Summer Intern Profile: Kate D.

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Name: Kate Dimock

Where did you grow up: Endwell, NY

Where do you live now: Endwell, NY

What is your favorite movie: Spirited Away

Favorite book: Eragon series

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old you were: I was about 6 years old when my parents took me and my siblings to the Adirondacks.

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: Sailing!

What is the best trip you've ever been on: A 5-day canoe trip on Raquette Lake and Long Lake in the Adirondack mountains

Where is your favorite place to recreate: Adirondack Mountains

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: The perfect pair of boots

Water bottles or hydration bladders: I do a lot of winter camping and water bladders tend not to work in sub-zero temperatures... Plus nothing beats a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag!

Down or synthetic sleeping bags: Down in the winter and for backpacking trips, synthetic for summer trips and boating trips (I have a tendency to get my gear wet)

If you were stranded on a deserted island- what three items would you want: A satellite phone, a water filter and book on how to build sailboats

A place you dream of backpacking someday: The Pyrenees Mountains/John Muir Trail (couldn't decide)

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: Wilderness has a tendency of making us realize what matters and what doesn't. Who you are, who you're with, and the connection you share is a lot more important than what people in the world think you should or should not be. It allows us to shed expectations and be the truest version of ourselves. 

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Perry

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Name: Perry

Where did you grow up: Keene, NH

Where do you live now: Northampton, MA

What is your favorite movie: if we're being honest, Sweet Home Alabama and Armageddon

What is your favorite book: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: Pack Monadnock in NH with my parents and their friends when I was 5.  One of the dads kept slipping me peanut M&Ms to help me make it to the top :)

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: backcountry skiing

What is the best trip you've ever been on: surfing in Mexico with my partner and our kids

Where is your favorite place to recreate: New Hampshire 

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: My TVOP Patagonia puffy jacket

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks): Both!!

Down or synthetics sleeping bags: Synthetic

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: my family, a magical burrito producing machine, and a surf board

A place you dream of backpacking some day: Nepal

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: It means getting to be our truest selves while facing really challenging pursuits like climbing a mountain, riding a wave, skiing a line, and coming out of the experience stronger than I thought I was because a) I pushed myself to do something I wasn't sure I would succeed at and b) because I did it in queer community.   

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Travis

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Name:  Travis

Where did you grow up: Bucksport, Maine

Where do you live now: Portland ,Oregon

What is your favorite movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What is your favorite book: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you:  As a young kid in Acadia National Park

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: Backpacking (and my fav part of backpacking is time at camp!)

What is the best trip you've ever been on:  A toss up between a 10-day canoe trip on the Allagash River in Maine or thru-hiking the Long Trail in Vermont.

Where is your favorite place to recreate: Baxter State Park in Maine

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear:  My backpacking hammock!

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks):  Die hard waterbottle user.

Down or synthetics sleeping bags:  I used to be only down, but I’ve changed my tune in recent years!

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want:   Hammock with a bug net, a water filler that would never clog, and a banjo.

A place you dream of backpacking some day:  I need to get to the Wallow Range in Eastern Oregon!

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks:  It means everything to me.  I feel safe and whole when I’m with people that really see me, and that gender is out the door and literally doesn’t matter.  Community where I get to really be myself, let my shoulders drop, and relax into connection.

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Kate N.

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Name: Kate Nolan

Where did you grow up: Suburbs of Detroit, Michigan

Where do you live now: Broad Ripple Village in Indianapolis, Indiana

What is your favorite movie: The Hunger Games

What is your favorite book: Merle’s Door: Lessons from a freethinking dog

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you:
I grew up going to the National Parks with my family. My most memorable childhood trip would have to be my first backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains with my older siblings. I was only 12, the youngest of four and it changed my life.

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: I love mountain biking and backpacking equally

What is the best trip you've ever been on: A week long trip to the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon. It’s the most beautiful place I have been. Blue green water fed from an underground spring rich in calcium and magnesium and five of the most beautiful
waterfalls you’ll ever see.

Where is your favorite place to recreate: Locally, Hoosier National Forest and Deam Wilderness. I spend each spring guiding and coaching in Sedona and Moab and love those areas too.

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: Osprey 65 liter backpack

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders: Hydration Bladder but I always carry two extra Nalgene bottles when I’m guiding

Down or synthetics sleeping bags: Synthetic for me, it’s light and dries quickly

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: Water capture system, r and matches or flint and fishing line

A place you dream of backpacking some day: The Inca Trail

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: I’m always grateful for those opportunities, it’s great to get outdoors with people who relate to you and understand you. Did I mention it’s so much fun on top of that??!

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Graham

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Name: Graham Oxman

Where did you grow up: New York City

Where do you live now: Boston

What is your favorite movie: Muppets in Space

What is your favorite book: Tinkers by Paul Harding

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: Somewhere in Upstate NY, and I was around 8

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: Hiking!

What is the best trip you've ever been on: Hard choice! I'd say either kayaking around Maine's coast, three day backpacking trip through Baxter State Park, or doing the Long Trail in Vermont.

Where is your favorite place to recreate: Maine

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: My sleeping bag

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks): Water bottles forever

Down or synthetics sleeping bags: Down!

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: A guitar, sunscreen, and coffee

A place you dream of backpacking some day: Wind River Traverse, Wyoming

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: It means everything - I've never felt safer or more comfortable in the woods than when I'm hiking with fellow queers. 

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Malcolm

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Name: Malcolm René Ribot

Where did you grow up: I was born in Maryland and then lived in Germany, Pennsylvania, Utah, Indiana, and Illinois throughout my youth and college.

