Noah Burke on the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park

Jen Cast

Being a California native, I grew up having the Sierra Nevada as my playground. I was fortunate to have been introduced to a broad range of outdoor adventures from the time I took my first steps. My parents acquainted me with camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, and backroad exploring. As a family, we spent our summers camping and exploring the Sonora Pass area of the Sierra Nevada and we adventured to places such as British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Alaska, Banff, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the deserts of Arizona and Baja California. 

My upbringing and passion for the outdoors has led me to many unforgettable and remote places. The ruggedness of the trail has challenged me both mentally & physically, yet the experience is something that I continuously strive for as I know the reward far more outweighs the challenge. I have adopted the challenges as an opportunity for self-growth and as a catalyst for learning both on and off the trail. I believe everyone should have the opportunity at least once in their lifetime to climb a mountain or sleep out under the Milky Way and I want to use my experience and knowledge to give others the chance to connect to the wilderness as I have. 

In addition to my direct experience on the trail, I am a certified Wilderness First Responder. I received my certification through NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. 

When I’m not out exploring trails or summiting peaks, you can find me mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, creating art, watching crime documentaries, and goofing around with my Boston Terrier, Wile E.