Outdoor Center Staff
Isabella Jones - Marketing & Resources
Hey! I'm Isabella and I am a junior pursuing a business management major and minors in communication studies and environmental studies. I grew up in the Bay Area, California, but I am also a duel citizen in Sweden, which has cultivated my passion for traveling and experiencing other cultures. The outdoors are what bring me peace and joy, whether it's watching the sunset with friends, backpacking, skiing, swimming, biking, or trying something new. My goal is to get more people involved with the OC this year, as I believe the best memories are made outside laughing and adventuring. I love learning and making new friends, so if you see me around or have ideas for the OC don't be shy & I'll be happy to chat or get out! Cheers :)
Emily Schauble - Excursions & Trip Leader
Hi! My name is Emily and I’m one of the Excursions Coordinators for this year. I’m a duel citizen of Canada and the United States, ain’t life neat eh? My favourite condiment is Mama Lil’s peppers. If it’s got spice, I think it’s nice. I study Environmental Education/Environmental Science and am just a hair away from graduating! You can find me jumping in the bay in the middle of the winter. I’m super passionate about challenging the idea of what outdoor recreation means, and creating trips that align with the needs of our campus community. Feel free to come upstairs and say hi anytime, I’m always happy to chat with you! Ps – did you know that you can create your own excursion through us?
Vivien McNett - Excursions Assistant & Trip Leader
My name is Vivien McNett and I will be the Assistant Excursions Coordinator this year. This is my third year at western as a Geology major, besides studying the amazing rocks here in Washington I also enjoy climbing up them. My other outdoor passions include mountaineering, mountain biking, backpacking, and sea kayaking. I also enjoy playing the flute, jumping into the bay and petting dogs. I’ve been working at the outdoor center for the past year as a trip leader leading WOOT backpacking and sea kayaking trips and well as backpacking excursions through the year. I’m excited to take a larger role in the Outdoor Center as a coordinator and focus on designing trips that inspire a love for the outdoors while reaching out to underrepresented groups in outdoor recreation. I’m looking forward to this position, come upstairs and say hi anytime!
Iva Reckling - Challenege Course & Trip Leader
My love for the outdoors began with family trips down to Winter Park, Colorado for skiing and exploring. In this environment, I immediately gained a deep appreciation for the mountains and knew that they would be a life-long source of inspiration and adventure. Through my travels around the country and internationally, the outdoors has always had an intense draw for me, sparking my interest in Environmental Science and Recreation, which have become my majors at Western. In the future, I hope to work in Wilderness Therapy. My main outdoor passion is skiing, but I’m all about anything that gets me stoked. As a lover of nature and science, working as a trip leader is the perfect opportunity for me to share the stoke with others in a fun and meaningful way. Looking forward to seeing you all out there!
Anselmo Cristobal - Challenge Course Admin
I’m Anselmo Cristobal and this will be my 2nd year as the Administrative Coordinator for the Challenge Program! I'm going into my 3rd year at Western, my major is Human Services and I have a double minor in Spanish and Leadership Studies. I was born in Huehuetenango, Guatemala but I’ve lived in Whatcom County since I was 6. I've been a facilitator for the Challenge Program for longer than I've been a student at Western and it's been an amazing experience. I love being able to help people grow as individuals and with their groups all while knowing that they belong outdoors and exercising our resources because they're truly for everyone to use. I'm honored to be able to serve our community and provide the opportunity for everyone to feel that Outdoor Recreation is something for them, challenge themselves and get outside!
Justin Escobedo - Equipment & Bike Shop and Trip Leader
Hey! My name is Justin or Budro depending on who you ask! I am a desert rat who finds home in water. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Rio Grande river basin has no rival in my heart. I have been whitewater kayaking and rafting for going on four years now, and have enjoyed other aspects of the outdoors for pretty much my whole life. Recently, I have started climbing and downhill skiing which are super fun, but still can’t keep me away from whitewater. When given the choice between playing with forms of water or not, 9 times out of 10 ill go for the water! I am incredibly stoked to share the multitudes of ways to enjoy being outside! Outdoor recreation has improved my quality of life more than I could have ever comprehended when I first went on my first backcountry camping trip in the sixth grade. I hope to see ya outside or at the Outdoor Center! Come say ‘Hey’ any time!
