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Ed BensonBenson, Ed

About Ed
Ed has been volunteering with AHS for nearly 20 years.  He started as a crew member and has been leading AHS Crews for the last 16 years.  Ed lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years and now calls Northern Virginia home. He has led crews all over the country with his favorite areas being the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Colorado with Virginia and Georgia a close second.  Still working part time, he views the Volunteer Vacation Program as a way to meet new people sharing a common goal of giving back.
Favorite Hike
Ed professes to be unusual in the Volunteer Vacation participant world, he is not a “hiker”.  So his favorite hike is anywhere his youngest grandson wants to go in the Shenandoah  National Park.
Must Have Trail Snack
When it comes to trail snacks, GORP rules!
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Compass and map
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Diane BriggsBriggs, Diane

About Diane

I am a retired middle school teacher.  I taught 35 years and coached 30.  My first volunteer project with AHS was in 2001 on Lemhi Pass in Idaho. I have also worked on projects in Montana, Oregon and Idaho. I try to participate on at least 2 projects each year. I am a member of Washington Trails Assoc., Montana Wilderness, and AHS.

I live in Walla Walla Washington, but my heart is in Montana where I was born.  When not involved in trail work, you can find me doing a variety of activities such as: tying flies, fly fishing in a nice stream, spending time with my grandkids, teaching fly tying to kids and adults, playing my trumpet in our community band and traveling now that my husband is also retired.

Favorite Hike
Anywhere in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in NE Oregon.
Must Have Trail Snack
Water and anything with nuts and chocolate.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Bandanna.

Ken BrooksBrooks, Ken 2

About Ken

Ken Brooks has been an avid day hiker for decades but in the last 15 years has been able to repay the work of others in terms of planning, creating, and maintaining trails.  He is an active volunteer with The Nature Conservancy taking responsibility for trail maintenance at the Sally Brown Nature Preserve adjacent to his home.  In the last several years he has also worked a week each year in a Volunteer Vacation including the last five as crew leader. Ken is a retired planner focusing on capital project planning and campus master planning

Favorite Hike
The two 3 mile loop trails at the Sally Brown Nature Preserve near Lancaster, KY
Must Have Trail Snack
Dried fruit trail mix
Can't Hit the Trail Without
The backpack that has been with me for decades including trails across the US as well as in France, England, Peru, China, and Tanzania

Joan CarterJoan@work

About Joan

After moving from New York State to Southern California, my parents loaded camping gear into a big old station wagon and took me and my sis to all the national parks in the West (Yosemite, Sequoia, Glacier, Rocky Mtn, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Yellowstone). I moved on to backpacking, then camped with my own kids in the parks and got them hooked on hiking. Through REI, I joined AHS and jumped into crew leading in 2005– digging camp latrines, for starters!  It was a long ways from years spent studying classical keyboard music, human resources, and museum archives! But getting down and dirty, re-treading trails, and schlepping enormous rocks is cool too!

Besides AHS, I get my kicks living near a spunky grandson and tiny dynamo granddaughter in northern Colorado, and hearing about the world travels of one son (a designer at Big Agnes), another son in sales in FL, and a third son working in London, and a daughter/son-in-law who are avid hikers/campers/runners!

Favorite Hike
The trails around Yosemite Valley and its high country, and the Eagle Creek Trail east of Portland Oregon in the heart of the Columbia River National Scenic Area
Must Have Trail Snack
Cashews-n-cranberries and super-fudgy brownies
Can't Hit the Trail Without
My 35mm digital SLR camera!

Mary Chayka-CrawfordChayka-Crawford, Mary

About Mary
Mary Chayka-Crawford’s first experience with the American Hiking Society was on a Volunteer Vacation in Alaska in 2011. Since that time, she has been Crew Leader on eight Volunteer Vacations. She is also an Adventure Travel Trip Leader for the Adirondack Mountain Club. Mary calls Michigan her home but travels half the year in the United States and around the world.  Most of that time is spent hiking or volunteering for various projects and generally for trail construction projects. Mary considers the outdoors the best “office” location there is and her trail stewardship the best opportunity to give back.

