Hello! My name is Olivia. I am a scientist by education and baker by trade. I recently (December 2015, the day after my birthday) graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science in both Geology and Environmental Studies! My love for the outdoors stemmed as a child with countless hikes through a local park with my family and fossil collecting with my brother and father at Caesar’s Creek. Over time that love of nature evolved in high school to participating in various competitions surrounding the tri-state area (i.e. soil, forestry, and ecology). After those competitions that same lust for knowledge of the world surrounding me and being able to identify those features never stopped. There are too many questions to be answered.
In the scientific realm, geology is definitely my main squeeze. Ask me about some rocks, fossils, or geologic features and I can geek for hours explaining their significance. Unless I don’t know the answer, then countless hours of research will commence to determine an answer. I cannot get enough. If you’re in a trail party with me, expect to learn something about the geology and ecology of that area. The encyclopedia of knowledge inside my brain cannot be contained! The best part about backpacking for me is being out in the field identifying features (i.e. faults, drainage patterns…), collecting samples, identifying minerals/thinking about pressure temperature windows those rocks were exposed to, and overall being a part of something much larger than myself. Over the years I have dropped many parts of myself on the trail and gained new insights in my search for a sense of place.
Q- What trips are you currently day dreaming about?
A- Visiting Alaska again, this time in hopes of summiting Mt. Denali. / Graduate school in Environmental Studies
Q– Is there a trip that you are planning to do next?
A- There are two: January 2018, hope to summit Aconcagua with Alpine Ascents in Argentina, and leading my first glacier/ climbing trip to the Bugaboos in British Columbia. The idea is to climb the Spire in June 2018. Stay posted
Q– What was the last trip you took?
A– A cross country road trip to help my brother’s girl friend move out to Salt Lake City with him. We stopped in Omaha, and Vedawoo, Wyoming on the way. Once in SLC we visited alpine lake Blanche, soloed the West Slabs of Mt. Olympus and climbed in Hell’s gate.