Erik and Julie Anderson

Born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Erik grew up enjoying the bountiful beauty of rural northern Minnesota. Having watched deer, fox and occasional bear and wolf crossing through his backyard helped instill an appreciation and strong desire of getting out and enjoying the wonderful outdoors. Erik relocated to Washington state after a stint in the United States Marine Corps, which only furthered his longing to explore the natural wonders of the great Pacific Northwest. Paired with his wife Julie, (also a Minnesota native) the two have become avid adventurers, searching out new and exciting ways to incorporate conservation principles, which will help to ensure the preservation of our pristine wilderness for present and future generations to enjoy as much as they have. Erik is a current CPR and AED instructor for the Professional Rescuer, Emergency Oxygen Administration and Blood Borne Pathogens instructor as well as a Remote Wilderness First Aid instructor.

Kim Hood

Kim should be in his nineties given the amount of experience he has. He’s the climber we all dream of being when we grow up. His accomplishments include summits on all seven continents, two unnamed peaks in Antarctica, 14 Mount Rainier summits, Denali (three expeditions), the Sahara Desert, Monch (Switzerland) and Aconcaqua (Argentina) – and this doesn’t even cover half. Besides the busy, ‘normal’ activities of being happily married with a 16 year old daughter, Kim enjoys taking advantage of every opportunity he can to grow, learn, & experience life. Whether he’s in the back country skiing, deep underwater scuba diving, or falling from a plane skydiving, you’ll find him smiling… and you’ll wonder what other Adventures he’s dreaming up. And with degrees in fine art (painting), education, & philosophy, the best part is that Kim not only lives the Adventure for himself, he also enjoys sharing the Adventure with others.

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Bill McKee

Bill is a Pacific Northwest native.  Growing up in the area, he spent a lot of time in the outdoors with his family, much of it while on backpacking trips in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.  He still gets out on the occasional backpacking trip, but these days his main passion is rock climbing.  He regularly climbs at many of the local areas including Exit 32/38, Mt. Erie, and Vantage, and has had the opportunity to get out to some popular spots around the country such as Smith Rocks, OR; Looking Glass Rock, NC; Red River Gorge, KY; and Seneca Rocks, WV.  With a background in adventure education, Bill enjoys helping others experience the outdoors in a learning-by-doing capacity. He also enjoys biking, skiing, paddling and mountaineering when the opportunities present themselves.  One interesting fact about Bill ---- he has visited all 50 states!


Mary  Juliano

Mary doesn’t ease into things, she jumps. Over 10 years ago, Mary went on her first backpacking trip: 200 miles on Montana’s Continental Divide trail. (Don’t worry, none of our entry level Adventures are quite so long!) Since then, although Mary goes through withdraw if she can’t squeeze in a 100 to 200 mile solo backpacking trip every now and then, she enjoys tempering her long-distance back country addiction by sharing her insight, enthusiasm, and stories with folks on more ‘reasonable’ Adventures. Along with her hiking, Mary will also take off and climb any mountain that looks at her funny and has been known to do a few international backpacking trips as well... however, she’s not quite sure if one of those trips -- being evacuated by raft on a flooded trip in Patagonia -- should count...but, whether it counts or not, it sure sounds like a great Adventure story!

   Liz Riggs
Liz originally hails from the Midwest and migrated to the great Pacific Northwest a decade ago to design airplanes.  Once here, she discovered that all the talk of rain was just a cover up for the amazing mountains, greenery, skiing, hiking, paddling and climbing to be enjoyed throughout the year.  Now, when not designing airplanes, she can be found climbing up and skiing down the many mountains of Washington's Cascades; or trying to identify the latest plant she has found. She has enjoyed hiking and climbing all over the world, including a seven week backpacking trip in South Korea as well as numerous long hikes through New Zealand and Great Britain. 

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