Favorite Hike
So far, thru-hiking the John Muir Trail…210 miles of pure beauty.
Must Have Trail Snack
Peanut butter
Can't Hit the Trail Without
My positive attitude…I always have it with me!

Philip Daly

About Phil
Philip Daly is currently pursuing a degree in Plant Sciences and hails from Orlando, FL. He’s been involved in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life. Phil spent the past summer and winter in Ely, Minnesota working as a wilderness guide for the Northern Tier High Adventure Base of Boy Scouts of America.  As a Conservation Foreman with Northern Tier, Phil has led many trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and beyond.
Favorite Hike
Little Big Econ State Forest, Florida
Must Have Trail Snack
Apples
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Cool hat!

Christine EllerEller, Christine

About Christine
I discovered the volunteer opportunities with American Hiking Society two years ago when I worked on trail blazing at Henry Horton State Park in Tennessee. It was such a rewarding experience that I wanted to do more volunteer work, and was encouraged to apply for the Crew Leader program as a way to make a bigger impact on my next trip. I do a lot of work locally with Missouri River Relief and am fortunate to live near the Katy Trail in St. Charles County, Missouri where hiking and biking opportunities are plentiful.
Favorite Hike
Katy Trail
Must Have Trail Snack
Trail Mix
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Good hiking boots

Chad EtheridgeEtheridge, Chad

About Chad
Chad is an avid outdoorsman who lives in Colleyville, TX. After spending 30 years serving the flying public as an Air Traffic Controller he decided to hang up the headset, leave the dark radar room, and get outside. He now serves as the Water Programs Coordinator at a large nature center. After a lifetime of hiking he realized that it was time to give back to the trail system that he has enjoyed so much and began volunteering for AHS. He has done multiple trips and became a Crew Leader in 2014. His favorite place to hike is basically anywhere that he can see water. Besides hiking he enjoys canoeing, fly fishing, woodworking, and wood carving.
Favorite Hike
Superior Hiking Trail
Must Have Trail Snack
Tex-Mex Trail mix
Can't Hit the Trail Without
(Besides the 10 essentials!) A bandana- so many uses

Wayne FisherFisher, Wayne 2

About Wayne
Wayne has been working on trails with AHS since 2001, in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina. All of these were within a day’s drive of his home base in Washington DC. And he has led trail weeks for the past five years in West Virginia and Virginia. He currently is working on his third career–owning and being the prime mover in a handyman service.
Favorite Hike
Any place on Dolly Sods in West Virginia
Must Have Trail Snack
Trail mix heavy with raisins
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Folding blade Opinel pocket knife

Terri and Robert Glickamhikepic-1

About Terri and Robert
Robert and Terri have been involved with AHS Vacations since
2010.  We started leading crews in 2012 and split the duties. Terri does the communication/menu planning, while Robert takes the reigns when trip occurs). We currently reside in NW Ohio.  We both are still employed and use our vacation time to participate in Volunteer Vacations. The vacations are great for learning new things, meeting new people and seeing other places.
Favorite Hike
Terri: Mt. Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains (but, I have only tried 3 of the trails up so far). Robert: Anytime I am on the trail is my favorite hike.
Must Have Trail Snack
Terri: Fruit and nuts. Robert: Bacon jerky.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Terri: Some kind of hat, headlamp, and partner. Robert: Multi-tool.

Jolene HartwickHartwick, Jolene

About Jolene
Jolene Hartwick joined American Hiking Society in 2011—the same year she retired from teaching Mathematics.  In addition to leading Volunteer Vacation crews, she leads Habitat for Humanity teams on international housing builds. When not traveling she enjoys hiking the Mississippi River bluff country near her home, gardening, cross country skiing, and her grand kids.
Favorite Hike
Her most memorable hike was Wainwright’s  197 mile Coast to Coast trail in northern England.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
 Her must have hiking gear—tennis shoes.  She never did learn to like hiking boots.

