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    backpacker with riverBorn and raised amongst the corn and soybeans of Central Illinois, Katrina has longed for adventure most of her life. She just wasn’t quite sure where to find it. Growing up, her family went on many vacations to northern Minnesota and parts of Ontario, Canada to satisfy her dad’s need to fish for Northern Pike. During those vacations, she would spend much of her time indoors. And it is for this reason Katrina’s family was shocked when she declared her love of the outdoors in college and decided to major in Outdoor Recreation!

    While in college in southern Illinois, Katrina was exposed to her first adventures in rock climbing, hiking, backpacking and flatwater paddling. It was there she met Tim Sellman who brought her to McCarthy, AK in the summer of 2019. 

    hiker with cliffs and oceanFrom there, it was love at first sight for Katrina and the Wrangells. In the Kennicott Valley, Katrina continued to expand her list of firsts. First time living in the mountains: Check! First time ice climbing: Check! First time on a glacier: Check! First time in an ice cave: Check! Not only all that, but Katrina fell in love with personalizing the experience of groups to match their goals and dreams. And as an experiential educator, it is only by nature that Katrina pushes her clients a little to help them reach that next breathtaking view! 

    Not lucky enough to experience Katrina on the glacier or during a mill tour? No worries! Chances are she’ll help you check in at our Kennecott Office!

    During her time off in McCarthy, Katrina can usually be found baking muffins at the Powerhouse, tinkering (albeit not well) on some woodworking projects, or exploring the Kennicott Valley.


    • Hometown: Carbondale, IL
    • Education: Working on a dual degree Master’s in Recreation and Curriculum & Instruction
    • Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, Level 1 Swiftwater Rescue
    • Favorite Wrangell Adventure: Exploring the Tana Glacier to get view of the Bagley Icefield.
    • Best Wrangell Memory: Falling into Hidden Creek during my first backcountry trip. It was cold and miserable, but it was memorable – Type II Fun for sure!

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    tim sellman on summitStream Crossing in Winter