Why did you come to Yosemite?
My first season in Yosemite I spent as an intern for Yosemite National Park, talking to visitors about Giant Sequoia Trees and working in the Ranger Station. I loved it so much that I have come back for two more seasons now! Yosemite also inspired me to study geology in college and I keep coming back for those glacial troughs and polished granodiorites!
What are your hobbies?
I love alpine skiing, hiking, backpacking, looking at rocks!
Favorite hike/trail here in Yosemite?
The Young Lakes Trail up in Yosemite’s High Country is one my favorites because it was my first ever solo backpacking trip. That hike proved to me that I was a capable outdoorswoman even by myself during my first season in the park. Along the way it travels through beautiful alpine meadows, and dense forests, and it ends in a magical chain of three lakes.
What’s your craziest hiking story?
I spent two weeks backpacking in the Adirondacks in New York a few years ago. It was raining and cold for most of the trip and the trails were so wet it was like walking up creeks. One day on the trail I developed moderate (but not severe) hypothermia and I got a little crazy for a bit. I was shivering uncontrollably and a little loopy. After some hot soup and quality time in my zero degree sleeping bag, I was back to normal!
Tell us about your go-to favorite hiking meal/trail snack?
I love dried fruit like mangos and apples for trail snacks. My go-to backpacking dinner is pesto tortellini because it’s super easy to make in a camping stove!
What is your dream vacation?
I would love to backpack through Iceland or Norway because they have amazing views and a lot of cool rocks!