Orginially from Naches, Washington, Michaela grew up packing horses into the wilderness and camping in the Central Cascade mountains with her family. She attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she received her degree in Outdoor Recreation Management & Leadership. Michaela spent her summers in college and post-grad working for the Forest Service in Washington and Colorado, focusing on developed recreation, public outreach & education, and trail crew. She is passionate about getting people excited and engaged with the natural world, and working towards eliminating the barriers that stand in the way of folks having access to the outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, hiking, river swimming, biking, and adventuring around with friends.