Trip Director & Instructor

Luke Small grew up in the Boston area and now lives in Western Massachusetts with his beloved rescue dog Tucker.  Growing up, he spent his summers at Cape Cod and on the Maine coast, hiking, boating, fishing, lobstering and studying beach erosion as part of a family project. He went on to participate in an Outward Bound course -- a three-week backpacking, rock-climbing and sailing trip in Maine -- and a NOLS backpacking course in the Pacific Northwest. Starting at age 17, Luke worked for five years as a ropes course facilitator at an outdoor education center near Boston, and later went on to manage the center’s summer ropes program. Luke has also been a climbing instructor and is WFR and CPR certified. Read more about Luke...

Luke is completing his Geology and Queer Studies degree at Mount Holyoke College, where he serves as a teaching assistant and tutor for the Geology Department.  As a child, Luke's mother was always urging him to “go outside and get some fresh air".  As a result, Luke became passionate about the outdoors and rocks at a young age and received his first rock hammer at age five (he still has it in his car today). As part of his studies, he has received multiple fellowships for fieldwork in Death Valley National Park. He describes the outdoors as “one of the first places he felt comfortable in his queer and trans* identity” and hopes to enable others to have that experience with The Venture Out Project.