From Wyoming to Alaska, CWC Alumna Explores New Heights at Exit Glacier
December 20, 2018 by Fallyn Richmond
In a dreamland of towering mountains, glistening streams and rugged terrain, alumna Allie Lindblom spends her days leading tourists on guided hikes and ice climbs of Exit Glacier in Alaska’s Kenai Fjord National Park. Lindblom made her way to Alaska after completing the outdoor education and leadership program at Central Wyoming College, seamlessly integrating her into the hub of outdoor exploration and most grandiose sights on Earth.
Lindblom always sustained a distinct interest in the outdoors with dreams of becoming an outdoor guide but wished for a formal introduction into the field.
“I wanted to be an outdoor guide but I didn't have the technical skill or knowledge to jump right in the field,” Lindblom said.
Luckily, CWC’s outdoor ed program on the foothills of the Wind River Range fit the bill. Offering field-based excursions, expeditions and hands-on education with a natural history and liberal arts curriculum, Lindblom’s decision to attend CWC was an easy one.
“I decided on CWC for the unique outdoor ed program with its prime location in Sinks Canyon, and passionate staff,” Lindblom said.
Throughout her two year span at CWC, Lindblom cultivated relationships with her professors finding their knowledge and support to be the most influential aspect of her studies.
"Darran Wells and Jacki Klancher are some of the best professors out there,” Lindblom said.
They both have such a passion for what they are teaching and a want for their students to succeed. It was also really helpful having a professor who has worked in the outdoor industry. ”
Learning from people experienced in the field offered Lindblom the confidence and skill-based knowledge to truly succeed in the outdoor exploration field.
After graduation, Lindblom knew her newest adventure needed to be in Alaska and began applying for jobs in the area. She was particularly intrigued by Exit Glacier, and with her well-rounded education and outdoor experience, she landed her dream job.
Beginning with a taste for adventure and an incomparable training opportunity at CWC, Lindblom was able to uncover her passion and discover success in the outdoor exploration field. Excited for the future, Lindblom plans to continue working in Alaska through the summers and traveling in the winters. Her daring, wanderlust spirit is obvious.
“There's a whole world out there to see and I want to see as much of it as I can,” Lindblom said.
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