Post 58 Advisors

The post relies on its wonderful group of advisors to make trips possible! Learn a little bit more about the adults involved with our organization.


Peter Green (Post 58 Director)

Peter has been teaching outdoor skills and leadership to teenagers for more than  40 years. He helped start the Post in 1993 along with a couple of other friends who worked together at Camp Nor’wester. His experience includes four years as Program Director at Nor’wester on Lopez Island, Washington and six years as a counselor there. Peter was the Coordinator of the NW Regional Outdoor School Program in 2004 and 2005. Peter served as Director of Outdoor Education at Catlin Gabel School for 11 years, helping it to become the largest program of its kind on the West Coast. He served as Dean of Students at the Catlin Gabel Upper School for three years.

From 1993 to 2003, Peter worked for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber as the Governor’s Natural Resources Director and he served as Executive Director of the Kitzhaber Center at Lewis & Clark Law School in 2004. For eight years, Peter served as chairman of the state Outdoor Youth Program Advisory Committee. In addition, he worked as a guide leading climbing and hiking trips for Oregon Peak Adventures. Peter earned a B.A. in psychology and environmental studies from Williams College and an M.S. in ecology from the University of California–Davis. Peter and his wife Mary live in Portland where they spend their free time exploring the wilderness areas of the Northwest and traveling where they can.

Linnea Alexander

 Linnea found her great love of the outdoors backpacking, climbing, and skiing all around Washington State with her parents when she was a kid. A love for the Pacific Northwest and a whole lot of rainy weather what landed her in the lovely Portland, Oregon! Currently, Linnea is studying to be a music therapist at Portland State University and working her dream job as an outdoor guide for the PSU Outdoor Program. Since joining the Post at the start of 2018, she has had an absolute blast climbing and trying her hand at new technical mountaineering skills. Linnea is so incredibly honored for the opportunity to scale the area’s beautiful peaks with some of the most hardworking, inspiring, compassionate high schoolers she has ever had the pleasure to know!The best meal Linnea has ever eaten on the top of a mountain is pizza and a Le Croix. Try it sometime you won’t regret it!




debbie bauer brockway

Debbie has been backpacking with kids since her children where born.  Leading backpacking excursions for the last 20years with children & teenagers into Wilderness areas has provided her with an appreciation for giving young adults space to grow and develop the love of the environment we have been given in the Pacific Northwest. Working to give young adults an appreciation for Leave No Trace  outdoor ethics is a trait she loves instilling in the young adults.  The love of the wilderness, nature, wildlife, is something she always try to communicate while working in the environment that we have the privilege to be in.  

She is Wilderness First Aid Certified:NOL and just recently completed an avalanche training course, and plans to take the Wilderness First Aid that is the week long course. She is a Hiking and Snowshoe Guide for both Mt. Hood Meadows and the Multnomah Athletic Club. "I sleep in a tent in the summer months more then I do in my own bed at home—I’m passionate about being in the outdoors and seeing as much as we can of the space that we are so privileged to have in our backyards—not for just the day, but for several days at a time without internet or cell service.  That’s when we are able to really relax and be able to let ourselves be one with nature.  Hope you can join me in my adventures!"


Tom Benton

Tom joined Explorer Post 58 at the beginning of its second year. He led many mountain climbs, caving trips, backpacking trips and conditioning hikes.  He participated in many spring break trips, ski trips and snow caving trips. In 1997 he broke a leg by hitting a tree while playing “George of the Jungle”. He stayed with the Post while recovering and during a Smith Rock trip he hiked on crutches all the way to Phoenix Buttress. In 2011, Tom moved to Colorado and now lives at 7,000’ in the Rocky Mountains where he climbs 14,000’ mountains when he gets a chance. He still went on several Spring Break trips after that and to City of Rocks this year.

Ana Berry

Ana was a student in the Post during high school which set her up for a lifetime of enjoying fried spam, loving the mountains, and being a pro nap-rock finder and huckleberry hunter. During college summers, she led kayaking trips in the San Juan Islands for Camp Nor'wester, and came back to work as an outdoor educator in the PNW after finishing school. But for a few stints of learning and teaching in Nepal, China, Malaysia and at the High Mountain Institute in Colorado, Ana has lived in Portland all her life. She's been with the Post as an advisor since 2012, and is currently back in school, studying nursing at OHSU.

