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Rachel Ross

RachelBigGrowing up in one of the flattest states had its perks: it forced me to travel. While Michigan has a plethora of water and greenery, I couldn't help but feel a longing for the desert of the West. My first backpacking trip was a three day hike deep in the Grand Canyon, and after becoming accustomed to the long miles and rehydrated meals, I was hooked. I combined my necessity to be outside with my interest in the environment by studying Earth Sciences at the University of Michigan, which became a springboard for developing outdoor skills, photography, rock climbing, and a love for international travel. Since then, I have continued to search for the next adventure I'm least prepared for, including teaching English in Brazil, mapping the mountains of the West, and solo travels throughout the Patagonia region of South America. Yet I was drawn back to the red rocks, and decided to pause the sporadic travels and settle in a locality that continues to surprise and amaze. My goal is to create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to connect with and appreciate nature as well as discover new arenas of outdoor activities. When not rock climbing, running, cooking, or photographing, I'm most likely adding onto my never-ending list of future adventures, which now includes areas in my own backyard!