Meet Our Instructors

The Adventure Treks instructor team is the heart and soul of who we are and what we do. They’re more than just instructors—they’re role models, mentors, and friends to our students. Because we don’t take this responsibility lightly, we have a rigorous and selective hiring process. All instructors have significant prior experience working with youth in the outdoors, and they participate annually in a minimum two-week training (senior staff attend three weeks of orientation). The five- to six-instructor dynamic on each trip not only provides a variety of personalities to match our students, but also leads to better decision-making, as risk management is our top priority.

The instructors were top-notch, positive, enthusiastic, and made the entire trip fun, which we so appreciate because it must have been an exhausting job. Bravo to them for exceeding expectations on all levels and giving Aiden such a memorable experience. I did not personally meet any instructors but he loved them all, and I have faith that they were excellent role models for him. – Heidi Toole, first-year parent from Japan

Our instructors at a glance:

  • Minimum age: 21
  • Average age of instructors: 26
  • Average tenure is 3.6 years, but many have been with us for longer
  • 95% have a bachelor’s degree
  • 30% have, or are working on, an advanced degree
  • All are, at minimum, medical certified as wilderness first responders; some are EMTs or wilderness EMTs.
  • Our hiring process includes at minimum 3 interviews, 4 reference checks, and complete background checks.
  • Our instructor return rate has exceeded 60% every year for the past 20 years
  • Each year, we receive more than 800 resumes to fill about 25 spaces for new instructors.

Abby R.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Abby S.

Regional director

Abby S.

Trip leader, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Abby S.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Adrienne B.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Alex C.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Alex R.

Trip leader, Alaska Experience 1 & 2

Allison W.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Alyssa S.

Trip leader, British Columbia 1 & 2

Amelia C.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Andi H.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1 & 2

Andrew T.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Andy V.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Anthony M.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Avery K.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1

Birdie H.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Brett S.

Trip leader, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Brian A.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Brian L.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Cara O.

Instructor, Alaska Experience 1 & 2

Caroline T.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Chase B.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Cody B.

Trip leader, California Challenge 2

Colton P.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Corbin G.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

David McGlashan

Director & regional director

Ella I.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Hannah D.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Hannah M.

Trip leader, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Heather E.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Ian J.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1

Ian P.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Jack Hoiland

Regional director

Jake C.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Jasmine S.

Instructor

Jess M.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

John W.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Jon W.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Jordan A.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Kassie V.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 2 & 3

Katie G.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Katy P.

Instructor, Ultimate Northwest 1 & Pacific Northwest Adventure 2

Kelly D.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 1

Kent R.

Trip leader, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Kyle H.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Lena F.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Madison R.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Matt F.

Instructor, Yellowstone Teton Adventure 1, 2, & 3

Matt M.

Instructor, Leadership Summit

Morgan C.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Mycala C.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Nate H.

Trip leader, Leadership Summit

Nathan W.

Trip leader, Alaska Expedition 2

Noah S.

Instructor, British Columbia Adventure 1 & 2

Paige C.

Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Rachel O’Neil

Trip leader, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Robin B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Roisin L.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Ryan B.

Instructor, Pacific Northwest Adventure 1 & Ultimate Northwest 2

Ryan J.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 2

Sadie K.

Instructor, California Challenge 2

Sam W.

Instructor, Alaska Expedition 1

Sara V.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Sarah M.

Trip leader, California Adventure & California Challenge 3

Teddy Z.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Thomas W.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Thor K.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Torin R.

Instructor, California Challenge 1 & Pacific Northwest Explorer

Vince W.

Instructor, Colorado Explorer 1, 2, & 3

Wyatt M.

Instructor, Alaska Experience 1 & 2