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Ari Bissinger

Ari’s first exposure to the great outdoors was on a 26-day backpacking trip through Death Valley when she was in high school. It was such a transformative experience for her that she went on to work for her college’s outdoor recreation program where she first learned to climb. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Ari transferred her climbing skills to the mountains and has thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Cascades. Ari has climbed around the world including Nepal, New Zealand, and Morocco and has met many of her closest friends through climbing. She became an advisor for the Post in 2015 and has loved connecting with the students. When she isn’t climbing, Ari works as a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in functional medicine, sports medicine, and treatment of eating disorders. She is also working toward her diploma in mountain medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society.

Bryce Bissinger

Bryce grew up in rural Eastern Oregon and first encountered the outdoors while hunting, fishing, and backpacking with his father and grandfather. Bryce began skiing at an early age and has been climbing and mountaineering for over 17 years. Bryce was an infantry officer in the Marine Corps and served for seven years, deploying to Afghanistan twice. During his time in the Marines, Bryce completed the Summer Mountain Leaders course, an intensive 45 day school that covers high angle rescue and rope systems, mountain medicine, rock climbing, and glacier travel. After his time in the Marines, Bryce spent time riding his motorcycle through central and south america, fighting fire for the forest service, and eventually decided to go to Law School. When not working as an attorney, Bryce enjoys skiing, climbing, riding bikes, and spending time with his wife Ari.

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Steve Burton started climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with his brother and a copy of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. They started out learning how to build toprope anchors and climbing single pitch routes on rock and ice and slowly built their way up to leading multi-pitch climbs. Steve moved to Portland 17 years ago and loves the challenge and adventure of mountaineering on the big mountains of the Northwest. Some of the highlights of his climbing career include summiting the Grand Teton with his wife on their honeymoon, trekking the Ptarmigan Traverse, climbing the West Ridge of Prusik Peak and the Kautz Glacier route on Mt. Rainier, and, as a lifelong skier, every ski mountaineering descent he's made. Steve has always enjoyed helping new climbers "learn the ropes" and has a special obsession with safety in all his climbing systems. Steve's favorite rants, in no particular order, are: nylon vs. spectra, alpine vs. tele, synthetic vs down, what constitutes a "ski descent," and when to use an Oxford comma (hint: always). Don't get him started. When Steve isn't in the outdoors or spending time with his family, he works as a web developer in downtown Portland.


Jacob Case

Jacob Case was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. He joined the Post when he was a sophomore in high school and was inspired  to do as many trips as he possibly could with the organization. The group gave him a lot of the skills necessary to pursue his own rock and mountain climbing in college and beyond.  He is currently a junior at Whitman college, and his current climbing goal is to climb the Nose of El Capitan.


evan chenoweth

Hello! I’m Evan, an out-of-state “reserve” Post advisor currently located in Reno near the climbing Meccas of Tahoe, Bishop, Yosemite, and the High Sierras. I was a student in the Post while attending Lincoln High School and happily became an active advisor for about five years when I returned to Portland after attending college at Tufts and grad school at University of Washington. I’ve climbed most of the Cascade Mountains, flown in helicopters on Canada trips, had many a Smith Rock adventure, and love sharing my passion for climbing in the outdoors with students. I don’t want to brag, but I’m a 5.4 ropegun and can rappel 5.14… My day job is mechanical engineering at Tesla, so I haven’t been getting out as much as I did in Portland, but hope to see you on an adventure soon!


Josiah Failing

Josiah started climbing after being inspired by a National Geographic article about big-wall climbing in Antarctica. He’s been involved with Post 58 starting as a student in 1999, then eventually evolving into an adult advisor. Since finishing college in Santa Cruz CA, he landed a job as a geologist and went on to climb over the West, with favorite spots being Yosemite Valley, Indian Creek, Joshua Tree, and the High Sierra. Fulfilling a childhood dream, he spent four days climbing El Capitan, sleeping on an airy portaledge thousands of feet off the ground. Josiah loves being an advisor to Post 58 students, especially on rock climbing trips. You might find him teaching Leading on Rock or crack climbing classes, helping out on Smith Rock trips, or on week-long spring break trips! He's a total goofball, and enjoys being outside having fun, in the sun, rain, or snow.

