Growing up in the forests of Atlanta, I fell in love with the outdoors and spent much of my time camping and hiking with my family in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This passion turned into a field of study after spending a summer leading extended backpacking, climbing, and paddling trips with special needs campers. I decided to major in Outdoor Education and minor in Psychology (with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy) at Georgia College and State University. Upon graduation, I moved to NYC and finished my studies with an internship at Gear To Go. A few jobs and two moves later, I am back at the shop working as the manager, guide, and outdoor educator.
In my free time I am constantly planning the next adventure (Argentina in 2017? Tanzania in 2018?). I recently had the opportunity to explore Nepal and trek to Annapurna Base Camp. I also spend a fair amount of time biking around the city, taking photos, and perfecting my Austrailian accent. My next trip will be a winter Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains and I hope to summit Mt Rainier next year.
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