guide for an outdoor outfitter. In this role, she brought individuals and families on snowshoe and backcountry ski adventures. Sarah is STOKED to help impart the wonder of the wilderness to her Lasting Adventures students. Her hope is that this summer in Yosemite will have the same long-lasting impact on its LA students that her first wilderness experience in the woods of Vermont had on her.

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JESSE ILLIAN

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Jesse comes from the humble flat land of Wisconsin, got a degree in Recreation & Tourism from Winona State University in Minnesota in 2016, and immediately moved out to the mountains of California to live life in nature. He loves to ski, hike, climb and ride his bike all over the country. He has a lot more to share about himself, but you’ll just have to book a tour with him to find that out.

2020 Summer Interns

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SYDNEY SHOPP

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Sydney is a senior at Ball State University studying travel and tourism. She is from central Indiana, but has always loved the ocean and the outdoors. Sydney has been a photographer for three years and has shot everything from brand work to weddings. She is so excited to capture the landscape of Yosemite and all of the Lasting Adventures this summer. Sydney has a dog back home named Cali, who is her little bff and loves to go hiking and play in the water. Sydney also loves traveling and her favorite place is Lagos, Portugal to go surfing. She is looking forward to meeting everyone and exploring a new place this summer!! This is a perfect start to her senior year.

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CHLOE HUGGINS

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Chloe grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but she travelled very frequently growing up thanks to having parents who are passionate about the outdoors. She moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University for a degree in Aerospace Engineering, where she is currently finishing up her second year. There, she has had the opportunity to work at the university’s Outdoor Adventure Center. Through this job, she furthered her passions of climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, and kayaking, and picked up many new hobbies as well. On any given weekend, you wouldn’t find her in Columbus, but instead climbing in one of three places: Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, or The Obed.

IMG_3056 – Noelle Diamond

NOELLE DIAMOND

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Noelle grew up all over the United States but initially found her love for the outdoors as a child when going on family hikes in the Sierras around her home in northern Nevada. During these years, Noelle explored the mountains and learned about rocks, plants, and animals from her parents. After moving to San Diego, she extended her outdoor passion to the ocean and tried a variety of water sports. Yosemite is special to Noelle because it was the first of many National Parks she and her family visited. Noelle recently spent 30 days backpacking and white water canoeing in Big Bend National Park in her home state of Texas. When not outside or in school, Noelle loves to travel, road trip, read, bake and garden. Noelle is pursuing a degree in Geological Sciences or International Relations at Stanford.

IMG_7765 – Lindsey Skidmore

LINDSEY SKIDMORE

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Lindsey grew up in sunny Los Altos, California and her love for the outdoors was sparked through trips up to her family cabin in Lake Tahoe where she has skied and hiked for as long as she can remember. She has spent every summer since she was 14 backpacking around the Sierra Nevada mountains. Yosemite, however, has a special place in her heart, having gone back every year for at least one backpacking trip, including two with Lasting Adventures. When home, she can be found trying new recipes, hiking around the Bay Area, and exploring the Santa Cruz mountains and beaches with her dog, Kyah. Lindsey is currently a first-year student at the University of Washington majoring in environmental science and is passionate about sustainability. When she is not doing schoolwork, she takes advantage of Washington’s natural beauty through hiking, rock climbing, camping, skiing, and backpacking in the Cascade and Olympic mountains. Lindsey is so excited to be an intern with Lasting Adventures this summer and share her love of Yosemite and the outdoors with others!

IMG_7395 – Sam Sullivan

SAMANTHA SULLIVAN

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Growing up in the small town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Sam was itching to explore the world for as long as she could remember. Her love of adventure was sparked at an early age through her travels with her family around the country and the world, and she quickly learned to seek out adventure when given the chance. Going into her freshman year of college at the Pennsylvania State University, Sam signed up for a backpacking orientation course in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was her first real experience with traversing the backcountry, and it inspired her passion for outdoor adventure. This experience had such an influence on her that she decided to change her major to Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, with a focus in outdoor recreation. Sam wanted nothing more than to provide others with the same amazing and impactful experience she had while backpacking, and she saw this change in majors to be the best option to fulfill that dream. Throughout her college years, Sam become a leader for the same backpacking program that sparked her love of outdoor adventure, helped teach elementary students about the natural world, and took classes that allowed her to gain further experience and insight in the field of outdoor recreation, education, and leadership. Outside of class, Sam can be found traversing the bouldering wall at the climbing gym, cruising down mountains on her snowboard, or exploring the forests and mountains with her backpack. She cannot wait to further her experience in outdoor recreation as an intern for Lasting Adventures this summer, and to share her love of adventure with others!

IMG_4773 – Logan Wood

LOGAN WOOD

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Born in Greencastle, Indiana, Logan has always enjoyed exploring and experiencing new places. From traveling around Europe as a child to spending the summers canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters. Logan leads an active life by making either biking, running, or swimming a part of his daily routine. Photography and videography are also a big part of his life and he works best at the intersection of visual communication and the outdoors. He is currently finishing up his Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications at Ball State University and jumps at any opportunity to experience something new.