Ian HochsteadIan Hochstead

About Ian
Ian has led hikes since 2007.  In 2015, he was elected President of The New York Ramblers hiking club.  After years of maintaining trails with local clubs, Ian started volunteering with the American Hiking Society in 2014.  Born in Brooklyn, Ian has not let his lifetime of living in NYC and its suburbs keep him indoors!  When not on the trails, you can find Ian watching a movie, reading a book, or visiting one of NYC’s many museums.
Favorite Hike
White Bar Trail in Harriman State Park, between Arden and Sloatsburg, NY
Must Have Trail Snack
Cookies (nom, nom, nom)
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Transit schedule

Tim KoenigKoenig, Tim

About Tim
I have been on three Volunteer Vacations, all to Virgin Islands National Park (a great way to get away from Columbus, Ohio!)  I’m eager to do more trips to different locations as a crew elader and tream member.  After 36 years in the Ohio National Guard, 28 as a full-time employee, I look forward to a retirement of bicycling, gardening, traveling, and volunteering!
Favorite Hike
So many!  Let’s go with Mt. Rogers, Virginia when the rhododendrons are in bloom.  One of 39 state highpoints I have been to.
Must Have Trail Snack
Granola
Can't Hit the Trail Without
My hip pack to carry all my stuff.  It has been with me from Afghanistan to Yosemite

Erin MaherMaher, Erin

About Erin
Erin Maher joined AHS in 2011 and led her first Volunteer Vacation in 2012.  She holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from Miami University and is working towards her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Ohio State University.  Formerly, Erin managed the communication and social media efforts of an international nonprofit in the outdoor industry, and led a women’s leadership and adventure conference in Colorado.  She believes in being outside as much as possible and enjoys helping others get outdoors and build confidence in their skills.  Erin lives in Columbus, Ohio.  She loves being active in her church and enjoys cooking, gardening, and traveling, among many outdoor pursuits.
Favorite Hike
 My favorite hikes have been in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Apostle Islands, and Big Horn National Forest.
Must Have Trail Snack
Trail mix – with chocolate, and without raisins!
Can't Hit the Trail Without
 My camera, good shoes, and of course – water!

Ron MaxonMaxon, Ronald

About Ron
Ron Maxon led his first AHS trip in September 2007.  Since then, he has led more than a dozen AHS trips from coast (California) to coast (Maine) and several locales in between.  In the process he has developed a number of wonderful AHS friendships.  Ron loves the adventure and wide open spaces of the backpacking trail projects, but definitely appreciates the comforts of cabin living and improved campgrounds while doing “front country” trail projects.  Ron is a retired auditor and resides in Plano, TX (near Dallas).  When not leading AHS projects, Ron is traveling with his wife, hiking in exotic places, and playing with his 5 young grandsons. They enjoy hiking too!
Favorite Hike
I have had too many great hikes to name a favorite hike.  I’ll just say for the record that my next hike will be my favorite.
Must Have Trail Snack
In terms of snacks it’s hard to beat good old raisins and peanuts (gorp) with a few M&Ms thrown in
Can't Hit the Trail Without
My must-have piece of hiking gear is well-worn, comfortable hiking boots.

Susan McCoskrieMcCoskrie, Susan

About Susan
I have been volunteering since I was a child. When I discovered I could combine my love of travel and volunteering I have been all smiles. From Peace Corps to my two recent trips with American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations, I am enjoying being able to give back while discovering new places and meeting new people.

I am a nurse which is a profession which also lets me wander and see new places. My nursing is presently based in a hospital but I have worked in Public Health positions. Presently I’m based in Reston, Virginia but have spent the greatest portion of my life in Maine, which I call home.

Favorite Hike
I hike for a view. Love the view from high up or of water. Like all my travels there is always a new place to experience. I do not repeat too many hikes except when close to home like the trails around Great Falls National Park.
Must Have Trail Snack
Orange
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Camera and a good friend

Phil MeinertMeinert, Phil

About Phil
Phil Meinert has been participating in volunteer vacations since 2002. His first trip was in March and was planned to be a nice warm trip to Arizona.  The group experienced freezing temperatures every night after backpacking ten miles through the rain, sleet and snow. This was so much fun that he has done 10 more volunteer vacations, four of them as the crew leader. Phil has lived 50 years in Colorado Springs and is a retired bank data processing executive. He considers Arkansas as his first home state and has done four of his trips at the Buffalo River.
Favorite Hike
When hiking in Colorado his favorite trail is the Venable Falls Trail near Westcliffe.
Must Have Trail Snack
His favorite snack to eat on the trail is a dark chocolate Milky Way
Can't Hit the Trail Without
For the rugged Colorado trails he has found high top boots a necessity.