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds” This is my first year with Westerns Outdoor center and I’m super excited to be on board! Currently I work as a lifeguard in my hometown and am an Environmental Science pre-major. I’ve spent the majority of my time recently climbing, but I have a strong background in multi day trip canoeing, backpacking, and alpine climbing. I also spend a bit of time slack lining and swimming distance in the sound and Lake Whatcom on sunny days. I’m always down for trying anything and meeting new people. Ill carry an Arizona tea to the top of anything. Let’s go get stoked.
Hi! My name is Kayla! I am a junior at Western Washington University studying both Outdoor Recreation and Psychology. I believe in the mental and physical health benefits that outdoor recreation provide and plan to dedicate my life toward creating outdoor therapeutic experiences for all people. I have been leading Outdoor Center excursions for 2 years now and absolutely love it. I have learned and grown so much in the job. The Outdoor Center has helped develop my outdoor skills as well as cultivated a range of interpersonal skills. When I am not playing outside for my job, I am doing similar activities in my free time. Some of my favorite things to do are skiing powder at Mount Baker, mountain biking Galbraith Mountain, rafting Washington white water, trekking through the Cascades, kayaking in the San Juan Islands, swimming in Lake Whatcom, just laying in the sun, or dancing in the rain. I am passionate about traveling, painting and learning as much as I possibly can. I love hot tubs and stargazing (ideally together). I find the richness of life outside and am so grateful to share that joy with others.
Hello! My name is Elise. My love for the outdoors began very early in life when my parents would bribe me with m&m’s to ski just a few more turns or hike just a little bit more. Since then I have loved exploring the outdoors and all it has to offer. I am an Early Childhood and Elementary Education major with a love for outdoor education and recreation. In the future, I plan to work closely with young children to cultivate a love and respect for our beautiful world. I believe wholeheartedly in giving all people the chance to experience the world around them and to build safety skills, self-confidence, and a relationship with nature. My passion lies in providing these opportunities and building these skills. Come and see what being outside (and eating m&m’s) can do for you!
By the end of each day I hope to have blisters on my palms, heightened environmental awareness, and a fire of tenacity crackling through my veins. I first became interested in the outdoors while working for a small horse camp located in the center of the Cascade Mountains. There I was provided with a deep understanding of how to operate on my toes in the wilderness. There is nothing I enjoy more than providing a safe and memorable experience to those who are thirsty for an outdoor adventure. I strive to use my major in environmental education to spread a sustainable outlook. Come see what were all about, get your hands dirty, gain new skills, make new friends, put yourself out there!! You will not regret it.
When it comes to spending time in the outdoors, I love to be able to express my excitement for how beautiful my surroundings are. Having the opportunity to share and express my excitement for how outstanding it is to be surrounded by beautiful landscapes is the exhilarating feeling that keeps bringing me back for more. My name is Katy and I am from Jackson, Wyoming. This is my first year as a trip leader for Western’s Outdoor Center and I am so excited to be a part of such an inspiring and lively team of people! I was lucky to grow up with Grand Teton National Park as my backyard which sparked my love for the outdoors and participating in outdoor recreation as a young age. What I love most about mountaineering is being able to push myself out of my comfort zone and growing as a person while getting to strengthen the connections between my peers.
As a kid, my parents had to bribe my brother and I to go on adventures, by promising us M&M’s for every switchback of the trail we hiked. They had us leaping across streams and scrambling on cliff edges as soon as our legs could carry us. The bribery clearly was effective, because over time I developed a deep love for adventuring and for the outdoors. Nowadays I take every chance I can get to go exploring, from backpacking on a volcano in Kauai’i to walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. More locally, I love kayaking in the Bellingham Bay, snowshoeing around Mt. Baker, or rafting on the Wenatchee.
