Austin spent 5 years abroad volunteering, teaching English, learning Italian, and sailing. After a few years of guiding trips seasonally and internationally, experiencing both the healing power of the wilderness and the community of the outdoor industry, she wanted more than just 2-week trips. She received several recommendations for Open Sky and joined our team in October 2015.
As a senior guide, Austin valued teamwork - giving roles and purpose in daily tasks, drawing from individual gifts and giving each person the space to be their best. She also enjoyed the light-hearted moments of laughter, fun, and crafts in the field. Field guiding taught her to be a consistent learner, growing from each person and shift she worked. She now supports students and their families as a Family Service Wilderness Guide on Family Quests™ and continues to be inspired by her team, the students, and their families.
When not working in the field, Austin enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and playing outside. With a strong value of family, she makes sure she spends intentional quality time with her loved ones.