TRIP LEADERS

Outdoor Adventures Staff Bios

Garrett Atkins

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Year in School: 1st year Masters

Major: Public Health & Environmental Science

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: Cheesy Hash-browns

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Patagonia

Favorite Quote: “It’s not your life, it’s life. Life is bigger than you. Life isn’t something that you possess; it’s something you take part in and you witness.” – Louis C.K.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Michael Phelps, a rope, and a lifejacket

 

Sarah Sugarman

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Year in School: 1st year Masters

Major: Public Health & Environmental Science

Hometown: Fuquay-Varina, NC

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Tacos

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Backpacking across South America

Favorite Quote: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Emerson

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A sketchbook and pen, mac n cheese, and friends to laugh with

 

Reyna Fa-Kaji

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Latin American Studies

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Peanut Butter

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Denali national park to climb Mount McKinley and see the aurora borealis

Favorite Quote: Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Ellen DeGeneres, Louis C.K. and probably some peanut butter

 

Spencer Nichols

Year in School: Senior

Major: International Relations & Environmental Studies

Hometown: Moraga, California

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Black Bean Chili

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Yosemite

Favorite Quote: The truth is, most of us discover where we are heading when we arrive – Calvin and Hobbes

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Sunglasses, a hammock and my dog

 

Danny Beckerman

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Year in School: Junior

Major: Management & Political Science

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: Pancakes with just about anything in them

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Backpacking all around New Zealand

Favorite Quote: My two biggest inspirations are George Washington and Sarah Haensly – Sarah Haensly

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Ron Swanson and an ukulele or guitar

 

Taylor Selembo

Year in School: Junior

Major: Public Health/International Development

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Rock Climbing

Favorite Camp Food: S’mores

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Grand Tetons

Favorite Quote: I sit before flowers hoping they will train me in the art of opening up. I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go. I know nothing, but I am here to learn. – Shane Koyczan

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: My journal (and a pen) and my uke

 

Anna Yates

Year in School: Junior

Major: Environmental Studies/International Development

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Rock Climbing

Favorite Camp Food: Anything with coconut

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: The American Southwest or the Fjords in Norway

Favorite Quote: Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage, slide, slide, who ride, ain’t no valley low enough for mountain high – Coolio

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: My dog, a lot of bread, and even more sunscreen. Also some friends!

 

Claire Willis

Year in School: Junior

Major: Environmental Biology

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Kayaking and Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Pancakes

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Denali National Park

Favorite Quote: You miss 100% of the shots you never take -Wayne Gretzky – Michael Scott

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A knife, a field guide, a water filter, and Jamie Lee Curtis (circa 2003)

 

Sara Schlesinger

Year in School: Junior

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Scuba Diving

Favorite Camp Food: Pizza

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Darwin’s Arch — Galapagos, Ecuador

Favorite Quote: D’oh – Homer Simpson

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A book, a knife, and a Nalgene

 

Alyssa Bialek

Year in School: Junior

Major: Public Health & Environmental Biology

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Snorkeling

Favorite Camp Food: Veggie Pizza

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Backpacking in Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights

Favorite Quote: “Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering” ― Ida Scott Taylor McKinney

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: My ukulele and Bear Grylls

 

Michael Lowe

Year in School: Junior

Major: Finance and Economics, Energy Specialization

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Snowboarding

Favorite Camp Food: Peanut butter and anything

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Norwegian Fjords or the Rockies

Favorite Quote: “The quieter you become, the more you can hear” ― Ram Dass

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A hammock, kindle, sunscreen, and friends

 

Amit Perlin

Year in School: Junior

Major: Neuroscience and Philosophy

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking and Swimming

Favorite Camp Food: Burrito Bar

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Croatian National Parks

Favorite Quote: “The meeting of two eternities, the past and future…is precisely the present moment” ― Henry David Thoreau

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Friends, Family, and a ball

 

David Bar-Or

Year in School: Junior

Major: Engineering Physics

Hometown: Van Nuys, CA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Rock Climbing

Favorite Camp Food: S’moooooooresss!

