Hey there, I'm Adele!
Exploring the depths of growth through travel, wilderness, and art.
The river has been my greatest teacher and my travels continue to teach me every day. I became a wilderness guide at 18, and have spent over a decade travelling extensively in the backcountry for weeks and months at a time. This has built my resilience and grew my love of sharing nature with others.
I might wander, but am not lost. I'm most comfortable on the move, exploring new places, and in nature. My path is driven by my core values of freedom, growth, and connection. I enjoy building community with others that share my values and strive to find adventure and solitude in wilderness areas.
I have no special talents.
I am only passionately curious.
Places that I call home...
My story has always started with Alaska. It's my first love and the place that I feel the most connected to. I was reading Hatchet and Julie of the Wolves in elementary school, dreaming of running sled dogs in the North. Alaska brought my wilderness dreams to fruition along with the birth of my business, Live Large Design. I spent the better part of a decade running dogs while experiencing a remote lifestyle with no plumbing.
At 18, I became a commercial raft guide in Colorado, which will always hold a special place in my heart. I was able to explore a vast amount of Western America through the major waterways of the Colorado and Green River corridors, and eventually remote Alaskan rivers. Rafting kicked off my guiding career and showed me how much I love teaching. There is still nothing that compares to the nights camping under the stars.
Most recently, I have ventured internationally and discovered Bali while exploring surfing, learning Muay Thai martial arts, and climbing volcanoes. I've been able to join a community of location-independent entrepreneurs traveling the world while working online. Fortunately, I had already built my business in this model (without knowing it!), so it was a simple (not easy) transition into a life of full-time nomadic travel.
"I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found me no outlet in our quiet life."
F E A T U R E D I N . . .
Guiding & Expedition Experience
Class 5 Commercial Raft Guide
Paddle Raft & Oar Boat
Prescott College — Field instructor (AZ)
Raft Masters — Commercial guide (CO)
Wilderness Aware Rafting — Commerical guide (AZ)
Arkansas River (CO)
Clear Creek (CO)
Upper Salt River Canyon (AZ)
Grand Canyon (AZ)
Cataract Canyon (UT)
Gates of Lodore (CO)
Snake River (WY)
- 3-month sea kayaking in Sea of Cortez (Based out of Kino Bay, Mexico)
- 3-week Grand Canyon raft trip — Lees Ferry to Lake Mead take-out (trip leader)
- 4-week Green & Colorado River trip — 300 miles (field instructor)
- 3-month expedition with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) — semester in the Southwest
Dog Mushing Guide
Summer — Seward, AK
Summer handler and cart dog mushing guide
Paws for Adventure
Winter — Fairbanks, AK
Guiding day trips all winter
2-6 day backcountry trips in February/March
Destinations to Tolovana Roadhouse, White Mountains, and Maclaren River lodge with arctic oven overnights.
- 4-week geologist field hand & cook (remote helicopter drop in the Yukon-Koyukuk region)
- 3-week skijor trip loosely following the Taiga 300 dog mushing route (Lake Louise, AK)
- 1-week skijor trips to Tolovana Roadhouse (Nenana, AK)
Packrafting & Personal Trips
Echo Bend, Eagle River
Upper Chena River
- 4-week arctic river trip as UAF logistics guide for research trip (Put-in at the headwaters of the Nigu River > Etivluk > Colville > Take-out in Nuiqsut)
- International travel through Indonesia, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, and Singapore
Master of Fine Arts
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, CA — 2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Prescott, AZ — 2007
Avalanche Training (Level 1)
Alaska Avalanche School with Joe Stock
Manitoba Hut, AK — 2016
Wilderness First Responder
NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Talkeetna, AK — 2014
Volunteer Fire Fighter
Ester Volunteer Fire Department
Ester, AK — 2009
NOLS Wilderness Medicine
Lander, WY — 2007
Inspired by community
You can consider me a jack of all trades. I have always loved a variety of work, and have a breadth of experience in a lot of unique avenues (seamstress at an outdoor clothing company, bartender, construction worker, cook, you name it!). I eventually earned my Master's degree in design and focused my career efforts on my business.
No matter what aspect of my life I'm exploring— adventure, travel, or design—community and growth are always centric to my pursuits.
I have brought my entrepreneurial knowledge to an online course interface, to help other designers learn from my remote process. Together, we work with organizations focused on social and environmental impact to help our clients make a bigger difference in the world.
In my personal life, I love traveling in small groups and sharing the places I love with others. I've always been a natural host, caretaker, and nature lover.
To say that our trip to Alaska was a once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn't do it justice. I have dreamt about going there since I was a kid, so I wasn't sure if it would match up to my expectations. I was proven wrong at every turn with Adele's guidance. The pure, unspoiled beauty of the landscape, the wildlife, the people... I honestly don't know how to put it into words.
One thing I do know is that the trip would have been nothing without Adele. You couldn't ask for a better host, guide, travel companion, and friend.
Her knowledge, expertise, and sense of adventure are second to none: whether you are dog mushing, skijoring, hiking, or cross-country skiing to some remote cabin, jumping naked in the snow from an outdoor hot tub, or doing donuts in the truck on a snow-covered airfield.
Adele has a thirst for life that is completely infectious. More importantly, she's one the kindest, most generous people I've ever had the good fortune to meet. My experience of Alaska will stay with me forever!