Shannon's first forays around the Columbia Gorge in her dad's backpack proved to be formative, because she's been at it ever since. She grew up nearby in Portland, Oregon and spent her summers hiking and wrangling horses for Ekone Ranch in eastern Washington, where she learned to love the taste of dirt and getting tired in that particular way that happens after long days in the sun. She holds a bachelor's degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, where she worked for the school's Outdoor Program as a rock climbing guide. Since then, she has hiked the 2,770-mile Pacific Crest Trail and taught ecology at the New York Botanical Garden and The Ecology School in Maine. Shannon believes in the power of paying attention and in telling stories. She is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and in CPR/First Aid.
Born in New York City, Olivia studied literature and languages at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and spent her post-grad years working on farms and exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. She has taught agriculture, outdoor-education, plant science and youth-leadership at Ekone Ranch, The Catlin Gabel School, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. When she’s not teaching kids outside, Olivia is a writer and editor, pursuing topics such as land, food, geographical boundaries and cultural difference. Olivia thinks having fun is a radical act and believes that you can play harder the more attentive you are to the world around you. Olivia loves exploring landscapes, both familiar and new to her, as a visitor in lands already richly inhabited with people, animals, plants and tradition. Olivia is a licensed Wilderness EMT and is certified in CPR/First Aid.
Katy’s childhood days were spent trying to keep up with her dad on long hikes and trail runs in northern New Mexico. Exposure to the ultra running community taught her to embrace awe, rather than fear, as a way of being in the wilderness. She now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado were she studies philosophy and sociology and Colorado State University with a focus on healing aspects of spending time in the wilderness. Katy believes that we need the wilderness to show us how to live peacefully and authentically. She spends her summers guiding backpacking trips in the San Juan Mountains and works at the CSU outdoor program leading climbing trips on rock and ice. Katy is a licensed Wilderness EMT and is certified in CPR/First Aid.