Take a moment to meet the High Trails Summer 2016 Staff! We have spent the last 10 days completing staff training and are so excited to meet the campers! This is a little sneak peek into who we are and how much fun we will have this summer!
Top to Bottom: Noelle Bierman, Adrienne Devore, Amberlyn Sacchetti
Hey, hey! My name is Adrienne Devore, and I am so excited for camp to start! This will be my second summer as a camp counselor, and my first summer as a camp counselor at High Trails, woo-hoo! Next year will be my senior year at Bowling Green State University located in Ohio where I am from. I am studying to become an Inclusive Early Childhood Educator. I have only spent two days in Colorado, but I LOVED it here, and told myself I would be coming back! Needless to say, I am very excited about spending an entire summer in the best state!! I am very passionate about teaching, running, donuts, and ice cream! Acting goofy is an every-day-thing for me. I am so, extremely excited for everything about camp this summer, BUT what I am excited for most is getting to explore High Trails with the AWESOME campers!
My name is Amberlyn Sacchetti, and I am a recent graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania! I graduated with a Music degree, but don’t let that fool you, my second favorite thing to do after making music, is being outside, hiking, camping, and travelling to different parts of the world! This is my first summer at the High Trails camp, and I am so totally stoked about all the fun we are going to have! I have already made plans to have a fun night making our own instruments out of everyday items, and making our own band! I’ll bring my guitar, mandolin, and singing voice to entertain everyone around the campfire with some good ole fashion camping songs! After this summer, I’ll be going back to school for my Masters in Music Therapy! Can’t wait to meet everyone, and have an awesome summer!
Hey everyone!!! My name is Noelle. This will be my first summer at High Trails, and I canNOT be more excited to meet all of you! I currently live and go to school in San Diego, California. Go Aztecs!!! I am addicted to 7-Eleven slurpees, and drink multiple a day. I am probably the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet–I fell in a manhole once. I love jokes, puns (good or bad), and my acoustic guitar! I will be bringing it this summer, so you all make sure to bring your singing voices (lovely, loud, crazy or otherwise!). Being outdoors and adventuring are two of my greatest passions, and I look forward to doing both alongside all of you at camp! Can’t wait to have the best summer ever with all of you!
Left to right: Jaclyn White, Mollee Hendricks, Kate Schlegel
Hey Y’all! My name is Mollee Hendricks and yup you guessed it, I’m from the big Lone Star state, Texas. I attend college at Texas A&M Corpus Christi where I’m studying to be an Educational Diagnostician. My University is on its own little island, a little different from where I’ll be living this summer but I’m excited to trade in my flip flops for some hiking shoes. This is my first year at Camp Sanborn and I’m beyond excited for this summer so I can finally meet all the campers and enjoy all the fun activities we have planned, especially horse back riding! If I’m not in class or studying my brains out in the library you can usually find me outside somewhere or watching disney movies (probably Frozen) when the weathers yucky. Some fun facts about me: I could put ketchup on anything, I’m the gnarliest boogie boarder south of the Mississippi, my dream is to sail around the world & I’m bringing my doll (sissy) with me to camp because I can’t go anywhere without her. I can’t wait to meet all y’all!
Hi! My name is Jaclyn White and this will be my first summer at camp EVER! I love to dance, read, travel and play new games! I’m from Flagstaff, Arizona and I graduated with a BA in psychology at Arizona State University. After that, I traveled all around Europe and even lived in Spain for a little bit. When I came home, I worked at a conservation non-profit and helped preserve our planet! I love being outside and smelling the fresh air! I cannot wait for camp to start! See you soon
Hey! My name is Kate Schlegel. Here are you a couple quick facts about me! I am Colorado native, love to dance to Motown, went to an all-girls camp in Maine, rode an elephant in India, was on the lacrosse and crew team in high school and most recently visited the Korean border. After I graduated Kent Denver last May, I decided to take a gap year before starting college at the University of Denver. So, I started my adventure in the south island of New Zealand on a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) trip. I was off the grid for three months mountaineering, sea kayaking and hiking. It was an incredible experience sleeping under the stars every night. Although, I have to say it was nice to come back home to my family and my bed. After 2 months of skiing and working, I left for Central America, traveling through Guatemala and Nicaragua. I volunteered at schools, learned about sustainability, and worked on my Spanish. I am back in Colorado now and can’t wait to spend the summer at Sanborn meeting you and learning your story!
left to right: Claire Collins, Chloe Stiffle, Francesca Decastell
Hi everyone!! My name is Chloe Stiffle and I am from the heart of Chicago. I was a camper at Sanborn for 4 years and I am SO excited to finally be returning as a counselor. I just completed my second year at Colgate University where I am double majoring in History and Educational Studies; after college I plan on teaching. Outside of school I love listening to music, running, volleyball, and writing. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about a moment or adventure from camp and I hope to create many more amazing memories this summer. I am most looking forward to sunrise summits, Vespers, pita pizzas, and, most of all, spending time with all of you at the best place on earth!!