Brian Merrill
Merrill, Brian

About Brian

Brian grew up on a dairy farm in western New York State. After traveling extensively during his younger years has settled back near his hometown.  As retirement approached, Brian researched volunteer opportunities and subsequently found the American Hiking Society.  He has been volunteering since 2005 and since 2010 has taken on the role of Crew Leader.

Brian tries to spend each summer hiking and climbing in the Adirondack Mountains, a state park in New York State that contains 6.1 million acres with flat lands, rolling hills and high peaks.

Favorite Hike
Any trail in the Adirondacks
Must Have Trail Snack
Old fashioned Gorp trail mix

Sondra MorisonMorison, Sondra

About Sondra
Sondra Morison grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California.  She has extensive wilderness experience through backpacking, hiking, and skiing, in the United States as well as in Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.  Among her achievements are thru-hiking the John Muir Trail and the Lost Coast Trail, as well as numerous ascents of Mt. Whitney.  She is a designated hike leader and field skills evaluator in leadership for a national wilderness organization.  Sondra is also a veteran leader for the California Coastal Trails Association and serves on its statewide advisory council.  Her outdoor leadership experiences include organizing and leading week-long treks on the Trans-Catalina Trail, crew leader for the American Hiking Society, leading backpacks and hikes in southern California, and doing trail maintenance as a volunteer for the Pacific Crest Trail Association.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid and is a retired CPA.  She and her husband, a retired professor, enjoy travelling.  Sondra loves the outdoors and sharing its wonders.
Favorite Hike
My favorite hike is always the one I am on.
Must Have Trail Snack
A variety of dried fruits and nuts.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Comfortable hiking boots

Brenda Morrisimg_3160-1

About Brenda
Brenda has been volunteering with AHS for 3 years, the past 2 in the role of Crew Leader. Brenda calls Worcester, MA home and loves to travel see the rest of the U.S.  Brenda is a Fitness/Wellness Manager at several corporate sites and teaches group fitness classes.  When not on the trail hiking or running an ultra, you can find Brenda biking, traveling, and doing almost all outdoor activities (except rock climbing).
Favorite Hike
Mt. Fuji, Japan
Must Have Trail Snack
Cashews
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Daypack for all my goodies/supplies

John ParkPark, John

About John
I am from South Carolina, living most of my time in the upstate region in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. I love to hike and backpack in the region, including the Foothills Trail, Pisgah National Forest, and the Smoky Mountains. I have been on five Volunteer Vacations, the last three as Crew Leader. I find that participating in this program gives me a great opportunity to backpack in regions and environments other than the Southeast, but also to do so while giving back to the trails with the skills that I have been blessed with. I also relish the chance to get into the backcountry, away from the “always on” switch of the digital world, which for me includes owning and operating a UPS Store. In addition to this, I am active in my church, where I sing in the choir; I work with the Foothills Trail Conference; have been married for 40+ years and have three granddaughters to keep me active and entertained.
Favorite Hike
3. My favorite day hike is an 8 mile loop in Caesars Head State Park. It includes hiking down into a steep gorge and crossing Matthews Creek (very challenging during high water), hiking up past Cathedral Rock (a large granite outcropping with a 150’ sheer wall), crossing a suspension bridge over Raven Cliff Falls (a spectacular 450’ tiered waterfall), and returning on an old logging road. My favorite overnight backpacking area is in the Smoky Mountain National Park.
Must Have Trail Snack
My favorite trail snack is Ritz Crackers with cheese and pepperoni slices.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
My trekking poles are a must-have for all my hikes (and knees!!)