Growing up on a small island in the San Juans and spending the majority of my time outdoors, I soon realized the influential impact the outdoors can have on myself and my peers. White water rafting in the Grand Canyon with students my age who were blind or visually impaired initially sparked my passion for recreational therapy. I am currently working towards my degree in this field at Western Washington University. My ultimate goal is to use recreation as a form of therapy and empowerment for youth with disabilities. This is my first year at the outdoor center and I can’t wait to embark on this new experience. Let’s get adventuring!
Summer is a senior at Western majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Leadership Studies. Born in Eastern Washington, Summer has grown up with a love for sunshine and a passion for service. A common question that people ask her is: What is your favorite season? Although you might think she’d say summer, it’s actually spring because of all the bright and beautiful things that come to life when the sun comes out. In her free time, she can often be found making pies or riding her bike. She likes to support people and make them feel welcome so if you ever see her around campus, please be sure to say hello!
Howdy fellow adventure seekers! How are you? How am I? I’m good. I’m excited. I am STOKED to get outside and share my passion for the outdoors with you all! I have been hiking, camping, and skiing since I can remember and rock climbing since I was thirteen. All these things have come together to create a deeply imbedded appreciation for natural landscapes and our ability to interact with them. My favorite thing to do outside is combine all of the skills I’ve gained from each field of recreation and put them towards one or multiple objectives. This is my first year working as a trip leader and I cannot wait teach what I know and learn what I don’t, all while building rich relationships and creating radical memories... care to join?
My name is Gus Wimberger and I’m currently a sophomore at Western. I’ve been frolicking in meadows ever since my parents thought I was too unruly to remain indoors. Born in raised in a lovely city called Tacoma, Washington, I was fortunate to live near the Puget Sound and many trees and mountains and rivers. Getting outside romping, bumbling, splashing, and fumbling are some of my favorite ways to get out to challenge myself, relax, and get dirty! The awesome feeling of playing outside is why I love to work for the Outdoor Center, because I get to share that all with you. If you are into challenges, friends, and feeling good, the Outdoor Center is in your neighborhood!
Hello! I’m Lucy and I am just finishing my freshman year here at Western. I am so psyched to join the Outdoor Center team as a Trip Leader this year, especially because of the incredible experience I had with WOOT as an incoming freshman. I grew up in the mountains a little bit outside of Boulder, Colorado and I have been playing outside ever since. My favorite things to do outside are skiing, Ultimate Frisbee, backpacking and hammocking to name a few. I am an undecided major, but a couple of the majors I’m deciding between are Environmental Education or Psychology. I’m also planning on minoring in Spanish, and if I could have any superpower, it would be to speak and understand all the languages in the world.
As a freshman, WOOT! was my first introduction to the sport of backpacking, the state of Washington, and the people that would become some of my closest friends. The outdoors, however, have always been a big part of my life. My parents put a fishing pole in my hands before I could walk and by the time I was in high school I was guiding fishing trips in Alaska. I developed a passion for introducing others to the world of outdoor recreation because I was able to see first-hand its power to foster connection, increase self-confidence, and improve physical and mental health. When I am not fishing I enjoy mountain biking, vertical caving, and, as of this year, snow sports. I can’t wait to spend the week getting to know each of you, eating delicious concoctions, and adventuring through the woods together!
WOOT WOOT! I am a very passionate and excited person! My biggest passions are the outdoors, food and people! I truly fell in love with the outdoors on my first backpacking trip several years ago. I have loved people and food all my life. I really enjoy trying new things outdoors. My favorite quote is by John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” I love how each person gains something, whether it’s new skills, sense of accomplishment, friendships or simply the cool pictures from an outdoor experience. I can’t wait to laugh, eat food and indulge in exciting outdoor trips with you!
