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Professional Portfolio

Outdoor Education Experience

Outdoor Education Experience

The information below outlines my outdoor education experience. It includes a work history, as well as a record of recent personal trips, and some of the trips I led while working as a hiking guide and backpacking instructor.

Challenge Course Facilitator
Northwest Teambuilding – Seattle, WA
May 2014 to Present

  • Help groups maximize productivity, develop problem-solving skills, and learn the innovative process
  • Work with clients to identify needs and provide quality programming
  • Instructional consultant as needed

Program Director
Northwest Teambuilding – Seattle, WA
September 2007 to May 2014

  • Increasing roles and responsibility from freelance facilitator to program director
  • Organize and lead static, low, vertical playpen and portable challenge course experiences for a variety of groups
  • Coordinated logistics and paperwork to create a smooth client experience
  • Supervised staff to ensure safe operation and meet client goals
  • Create marketing materials and seek new clients and staff
  • Create and maintain social networking presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+
  • Develop forms and systems to help channel information as the company grows
  • Work with clients to identify needs and provide quality programming

Backpacking and Basic Mountaineering Instructor
University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA
September 2006 to May 2010

  • Instructed, assessed, and mentored students with backpacking and basic mountaineering
  • Taught backpacking basics, avalanche safety, snow analysis, avalanche beacon use, ice axe use, and trip planning
  • Organized logistics for three trips per semester

Adventure Camp Supervisor
Fawn Hill Day Camp – Lord Valley, PA
June to Aug 2004

  • Organized outdoor activities for 8 weeks throughout the summer including: a challenge course experience, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, day hiking, rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, and camping.

Facilitator and Hikemaster
YMCA of the Rockies: Snow Mountain Ranch – Granby, CO
June to August 2002

  • Facilitated groups on low course, dynamic course, and zip line from half-day to three-day experiences
  • Led campfires, short day hikes, night walks, and a backpacking trip

Backpacking and Basic Mountaineering Assistant Instructor
University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA
September 2001 to May 2006

  • Assisted with in-class instruction, materials preparation, trip planning, and in-field instruction.
  • Covered backpacking basics, avalanche safety, snow analysis, avalanche beacon use, ice axe use, and trip planning

Passages Outdoor Orientation Co-Coordinator
University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA
September 2006 to May 2010

  • Seven months of preparation, one week of leader training, and two 3-day sessions (350 students each)
  • Organized food, equipment, logistics, staff hiring and training, manuals, and leader meetings

Puget Sound Outdoors Leader
University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA
September 2006 to May 2010

  • As a college student, organized and guided outdoor trips including: day hikes, backpacking, rock climbing, and the four-day outdoor leader training trip.

Creek Outdoor Leadership Training Leader
Cherry Creek High School – Englewood, CO
September 1997 to May 2000

