Lindsay first began paddling around age nine, in her dad’s Grumman canoe on the lake behind her house. At age 16 she got her first real taste for whitewater while on a 3-week NOLS kayaking course down the Green River in Utah. Two years later, she experienced her first extended canoe trip with Camp Ogichi. Since then, not a single summer has passed that she hasn’t returned to Ogichi leading canoe and backpacking trips throughout Canada and the western US. The Allan Water River, Kopka River, Churchill River, English River, and Cochrane River are just a few routes she’s paddled with Ogichi, as well as various other sea kayaking and river trips she’s done with friends over the years. In 2011, she helped establish ODK’s backpacking program, co-leading camp’s first trip in the Wind River Range. While paddling is how she chooses to pass her summers, Lindsay enjoys many other outdoor disciplines and has had a diverse mixture of experiences in her 25 years on this earth. She is usually willing to try anything that involves critical decision-making, high adventure, good friends, and a little bit of suffering. Based out of Boulder, CO in the winters, she puts her Wilderness EMT and OEC certifications to use as a professional Ski Patroller for Eldora Mountain Resort. On warmer days she can often be found rock climbing or trail running in the hills outside Boulder.

Much of Lindsay’s life has been characterized by uncertainty, something she has embraced and turned into a positive experience and adventure. After losing both her parents to cancer in high school, Ogichi was the place where she found stability and family. Returning every summer and living in community at ODK has been essential to her development into the confident woman she is today. She deeply believes in the transformative power of overcoming challenges faced on a wilderness trip, and she knows first-hand that these experiences provide the foundation for being a strong and successful woman.


  • Wilderness EMT- Certified: 10/2015 Expires: 04/2018
  • Wilderness First Aid certification held since 2009 and WRF since 2011
  • Outdoor Emergency Care- Certified: 11/2015 Expires: 11/2017
  • CPR and BLS for Healthcare Providers- Certified: 10/2015 Expires: 10/17
  • Lifeguard- Certified: 06/2010 Expires: 05/2017
  • Whitewater Canoe trainings from Univ. of Minnesota Duluth approximately 10 times- 06/2010-07/2016
  • Leave No Trace training- 06/2010
  • Love and Logic Positive Teaching and Non-violent Communication training- 2013 and 2016
  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue Level 1- Certified 01/2016; Level 2 planned for 01/2017
  • Plans to take Swift Water Rescue and ACA L4 Whitewater Canoe Certification courses in May 2017 before the start of the expedition.


  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Summa Cum Laude May 2014
  • B.A. Geography, Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies


  • Chile: NOLS Patagonia Semester Course 2009 – 75 days sea kayak and mountaineering
  • New Zealand 2010 – 4 months WWOOFing and solo backpacking
  • Cuba: Gender, Race, and Class - Study Abroad 2012
  • Cuba: Individual thesis research – 2013/2014
  • Chile: Worked for NOLS Patagonia Rations Dept and Equipment Dept 8 months; 14 day Spanish Mountaineering course


  • 195+ days paddling (river and sea kayak, canoe, SUP) both professionally and personally
  • 125+ days in the mountains (backpacking, mountaineering, backcountry ski touring, rock climbing)