Hello! My name is Francesca and I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I was a camper for 5 years, Junior Counselor for one year, and this will be my 1st summer at Sanborn as a staff member. You could say I really love Sanborn and I am thrilled to be back for another wonderful summer. I am currently a student at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. I am a Psychology major and Educational Studies minor on the pre medical track. I love listening to all kinds music and working out, so finishing a long day in school with a “disco spinning class” is the perfect ending to any day for me. I also really love art and find it to be a great stress relief and creative outlet. I am most excited to conquer more 14,000 foot mountains, relax on a river all day, and spend time with and learn all about the girls in my cabin this summer. I cannot wait to meet all of you and see how wonderful, funny, and incredible you all are!
left to right: Sarah Loring, Morgan Kapp, Sarah Ashby
Hi everyone! My name is Sarah and I can’t wait to spend my eighth summer at Sanborn and first summer on staff this year! I’m currently in my third year of college at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL and I’m majoring in social work. I love going to the beach with friends, playing board games, and spending time with my two little sisters. I ran track and cross country in middle and high school and I plan to run my first marathon soon(ish). I’m an absolute sucker for tie-dyed animal shirts and Beyoncé. I’ve spent the past few months talking to anyone who will listen to me about how excited I am to spend my summer at the most beautiful place in the universe! I’m really looking forward to meeting all of the campers, summiting a few 14ers, getting out of my comfort zone, and dressing up in crazy costumes all summer!!
Hello everyone! My name is Morgan Kapp and this will be my first summer at camp! I am writing from Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!). I grew up in the small town of Neenah, WI but I am currently living in Menomonie, WI where I attend school. I am just finishing up my senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. I am double majoring in Psychology and Studio art with a concentration in drawing. My career goal is to become an Art Therapist and work in children’s hospitals! Along with being a full time student I am the president for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization on campus. Besides being the president I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a “big sister”/mentor to an elementary aged boy. Some of the things I enjoy are crafting, being around family and friends, being outdoors and doing things like camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, gardening, and walking my dog. A fun fact about me is my sophomore year of college I adopted a black lab puppy. He just turned two years old and is the best dog I could ask for, I will miss him dearly while I am at camp but, I am very excited to visit the beautiful state of Colorado because I have never been to CO before! I can’t wait to go on hikes, ride horses, do crafts with the campers, and meet new friends. I am a social butterfly and love meeting new people!
Greetings Earthlings! My name Is Sarah, some call me Syrup. I’ve been attending camp for about 4 years until now, it is finally time to return as an AC! I am so excited to be an AC at Sanborn this year because it has always been my home away from home, and of course all the extravagant activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and being with the people I love in nature! I currently study at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Here I am majoring in Earth Science/General Science in Secondary Education (AKA Geology for high school students). In Bellingham, I enjoy going to the beaches, swimming, kayaking, hammocking, painting, and of course being a geology major.. looking at pretty rocks! I am also in the Pottery Club, Women in Geology Club, and the Hiking Club, many weekends I spend hunting for Geodes or Fossils. I have a scientific dream that I will be an astronaut one day
left to right: Abbey Schulz, Grace Kennedy, Maisie Anrod
SILVER SPRUCE WEST
Hi all, my name is Grace Kennedy and I am so excited to be working at Sanborn this summer!! I have been a camper for years, but this will be my first summer at High Trails. I just finished my sophomore year are Rhodes College in Memphis, TN as a pre-med student with a History major. I am so excited to be a counselor, I love everything outdoorsy, as well as drawing/paining, running, and swimming. I went to an all-girls high school, and I think a similar setting at camp will be fantastic. I’m counting down the days until I meet everyone!!
Hi! My name is Abigael Schulz (but you can all call me Abbey!). I am from the great state of Indiana, where yes, indeed, everywhere you look there is a cornfield nearby! While I have actually never been to Colorado before coming to work here, I have been going to camp practically my whole life! Growing up I went to CYO Camp Rancho Framasa in Bloomington, Indiana and last summer I worked as a camp counselor in Evart, Michigan (so if you cannot tell, I love to travel and see new places!). I am currently a sophomore at Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. I created my own major for Social Justice and Inequality. A fun fact about me is that I played soccer for most of my life until I got to college. I also love to put reese’s on my s’mores! I am so excited for all the hiking and canoeing we will be doing this summer! I can’t wait to be at camp!
Hello all!!! My name’s Maisie and I cannot wait to be back at High Trails this summer! I was a camper for four years and it was the best experience, so I’m so happy to get to come back as an Assistant Counselor and meet the next generation of awesome campers. Going on long backpacking trips and horse trips at Sanborn was my favorite, and I’ve come to love Colorado, from Vespers cliffs to the Collegiate Peaks. Speaking of college, I’m just now finishing up my freshman year at Middlebury College! Though Vermont’s Green Mountains are smaller than the Rockies, they are really beautiful, and as a Biology major and member of Middlebury Mountain Club I get to explore them every week! When I’m not in class, I love to hike, write, draw, bake, and occasionally play soccer or whitewater kayak. One new skill that I learned this year was how to roll a kayak back up after flipping over; you get some water in your nose but it’s really fun once you get the hang of it! At High Trails I can’t wait to lead some adventurous, ridiculous, costumed, theme hikes and sing all of the camp songs I remember, as well as some new ones. Summer is so soon, but until then I’ll get ready by practicing my s’more roasting skills, tuning my singing voice, and gathering potential costumes! See everyone soon!
left to right: Maddie Ohaus, Emily Burnham, Kelly Ahman
SILVER SPRUCE EAST
My name is Kelly Ahman and I am unbelievably excited for my first summer working as a camp counselor at High Trails! I am currently a senior at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, studying Sociology and Anthropology. I am originally from a small town called Lima (pronounced like the bean, not the capital of Peru) in northwest Ohio, but three out of my four older siblings along with my nearly retired parents have moved out to Colorado and New Mexico, so I have spent a lot of time out west. As much as I love living in sunny South Carolina, I am ready to live the camp lifestyle all summer in one of my favorite states! Outside of school I am the proud coach of a ridiculously bright, sassy and strong Girls On The Run team! Also, in keeping with the GOTR theme, my favorite hobby is running. I am most excited for the hiking and overnight camping trips we will be taking this summer. I spent a lot of my childhood going on fishing and camping trips in Canada with my family, and look forward to experiencing the great outdoors in Colorado! I can’t wait to meet and get to know all of our wonderful campers- this will be an amazing summer!!
