Tica loves human-powered adventures and seeks them out in an array of environments and climates. Whether she is rock or ice climbing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, canoeing, or scuba diving, Tica is her happiest and best self when she is outside. Her other passions lie in an array of natural history topics – glaciology, botany, and ichthyology to name a few! The only thing Tica loves more than outdoor recreation and natural history is sharing these things with others. Lucky enough for us, these are great qualities to have in a guide!
Born on an island in the shadow of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Tica’s outdoor-oriented parents lured her outside at an early age and as often as possible. She spent her adolescence romping around and recreating in the mountains, forests, and rivers around the Puget Sound. Coming of age in such a visceral setting, a love for the outdoors and a desire to share it with others was inevitable. This affinity for the outdoors led her to the University of Vermont, where she currently studies environmental studies and economics and guides fellow peers on rock and ice climbing trips.
As a lover of both the outdoors and learning, Tica has taken an unconventional approach to her schooling and has managed to make her way through her higher education spending as little time in a classroom as possible. She has lived, worked, and studied in a long list of far off places, including Washington, Vermont, Hawaii, Botswana, Fiji, New Zealand, and Alaska. Of all of these breathtaking places, she is adamant that Wrangell-St Elias National Park is by far her favorite! And of all the beautiful places Wrangell-St. Elias has to offer, Skolai Pass tops the list!