Senior trip leader: Ultimate Hawaii
Originally from Ithaca, NY, Ciaran has called Eugene, OR, home since he was a toddler. He attended Warren Wilson College in western NC for a year before transferring to Southern Oregon University. While there, he was a trip leader and rock climbing manager, guiding single- and multi-day climbing and backpacking trips for students. He’s also been a snowboarding instructor at Mt. Ashland Ski Area. His volunteer credentials include time spent with Big Brothers, Big Sisters in NC; ski patrol in OR; and Helps International in Guatemala. After graduation, he spent three months developing an outdoor program for local communities in Ecuador. He returns for his second year as a trip leader for Bold Earth.
- Education: Southern Oregon University; bachelor’s degree in outdoor adventure education
- Certifications: Wilderness first responder, lifeguard
- What was the last big trip you took? Recently, I returned from a three-week trip to Ecuador. I spent these jam-packed three weeks locating and hiking the acclaimed El Condor trek in the Ecuadorian Andes. This backpack began in the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park and, after four long and strenuous days, finished in the amazingly scenic Antisana Reserve. This was a scouting trip intended to pave the way for an international experience I will be leading in the winter of 2019.
- What excites you about returning to Bold Earth? I am ready to dive back into the unending adventure that is the Bold Earth experience. Spending two months meeting so many new faces, traveling to thrilling and eye-opening places, and learning so much about myself and the way that we all walk through this world is an experience unparalleled by many others. These reasons and so many more are why I have chosen to return to Bold Earth and intend to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.