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Hey, my name is Emily! I was a camper for 7 years at High Trails, but I’m so excited to be coming back to Sanborn this year for my first year on staff. Right now, I’m finishing up my freshman year at Colorado College, and I haven’t declared a major, but it’s probably going to be Sociology with minors in Environmental Issues and Dance. At school, I love being involved in the dance department and the Outdoor Recreation Committee. You can usually find me trying to organize a giant dance party, dressing up in crazy costumes, or getting stoked to get outside! Or most likely some combination of all three, if we’re being honest. At Sanborn, I really love climbing mountains & hiking and looking at but not riding horses. I’m crazy excited to get up to camp this summer and meet all of you (and eat some gumdrop cookies)!
left to right: Sera Bulbul, Anna Wiegand, Claire Foster
CEDAR LODGE WEST
Hello! My name is Claire Foster and I am from Greenville, North Carolina. I just finished up school at NC State University where I graduated with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. This is my second summer at High Trails and I am so excited to get back to crazy costumes, climbing mountains, and hanging out with all of you! Fun facts about me are that I’m perpetually clumsy, I suffer from chronic cabin fever, and I love Ted Talks. I love all things outdoors and am a big fan of backpacking, long walks, and a good hang in an Eno. I’m looking forward to spending my days in the Colorado sunshine with you all this summer and am counting down the days to camp! See you soon!
Hello! My name is Anna Wiegand, and this will be my first summer at Sanborn. I’ve never been in the mountains before, and I’m excited to spend some time in Colorado! I just graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a degree in Global Studies. My specific area of interest is Eastern Europe, and I spent an awesome semester studying abroad in Estonia my junior year. I’m planning on doing some internships, and perhaps teaching English abroad for a while, as I figure out where I want to go for graduate school. I love to read, travel, play the flute, and spend time outside. I’m excited to go on hiking adventures, make crafts in the art barn, canoe, ride horses, and meet the campers and the other counselors. Also, marshmallows are my favorite food group, so I’m ready to make some s’mores!
Hi Campers! My name’s Sera, and I’m so excited to come back to Sanborn for my 5th summer and first time on staff! I’m half American, half Turkish, but grew up mostly in Switzerland. I’m a freshman at Yale University, and am leaning towards majoring in Political Science. I’m also on the varsity crew team! At Yale, I’m most likely to be found a) at practice/ in the gym, b) in the library with friends, or c) searching for events with free food. My two best skills are teaching myself to eat ice cream really fast without getting a brain freeze and being able to learn song lyrics quickly! I love being outside, so look for me on a hike, on the volleyball court or lounging in the sun! I’m so excited to finally be back at camp after 3 long years without puppy chow, pita pizzas, camp songs, gorgeous views and 14er summits!
left to right: Alex Nay, Dylan Craddock, Hailey Gelzer
CEDAR LODGE EAST
Hi Hi! My name is Hailey Gelzer and Im stoked to be spending another summer in one of the most beautiful places on earth with some of the coolest people. I currently go to school at Montana State University and feel so lucky to live in such an active community as Bozeman. Im studying conservation biology and ecology and work in a research lab in the ecology department. When I’m not on campus, I spend all the free time I have getting outdoors. Depending on the season I get out snowboarding, rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, and hiking. This is my second year in Bozeman and have learned so much from the fearless and insanely talented people around me. I grew up in Virginia and also lived in Colorado for some time, nature has always been a huge part of my life and it always will be. Im excited to spend yet another summer outside in such an amazing community. On top of that Ill be looking to work on some dance moves and eat too many bowls of cereal! Get excited!
Hi! My name is Alexandra Nay, I live in Long Beach CA. I went to University of North Texas where I studied journalism. This is my first year at camp. I love hiking, and I love new adventures. I like to do arts and crafts, I almost never wear shoes. I like to read and bake (my cake balls are famous.) And I’m super excited to get to know all the campers and staff. Also I’m so ready to spend all day every day outside.
Hey, Hey (we’re the Monkees…I hope someone sings along)! Actually though this isn’t the Monkees, my name is Dylan Craddock and this will be my 9th Sanborn Summer (1st summer as a Staff Member)! I am so so excited to be coming back this summer, it will be the best one yet. Sanborn is my favorite place on earth, and even that’s an understatement. I go to Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where I play lacrosse and study both International Studies and Spanish. While I love Memphis with all my heart, I am originally from Colorado Springs, making Colorado my true home and one of my favorite places. Some fun facts are that I am obsessed with the Beatles and named after Bob Dylan, so classic rock has a very special place in my heart. I’ve played lacrosse for 10 years, and have climbed 10 of Colorado’s mountains! This summer I look forward to exploring the outdoors and learning even more about our wonderful earth, and hiking as much as I can! You can also find me working alongside my fellow ACs in the lodge or writing the occasional nature poem. Can’t wait to meet you all soon! Grow Strong!
left to right: Carlie Howard, Maddie Macmillan, Katie Weaver
CRYSTAL PALACE EAST
Hi my name is Carlie Howard. This is will my 2nd year as a staff member at camp and I was a camper for 8 years! So if you haven’t figured it out, I love anything and everything about Sanborn. I am originally from Wisconsin and just finished my 2nd year at Iowa State University. I am an Apparel Design student and a Spanish minor. When I graduate, I hope to be a creative designer for an outdoors wear company. I am so excited to reunite with former campers and meet new campers! Additionally, I can’t wait to be outside all summer and take part in camp trips and activities. I look forward to meeting you soon!
