Katie first began hiking in the misty Cascade mountains outside Portland Oregon, where she discovered an early love for photography and the outdoors. Never one to shy away from a challenge, it wasn’t long before she set her sights on the peaks that she had stared at for her entire childhood – Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.
Katie’s love of the outdoors eventually drew her towards the Rocky Mountains and she left the West Coast for Colorado to study at Colorado State University. It was there she discovered rock climbing and the awe of 14,000ft summits. Starting with traditional and sport climbing, Katie continued to develop her multi-pitch skills and climbed her first major multi-pitch route to the beautiful backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park.
While many see the outdoors as a hobby, Katie’s commitment was solidified after realizing her passion for teaching wilderness skills at a summer camp in Colorado and later becoming an Outdoor Program trip instructor for Colorado State University. Looking to expand her outdoor repertoire, Katie joined us here as St. Elias Alpine Guides, and soon found herself taking every opportunity to explore the Root Glacier – especially when it involved ice climbing!
Although she’d probably always rather be outdoors, Katie also enjoys juggling (indoor or outdoor), fostering dogs (then trying with all her might not to adopt them), and baking peanut butter cookies that are way too delicious to really be gluten-free!
Katie’s passion for teaching and commitment to sharing the magic of the outdoors is right at home in our guide family!