Alicia was born and raised in a small farming community in eastern Colorado; when she looked west, the mountains were just a small blip on the horizon. Alicia’s first international experience was at 17 when she went on a volunteer mission to the Darien Jungle of Panama with her group. This trip opened Alicia’s eyes to the colorful, diverse world that was waiting to be discovered. She went on to graduate with a BS of Science from the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and has worked and lived in countless places around the world. Alicia first began leading youth multi-sport expeditions during her summer breaks in college and has led trips in Costa Rica, Panama, Oregon, Canada and Peru. She is fluent in Spanish, is an avid outdoorswoman and has worked the majority of her adult life in the mountains of Colorado. Alicia discovered rock climbing in college and has since climbed in iconic locations such as Yosemite in California, Paynes Ford in New Zealand, Squamish in Canada and most recently, the famous multi-pitch routes of El Potrero Chico in Nuevo Leon Mexico.
Throughout her travels and work experience, Alicia saw the profound way in which connecting with nature has the ability to transform lives. Immersing yourself in nature and facing the challenges it can present creates a space for personal growth and lessons that help form a person throughout their lives. Being in nature, climbing mountains and rock helps Alicia put life back into perspective and she feels that being humbled by nature helps us stay true to ourselves.