My name is Katie and this is my first summer at camp! I am a nursing student from Omaha, Nebraska and attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. I did my prerequisites for nursing school at the University of Kansas and am an avid KU basketball fan (Rock Chalk!). My favorite color is yellow and I would consider myself an ice cream connoisseur. I am super excited for literally everything at camp! I love all outdoor adventures and am so excited to wake up everyday in the mountains. I am also very excited to meet all of the new campers
Hey campers! My name is Maddie, I’m 19 and I can hardly contain my excitement about returning to High Trails this summer. This will be my 7th summer at camp and my first time as a counselor. I was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there until I was 10 years old. Right before my 11th birthday, my family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I attend NC State University in Raleigh where I am majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in Spanish. When I’m not busy studying around campus, I enjoy going to concerts, photography, eating Nutella and spending time outdoors. Some fun facts about me are that I love volunteering, and will have just returned from working with an environmental conservation group in the Galapagos Islands before the start of camp. This summer, I can’t wait to rekindle my love of horseback riding, climb as many mountains as I can and eat endless amounts of Chippy Dippy bars. I’m so excited to make lots of memories and friends this summer at Sanborn!
left to right: Elena Wirth, Truman Sherwood, Zannie Peck
CRYSTAL PALACE WEST
Hi I’m Zannie. I am so excited to come back to High Trails this summer! I spent three amazing summers as a camper at Sanborn and can’t wait to be a counselor. I am a Southwest studies major at Colorado College and plan on being an ESL teacher. I love the being outside and I go exploring whenever I can. I can’t wait to spend the summer climbing 14ers, canoeing and adventuring in the great outdoors. In my free time (when I’m not frolicking through aspen groves) I like to paint and do craft projects, attempt to teach myself Arabic, and play Ultimate Frisbee. I can’t wait for summer!
Hello wonderful people! My name is Truman Sherwood, I’m 19, and I can’t wait to spend my summer wondering and wandering through the magical mountains of Colorado with my friends and loved ones. I am from Los Angeles and I always find so much peace leaving this concrete jungle, although I do love it dearly, and living in a community that learns and grows in nature. I have been going to Sanborn since 2007 and after my first summer I fell in love with it and never wanted to leave…which explains my excitement to come back! I just finished my sophomore year at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. At school I spend my days outside, by the lake or walking in the woods with my friends because there is endless beauty and so much to learn from nature. Spring time on the east coast was is of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, much like summiting my first mountain at camp! I am studying sustainable agriculture, which is something I have become extremely passionate about. I love going on adventures, exploring, growing, learning and loving, and I can’t wait to do all of those things with the people closest to my heart at the place that made me who I am today!
When I was 9 years old, and living in the beautiful cabin side of Ponderosa West, I won a paper plate award that said: “Most likely to work at Sanborn,” so here I am! My name is Elena Wirth and I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am so excited to be heading back to my home away from home for Summer 2016! Here are three fun facts that only my camp friends know about me: 1. I have summited six 14,000ft mountains in Colorado, and I cannot wait to climb so many more this summer! 2. Hats and tutus are the best way to make a fashion statement at camp (I will be wearing both quite frequently). 3. My nose wiggles when I laugh really hard, and camp is when my nose wiggles the most! As you may be able to tell, most of my favorite memories have all happened at camp. I just finished my freshman year at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where I am studying Political Science and Women’s Studies. Although I have enjoyed living in the city, I am ready to see the stars, some ponderosa trees, and most importantly my campers! Catch me on a hike to Top of the World, journaling in an aspen grove, or making some of the best Pita Pizzas in all the land. See you all soon!
left to right: Rachel Wroblewski, Livvy Katz, Julia Stier
My name is Julia Stier, and I am currently studying Theatre (Acting) and Cinema at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and then moved to San Antonio, Texas about 8 years ago. This will be my first time EVER at summer camp, and I couldn’t be more excited!! I love music and reading, and am always looking for recommendations on what to listen to/read next! I cannot wait to meet everyone, and create what I know will be lasting memories!
Hey there! My name is Rachel and I am SO excited for my first summer at High Trails. I am currently attending school at Northern Arizona University to study Outdoor Education and Leadership and I can’t wait to begin my career exploring the outdoors and learning with awesome young people! Between dancing in the sun, playing in the mountains, and climbing trees, I just cant ever seem to keep the dirt out from under my fingernails and the knots out of my hair, but I love every minute of it. I am looking forward to summitting some 14ers and singing songs around the campfire with wonderful new friends this summer at camp!