Taylor Feldman

During her first month after moving to Portland in 2013, Taylor accidentally found the Post at the climbing gym. After she was invited to a single meeting, she was hooked on this energetic batch of teens, and has been incredibly involved ever since. Taylor has been a part of more than 30 mountain climbs in five countries, and specializes in backcountry cooking and getting dance parties started. She began her climbing career under the wing of friends, and then pursued a Year in Patagonia through NOLS; spending 150 consecutive days in the wilderness backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and sea kayaking. Taylor graduated from Evergreen State College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Photography, and now works as Outdoor Programs Coordinator and Lead Guide for the Mount St Helens Institute.


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Tim Gentry

Tim started climbing his sophomore year of high school with Post 58 as a student, going on both mountaineering and rock climbing trips with the program. Now a Junior in the mechanical engineering program at Montana State University in Bozeman, Tim loves almost every type of climbing, including ice, alpine, trad, and big wall climbing. At MSU, he works for the outdoor program and leads backpacking, rock climbing, and ice climbing trips for the program. He also sets at the school’s climbing gym. Since graduating the Post, Tim has climbed in the Tetons and Wind Rivers in Wyoming, Yosemite, Squamish, and the Alaska Range. When not climbing, you can find Tim attempting other outdoor activities such as running, mountain biking, and skiing.

Matthew Gibbs

Matthew, originally from Boston, MA, moved to Portland summer of 2018, by way of a quick two-year stop in Jackson, WY. He started backcountry skiing, hiking, and backpacking on the east coast, but his passion for the outdoors deepened in the Tetons where he upped his ski mountaineering and backpacking games. Matthew has also spent time in Nepal, where he trekked to Everest Base Camp, and Costa Rica, where he climbed Chirripo. He loves the quiet and solitude of the backcountry, and the communication and teamwork needed to reach objectives. He has AIARE I and WFA certifications and is working to build his rock climbing and glacier travel skills. His favorite backcountry snack is anything dipped in peanut butter.

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Charlie Grant

Charlie initially gained his appreciation for outdoor spaces from Post 58 as a student (and then student president), and has returned to Portland to spearhead the Post's outreach efforts and to cultivate relationships between the Post and partner organizations working with underserved youth. Charlie's interest in climbing and exploring the natural world has defined his career and hobbies. Before moving back to Portland, Charlie served as a lead field instructor for the Teton Science Schools in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he worked with students from all over the country, using Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks as his classroom to teach Environmental Ethics and Place Based Education. Before his time in Wyoming, Charlie worked for Emory University's Tibetan Studies Program in Dharamshala, India and at the St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. 

mary green

Mary has been an advisor with the Post for 24 years.  She has been climbing for over 25 years, including trips to the Andes, Himalayas, Canada and New Zealand.  She has summitted Mt. Elbrus in the Caucusus, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Pachermo (20,400') in Nepal.  Mary has reached the summit of 49 of the 50 state high points.  She was the first woman to summit all of the county high points in Oregon.  Mary works as a vocational rehabilitation therapist, helping people with serious head injuries get back to work.  In her free time she climbs and skis.  



heidi grompe

Heidi grew up in Portland and joined the Post during high school. Through the post, she learned how to rock climb and mountaineer and has been hooked ever since. During college at University of Portland she led rock climbing, snow shoe and hiking trips through their Outdoor Program. Additionally, she was a climbing instructor at UP’s rock wall. After college she moved to Austria, where she taught English and thoroughly enjoyed her proximity to the alps. She is now back in Portland for med school at OHSU.

Ayn-Marie Hailicka

Ayni joined the Post in 2018 mainly as a way to reconcile the regret of not having joined an outdoor program while she was in school. Now she’s excited that the Post will bring her two passions together: outdoor pursuits and youth development. She loves to walk, and walk, and walk, which has proven beneficial for the art of backpacking. This mild obsession has taken her up and down and around the Cascades, Sierra, Rockies, Ecuadorian Andes, and beyond. Youth have joined on her on these adventures from time to time through organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big City Mountaineers, Lasting Adventures, and Friends of the Children. Now that Ayni has landed in Portland, she’s looking forward to continuing to build relationships, skills, and so many more memories through the Post.


