Candice came to Open Sky in March 2020 with quite a bit of outdoor experience. She has done more backpacking trips than she can count, including hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Other jobs in the past have put her in positions of leadership. Working on boats as a divemaster gave her experience with managing groups of people in high-risk situations. She was even a divemaster for NASA's next mission to the moon, the Orion Mission, a couple years ago
Candice has been attracted to mental health work for some time but wanted to be part of the wilderness approach. The wilderness has done so much for her personally and she knows it works. She greatly identifies with Open Sky’s core beliefs.
As a field guide, Candice values the connections she makes with the students and the guidance she provides on a therapeutic level. The raw, tender moments of vulnerability from the students brought forward by guidance are precious to her. In those moments, she knows she is where she should be and is doing the right thing.
Candice’s strengths within the guide team are her compassion and adaptability, as well as her self-awareness.
During her time off, Candice likes to snuggle or adventure with dogs, craft, and spend quality time with friends. She climbs, backcountry skis, and likes long, lazy days painting and reading.