Beth’s experience includes working as a wilderness program coordinator at summer camp and as a backpacking and climbing guide for various programs in North Carolina and Northern California. Beth’s father passed away from brain cancer when she was 17. She never went to formal therapy and did not talk about it for years. Spending time in the mountains hiking and backpacking opened her up to experiencing life again and gave her purpose and passion, which led to healing. To her, mountains equal medicine.
What she values most about her role as a field guide with Open Sky is the connection to students’ stories and the landscape’s history. She also values the honesty of group culture and the growth that occurs through physically demanding experiences with nature. Beth’s strengths as a field guide include her compassion, listening skills, and sense of humor. She utilizes what she calls “costume therapy” and wears a banana suit during challenging times to lighten the mood and build rapport.
During her time off, Beth enjoys writing poetry, lighting hula hoops on fire and spinning them, climbing rocks, and staring at nature.