Hello!! My name is Olivia Katz, but everyone at Sanborn calls me Livvy. This will be my first summer working at Sanborn, but I spent 8 amazing summers at High Trails as a camper! This past year I attended American University in Washington, D.C., although next year I am moving across the country and transferring to University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington! I studied cello performance at American University and will continue to study cello out West. I am bringing my cello to camp with me this summer, which means I get the privilege of bringing together the two things I am most passionate about: cello and camp!!! Some of my favorite things/people are being outside, playing cello, my cat Nica, musicals, seeing live music, Beyonce, goofy dancing, laughing, and High Trails! I am so excited to spend yet another summer in my favorite place where I am my best self while part of a community full of beautiful, strong, healthy mountain mamas!
left to right: Helen Robins, Maggie Siddens, Cassidy Rhodes
Hello! I am 19 years old, this is my first summer at Sanborn and I could not be more excited to get started! I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado but have spent the past year studying biochemistry and anthropology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon. I love the Pacific Northwest dearly but I cannot wait to get some much needed sunshine in my absolute favorite state! Beyond my studies at Lewis and Clark I work at our College Outdoors program exploring around Oregon and Washington, and I am a proud member of the rugby team. I was incredibly lucky to grow up skiing, hiking, backpacking, and exploring the beautiful Rockies, and I cannot wait to learn and grow more with everyone at camp. When I am not in school or outside you can find me playing music, doodling, swimming or probably eating. I am incredibly passionate about dogs, Stevie Wonder, pie, sunshine, and getting to know you lovely people! This being my first summer at camp I cannot express my excitement to learn everything I can and become a part of this amazing community!
Hello friends, I’m Helen Robins and this summer will be my ninth at Sanborn! I’m currently studying Business Administration and International Development at Tulane University on New Orleans, Louisiana but I’m beyond excited to be going back to my home state of Colorado for the summer. What I’m looking forward to the most is hiking some 14ers, sleeping under the stars, and hiking all around camp! When I’m not doing outdoors activities, I can usually be found snacking on some chocolate snuggled up with a good book. Get ready for an amazing summer!
Hello peeps! My name is Cassidy Rhodes (most people call me Cass). I am so excited to meet all of you this summer! This will be my first time at Sanborn EVER and I just cannot wait. I just finished my freshman year at Colorado State University where I am studying English Education with a minor in Spanish. This past semester I spent a few hours a week talking with international students learning how to speak English. I am lucky enough to call myself a Colorado native. I love hiking and skiing. I am very passionate about people and the outdoors, which is why I am so excited to spend the summer the way I am! I can’t wait to meet all of you and explore the outdoors!
left to right: Gwen Schmidt-Arenales, Allie Almanzar, Grace Stimson
Hi, I’m Allie Almanzar, and I’m excited to return to camp this summer as a counselor and rock climbing instructor. When I was a camper, we didn’t have these newfangled staff bios. We found out who our counselors were on the first day of camp. Oh, how times have changed. In reality, High Trails has stayed much the same—from puppy chow to Vespers to fifteen passenger vans—but everyone at camp constantly strives for growth and improvement. It’s something I love about camp.
I attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and I’m currently pursuing a B.A. in English. During the school year, I split my time between consuming excessive amounts of literature and improving my skills as a ski instructor and volunteer ski patroller at Arizona Snowbowl. I do a fair bit of rock climbing as well. Nothing about climbing has come easily for me, but I love the sport. Climbing has taught me the value of effort and calculated risk. In our culture, we put a high premium talent, but you can’t fake effort. In life, perseverance often makes itself necessary. I want my campers to learn to try hard. Climbing teaches you to dig deep, to gain self-knowledge, and to apply that knowledge—that power—to any situation. This summer, I want to help my girls seek out challenges. And I want to keep them safe and make them laugh while they are doing it, as my counselors did for me.
Hi everyone! My name is Gwen Schmidt-Arenales and this will be my second summer on staff at Sanborn. I was a camper for 6 summers and I cannot wait to be back in the fresh Colorado mountain air! I’m a sophomore at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR majoring in French studies and will be studying in France all of next year. I love to do all things outdoors, which can be challenging in Portland, but I’ve learned that a rain jacket and a good attitude go a long way! I am beyond excited to be back in the Rocky Mountains doing my favorite things surrounded by the most wonderful people! I’m looking forward to summiting 14ers, canoeing, rock climbing, spending time with the horses, watching the sunrise/set and so many more fun activities! This summer is going to be unforgettable, can’t wait to meet you all!
“Hi my name is Grace Stimson and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am beyond thrilled and excited to be able to spend my 5thsummer at Sanborn. Sanborn is such a magical place and I can’t wait to see old friends and make tons of new friends. I just finished my freshman year at Middlebury College in Vermont, where I plan to major in economics with a classics minor. I have missed Sanborn and look forward to a fabulous summer! A little bit more about me…..I love sports….I have been swimming for 14 years and swim on the Middlebury swim team…so waking up at 3am to start to summit a mountain will be almost as early as waking up to go to swim practice every morning! I have lots of energy in the morning but don’t worry, I won’t sing too many songs as we all wake up to start to climb….just four or five. My camp favorites are mountain climbing, backpacking and of course eating all the yummy food each day! I love waking up to Sanborn’s fabulous breakfasts…and most of all I love the amazing food we make on long trips. Often we get very creative at the end of the week long trip – and who knows what dessert treat will end up on the breakfast menu. I hope everyone is looking forward to their summer experience at Sanborn as much as I am; my four summers as a camper were my best summers ever and I made lifelong friends! I can’t wait to see everyone in just a few weeks!
left to right: Elise Mann, Grace Stimson, Rachael McNamara
Hi ya’ll! My name is Elise and I’m a camp newbie this summer. Born, raised, and recently relocated back to Denver, I love being outdoors and in the sunshine (albeit with lots of sunscreen). In 2015, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and it permanently changed my relationship with my feet. I studied political science at UW-Madison (Go Badgers!), spent a few years working in D.C., and will start my graduate studies at the Korbel School at DU this fall. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the summer than adventuring with all of you, eating s’mores, and wearing colorful outfits before I’m back in the library 24/7. See you soon!