Ian Hennebery

Ian grew up in Portland climbing and skiing, joining the Post in high school and going on every trip he could. He continued to climb in college where he was involved in the Oregon State University Adventure Leadership Institute taking and teaching classes while working in the climbing gym and leading trips. During college he discovered whitewater rafting and kayaking and quickly fell in love, working summers as a raft guide in Oregon and Idaho getting kids out into the wilderness. Ian returned to Portland after college and joined the Post as an adviser hoping to give students the same experiences that were so important to him growing up.

Gordon Hickey

Gordon was born in Tacoma, Washington which was a perfect location for outdoor endeavors . Thanks to an adventurous family he was exposed to nature at a very early age. He clearly remembers carrying his own backpack for an overnight trip when he was five years old. Throughout his childhood there were numerous outdoor trips to the Cascades, the Olympics, skiing at Crystal Mountain, and coastal areas. While in high school, Gordon started to climb more mountains with his father, brother, and other relatives. Climbing Mt. St. Helens several times before it blew its top created special memories. His son, Matt, asked him to attend a POST meeting in the fall of 1994. Naturally, Matt became a very active Postee and he became an involved advisor. A couple of years went by and his daughter, Leslie, also joined the POST and took on a number of responsibilities including the role of president. Gordon has thoroughly enjoyed every POST activity and interacting with POST students. He hopes to continue contributing as much as possible



AJ Hoffman

New this year, AJ combines his love for the outdoors with his passion for working with youth . An avid snowboarder, rock climber, and mountaineer AJ can often be found romping around in the corners of the North West looking for adventure. Full of energy and enthusiasm AJ strives to become best friends with everybody. AJ is excited to guide and challenge your child but is just as excited to learn from them as well. 

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david holton

My name is David Holton.  I was born in St louis, Mo and moved to Oregon in 2007 when my sister had a baby,  I wanted to come out and be closer to them.  I have been climbing for about 6 years and have been with the post for almost 3 years.  I am a general contractor in Portland, which i really enjoy, but can get stressful at times.  Being in the mountains climbing,skiing, snowboarding or just sitting is the way that i decompress and recenter myself.  I am very grateful that the Post found me.  I love the community and the relationships that i have built and will continue to build in the future.

Kallisti Kenaley-Lundberg

Hi! My name is Kallisti Kenaley-Lundberg--I joined Post 58 when I was a freshman in high school at Catlin Gabel, now I am back as an advisor! I love rock climbing, mountain climbing, hiking, surfing, biking, and almost anything that involves being outdoors! I attend Portland State University where I am involved with the Outdoor Program, as well as the Rock Climbing Club. I am a social science major on a pre-med track! I am ecstatic to be re-involving myself with the Post after taking some time off to go to college (I started college at Mills in Oakland, CA and ended up back in portland at PSU). I look forward to meeting you, and being outside with you!! Let’s climb! If you have any questions about PSU, myself, or just want to say hey...don’t be shy!



Karissa Lambert

Karissa moved to Portland more than two years ago and has been an advisor with the Post ever since. She has been rock climbing since 2011 and started mountaineering in 2015. Having lived in Washington most of her life, Karissa feels most at home in the granite peaks of the North Cascades. She fell in love with the views that climbing has to offer, as well as the inner strength we can all find by pushing ourselves further than we think we can. Karissa works full time as a nurse at a local hospital when she's not out exploring. She has done a wide variety of traveling and is always looking for exciting new ways to mix her love for the outdoors, adventures, nursing and traveling. She also has a new side-kick, a puppy named Otis, come try to teach him a new trick when you meet him!


jack lazar

Jack grew up in the Portland area and began climbing competitively indoors at the age of ten. By age fourteen he became involved in the Catlin Gabel Outdoor Program where he took his climbing and adventuring outdoors. Through high school he was one of the leaders of the program and received the Leadership Award at graduation. While at Whitman College Jack was one of the lead instructors in the college’s outdoor program. He has completed the 30 day Wilderness EMT Program and plans to attend medical school in the next few years.

Petra LeBaron-Botts

I am a Foreign Service child, which pretty much means that home is both everywhere and nowhere. I most recently hail from the Four Corners region, from the southwestern corner of Colorado where the high alpine meets the high desert. I have been working or volunteering in outdoors since 2010, when I first became an assistant instructor for the Mazamas Mountaineering Club. In the intervening years I worked as a backpacking instructor in Alaska, a wilderness therapy guide in Utah, a canoe trip leader in North Cascades National Park, and now a full-time faculty member at Mt. Hood Community College's Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program. I am so grateful that my professional interests and personal passions are the same thing. When I'm not climbing a mountain or hiking a long-distance trail, I love board games, romping with my two dogs, paddling, expanding my record collection, international travel, and absurdly spicy food. 

