Growing up in Long Island, NY, Sarah, and her parents would get away from the city by going on hiking and camping trips out West. Her love for the wilderness, and polar bears, led her to learning all about Alaska for her 5th-grade state project, and from that point on she was hooked.
After graduating high school Sarah left coastal city life behind to attend college at SUNY New Paltz in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains (also known as the Gunks) in upstate New York. While there, she squeezed in as many outdoor activities as she could while earning a degree in Communication Disorders with a focus on American Sign Language (she’s even given a Mill Tour in ASL!). With her time in the Gunks coming to an end, Sarah was ready for bigger mountains. She thought back to the polar bears and knew that Alaska would be the next place she called home, and hasn’t looked back since.
Sarah’s love for the Wrangells and the McCarthy community has kept her coming back summer after summer. Turns out, all that Alaska knowledge she picked up in 5th grade has come in handy when leading tours! And while she leaves NY behind, she just can’t shake the accent. She’ll greet you in our ‘oawffice’ with a smile or make you a mean cup of “cawfee” while out on a trip. And don’t even get her started on the Yankees or Giants!
Her favorite thing to do on the Root Glacier is Ice Climb. We hope you get a chance to join her out on the ice!