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Rob Balloch, BA

Senior Guide

Rob first joined Open Sky in May 2017 as a seasonal Field Guide. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Colorado College, Rob returned to re-join Open Sky as a full-time Guide in 2018. During his four years of undergraduate studies, Rob gained significant experience working for Colorado College’s outdoor program. Rob has led peers and young adults on countless backpacking expeditions in the wilderness. In addition, he gained experience with hard skills through teaching rock climbing, kayaking, skiing, and mountaineering to young men and women as a Colorado College trip leader.

Rob was attracted to Open Sky because of the program’s values relating to mindfulness, nutrition and holistic living. He believes that these practices are essential for living a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. As a result, Rob believes the implementation of these practices makes Open Sky the leading agent of wilderness therapy.

In his role as a Senior Guide, Rob values the ability to empathize and connect with students. The reason he values this type of connection so highly is that he believes that without empathy, there is no way for authentic connection to develop. And, without connection, it is much more difficult to make a significant impact on any student’s process here at Open Sky (or anywhere, really).

One of Rob’s greatest strengths lies in my high level of energy. Because he believes so strongly in the work Open Sky does and feels so passionate about the outdoors, he brings a great amount of energy, commitment and excitement to the guide team. Rob’s love for this work is a contagious force out there.

Rob has a deep love of outdoor sports. Specifically, he spends most of his time off rock climbing, mountaineering, white water kayaking and rafting, backpacking or skiing. When he is not doing something outside, he might be cooking, wood-working, or vegetable gardening.

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.