2020

Charlie Barden

Age: 16
Hometown: Jackson Hole, WY
WA Trips Completed: California Explorer, Alaska Southcentral
Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Dream Trip: Kilimanjaro!
To future WA students: “Do it! I promise you won’t regret it.”

Luke Doyle

Age: 16
Hometown: McComb, MS
WA Trips Completed: Grand Teton
Favorite Activity: Climbing
Dream Trip: Yellowstone Wilderness
WA in 3 words: Wild. Unforgettable. BEST thing I’ve ever done!

Claire Findlay

Age: 16
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
WA Trips Completed: Blue Ridge Explorer, California Explorer, Alaska Southcentral
Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Dream Trip: Kilimanjaro
Why WA? WA has changed my life in so many ways. I think that every child deserves a chance to participate in a program like Wilderness Adventures. WA has helped to break me out of my shell when meeting new people and to shape me into a natural leader even outside of my trips. I have been able to travel to amazing places, meet some of the best people, and tried so many new activities that I wouldn’t be able to do at home. My trips with WA are the best part of my year by far and I always look forward to my next adventure.

Theo Frericks

Age: 14
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
WA Trips Completed: Puget Sound Explorer, Alps & Pyrenees
Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Dream Trip: Alaska Southcentral
WA Inspiration: WA has inspired me to be more extroverted and outgoing towards others.

Jaden Hill

Age: 16
Hometown: Leawood, KS
WA Trips Completed: Colorado Explorer, Alaska Southeast, Grand Teton
Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Dream Trip: Yellowstone Wilderness
WA in 3 words: Finally Met Myself

Dana Hopkins

Age: 15
Hometown: Oak Grove, MN
WA Trips Completed: Alaska High Trails
Favorite Activity: Whitewater Rafting
Dream Trip: British Columbia
WA Inspiration: After my WA trip, I’ve just been inspired to do everything and anything that I can. I think back to the events of my trip and I look to the future and think about all the new things I feel I can do.

Tashi Landers-Quinn

Age: 16
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
WA Trips Completed: Grand Teton
Favorite Activity: Mountaineering
Dream Trip: The Great Northwest, Alaska Southcentral
WA Inspiration: WA truly builds great leadership skills and teaches independence.

Jacob Termin

Age: 16
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
WA Trips Completed: Oregon Cascades Explorer, Alaska Southcentral, Grand Teton
Favorite Activity: Backpacking
Dream Trip: Yellowstone Wilderness
Why WA? I would recommend WA to my friends because I would want them to have the same great experiences that I have had. I would want them to feel the same emotions that I did. The fear and discomfort that turns into pride and satisfaction. The feeling of accomplishment when the wind sweeps through your hair at the top of a great ridge. The joy of stepping onto land after kayaking for hours on end. The bittersweet moments of going home and saying bye for the last time to a family that weeks ago were strangers.

Jack Wright

Age: 17
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
WA Trips Completed: Jackson Hole Explorer, British Columbia, High Sierra
Favorite Activity: Sea Kayaking
Dream Trip: Chamonix Zermatt
To future WA students: I was very nervous before my first trip and it turned out to be the best 3 weeks of my life… the activities are the greatest things you’ll ever do and the people going are just like you, that’s why they signed up as well.