Prior to coming to Open Sky, Hannah worked at an NGO based in rural Nepal called Conscious Impact. During her time there she developed grit, a love for existing in the moment, and an ability to relate to just about anyone. She lived in a tent amongst a community of international volunteers and local Nepali’s. She developed comfortability with herself as she stepped into new jobs, co-running a youth empowerment program and learning various ways of natural building. Her experience at Conscious Impact prepared her for the discomforts and uncertainty that are a huge part of work at Open Sky. Additionally, she studied psychology and has spent summers leading backpacking trips.
Hannah strongly believes in the healing power of nature and loves Open Sky’s approach of holistic health. She grew up in Colorado and has been in love with the San Juan Mountains as long as she can remember. The opportunity to live within them and guide others in this area intensely drew her to Durango.
As a field guide, Hannah strongly values the time spent outdoors and that my office is full of beautiful canyons, plants, and wildlife. She also values the connection she is able to form with students. Through spending a full eight days (and often many shifts in a row) with students, she is able to learn how each individual functions within the Open Sky setting and caters her work and the experience to them.
Within the guide team, Hannah is very strong therapeutically. She excels at one-on-one check-ins with students and has a very grounded presence that helps students and guides alike. She also works to create connection and fun with the guide team.
During her time off, she loves to move her body. She fills her days with trail runs, yoga, climbing, skiing, and hiking. She loves going to concerts and seeks out as many as she can as different bands pass through Durango. She enjoys spending time cooking with her housemates and bringing the community together over potluck dinners. She fuels her creative side by journaling and drawing and learning the ukulele. She has been to about 20 Telluride Bluegrass Festivals!