First Ascent Staff
Trip Leaders for Summer 2019
Hello! I am Julia Adams from Canton, Ohio! I transferred to Appalachian spring of my Freshman year and I have adored Boone ever since. I study Sustainable Development and Geography and will be a senior this Fall. I lead water trips for Outdoor Programs and in my free time I love to trail run, paddle and climb. I also play lots of ultimate frisbee. I am super psyched for First Ascent this summer.
Hello! My name is Aidan Malone and I am currently majoring in Sustainable Development here at App State and I will be graduating in May of 2022. I am SO excited to meet all of the amazing new faces on the First Ascent trips and hope to share some of the amazing wonders that the Appalachian wilderness has to offer! First Ascent is an amazing opportunity to be exposed to new people and the amazing Boone wilderness. Our trip staff and I are so excited to embark on an adventure with you this summer!
Hello future wilderness superstars! My name is Maggie Rumley and I am stoked to be a trip leader for First Ascent this summer! I am a Recreation Management major with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education and a minor in Sustainable Development. I really love nature and can't wait to share it's wonder with you all!!! Boone offers such a dynamic and vast outdoor playground and lucky for us we get to immerse ourselves in it before the semester even begins! Welcome to App State and the community of Outdoor Programs; we can't wait to meet you!"
My name is Becca, and I am a rising Junior here at App. For my degree, I am designing my own and will be studying Outdoor Education, Sustainable Development, and Psychology with the hope of being an Outdoor Therapist. I love all things outdoors — so climbing, backpacking, caving, and anything else that involves the earth and the Appalachian air — and I also love to play guitar and read some good books. Stoked to see you this summer!
Hey Folks! My name is Hogan Malek and I am a Senior and a Secondary Social Studies Education major. Teaching runs in my family and I have always had a passion for it! Throughout my college career I have looked for opportunities to facilitate learning and lead others in meaningful experiences. This past spring I led a program through a school club to a national park where we learned about the environment and our role in preserving wildlife. I look forward to this opportunity to help incoming students build bonds with their peers and transition into college life.
Im Trey and Im super excited to hike with you guys this summer! Im from Northern Virginia and have just finished my Freshman year at Appalachian. Probably like many of you, I came to App to pursue the outdoors, so Im very glad to share one of my favorite ways to be outside with you. I also like biking, climbing, and running.
Administrative Support for First Ascent
John Ribes is a first year graduate student in the Student Affairs and College Outdoor Program Administration program at Appalachian State University. He specializes in Outdoor Experiential Education and is currently practicing as a professional graduate assistant in Appalachian State's Outdoor Programs. He has worked with notable outdoor organizations such as Outward Bound, NOLS, and the American Mountain Guide Association. His experience focuses in land based skills; guiding mountaineering and ice climbing trips to backpacking expeditions. He is a professional member of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education and working towards obtaining certifications to better understand back-country ski travel in avalanche conditions. His work as a professional in diverse terrains has helped him learn to adapt to any situation he might face with participants.
I have been teaching students for 25 years in a variety of settings and pursuits including mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking/trekking, sea kayaking, road and mountain biking, telemark and alpine skiing, backcountry skiing, canoeing, caving, rafting, challenge courses, extended backcountry expeditions, international adventure travel, and a variety of courses in the classroom. I have implemented over 30 multi~week backcountry expeditions and instructed over 1,500 field days in outdoor education. Some of the expedition locations I have been fortunate enough to course direct include extensive locations throughout western North Carolina, the Everglades in Florida, the Tetons and Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, the North Cascades in Washington, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, New Zealand, Italy and Fiji.
I am currently serving as Associate Director of Outdoor Programs and manage the trips program, including First Ascent.