Although Jill was raised in a small Indiana town, she always has had a yearning for the more rugged outdoors. As a kid, she savored the freedom that came from biking the countryside. One summer, she seized an opportunity to do a multi-day canoe trip in the boundary waters of northern Minnesota. It was a turning point, experiencing camping and waking up to the soothing sounds of the loons and the lapping of the water on the lake’s rocky edge. She put that calling on hold as she went on to get her engineering degree. She worked for NASA in southern California-and explored the beautiful and rugged canyons of the south west. Later she moved to Colorado to be engineer for an aerospace company.
While engineering filled the week days, the weekends were for exploring the mountains of the Colorado Rockies. She trained with the local mountaineering club and later joined the national ski patrol. She gave back to the outdoor community by becoming an outdoor emergency care instructor, avalanche safety instructor, and an active member in the local mountain search and rescue group. She also has been leading mountaineering trips for the Colorado Mountain Club for over 15 years.
In 2015 she moved out of the engineering office cubical and converted to professional guiding. Her specialties are hiking, skiing, canoeing, rafting, and biking in the mountains and rivers of Colorado, and exploring desert canyons of Utah. However there has always been room for adding some fun explorations of kayaking in Alaska, Everglades, and Arcadia, and hiking some sweet parks in Wyoming and California. She is good at relating to people’s nervousness of stepping into new experiences outdoors, and thus makes the trips non-threatening and wonderfully rewarding.