Austin has a BA from the University of Nations, where she studied Italian, Sailing, and Religion. After a few years of guiding trips seasonally and internationally, experiencing both the healing power of the wilderness and the community and year-round magic 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—having and 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 and fun in the field. Field guiding taught her to balance organization and plans with adaptability. 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 crafting, listening to podcasts, writing letters, and shooting film and Polaroid pictures. Every few months she tries to travel somewhere she’s never been. When it’s warmer, she can be found soaking up as much sunshine as possible through picnicking, climbing, rafting, biking, and other outdoor activities.