Hey friends! My name is Rachael, and I am so excited to kick off my eighth year at Sanborn and second year on staff! Sanborn truly is my favorite place in the world (Disneyland is a close second). I am originally from Dallas, Texas, and have spent the past two years out in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California studying theater and cinematic arts. When I am not in the theater or behind the camera, you can find me knitting, playing the ukulele, or driving along the Pacific Coast Highway. As much as I love the west coast, I am ready to say goodbye to the Santa Monica Mountains and hello to the Rockies! I am stoked to hit the trails this summer and get back to the fresh mountain air. I am looking forward to climbing mountains, dressing up in crazy costumes, jamming out to music, exploring the Colorado backcountry, and cooking up some delicious food around a campfire. I cannot wait to meet all of you, and to embark on all of the adventures I know this summer will bring!
Top to Bottom: Maureen Beran, Ellie Richarson, Sophie Leiter
GOLD HUT EAST
My name is Sophie and I’m from Vermont, but that probably won’t come up again. I’m a sophomore Environmental Geology major at Middlebury College with a primary interest in high alpine and glacial geology. This will be my second summer at camp. My favorite things in life are fine soft cheeses, the Boston Red Sox, and adventure hammocking. I’m also a devoted co-parent to a champion show horse, Robocop. I’ve been ski patrolling at the Middlebury Snow Bowl for two years and I also train leaders for my school’s wilderness orientation trips. I’m currently a co-president of the Middlebury Mountain Club but will be stepping down to study climate change in the Arctic in Iceland this fall. I’m excited to see some familiar faces and meet some new friends this summer!
Hi everyone! My name is Ellie Richardson and I am beyond ecstatic to spend this coming summer at High Trails as an AC! I spent a whopping 8 summers as a camper and have, quite literally, been counting down the days until I can come back (there’s an app for that). A little about myself: I am a rising sophomore studying education and English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and before that, I graduated from MICDS in St. Louis, Missouri. When I’m not studying (or eating BBQ) at Rhodes, I work with community service organizations, I am a nanny, and I am a tour guide. To practice my tour guide skills I plan on only hiking backwards the entire summer (just kidding, don’t do that it is very dangerous). I could not be more excited to spend my entire summer exploring Sanborn’s beautiful property on foot and hoof. But more importantly, I cannot wait to spend my summer with the amazing campers and staff at Sanborn!
GOLD HUT WEST (photo coming soon)
Hi there! This is my first summer at High Trails and I hope to bring witty jokes and silly puns to this years camp experience. I recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BS in General Biology in March and later that month I took a trip to Germany for a few weeks. I love wearing tie dye and rock climbing, and doing both at the same time makes my heart sing. I’m looking forward to getting terrible tan lines and daily adventures with all of you!
Hi everyone! My name’s Katelyn and this is my first summer at camp and I’m so excited to be here! I go to Syracuse Univeristy in Upstate New York where I study International Relations and Newspaper and Online Journalism. I am SUPER excited to be the Riding Specialist at High Trails who will be helping the wranglers with programs and trail rides while being a counselor for an awesome group of girls! I love learning about campers stories and what they’re favorite things to do are. While I’ll be at the barn helping a lot of campers with their horses, I am totally down to learn about all of the different programs campers do all day. I can’t wait to meet all of the campers in a few short weeks!
Hey hi hey! My name is Rachel Katz and I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was a camper at High Trails for seven years, and I am so so excited for my first summer on staff. I just finished my freshman year at Northwestern University in Chicago where I’m studying Industrial Engineering, Economics, and Spanish. I love spending time with friends and family, reading, traveling, and pretty much everything about the outdoors. During the past two summers I haven’t been at Sanborn, I did a month-long sea kayaking course with the National Outdoor Leadership School in Petersburg, Alaska and worked at my local outdoors store. I can’t wait to finally be back at my home away from home this summer and am really looking forward to climbing more 14ers, riding some of my favorite horses, and, most of all, getting to know my wonderful campers and fellow staff members! See y’all soon!
Clockwise from 12:00: Nell Davis, cade beck, Avery Katz, Angie Epifano
Hello! My name is cade beck and this will be my third summer on staff and my seventh year as part of the Sanborn family. I graduated a year ago from Whitman College with a degree in History and I have spent the past year traveling around the United States and seeing family while working as a gymnastics coach and starting a career in technical theatre. I love to read, dance in the rain (sprinklers work too), hike in skirts, and hug people. I am incredibly excited to be back at camp this year and climb some breathtaking mountains with some fabulous campers! See you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Nell Davis, and this will be my first summer at High Trails. I was lucky enough to spend ten days at Sanborn a few winters ago for a college class, and I loved it then, but I can’t wait to be there in the summer! I graduated from Williams College last spring, with majors in Geology and Art History, and I’m now in graduate school in Idaho, studying Natural Resources and Environmental Education. My program alternates weeks of teaching outdoor science to sixth graders with weeks of taking graduate classes, which is awesome. I’ve always loved being outdoors, especially when I’m hiking, biking, or cross country skiing (I actually received my first pair of skis the day I was born), so I’m looking forward to being at High Trails! I grew up in Vermont, and it’s been a great transition to living with bigger mountains out West. I can’t wait to climb some of those mountains, get better acquainted with the ranch, and meet all the campers this summer!