Hey, I’m Ana! Being a part of the OC is one of my favorite parts of being at Western! I’m studying Outdoor Recreation along with psych in hopes of being able to share my passion forthe outdoors with all kinds of people. I’m a strong believer in the strong mental, social and physical benefits of doing things outdoors and in the wilderness. I grew up playing in the land ofa billion mosquitos and endless sunlight (or wintertime darkness) in Anchorage, Alaska. Some of my favorite things to do include riding my bicycle on various surfaces, finding new powder to ski, jumping into bodies of water, climbing some rock/trees, sewing random articles and creating really mediocre pottery pieces. I’m stoked to continue to develop my interpersonal and technicalskills through leading trips and making friends at the Outdoor Center and to keep exploring the good ol’ Pacific Northwest and woooorld..
Why are mountains funny? Because there hill-areas!
I don’t really remember a time when I first became interested in the outdoors, I think it was a steadily realized appreciation. My parents would drag us outside on a walk or a hike -- rain or shine. Me and my two siblings would complain for hours and then have the most magnificent time once we forgot that we were supposed to keep complaining. Once life got busy and we didn’t go on as many walks as a family, I became more conscious of actively pursuing time outside myself. Going outside has become my reset button, you go into the woods one person and come out with a whole lot of B.O. and a fresh start.
I am lucky to be enjoying my second year of fun, connection, growth and trail spice. As a trip leader, it’s a gift to partake in a group of strangers creating meaningful relationships and a new beginning. Through the two years I've been lucky to received my Wilderness First Aid and AIARE I certifications as well as training in backpacking skills, sea kayaking and campus resources.
As for me, I am a proud older sister of two siblings, a member of the Western Women's Ultimate Team, I enjoy cooking and eating, doing art, and spending time with those I love. I want to be a paramedic/ firefighter and possibly a teacher.
Whether it’s your first adventure or you’re a seasoned mountaineer, I encourage all to sign up for a trip, as someone who has benefitted time and time again from going on WOOT my freshman year, I could not recommend it more.
Hello! My name is Jenny Harding and I am entering my junior year at Western. I’m studying psychology and philosophy. I love being outside and staying active, I’m especially into hiking, running, anything water-related, yoga and laying out in the sunshine!
I’m on the frisbee team at Western, which I highly recommend to anyone trying to get involved on campus. I spent last fall working on a farm in Hawaii, and since then I’ve been pretty interested in learning more about farming and living more sustainably. I just got a plot at the Outback farm on campus where I’m super excited to start growing veggies! I also love dogs, and I volunteer at the Whatcom Humane Society in my free time. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week!
I’m stoked to be a new trip leader for the Outdoor Center and I can't wait to meet you all!
An outdoor recreation major, I love adventuring in the outdoors. When I’m not adventuring on the river or in the mountains, I enjoy reading books, petting dogs, and consuming copious amounts of food. My favorite type of food is anything that combines carbs, cheese and butter. It is my belief that those three ingredients could never fail to create deliciousness whether in the form of pizza, grilled cheese, quesadillas, or mac n’ cheese. Similarly, I feel there are three ingredients in creating the perfect adventure as well: fun, safety, and food. My goal for any trip is to make sure we have fun, make safe choices and create a safe environment and eat good food. And I look forward to bringing all those elements to the trips that I get to share with y’all.
Hey! My name is Amelia! I am a sophomore studying environmentalism and sustainability. I have always enjoyed the outdoors but my love and passion to be outside has truly elevated since being at Western. My greatest advice is to keep saying yes and trying a ton of new things! I want everyone to find their own unique passion for the outdoors and to do what they love! Recently I’ve been super into rock climbing and backpacking. I also love laughing and goofing around with others and I’ve found that the best places to do that are in the backcountry! I look forward to getting to know you and enjoying the the wonders of the outdoors together!
Hey all! My name is Ben Crandall and I just finished my first year at Western. This is my first year leading trips with the OC and I am super stoked to be able to explore the outdoors with you! Before college, I spent two years traveling and working around the world. After many miles under my feet, countless adventures and traipsing across four continents, I found myself in Bellingham and I’m hooked! My love for the outdoors started when my dad would take little-me on camping trips down in Arches and Moab and has continued throughout my entire life. Some things about me: I am a divemaster and love the ocean, I cook with a passion (expect delicious backcountry feasts!), and stargazing in the wilderness is a must. Add the word “adventure” to anything and I’m up for it!
