SarahOperations Manager/Guide

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    A big smile rarely leaves the beaming face of Operations Manager/Lead Guide Sarah. Through wind, rain, or snow, Sarah shares her positive energy and enthusiasm with all who are around her. She’s one of the “multi-tools” on staff, which means she loves to guide EVERYTHING! She can be found exploring the Kennecott Mill building, hiking and climbing out on the Root glacier, leading mountaineering and backpacking trips deep within the Wrangell Mountains backcountry, or rowing a fully-loaded raft down the river. With a master’s degree in engineering, Sarah enjoys the technical aspects of glaciology and the mining/milling processes, so be sure to ask her lots of questions! In the backcountry, her favorite rafting trip is the Copper River, and on foot – the High Pass Odyssey. She enjoys both of these for their varied landscape and rugged mountain views!

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    Hailing from the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, Sarah grew up exploring the country in her family’s pop-up camper. She quickly succumbed to the lure of the Rocky Mountains, and then caught the” Alaska bug” after a summer-long Alaskan road trip in college. Since then, she’s lived in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana, and loves returning to McCarthy for the summer. Her favorite activity is “playing outside,” whether it is skiing, climbing, biking, or any other human-powered activity. When she’s not out exploring, she enjoys board games, ultimate frisbee, pond hockey, and catching up on a good book.

    Highlights

    • – Hometown: Hershey, PA
    • – Athletics: Division 1 Field Hockey at Bucknell University (while obtaining a B.S. in Civil Engineering)
    • – Academics: Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Wyoming
    • – Certifications: AAIRE Avalanche 1 & 2, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Leave No Trace Trainer
    • – Favorite Wrangell Adventures: Traversing Fireweed Mountain (5+ miles of crumbly ridgeline!) and packrafting out the Lakina River & hiking from Skolai to Nizina Lake and then packrafting back to McCarthy
    • – Best (and most miserable) Wrangell Memory: Enduring an overnight bivy at 13,500 feet on University Peak (after summiting hours earlier) by sharing 1 sleeping bag and sleeping pad with her two climbing teammates!
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