  • As a high school student, organized and guided outdoor trips including: day hikes, backpacking, rock climbing, spelunking, snow safety school, mountain biking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, and winter camping.
Trip Duration, Mileage, Elevation Gain Month and Year
Lake Serene 1 day, 8 mi, 2000 ft Apr 2015
Monte Cristo, Silver Lake, Glacier Basin 2 days, 15 mi, 4000 ft Mar 2015
Lake Twenty Two 1 day, 6 mi, 1400 ft Mar 2015
Mailbox Peak 1 day, 9.5 mi, 4000 ft Feb 2015
Heather Lake 1 day, 5 mi, 1000 ft Feb 2015
Goat Lake, Mountain Loop 2 days, 12 mi, 1500 ft Feb 2015
Enchantment Lakes 2 days, 25 mi, 7000 ft Oct 2014
American and Cougar Lakes 3 days, 18 mi 2000 ft Oct 2014
Lake Ingalls and Ingall’s Peak 2 days, 15 mi, 4000 ft Oct 2014
Cutthroat Lakes to Ashland Lakes 1 day, 18 mi, 2500 ft Sep 2014
Forgotten Meadows 1 day, 16 mi, 4000 ft Sep 2014
Galena Chain Lakes and Ptarmigan Ridge 2 days, 20 mi, 3000 ft Sep 2014
Rampart Lakes 2 days, 11 mi, 2300 ft Sep 2014
Rachel, Rampart, and Lila Lakes and Alta Mountain 2 days, 25 mi, 4000 ft Aug 2014
Mount Daniel 3 days, 15 mi, 5000 ft Aug 2014
Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook to Corral Pass 4 days, 36 mi, 8000 ft Aug 2014
Glacier Basin 1 day, 10 mi, 1500 ft Aug 2014
Mount Ellinor 1 day, 6.2 mi, 3300 ft Aug 2014
Thundermountain Lakes 1 day, 14 mi, 3500 ft Aug 2014
Melakwa Lake 1 day, 18 mi, 2500 ft Jul 2014
Emmons Glacier Trail 1 day, 4 mi, 1000 ft Jul 2014
Sunrise, Mount Rainier 1 day, 5 mi, 1000 ft Jul 2014
Snow and Gem Lakes 1 day, 10 mi, 2500 ft Jul 2014
Bean Creek Basin 2 days, 5 mi, 2000 ft Jun 2014
Skyline Loop, Mount Rainier 1 day, 5 mi, 2500 ft Dec 2013
Tuck and Robin Lakes 2 days, 15 mi, 3000 ft Sep 2013
Thundermountain and Trap Lakes 2 days, 14 mi, 3500 ft Sep 2013
Rampart Lakes 1 day, 18 mi, 4000 ft Sep 2013
Snow Lake, Snoqualmie 1 day, 8 mi, 2000 ft Sep 2013
Spray Park and Knapsack Pass, Mount Rainier 1 day, 8 miles, 3000ft Sep 2013
Hidden Lake 1 day, 4.5 mi, 1000 ft Aug 2013
Marmot and Jade Lakes 2 days, 20 mi, 3000 ft Aug 2013
Summerland to Indian Bar 3 days, 16 mi, 4500 ft Aug 2013
Sunrise, Mount Rainier 1 day, 4 mi, 1000 ft Aug 2013
Tuck and Robin Lakes 2 days, 15 mi, 3000 ft Aug 2013
Spray Park, Mount Rainier 2 days, 10 mi, 2000 ft Jul 2013
Sunrise, Mount Rainier 1 day, 5 mi, 1500 ft Jul 2013
Naches Peak Loop 1 day, 4.5 mi, 600 ft Jul 2013
Sheep Lake 2 days, 4 mi, 1500 ft Jul 2013
Panhandle Gap 1 day, 14 mi, 4000 ft Jul 2013
Hope and Mig Lakes 2 days, 5 mi, 1500 ft Jul 2013
Greenwater Lakes Loop 3 days, 22 miles, 4000 ft Jun 2013
Ape Caves 1 day, 5 mi, 500 ft Jun 2013
Barnes Flatts 1 day, 4 mi, 500 ft Jan 2013
Mount Tahoma Trails 1 day, 5 mi, 1000 ft Jan 2013
Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier 1 day, 6 mi, 1500 ft Jan 2013

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Trip Type Duration, Mileage, Elevation Gain Month and Year Lena Lake Snow Safety 1 day, 5 mi, 1500 ft May 2010 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety and Snow Travel 1 day, 3 mi, 1000 ft Apr 2010 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Mar 2010 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Feb 2010 Hole in the Wall, Olympic Coast Backpacking 2 days, 12 mi, 500 ft Oct 2009 Camp Handy Backpacking 2 days, 12 mi, 3000 ft Sep 2009 Paradise, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety and Snow Travel 1 day, 2 mi, 1000 ft Apr 2009 Lake of the False Prophets Snow Camping 2 days, 12 mi, 4000 ft Apr 2009 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Mar 2009 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Feb 2009 Waptus Pass Backpacking 2 days, 15 mi, 4000 ft Oct 2008 Rialto Beach, Olympic Coast Backpacking 2 days, 6 mi, 200 ft Sep 2008 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Mar 2008 Mazama Ridge, Mount Rainier Avalanche Safety, Snow Travel, and Winter Camping 2 days, 3 mi, 1000 ft Feb 2008 South Coast, Olympic Coast Leadership Training 4 days, 25 mi, 500 ft May 2005 South Coast, Olympic Coast Leadership Training 4 days, 25 mi, 500 ft May 2004

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