Where do you live now: Nomadically

What is your favorite movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

What is your favorite book: Ragweed by Avi

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: The earliest in my memory - I was 9 in Utah with my mom, her friend from work, and my brother. There was a waterfall and a dam we climbed around to a beautiful view for lunch.

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: Definitely hiking. Summits and those with waterfalls and swimming holes are my most favorite.

What is the best trip you've ever been on: All 50 states over 2.5 years. We have such an amazing country - the views, the nature, the humans, the food...Whale watching in Alaska, hiking the first peak of Olomana Three Peaks on Oahu, and summiting Quandary Peak in Colorado are a few of my favorite experiences from the trip.

Where is your favorite place to recreate: Up in the mountains and on the coast.

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: My Camelbak Fourteener 20 Hydration Hiking Backpack. 

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks): Camelbaks - I love hiking with my hands free.

Down or synthetic sleeping bags: Synthetics

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: Survival knife/multi-tool, water filter, and a waterproof book on how to survive on a deserted island. :P

A place you dream of backpacking some day: New Zealand and Kaua'i

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: Peace and freedom - to be with others who relate while doing what we love in nature together - free to just be.

 

Posted on May 7, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Loren

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Name: Loren

Where did you grow up: Steilacoom, Washington

Where do you live now: Denver, Colorado

What is your favorite movie: The Lord of the Rings series

What is your favorite book: ‘Into thin air’

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: I don’t remember specifically, but all growing up my childhood was filled with trips camping, backpacking, and hiking in Mount Rainier National Park!

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity:  Mountain biking :)

What is the best trip you've ever been on:  Last year backpacking the 4 pass loop in Aspen with my sister.

Where is your favorite place to recreate:  My favorite place might be Moab.

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear:  My venture out project 5 panel hat of course!

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks):  Both! I generally use a bladder, but also carry a water bottle.

Down or synthetics sleeping bags: I prefer down, although I feel bad for the birds. So I’m considering other options for my next bag.

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want:  Sunglasses, lighter and chapstick

A place you dream of backpacking some day: I would love to backpack across Europe or Iceland!

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: It means community, it means feeling comfy in my most favorite place. It also means happiness for this queer!

Posted on April 30, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Danielle

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Name: Danielle Wolter Nolan

Where did you grow up: Evansville, IN

Where do you live now: Indianapolis, IN and wherever the wind takes me!

What is your favorite movie: E.T.

What is your favorite book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: I think it was in the Smoky Mountains and the hike was Clingman’s Dome.

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: I love anything outdoors, backpacking, mountain biking, and anything involving the water.

What is the best trip you've ever been on: The Havasupai trail in the Grand Canyon is absolutely amazing, there are 5 waterfalls when you get to bottom of the Canyon and it is breathtaking. I am so grateful we have gotten to guide trips there 2 years in a row!

Where is your favorite place to recreate: I love The Grand Canyon and the PNW but also many places in Indiana that are close by like Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Park and Brown County State Park.

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: Probably my REI Flash Backpack because it has to carry all of the other gear that I need on my adventures!

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders: Hydration bladders

Down or synthetics sleeping bags: Synthetic

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: My wife, water filter and fire starter.

A place you dream of backpacking some day: I would love to backpack Zion National Park in the states and Internationally to the Ivory Lake Hut in New Zealand.

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: I love being able to be out and open in what I feel is my natural habitat, the great outdoors. It’s great to see and get more queer people outside and try something new while meeting and learning from one another.

Posted on April 25, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Tam

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Name:  Tam

Where did you grow up:  Winchester, Massachusetts

Where do you live now:  Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

What is your favorite movie:  Harold and Maude


What is your favorite book:  Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn 

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you:  I spent much of my youth wandering and meandering in the Middlesex Fells although I didn't consider it hiking at the time..that came much much later.  I was 30 when I started hiking in New Hampshire.  

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity:  Backpacking

What is the best trip you've ever been on:  Thru-Hiking the Long Trail of Vermont Southbound 2016

Where is your favorite place to recreate:  The White Mountains, New Hampshire

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear:  My alcohol stove that Travis got me for my birthday!

Waterbottle or Hydration Bladders (Camelbacks):  I've never tried a bladder but if someone gave me one I'd try it but I don't think I can drink and walk at the same time so I'd probably stick with a waterbottle

Down or synthetics sleeping bags:  Synthetic

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want:  A bottomless bag of sweet potatoes, a mandolin, and a journal

A place you dream of backpacking some day:  Switzerland 

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks:  Recreating with queer folks means I can go by whatever name, pronoun or species I feel like on a given day without explanation. 

Posted on April 16, 2018 .

Summer Instructor Profile: Lex

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Name: Lex Jackson

Where did you grow up: Burlington, VT

Where do you live now: Portland, ME

What is your favorite movie: The Princess Bride

What is your favorite book: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Do you remember the first place you went hiking and how old were you: I grew up hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont with my family. 

What is your favorite outdoor recreation activity: Skiing

What is the best trip you've ever been on: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

Where is your favorite place to recreate: New Hampshire’s White Mountains!

What is your absolute favorite piece of outdoor gear: Any kind of buff

Water bottles or hydration bladders (camelbacks): Water bottles!! I can’t pace myself.

Down or synthetic sleeping bags: Down

If you were stranded on a deserted island - what three items would you want: My dog, a water filter, and the Harry Potter boxed-set.

A place you dream of backpacking some day: The John Muir Trail

What does it mean to you to recreate with other queer folks: I’ve always felt that nature makes us raw; sharing that space with other queer people lets us bring our whole selves to the table in a way that is beautiful and honest and authentic! 

 

Posted on April 9, 2018 .