Mike PittsleyPittsley, Mike

About Mike
The Volunteer Vacation program provides us with an opportunity to see our country’s natural beauty, build new friendships, and “GIVE BACK” for future generations. This is my 8th year as a crew leader for AHS Volunteer Vacations. Being a Flat-lander from Illinois I’ve enjoyed my trips to the mountains— Appalachian, Sierra-Nevada, Rocky, Chugach-Alaska, King Range-Northern California, and last year in the Beartooth Wilderness.  There is not a better feeling than GIVING BACK with AHS Volunteer Vacations knowing that some of your efforts will outlast your life.
Favorite Hike
The Bechler River Trail located in the SW corner of Yellowstone National Park.  This region is nicknamed “Cascade Corner” because of the abundance of waterfalls.  The trail features thermals, mountain views, water crossings, and wilflife.
Must Have Trail Snack
Nuts and large carrots.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
A good compact camera

Dave RiceRice, David

About Dave
In 2008 Dave raised funds for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Grand Canyon was the hike “destination”.   He received a copy of the Backpacker magazine during this charity effort and inquired about the AHS volunteer vacation program advertisement.   He participated in the Arizona / Tonto National Forest trail rehabilitation (forest fire damaged area) work projects and enjoyed the comradeship and various challenges during his 8 day stay.   In 2012, he led the AHS team building the new Savage River Alpine Trail working with the NPS seasonal crew in Denali National Park (Alaska).   The scenery and wildlife were awesome and the weather cooperated nicely. David enjoys long distance running and is an experienced athlete and sports fan.   He is a 1969 Eagle Scout, avid photographer (landscape and wildlife), member of the San Diego Zoological Society, Red Cross volunteer, graduate geological engineer and performs executive work at a start-up company.   With his brothers, he has recently hiked very challenging trails in the Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountain, Yosemite and Glacier National Park (his favorite is the Highline Trail). I always look forward to making new friends, serving our national community and ensuring (and encouraging) others to enjoy the wilderness, forests and parks that we are so richly blessed with in America.
Favorite Hike
Highline Trail in Glacier National Park offers the terrific combination of unobstructed breathtaking views from the Continental Divide,  large and small mammals viewing and an array of wildflowers that is marvelous to behold.
Must Have Trail Snack
Dried fruit or banana chips
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Cargo pants with pockets deep enough for a water bottle

Michelle RichardsonRichardson, Michelle

About Michelle
Michelle Richardson has been volunteering with American hiking Society for four years and serving as crew leader for the past two. Originally from Northern Illinois she now lives in central Louisiana with her husband. Most of her volunteering is done in the Southeast with occasional trips northward. Chelle currently does seasonal work for the National Park Service in the preservation and maintenance department or on trails crew.
Favorite Hike
Lakeshore Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Must Have Trail Snack
 Peanut butter banana sandwich with honey, pecans and cranberries seconded closely by Trader Joe’s Thai chili and lime almonds
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Lowa Renegade hiking boots

Leigh ScottScott, Leigh

About Leigh
While working for American Hiking Society as Director of Development from 2011-2014, Leigh enjoyed leading a Volunteer Vacation crew at Mojave National Preserve and also helped to facilitate activities of a VV crew at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship.  During Leigh’s previous employment as a park manager and environmental educator, she planned and directed a wide variety of stewardship projects.  Recently married in June of 2014, Leigh has taken the opportunity to go back to school and is currently studying to be a vegetarian chef.
Favorite Hike
Last year my husband and I hiked up the Tuckerman Ravine trail at Mt. Washington in NH.  It was challenging, fun, and rewarding to reach the summit.
Must Have Trail Snack
A ripe, juicy orange.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
All of AHS’ Ten Essentials, of course!

Saveria TildenTilden, Saveria

About Saveria
Sharing her love of the outdoors with others is Saveria’s passion! Living in Pasadena, CA, she is lucky to have the Angeles National Forest in her backyard and iconic outdoor places only a few hours away. Depending on the time of year you will find Saveria exploring and volunteering as a trip leader for overnight backpacking adventures in Joshua Tree National Park or the Eastern Sierra. Also as a REI Outdoor School Instructor, Saveria teaches a variety of classes including kayaking, SUP, biking, climbing, map and compass/navigation, hiking, backpacking and more. Saveria has partnered with AHS on various events since 2010 and is excited to be an AHS Hike Ambassador and Crew Leader. You can learn more about Saveria and her adventures at www.TheAdventurUs.com
Favorite Hike
It is hard to pick one! The trail from Tuolumne Meadow in Yosemite to Young Lakes is one of my favorites.
Must Have Trail Snack
Dried Mandarin Oranges from Trader Joes!
Can't Hit the Trail Without
A buff!

