Erin McCleary

 Erin McCleary
 

Erin grew up traversing mountains and seas, plains and rivers. She spends summers in Minnesota and winters in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. She seeks out peaks to ski, ridges to bike, and the ever-elusive trout. Erin has traveled extensively across the U.S. and abroad in search of understanding and perspective. From solo hiking the Torres del Paine “W” in Argentina, to pedaling 1,200 miles across Cuba, to volunteering at a wildlife refuge in Costa Rica, to connecting youth with nature in Minnesota and Montana, each opportunity has afforded her a chance to reflect. She believes Mother Nature gives us what we can handle, but when we perceive our strength superior harsh awakenings result. Erin has worked seasonally in Ely, Minnesota, for Voyageur Outward Bound School for the past five years, incorporating her love of nature and encouraging grit and character development. Since she continues to have light boots and move every few months, the only constant for her is the wilderness. To find solace outside permits compassion and confidence to grow. The Boundary Waters has been instrumental in her own self-discovery and helped her to support others in their journey.