TRIP LEADERS

Outdoor Adventures Staff Bios

Sarah Haensly shaensly@tulane.edu

Year in School: Senior

Major: Economics & Latin American studies

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Quesadillas

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: I would like to do a road trip of all the big national parks

Favorite Quote: “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” – Henry David Thoreau

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: My mom because she is good at everything. Maybe a pizza too.

 

Cat Sales csales1@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Public Health & Art History

Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking

Favorite Camp Food: Choco Tacos

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Backpacking the Torres del Paine circuit in Chile

Favorite Quote: “Why the hell not?”

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Mr. Bean, a hammock, and a pack of honey mustard pretzels

 

Garrett Atkins gatkins@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

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 – ssugarm@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

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

 

Ruger Pearson – rpearso@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

Major: History

Hometown: Sonora, CA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Mountaineering

Favorite Camp Food: Fresh-caught trout

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: The High Sierras

Favorite Quote: “You can’t fall off a mountain” – Jack Kerouac

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: Survival knife!

 

Courtney Barnwell cbarnwel@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Finance & Masters of Accounting

Hometown: Lake Forest, IL

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Backpacking, Scuba Diving

Favorite Camp Food: Dutch oven apple crisp

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Patagonia

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A hammock and bug spray

 

Mike Mahoney mmahone@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hometown: Riverside, IL

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Paddling and hiking

Favorite Camp Food: Sweet potato black bean chili

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: I would love to paddle the Boundary Waters!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A field guide to desert islands, binoculars, and a snorkel goggle combo!

Favorite Quote: “All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish.” -Aldo Leopold

 

Riley Mort rmort@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Senior

Major: Philosophy & Asian Studies

Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Canyoneering

Favorite Camp Food: Peanut Butter

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Southeast Asia

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” Carl Jung

 

 

Stephanie Eyre seyre@tulane.edu

Year in School: Senior

Major: Public Health and International Developement

Hometown: Los Altos, CA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Tie between backpacking and skiing

Favorite Camp Food: S’mores!!!

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro

Favorite Quote: The mountains are calling and I must go – John Muir

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: All 7 Harry Potters, a knife, and my dog

 

Reyna Fa-Kaji reyfakaji@gmail.com

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Year in School: Junior

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 snichol2@tulane.edu

Year in School: Junior

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 dbeckerm@tulane.edu

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Year in School: Sophomore

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 tselembo@tulane.edu

Year in School: Sophomore

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 Yatesayates1@tulane.edu

Year in School: Sophomore

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 Williscwillis2@tulane.edu

Year in School: Sophomore

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)

 

Talon Hadfieldthadfiel@tulane.edu

Year in School: Sophomore

Major: English

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

Favorite Outdoor Activity: Bouldering

Favorite Camp Food: Beans and Salsa strait from the can

Ideal Outdoor Adventure Trip Destination: Canoe trip around the Catalina Island perimeter

Favorite Quote: For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge for me is to traverse its full length. And there I travel — looking, looking breathlessly – Carlos Castaneda

If you were stranded on a desert island, what/who would you bring with you: A library, a knife, a notebook and Megan Fox

 

Sara Schlesingersschlesi@tulane.edu

Year in School: Sophomore

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

 

Dylan Blaskey dblaskey@tulane.edu

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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

 

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.