Hey y’all! My name is Angie and I’m excited to spend my first summer at Sanborn! I grew up in the South, but I’m currently finishing up my BA in Art History at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I’ve worked at several camps across the US, but never in Colorado, so I’m excited to share the mountains with y’all this summer. Some fun facts about me: I’m an avid long distance runner, I have a massive sweet tooth, and I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones right now. I’m most excited to hit the trails and rivers with y’all this summer, as well as get out onto one of my favorite places, the archery range.
Hi! I’m Avery Katz, and I am beyond excited to start my third year on staff at Sanborn Western Camps! After coming to Sanborn as a camper for 6 years, I knew I wanted to stay in the Colorado Mountains for as long as possible. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota which is known for its incredible music and art scene, 1,000 lakes, tons of snow and cold, and a state full of “Minnesota Nice” people. I go to school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and am going to begin my senior year this upcoming fall, which I really cannot believe. I’m majoring in Psychology and minoring in Community Action and Social change, so I take many classes that are paired with field work, such as working in Washtenaw county prisons or local nonprofit organizations. I also enjoy playing piano, dancing like a goofball, attending all types of music concerts, getting lost in the Nichols Arboretum, and ordering late night cookies with my friends. This past semester I studied abroad in Aix en Provence, France and absolutely adored it. I enjoy traveling and going on new adventures -not to mention the food in France cannot be beat. I am extremely excited to be in the Colorado Mountains once again and see new sights while being surrounded by some of the most inspiring people I know. Can’t wait for another fantastic summer!
left to right: Cara Mackesey, Megan Blackburn, Ellen Cromack, Val Peterson
Hi! My name is Ellen Cromack and I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. This past May I graduated from Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado with a degree in Psychology. I was a camper at High Trails for nine years and am now on staff for my third summer! I’m so excited to be turning to High Trails for a summer full of exciting adventure and happy memories! Whenever I think of camp, I think of singing Good Old Mountain Dew at Sunday lunch while banging on the tables. Sanborn has helped me form some of the strongest and most important friendships of my life. During the summer I hope to climb many mountains, tube the river and go horseback riding to the Top of the World!
Hello again! My name is Val and I’m so excited so spend my summer with wonderful friends at High Trails! I live in the lovely Lawrence, KS during the non-summer months where I work with kiddos in both foster care and special education. When I’m not at work, I love to watercolor and do yoga. I also like to peruse the Humane Society website and look the pups I would love to adopt (aka all of them). I can’t wait to spend some time outdoors at camp and show off my moves at the camp dances!
Hola, hola! I cannot express how stoked I am for my third summer at High Trails. I am so looking forward to hanging in hammocks, sleeping under stars, and canoeing with a crazy, cool, crew of campers! Originally, I am from Wisconsin where, when it´s not snowing, I´m a big fan of climbing the bluffs near my University, going for long runs, jamming to One Direction, and playing my ukulele. I study both Recreation Management and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. This winter I was lucky enough to ditch the snow and study in Costa Rica for four and a half months. Don´t worry, Sanborn is still my favorite place to be! Can´t wait to climb as many mountains as possible, create unforgettable memories, and to have all of the insane adventures I know this summer will bring!
As an accidental model in a German Coca-Cola ad, I think I have found my passion in life–appearing in obscure ads in other countries. Actually, it’s just a picture of me cliff jumping in Yellow National Park and my true passion is really adventure (and pizza). Therefore, I cannot wait to begin my new adventure at Sanborn. From Idaho, to Oregon, to Colorado, I think it’s safe to say I’m very excited for my second summer in Colorado, and at camp! I am currently a Senior at Colorado State University, studying Food Science & Nutrition. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, running, hiking, and laughing at my own jokes. Get ready for a great summer!!
left to right: Krista White, Carly Holthaus, Anne Shingler, Erica Wilkins
Carly Holthaus, outcamp
Carly Holthaus enjoys long, not-romantic walks on the beach or just laying there like a beached whale for hours on end. Also horseback rides at sunset. Scratch that, not so crazy about horses. But sunsets are great. Also she’s more of a mountain girl. She enjoys virgin strawberry daiquiris, pizza, and vespers on sunday. She spent one season at High Trails as counselor & a short stint as an organic farmer until returning to Sanborn, now with California Outdoor Education Instructor under her belt. She attended Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Kentucky, & studied both Spanish & Environmental Studies in addition to multiple study abroad experiences. She’s stoked for the 14ers, art barn, gorp, hammock hanging, & all the mountain mommas.
Krista White, art barn
Hey y’all! This summer will be my 13th summer working in summer camps and my first with High Trails. I recently moved to Boulder, Colorado with my husband Phil and dog Miles and this will be my first summer in the Rockies. I am a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina with a BS in Recreation Management concentrating in outdoor experiential education and summer camp management. My favorite things to do at camp include dressing in costume, singing camp songs, and making camp magical. I am very excited to be bringing a Makerspace to High Trails this summer as the Arts and Crafts Coordinator. I cannot wait to see what projects my campers create this summer. Anything is possible!