Katie Lei

After growing up in Portland and finishing high school at St. Mary's Academy, Katie Lei moved to Walla Walla, Washington to attend Whitman College where she quickly fell in love with the Outdoor Program. She worked as a trip leader, rock climbing instructor, and climbing center manager and spent most of her weekends and breaks climbing up rocks or floating down rivers. Since then, she has worked on staff at Outdoor School in Oregon and Outward Bound in Colorado and pursued adventures all over the Western United States, including a 3-week trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and a 5-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. Her most memorable climbing experience to date  was on a route called Epinephrine in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Katie’s favorite piece of trad gear is a Black Diamond .75 cam, and her favorite book to recommend to anyone interested in climbing or philosophy is The Rock Warrior’s Way.



Stephen Lezak

Stephen Lezak is based in the flatlands of East Anglia, England. Tough times. He grew up in Portland and was a member of the Post from 2009–2011, where his advisors and peers taught him amount about accountability, humility, and wonder.

After graduating from college, Stephen worked as a climbing and ski instructor and high school geography teacher. Today he is a researcher studying environmental justice in Mongolia and the consequences of climate change in the Arctic. He has skied in the backcountry of Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden. He has never gone swimming and regretted it.


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Carter gained his passion for the outdoors early in life. He spent much of his early years hiking and camping in Oregon. Carter joined the Post as an eighth grader and spent 5 years taking advantage of its many offerings. He was most notably the Post Gear Czar. Carter recently moved back to Portland after spending 6 years in Montana. In Montana he  worked as a firefighter for a county fire department for four years. Carter graduated from the University of Montana. He is also a graduate of the High Mountain Institute in Colorado and his interests include rock climbing, Jiu Jitsu and long walks on the beach.

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Christian Moak

Christian has spent the vast majority of his life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; growing up in Olympia, Washington before attending Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and finally settling down for post-school life in Portland. Christian fell in love with the outdoors from an early age through backpacking trips and day hikes in the Olympics and North Cascades with Boy Scouts. He now enjoys the freedom and challenge that comes with skiing, climbing and hiking whenever and wherever he can get it. While relatively new to Post 58, Christian has enjoyed the lasting bonds developed through the shared adventures and deep community the Post facilitates.

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Haley grew up on a ranch in Baker City, in rural Eastern Oregon, nestled between the Blue Mountains and the Wallowa Mountains. This allowed for lots of adventures hiking to high mountain lakes, camping, and hunting. She also spent a lot of her high school years skiing at Anthony Lakes and trail running in the foothills. She now spends her winters skiing on Mt. Hood and the rest of the year challenging herself to attempt new climbing routes. Some of her most memorable adventures include backpacking the Seven Devils in Idaho with her husband, trekking on the Inca trail in Peru with her sisters, finishing the 2017 Portland marathon, and numerous climbing trips to Smith Rock. She works as a Physician Assistant in family medicine and has a special interest in learning more about wilderness medicine. She loves to learn and help others to grow as well.

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David o'Connor

Being a born and raised Portlander I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, however grey and drizzly they may be.  I grew up on family camping trips along with adventures backpacking and hunting with my father and have enjoyed spending time in nature ever since.  I love that these journeys get me to remote parts of the state that I wish more people got to see…there’s so many backcountry gems.  I’ve always found the experience of being out in the wilderness or on a mountain top to be so empowering and yet profoundly humbling.  I was introduced to the Post during my time working with the Boy Scouts, and have now been an advisor for 3 really fun years.  I’d have to say that my favorite trips have been the long spring break and summer trips -- there’s just something about driving for days crammed into cars with your friends (or soon to be friends!) and then spending a week together.  All of the ridiculousness and shared experience that happens on those trips as a group just creates such a special environment and so many lasting memories. 



michal orczyk

Michal was a student in Post 58 from 2005 to 2008, and has been climbing ever since. He is WFR certified and has undergone the Post's single pitch climbing and alpine skills training courses. He currently works as the Development Manager for the Cascade Forest Conservancy (, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving Washington's South Cascades. Any of his friends can confirm that Michal has excellent taste in music, food and literature. His favorite memories from the Post include climbing Liberty Ridge on Mt. Rainier, speaking in a French accent for an entire week at Pinnacles National Park, climbing at Smith Rock in a bathrobe and wizard hat, and the many wonderful relationships he built with fellow students and advisors.