Heyo! My name is Alice! This will be my first-year leading trips with the Outdoor Center and I couldn’t be more stoked! A little bit about me is I am a Junior studying Community Health. I can eat an entire watermelon in one sitting and sing all the lyrics to Mama Mia. I swear by the motivating power of gummy worms as they were used by my parents to get me outdoors. My love of the outdoors began on ski trails in my hometown of Anchorage Alaska and has brought me to the mountains and beautiful coastlines of Bellingham. My hope for everyone on WOOT is that you gain a supportive community with your fellow WOOT-lets that you can rely on going into freshman year. See ya on the trail!
My ideal adventure: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and I are climbing El Capitan. Nearly to the top, when our energy is waning and we don't think we can go any further, the spirit of John Muir comes to us flying on the back of a giant eagle á la Lord of the Rings and urges us on with some moving words. Inspired, we find the strength to get to the top, where Bob Ross appears in the sky like Mufasa's ghost to paint our sunset. That's the dream.
Until I can get to that point though, I like to spend my free time climbing, hiking, and doing your typical nerd things. I'm an anthropology/biology major, a member of Western's climbing team, a mochi enthusiast, and I'm so psyched to adventure with you!
Hi! I’m Owen! I’m a sophomore at Western studying the relationships between health, farming and the outdoors, what ever that means. I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and my parents had us out skiing, rafting, backpacking in the Poudre Canyon since before I could remember. This is my first year with the Outdoor Center and I’m so excited to be part of this awesome community. WOOT was one of the most impactful things that happened during my first year at school. I’m now living with two friends that I met on WOOT! I love running, jumping, and slipin’ and a slidin’ on snow, dirt, water and rock. I think that time spent in mountains, deserts, prairies, rivers and forests are times of growth, connection, mud, laughs, and relaxation. If you are interested in any of those things, come and join us at the Outdoor Center! As you can see in the picture above, we take ourselves very, very seriously.
I’m Owen, and my passion for the outdoors began with an unexpected thought on a mountaintop. It happened while staring into the horizon, sinking into the blissful afternoon heat and the soothing summer breeze. I suddenly realized I’d simply never felt as happy and fulfilled as I did right then, in that moment. Its moments like that which continue inspiring me to pursue a career in wilderness therapy, to share with others the healing that nature can give. I also go on trips of my own whenever I can, and with each new adventure I watch those around me grow and thrive in profound ways that I don’t think can be found elsewhere. The natural world brings out the best in us and getting out there is a perfect opportunity to discover what it could bring out in you!
When I was a young child, it was discovered that I couldn’t functionally catch or throw anything. Ball sports were off the table, thankfully, so I grew up rock and ice climbing, skiing, hiking, running, and camping with family and friends in my home state of Colorado. I’ve been instructing rock climbing at various gyms for five years, and I’m currently a student at WWU with special interests in climbing, skiing, learning and teaching. I’ll always sacrifice space in a backpack for books and portable art supplies, I think every song would be better if it had a little banjo in it, and if I had to choose between only drinking water or coffee for the rest of my life, I would very unwisely choose coffee.
I have had a passion for being outside since I was a little kid, climbing trees, sleeping in a tent in the backyard, and running around in the woods. Not much has changed except that my outdoor playground includes more than just the woods behind my house. You'll find me outside more often than inside, climbing in the North Cascades, rafting the local rivers, sea kayaking in the San Juan’s, or just hammocking by the river. Being outdoors, for me, is more than just being surrounded by the beauty of mother earth though, I challenge myself there, build stronger friendships, and strive to create a space for learning, and empowering yourself. I am a senior studying Outdoor Recreation here at Western and am working to foster a stewardship for the outdoor recreation spaces we use through education and by spreading a passion for the sports possible there.