Erica Wilkins, photographer
Hi Hi! My name is Erica Wilkins – This is my 3rd summer at High Trials I attended West Virginia University (Mountain Mama) for my B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry and my M. Ed in Secondary Science. I have graduated and I currently work at Knox Middle School in North Carolina. Go Panthers! I am a 7th grade science teacher and I love finding each day to be completely different than the day before. I am a Capricorn – I am lactose intolerant (new discovery) – I have a cat named (Jon) Snow Princess – and people watching IS a hobby. I am very excited for camp! I cannot wait for the food, festivities, friendly faces and the serenity of the Colorado Mountains.
Anne Shingler, kitchen coordinator
Howdy Y’all! My name is Anne Shingler, and I am STOKED for my first summer at Sanborn. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Recreation Management focused on Youth Development because I won’t to work in camps forever! I am super lucky to spend my winters in Breckenridge, CO, but I am definitely looking forward to hiking weather. I love to do puzzles, play guitar, and laugh a lot. I CANNOT wait to meet everyone and start making a positive impact!
left to right: Annie McDevitt, Robin Graney, Becca Brown, Tawny Reagan, Kendra Shehy
Hi everyone! My name is Annie McDevitt and this will be my third summer on staff and 7th summer at Sanborn. I just graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Educational Studies and I cannot think of a better way to spend my first post-grad summer than at Sanborn! Some fun facts about me are that I am a cat enthusiast, a Sia super-fan, and my spirit animal is a goat. I can’t wait to go on trail rides and pack trips with all the wonderful horses and campers this summer!!
Hello! My name is Kendra Shehy; I recently graduated from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am beyond excited to return to Sanborn for my second summer on staff! I was a Ponderosa counselor during my first summer (2013) and this summer I am excited to live out my cowgirl dreams again as a wrangler.
I am from a little town in Western Massachusetts and this is my first time in Colorado or at High Trails. I have been working with horses at a therapeutic riding stable for the past nine years. I am now going to school at Mount Holyoke for Neuroscience. While there I have ridden for both the western and dressage teams. I love coffee and dancing in that order and have been learning tango for about a year now and am loving it. I will be helping teach a tango class at my college this coming fall. I am so excited to be working and riding at camp and exploring the outdoors with everyone.
Howdy y’all! My name is Tawny and this will be my first year at Sanborn and I could not be more excited! I am a Coloradan through and through. I just graduated from Colorado State University (GO RAMS!) where I studied Equine Science and lucky for me I will be a wrangler this summer. I love tying knots more than I care to admit, I am smitten with anything that has fur, and I am a horrible clutz. I am SO excited to explore everything camp has to offer since I am brand new and hopefully some of you can come along with me!
Hi! My name is Becca and I am super stoked for my first summer at Sanborn! I’m looking forward to the upcoming adventures as a wrangler at High Trails. I grew up in Plant City, Florida but now live in Tallahassee while attending the Florida State University (Go Noles) majoring in Exceptional Student Education. I have a puppy that I adore named Koda and when I’m not at the stables I’m either out exploring Tallahassee or at the beach. I can’t wait for the endless hikes, trail rides, and camp shenanigans that will be shared at High Trails.
left to right: Katie Roberts, Katie Metz, Gitta Polson
Hey everyone! My name is Katie Roberts, and I’m so excited to be a camp nurse at High Trails this summer. I hail from New Haven, Connecticut, where I am getting my masters degree in pediatric nursing at Yale University. Before realizing that I wanted to be a nurse, I got my BA in English from Brown University, worked at a non-profit organization in Mexico, and taught special education at at school near Boston, Massachusetts. This will be my first summer at High Trails, although definitely not my first rodeo at a summer camp- I spent many a summer as a counselor at a camp in Northern Wisconsin, where I grew up. Besides removing splinters and handing out ice packs, I love running, baking cookies (and eating them), and reading. I am super excited to meet all the wonderful campers and counselors!
Hi everyone! My name is Birgitta — my family is Swedish, so that’s where my name comes from! This will be my first summer at Sanborn, and I cannot wait!! I got my undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and I am currently working toward my master’s degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In just a little over a year, I will be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I absolutely love to be outside, and I have a feeling that once I spend three months in Colorado, it will be tough to get me to leave! If I’m not studying or working, you can find me running, dancing, playing the piano, cooking, or scheming about what to bake for dinner with my friends. I grew up in Maine and can’t remember too many times when I wasn’t exploring in the woods around my house or running around in the rain, snow, or sunshine. I don’t usually go for more than one day without eating peanut butter, and I think that freshly baked bread is one of the best things that was ever invented. I’m pretty pumped to take a break from city living this summer and be up in the mountains! I’m so excited to help everyone at High Trails stay safe and healthy, make new friends and learn to sing and play all the best camp songs!!”
Hello!!! My name is Katie Metz and I will be the nurse at both High Trails and Big Spring this summer! I am so excited to come back to Sanborn for my second summer after working here 2 years ago. After I left Sanborn, I moved to Denver to work at a Spinal Cord Rehab Nursing Facility which I loved as well. But the mountains were calling me and I can’t wait to get back this summer. If I’m not at work then you could definitely find me in the mountains. I absolutely love to ski and over this past year was lucky enough to travel to 11 ski resorts throughout the west! This summer though I’m hoping to use my new fly fishing gear in the beautiful Colorado Mountains and go on some fun mountain biking trails! I can’t wait to meet all the campers this year at both camps keeping them healthy and safe!