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Kara Parker

Born feeding off of adrenaline, Kara began climbing kitchen counters and trees as a child. In attempts to keep her on the ground, Kara’s parents buckled her into heavy ski boots. To their dismay, she became a park rat and powder hunter. They have since given up and adapted a more “hands off” parenting style. After college, Kara bounced around the world, taught kiteboarding in Hawaii, skiing in Colorado and environmental education in Hood River. As much fun as she had getting kids to lick slugs (super cool, it makes your tongue go numb), she has found her home and true passion climbing in the PNW. When not holding a book or hold, Kara tends to go “full Sasquatch” and disappear into the wilderness.


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Tracey Rinck

My first climb was Mt Hood on a whim with a friend who climbed. After getting to the top and not knowing how to even put on a harness, I decided that because I liked climbing, I should probably learn the basics. I spent the next year taking basic training from the Mazamas where I met a climbing partner who was also helping out with the post. She brought me to a meeting and I loved it! When I’m not with the post, I’m usually hanging with my own kids watching soccer games or cross country meets! 

Niles Ramseyer

Niles Ramseyer, an Oregonian since 2017, refuses to live in the land of cement and corn fields. Although new to the technical areas of rock climbing and mountaineering, Niles has vast experiences leading and planning exhaustive day hikes and backpacks. Known for favoring off-trail scrambles and bushwhacks, Niles hikes were measured by hours rather than mileage, and rated based on blood spilled and balloons found. Now in the land of vegetation and waterfalls, Niles hopes to further develop his passion for photography in the shoulder months as he waits for the snow to melt. Although peakbagging is enjoyable, Niles is trying to start a movement toward lakebagging. So many bodies of water to jump into, yet so few takers. He hopes to have a garden and dog some day soon, but will save obligations for another day



Debra Sankovitz

Deb grew up in Pennsylvania where the summer humidity and winter ice kept her nestled indoors.  That all changed when she moved to Colorado in her 20's and spent the next two decades exploring the great Rocky Mountains on foot and  by bike. Deb was thrilled when she landed in Portland and her daughters discovered the magic of the Post, and the contagious enthusiasm for mountaineering and outdoor leadership that ensued. Her girls have since moved on, but Deb hasn't. She can't seem to get enough of these intrepid teenagers. When she's not helping to lead Posties in hikes, climbs and snowshoe adventures, she works as a high school counselor and college admission coach.

Maya Seidel

Maya Seidel is a big fan of the outdoors. In her adult life, she spent two seasons working for the National Parks including a challenging and incredible summer working in one of Alaska's finest, Denali National Park, enjoying the park's wilderness and surroundings. This past summer she worked in Wyoming as a campground host at Grand Teton National Park. Maya loves to tell stories about all the wildlife she has seen and the views from summits and canyons she has hiked. She has been an occasional rock climber since she was in middle school and now looks forward to devoting more time to climbing through Post 58. When Maya is not frolicking in the forest she is most likely cooking a yummy meal with her family or seen partner dancing at blues night. Maya loves connecting to nature and the people who share her passion. She has aspirations of becoming a outdoor educator. Maya is very excited to to have joined the Post and is eager to connect with all of its members.



Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is a Portland based climbing and mountaineering guide. He is an NWAC instructor and the Oregon regional ambassador. He serves as the Oregon Program Director and lead guide for a Seattle based guide service, Kaf Adventures. Over the course of his 16-year career, he has worked as an instructor, facilitator, and guide for numerous outdoor education companies and guide services across the United States. His deep love of wild places and a passion for teaching have been a driving force in his professional and personal pursuits. His early adventures were focused on primitive living and survival skills and long distance hiking. He has racked up more than 10,000 miles of trail-time, including thru-hikes of the AT, PCT, and many other trails. He is an EMT-B, WFR, LNT Master Educator, and has an AIARE level 2 certification. Additionally, he is continuing to pursue his AMGA certifications. When he’s not teaching or working, he enjoys trail running, mountaineering, cooking, ice climbing, reading, and travelling with his wife and daughter.

