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CAMP LEADERS

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PHILIP COX 
MARKETING & NEWSLETTER AMBASSADOR

Favorite Adventures:

Hiking, Mountaineering, Off-roading

Why he Always Choose Adventures:

Exploring through the wilderness is his therapy, gym, and church. Completing a challenging hike sets his soul on fire. At 28 Phil completed all 58 of the Colorado 14ers in 3 seasons, and 3 of the 4 great traverses. Every weekend he’s out on a new trail. He also hosts homeless drives every winter using his social media influence to gather hundreds in donations to help the less fortunate. So it’s not just about adventuring for him, it’s about helping out the community more importantly.

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MIKE GOLDBLATT
ACA FLY FISHING GUIDE & WILDERNESS INSTRUCTOR
Wilderness First Responder, NOLS.

Mike jokes that although he was born in New York City, he got to Colorado as fast as he could. At age twenty he headed west and started a tree company in Evergreen, Colorado. His career as an arborist and his second career as a fly fishing guide has allowed Mike to live a life outdoors. Mike has traveled the world in his fly fishing and adventure pursuits including  New Zealand, Costa Rica,  The Caribbean , Alaska, and Hawaii. Among his volunteer duties at ACA, Mike teaches ACA members and guests to fly fish. 

When he doesn't have a fly rod in hand, Mike loves to hike his beloved Rocky Mountains. He also enjoys camping, playing music and volunteering at various non profit groups. 

 

Why He Always Chooses Adventures

 

In 2020 Mike was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that causes chronic neck and head pain. Then in 2022 he was diagnosed with hypoxia. He decided he was going to either overcome his health issues or lose his ability to enjoy his love of the outdoors and his active life. When he found out about ACA he jumped in head first as a volunteer.  ACA inspires him to help others as well as himself to enjoy the adventures the great outdoors offers. 

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DONI MARSELIES
ACA EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER
Wilderness First Responder, NOLS

Favorite Adventures:

Backpacking in the spring and winter and photography hunting.

 

Why He Always Chooses Adventures:

Marsel loves the outdoors. He often enjoys nature by going on solo backpacking trips. Since he would go out and about by himself, he likes to make sure that he knows everything there is to know about his surroundings. He likes looking at his immediate landscape that sometimes includes trees, rocks  and random shrubs with a hope that he can catch a glimpse of any type of wildlife; so he can capture it with his camera. Lately he's been writing about his hikes, and hope someday he can make a living writing about his experiences in the outdoors. 

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ASHLEY NAKASHIMADA
Wilderness First Aid - Chemekeans Climbing Club
 

Favorite Adventures:

Ashley absolutely loves traveling, mountains and hiking. If you combine the 3, that's her sweet spot! But really, just simply being outside is what makes Ashley happy. 

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures: Living in Oregon, Ashley has been always been spoiled with the outdoors and natural beauty. As a teen and young adult Ashley found her peace and happiness in the outdoors and has yet to look back! 

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JENNY ROACH
LEAD AMBASSADOR
Wilderness First Aid - Solo Colorado 

Favorite Adventures:

Jenny's favorite adventures include hiking the big rocks and exploring the trails sharing her love of the mountains with her grandson. She hiked her first 14er in 2019 and caught the bug. Jenny hopes to see the top of them all. She loves all the winter things best. 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

For sanity. For grounding. For connection. Jenny will be the first to tell you of the magic in the sparkling snow just before the sun crests the horizon; the tranquility of the rushing, half frozen mountain steam as it timelessly passes by; the utmost importance of passing on the knowledge of conservation, love and care for our planet. 

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AWK STANLEY
Wilderness First Aid - NOLS

Your Favorite Adventures:

Hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, and traveling. And food! Food is an adventure too right?? 

 

Why she Always Choose Adventures: 

Nature and the outdoors is where she finds her therapy and peace. Having never visited Colorado at all, Awk decided to move to Colorado 3 years ago after a slump in her mental health. If the saying is true about the mountains calling, it called and Awk answered. It was probably the best decision she could have made and she doesn’t regret it one bit! The positive impact that nature and the endless outdoor possibilities have really helped her find her inner peace. She always choose adventures because life is full of amazing adventures and she wants to share it with as many people as possible! 

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LEAH WHITELAW

Favorite Adventures:

Canyoneering, hiking, rock climbing, sky diving, camping, and SUP-ing

 

Why She Always Chooses Adventures:

Leah considers her life to be a spontaneous adventure! She prefers to spend more time outdoors than in, usually accompanied by her dog. Leah is a retiredish circus performer now working in the beer industry. She values helping people discover joy, empowerment, and inner peace through outdoor recreation. Leah’s latest passion is slot canyons and hope to be spending more time between rock walls soon!

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