People

We are life-long outdoor educators. We have led trips in the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, worked with troubled youth in the Utah desert, and managed collegiate outdoor programs in the Adirondacks. We're passionate about making  the judgement, skills, and confidence needed to enjoy the wilderness safely attainable.

Allie Maloney started her career in outdoor education at sixteen as a summer camp counselor in Washington State. After graduating from the University of Montana, she worked as a trail crew boss, wilderness therapy guide, and NOLS instructor. She currently attends graduate school in upstate New York, pursuing an M.S. in Recreation Management and teaching outdoor cooking, wilderness survival skills, and backpacking.

Read Allie's resume.

I’m also an artist, herbalist, and student of permaculture. I brew my own bitters, craft healing salve out of piñon pine pitch, build earthen buildings, design t-shirts, and grow award-winning dahlias. I have worked as a personal assistant, logistics coordinator, and caterer. I’ve crewed on a tall ship, stalked the wild asparagus, and walked solo through the desert.

Dave Durant has worked in the Adirondacks as a summer camp director, university outdoor program administrator, and EMT. These days he teaches backpacking, climbing, canyoneering, and backcountry skiing in addition to WFAs, WFRs, WFR-Rs, WUMPs, and WEMTs. Dave is a proud preceptor for new NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors, and proctored the first Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester.

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Once I walked from the Hungarian-Slovenian border to the Adriatic Sea, contracting only moderate Achilles tendonitis. I made the first descent of Black Wolf Creek, in Canada's Northwest Territories. I’ve hitchhiked from California to Maryland wearing a Santa hat and carrying a sign that read “Home by X-mas.” I can frame a house, make chicken stock from scratch, and tell a good story.

What are our students saying about us?

By far the best instructors I’ve had in a first aid course. Engaging and passionate. They worked well with each other and brought great energy.
— Rob W, WFA student
Their opposite strengths, approaches, and personalities made for a great class. This subject can be intimidating but these two make it comfortable to learn.
— Amber H, WFA Student