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Ethan Gehl, BS

Operations Field Coordinator

Ethan came to Open Sky in September of 2014 following a long-distance thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Ethan originally hales from a small town south of Atlanta where he grew up building forts in the woods with his older brother. During his childhood, he and his siblings were routinely forced to play outside. There, in the acres of woods behind his home, Ethan developed an active imagination, a longing for adventure, and a deep-rooted sense of appreciation for the wilderness.

Throughout Ethan’s life, his overwhelming passion for travel and adventure have been balanced by a down to earth sense of personal responsibility and professionalism. Understanding the importance of credentials as a way to demonstrate competency, Ethan earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering before embarking on a 14,000-mile, cross-country solo road trip during which he discovered his passion for service to others.

Following that trip of self-discovery, Ethan left Georgia and joined AmeriCorps NCCC, serving two 10-month terms in communities throughout the Atlantic and Gulf regions of the United States. There, he built homes with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, responded to a flood disaster in rural West Virginia, performed prescribed burns in Maine and New Hampshire, and mentored inner-city youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington DC. From there, he went on to lead trail crews and volunteers in the wilderness, performing trail maintenance on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011 and the Colorado 14er summit trails in 2012. Next, Ethan co-led a cross-country bicycle trip for the non-profit Bike & Build during which his team of 30 riders stopped a dozen times along the way and volunteered with affordable housing organizations throughout the United States.

At Open Sky, Ethan worked as a guide, senior guide, and field manager, and now supports the Operations Team as Operations Field Coordinator. In his free time, Ethan enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and photography.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.