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Yosemite National Park

Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” ― Albert Einstein

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

John Alexander

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Environmental Studies, Sociology

Hometown: Waco, TX

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Canoeing and Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Hudson Bay Bread

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Canoeing through the Canadian boundary waters

Favorite Quote: “Silence is not only golden, it is seldom misquoted” ― Bob Monkhouse

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A volleyball and some FedEx boxes

 

Helen Weierbach

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Dance, Mathematics

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: Veggie Stir Fry

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Favorite Quote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” ― Henry David Thoreau

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A frisbee, a friend, and the Harry Potter series

 

Anna Gimilaro

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Political Economy & Spanish

Hometown: Westborough, MA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: make your own tacos

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Iceland

Favorite Quote: “The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma” ― Patrick Star

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A journal, every season of The Office, and some good friends

 

Olivia Noss

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: Studio Art/Psychology

Hometown: Washington, D.C

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: Cheese Bagels!

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: To surf the Te Paki Sand Dunes in New Zealand

Favorite Quote: “You’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore” ― Jack Black

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A pocket knife and Alastair Humphreys

 

Dylan Blaskey

Year in School: All Done

Major: B.S. Biosystems and Bioproducts Engineering

Hometown: Middleton, WI

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Canoe Camping

Favorite Camp Food: Pudgie Pies

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Canoeing in Quetico Provincial Park

Favorite Quote: “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure” – Albus Dumbledore

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A boat to get home

Coming Soon

Eric Bianco

Sara Widmann

Become an Outdoor Leader

Outdoor Adventures has many excellent opportunities for Tulane University students as both participants and leaders within our outdoor trip program. All of our trips are led by students who receive life-long leadership and communication skills through outdoor recreation trainings and trip leading experiences. Outdoor Adventures encourages friendly and responsible students who maintain an active interest in the outdoor adventure recreation to apply for a position.  These individuals should possess a solid background in outdoor adventure and display strong leadership qualities. Trip Leaders act as drivers, risk managers, skill instructors, educators, and guides alongside and independent of the Assistant Director of Outdoor Adventures.

Required knowledge, skills, values, and competencies.

  • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, and must meet Tulane University Motor Vehicle Policy criteria to become an authorized driver of University vehicles.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills.
  • Must have at least 3 full semesters left at Tulane at the time of hiring.
  • Must have respect for nature and maintaining the pristine qualities of wild places.
  • Current CPR and First Aid or willingness to achieve certification.
  • Must possess a mindset of perpetual learning and value continuing education.
  • Enough free weekends during the semester and/or summer to attend required staff trainings and work multiple weekend trips.

Preferred knowledge, skills, values, and competencies.

  • Personal alignment with Leave No Trace values.  Live, behave, and teach these principles throughout your daily life.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Documented leadership experience.
  • Experience managing group logistics involving food, travel, outdoor activities, or related fields.
  • Personal or institutional experience in outdoor adventure activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, caving, mountain biking, etc.

Outdoor Adventures holds interviews when positions are available during the end of each semester. Fill out the Trip Leader Application below and contact the Assistant Director of Outdoor Recreation for more information. All applicants are required to attend the Trip Leader Training Trip at the beginning of the semester as well as other periodic trainings and events.

Outdoor Leader Application

Important Dates:

Application Deadline:  Position is currently full, but applications are still accepted

Outdoor Leader Interview Dates:  Rolling basis

Outdoor Leader Course: Spring Semester, Fridays from 1-4 pm

After an initial interview, you will be asked to attend the Outdoor Leader Course. To be considered for hiring, you must complete this entire course. Final hiring decisions will be made from the course participants at the end of March. Please email dblaskey@tulane.edu for questions regarding student employment or to submit an application.