Scott Tucker

Scott grew up playing in the Cascade Mountains outside of Seattle, WA where he learned the fundamentals of mountaineering on Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, and the peaks of the North Cascades. He discovered rock climbing along Icicle Creek, Leavenworth, and backpacking along the PCT.  These experiences, along with XC ski racing as a wintertime passion, launched a lifelong enthusiasm for exploration. The mountain ranges in the PNW are vast and Scott is able to continue peak bagging and wilderness travel with his children, forever finding new vistas and locations of pristine beauty. And now the discovery continues as Scott works with the youth of Post 58 to safely learn the thrill of mountain adventure. His greatest joy is seeing the students move on to lead their own adventures and become the future stewards of the high country.



ian wayne

An Explorer Post alum and former Post President, Ian Wayne lives in New York City, far from the action in the mountains. He began climbing at age 14 and since then adventures and objectives on rock and snow have led him across the US and beyond. He's enjoyed several stints as a dirtbag-spectrum climbing pilgrim, ticking routes and areas of his wish list, and suited up for more high brow adventures in Nepal, Mexico and Canada. Though the Big Apple still feels like home, he will always hear the call of the hills. 



David Williams

Senior Advisor, Post Board member, retired trial attorney, former Peace Corp Volunteer in Micronesia on remote outer island that changed his life forever.  Fell in love with the mountains at age 13 climbing  north side of Mt. St. Helens.  50+ years general mountaineering and ski mountaineering in western USA, Canada and French and Austrian Alps.  Early YMCA, NOLS and Thatcher Wilderness School mountaineering instructor with teens in 1960’s. Passion for long distance sailing.  40+ years and 50,000+ miles sailing in PNW, trans-Pacific and Mediterranean. Have been involved with the Post since son and daughter were Post officers in the mid-1990’s.  Enjoys encouraging and supporting a passion for the out of doors with teenagers. 


Sarah Wolf

Sarah Wolf was a student in the Post from 2004 to 2007 and has been involved with the post as an advisor ever since. She still climbs and travels with the close friends that she made during her time as a student and loves to see the kids build these long lasting friendships, confidence, and leadership skills as they take part in all that the Post has to offer. Sarah loves rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and generally anything that takes her into the mountains. When she's not with the Post, Sarah works as a ceramic artist.  

mike wilson

Mike Wilson has been climbing mountains since 2007 and with the Post since 2011.  He has a 9 year old who is climbing the 50 state high points and a 19 year old son who is in the Army overseas.  This single dad has a very busy life and tries to prioritize giving back to the youth in Portland.  He loves sharing his passion for the outdoors and using that avenue to help students learn about themselves and grow into young adults.  He particularly loves leading students into isolated locations for longer periods.  That is when the true grow happens.  Mike appreciates that students demonstrate lots of trust with him and push their comfort levels with his guidance as well as with our other Post advisers.  He hopes to meet up with you on a trail to a rocky and snow peak soon.



Jerrine Wong 

Jerrine is a recent Oregon transplant who will go outside, rain or shine. Typically, she is a slow and steady sport kind of person, but will move quickly at the promise of food or warmth. Surveying her belongings, half is comprised of outdoor gear and the other half of cooking equipment. Her primary activities in the outdoors are backpacking and climbing. She knows nothing about pop culture. She really likes clouds. She doesn’t stay home long enough to sprout plants from seed (☹) and has recently adopted a Roomba named Bart (😊). Jerrine doesn’t really like wearing pants, but thinks perhaps she should own some and is searching for the perfect pair with a sweatpants-feel and the formal aesthetic of slacks. In the photo, she is eating a friendship pie she backpacked in for her friends to enjoy.

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Ella Smoot

Ella has been pursuing her love of working with kids and being outside since she was a child herself. She carries forward her experiences of being a camp counselor, a student on a NOLS backcountry ski trip, and time spent abroad in South Africa. When she isn’t teaching or studying, she can be found rock climbing or backpacking with friends. After college, Ella was a Senior Field Guide at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy facilitating wilderness based therapeutic interventions for both adult and adolescent groups. She is currently teaching 4th and 5th grade at The Arbor School and is pursuing a Masters degree in Teaching. She is so excited to be with the Post and for the opportunity to adventure outside with students beyond the classroom again.