Outdoor Trips Staff

Outdoor Trips Staff

Overview
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Ross Garner

Outdoor Adventure Manager

Ross Garner on a raft

Education/Qualifications
Graduate Degree in Outdoor Leadership from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from California State University Sacramento.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The Outdoors has the greatest potential to cultivate positive change in a person.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rafting, All Sci-Fi/Horror, Music Festivals

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Thomas Hara

Bicycle Technician + Trip Leader

Education/Qualifications

Currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering

Why do you love the outdoors? 
If I ever need to take a break from my hectic urban life, I always choose to go outdoors. I also love landscape photography, so that’s forever a plus.

Three Favorite Hobbies 

Biking, photography, and late-night driving.

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Kyle Murphy

Outdoor Trip Leader & Challenge Center Team Lead

Kyle Murphy posing on a mountain.

Education/Qualifications
200 hours of Yoga Instructors Training, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, LNT Trainer, AIARE 1, Studying Wilderness Education at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Why do you love the outdoors?
The wilderness highlights our true nature by forcing us to overcome difficult circumstances, and thereby bringing us closer to our higher selves. My love of the wilderness derives from a deep desire within myself to live everyday by those values which infuse love, excitement, wisdom and knowledge into my life.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rock climbing, mountaineering, and white water rafting.

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Mia Summer Perez

Outdoor Trip Leader

Mia Summer Perez standing in a lush green field.

Education/Qualifications
Pursuing a B.S. in Biology with emphasis in ecology, conservation, and evolution.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
There is a lot to learn from nature, I love the simplicity and elegance.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Running, backpacking, and trying new coffee shops.

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Aliza Young

Outdoor Trip Leader & Customer Service Associate

Education/Qualifications
Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing.

Why do you love the outdoors? 
The scenic views. The smell of a campfire and the ocean waters. The feeling of fulfillment after a successful trip.

Three Favorite Hobbies 
Reading, Snorkeling, and going to Drive-In-Theaters.

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Marie Welch

Trip Leader & Outdoor Program Assistant

Marie Welch

Education/Qualifications
Hope to have my BA in Liberal Studies by December

Why do you love the outdoors?

My mother is from rural Dominican Republic and from a young age she brought me out there and my love for nature grew from there. It’s a place where you can connect with something greater than yourself and it’s where I find the most joy in life.

Three Favorite Hobbies

River Rafting
Singing
Hiking

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Kyle Welch

Trip Leader & Outdoor Program Assistant

Education/Qualifications
Past experience in raft guiding and outdoor activity.

Why do you love the outdoors?

Since I was a kid, nature was my playground. From camping to backpacking trips, I was constantly outside. Because of this, the outdoors are the place where I feel the most at peace. Filled with adventure possibilities, nature is where memories are made.

Three Favorite Hobbies

My three favorite hobbies would have to be hiking, camping, and rafting.

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Annaleise Smith

Outdoor Trip Leader & Customer Service Associate

Qualifications/Education: CPR certified

Why Do you love the outdoors? I love the outdoors because its exciting to explore nature and see the beauty it has to offer.

What are your 3 favorite hobbies?  My three favorite hobbies are writing, exploring, and reading.

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Elena Burge

Outdoor trip Program Assistant

Education/Qualifications

Pursuing a B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations.

 

Why do you love the outdoors?

I love experiencing the beauty of nature and exploring places I haven’t seen before. I love sunrise, beautiful views, and huddling near a campfire. Each trip is a new experience.

 

Three favorite hobbies

Roller skating, singing, and trying interesting vegan food!

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Geoff Luoma

Outdoor Trip Leader & Challenge Center Team Lead

Education/Qualifications
BS in Environmental Studies, CPR & Wilderness First Aid

Why do you love the outdoors?
The wilderness is an abundant source of energy that is ever-giving of lessons and opportunities. I love the outdoors because Mother Earth constantly welcomes us into the all-expanding power of now. My gratitude comes from the sweetness of self-discovery, healing, and remembrance of unity that she has and will continue to show me.

Three Favorite Hobbies
Rock climbing, riding my bicycle & hanging out with my cow friends.