Angela has been active outdoors since childhood and has built her adult life around outdoor hobbies and jobs. She is an experienced field biologist, proficient in front and back-country field techniques, navigating challenging terrain, survival skills, first aid, search and rescue techniques, and bear safety. She oversees and administers back country bear safety and bear spray trainings for government employees, volunteers and partner organizations.
She lives in the northern Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park and thoroughly enjoys all manner of outdoor recreation with her children and Girl Scouts. She enjoys backpacking, caving, rafting, canoeing, cross country skiing, wildlife and outdoor photography, bat watching, fishing, hiking, camping, and constantly accumulating gear for these endeavors and her job as a biologist.
She recently joined her local Grotto and has worked with Search and Rescue as an EMT on multiple rescue teams. She was a Wildland Firefighter on an elite Interagency Hot Shot crew and has maintained her credentials for many years through her federal employment as a biologist.
She enjoyed mountain biking tremendously in her younger years, building and maintaining her bike from spare parts in high school and working in a trendy bike shop during college in Fairbanks, Alaska, where her bike was her exclusive form of transportation to work and school year round. She adapted her bike, attire, and gear for comfortable riding down to about minus 40 degrees fahrenheit, but also riding in colder conditions as needed.
Her gear selection criteria can be adapted to just about any setting, including field going personnel, casual or more avid recreation endeavors, family based activities, back-country or front-country activities, strategic water proofing needs, or Girl or Boy Scout troop activities.
Angela has also analyzed the impacts of recreational uses of public land on other human and natural resources, and has worked with multiple outdoor recreation organizations and groups in her professional work experience.