Tina TempleTemple, Tina

About Tina
Tina Temple has been an avid trail maintainer since 2005 and thoroughly enjoys the challenges and joys of making our walks in the woods a little easier.  Besides improving the trails, the food and meeting great people who share her love of the outdoors are her greatest joys of these trips.  She lives in Owensboro, KY, retired, and loves to travel and really likes sleeping in a tent!  As a crew leader I really relish pleasing the crew with great food and nutritious menus – you’ll never be hungry.
Favorite Hike
Hiked the entire John Muir Trail in Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2012
Must Have Trail Snack
Peanut butter crackers
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Hiking poles

Scott Walker

About Scott
I am a life-long outdoorsman and dedicated backpacker for more than 40 years.  It started early attending summer camps before becoming a camp counselor leading canoe and backpacking trips in Wisconsin’s north country.  My home is now on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Townsend, Washington where I have been leading a 20 year effort to create a well-loved system of local trails right out the front door.  Working on our local trails, with AHS, and the Washington Trails Association, I have met some of the most interesting and passionate people.  By profession I work as an electrical contractor and for my recreation, I walk the trails I’ve built, sail my beautiful wooden boat, ride my bike to the brewery, and conspire in the political realm to transform our community with more and more active transportation.  I get joy from physical labor as well as deep conversation around the camp kitchen.  You will find that I am collaborative in decision-making; I prefer eating healthy and delicious food; and I prioritize being comfortable over ultra-light.  Let’s go for walk!
Favorite Hike
The one I’m on.  The most amazing hike I’ve done was the Hollyford River bushwalk in South Island, NZ.
Must Have Trail Snack
Salmon berries, salal berries, thimbleberries, huckleberries, wild blackberries and strawberries!
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Tyr DryOff Swimmers Towel for my daily bath in the back country.

Meredith WebsterWebster, Meredith

About Meredith
Meredith Webster has been on 5 AHS Trail Trips, the past 3 in the role of Crew Leader. Meredith grew up in the North Cascades, and has lived in several locations in Washington, Oregon and Montana.  She currently resides in Missoula, MT. She is an avid backpacker, with almost 50 years of boots-on-trail experience. Meredith is a soon to be retired forest soil scientist.  When not on the trail, Meredith keeps a garden, skis, and crochets.
Favorite Hike
Goat Flats on Three Fingers Mountain on the Mt. Baker National Forest.  Oops showing my age, it’s been the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest for a few years 🙂
Must Have Trail Snack
Fresh Huckleberries.  Right off the bush.
Can't Hit the Trail Without
 A garbage bag.  It’s so versatile.

Libby WileWile, Libby

About Libby

Libby joined American Hiking in 2009 and directs the organization’s stewardship programs including Volunteer Vacations and Alternative Break.  She holds a B.A. degree in Marketing from James Madison University. Prior to joining AHS, she worked for over five years with a consulting firm as a recruiter and marketing specialist. A Navy upbringing has instilled a love of travel in her and she enjoys discovering new cities and landscapes and the cultures that they represent.

Participating in her first “Volunteer Vacation” in college 15 years ago sparked a passion for traveling with a purpose.  Since then she has participated in dozens of stewardship trips across the US. Libby is an experienced and seasoned outdoor recreation group leader, leading volunteer crews since 2010.  In her free time she takes advantage of any opportunity to hike, run, bike, and explore the DC Metropolitan area.

Favorite Hike
 Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, MT
Must Have Trail Snack
Apple and Peanut Butter/Turkey Pepperoni and Cheese/Trail-Mix (heavy on the M&Ms!)
Can't Hit the Trail Without
Headlamp (and 10 Essentials of course)