Kristin was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, where the Sierra Nevada mountains were her family’s go-to retreat, and she ran wild through the woods with a pack of cousins, and swam in lakes with aunts and uncles. And no summer vacation was complete without a Griswold-style road trip to national parks. The summer after she graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (with a B.A. English Literature), Kristin embarked on her first backpacking adventure — an intensely educational 100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. She did not catch long-distance fever.
Before becoming Regional Coordinator, Kristin led youth trail crews with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association for seven seasons. What she has loved most about her work so far, has been witnessing young people blossom during a summer spent living and working outdoors.
If Kristin was wearing a slogan t-shirt it might read: “I’d rather be gardening.” In her freest of free time she likes to rise naturally, read at the breakfast table (long after she’s finished breakfast), and futz around the homestead.