Anna McCracken (Personnel Director)
Anna McCracken - From the far away town of Spanaway, Anna McCracken is A Champion if there ever was one. With fingernails that shine like justice, and a voice as sweet as can be, she does not take inequality for an answer. Spoiler Alert: Anna McCracken is the SuperWoman in disguise #sorrynotsorry #youknowitstrue. SuperWoman, aka Enforcer of Justice walks the Halls of PLU spreading love and kindness to all, and guiding Outdoor Rec trips, enforcing Justice and kicking butt in her spare time. Watchout for the superhero of PLU!
Kelsie Leu (Finance Director)
Kelsie Leu is one vivacious gal. When she is not sitting in her rainbow tie-dye Crazy Creek fireside chair, she is romping through the Montana wilderness in Chacos. Armed with a backpack and frying pan, Kelsie is a formidable hiker who can and will lead you wherever your heart desires. She makes a mean banana boat sundae over a campfire, and can hold her breath for 34.6 seconds. When Kelsie is feeling blue, she goes green by getting outdoors. Her favorite activities include climbing mountains, paddling oceans, and mulling over the many uses of bandanas. She once fought a rogue pronghorn gazelle armed with nothing but a frying pan and a ripped up pair of pants. When Kelsie grows up she wants to be a professional geocacher.
Hannah Anderson (Advertising Manager)
Hannah Anderson is a field of information and mathematics that studies the technical process of information and the human process of human communication. As of 2012, she joined New York University's Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor on September 1, 2010, a period of significant political, social, and cultural change as Korea lurched into the modern era and world order. Hannah Anderson, commonly known simply as Bauhaus, or Shingai Shinowa, has to do with a particular aesthetic integral to the brand–vamps for Gucci, say. In the nineteenth
century, Hannah Anderson gave rise to four Apabhramsa dialects regionwise. The Ahom appointed officers with various titles
and the title Baruah means a " Leader of 3000 men". Hannah Anderson is asatire of London's contemporary literary and artistic scene. Hence, The concentration of manpower was the key to political power in premodern Southeast Asia… In conclusion, Hannah Anderson means pertaining to, or produced in, the glottis.
Reed Gunstone (Gear Manager)
Reed, the name for a type of sea plant. You may think there's no correlation or causation, but, in fact, there happens to be both. Reed matured alongside reeds in his backyard( an ocean), he frolicked in meadows of reed underwater and roasted live oysters over fires built from dried reeds. Reeds are his main attire. Thus, his namesake developed alongside his interests in life. Reed also reeds much literature. One can find him often reeding great works about how to make reeds into climbing rope or backpacks. Thus, Reed's namesake caused such pursuits. Finally, Reed can make any OR trip reedy fantastic.
Known for her exquisite taste in animals and vegetables, this guide will rock your world on any trip that you decide fits your weekend desires. You may have heard of Emily Bishop from ASPLU, LASR, Frisbee, Campus Ministry, and a plethora of other organizations on-campus. That’s because she basically rules the school. She is an English major, hails from the great state of Ohio, and spends the summers as a backpacking extraordinaire in Colorado. She is witty, kind, and insightful. Sign up for a trip with Emily and she WILL win your heart. She also has a hedgehog. In the great words of Harry Potter and Ravenclaw, “Wit beyond measure is a man’s greatest treasure.”
This striking young guide hails from the lakeside town of Lakeside, Montana. Jonner was raised among the red foxes of the mountains, where he learned to stealthily sneak through the woods and fend for himself among the wolverines. After reaching foxy adulthood at age 3, Jonner began his transition into the human world. While the first few years of elementary school were trying, Jonner powered through to become the first successful fox-human in the world. Jonner became a world class fox whisperer in his adolescence which prompted PLU to seek him out. Now Jonner studies the fine arts of nursing and takes fearless young Lutes on trips into the mountains and the sea.
The younger of the two Gunstone’s, Andrew was raised in the exquisite town of Sequim. There you could find him patrolling the streets with his comrades. The true “Ruler of Sequim”, Andrew guides the townsfolk with conscientious lessons on the daily life of being a clam king. Andrew comes across as a nice young gem, but he also has an important secret life. At night, Andrew sneaks out (from wherever he may be) and hunts down the dinosaurs, giants, evil fairies, etc,., that could haunt the towns of Washington. What’s that you say? You’ve never seen a giant or a dinosaur? Well, Andrew must do one fine job! He tricks the creatures into eating his “special” clams that turn them into stone!!! He then plants the stoned creatures into local museums or yards of families (ever wonder why people have gnomes in their yards?). On his days off, you won’t see Andrew resting, but rather find him heading out to sea to find any trouble or disguising his double life by being an outdoor guide at PLU.
Here are the top 5 reasons you want Kristin Hayes to be the guide on your next OR trip.
1. Her beautiful singing voice will both melt your heart and bring out all the furry woodland creatures you wish to capture with your smartphones.
2. She frequently rap battles park rangers. She usually loses, but you have to admire her gumption.
3. She drives the white vans like an overly caffeinated sour patch kid with oven mitts on.
4. She makes freshly baked cookies for every lute that signs up on the Monday of the trip.
5. Last and not least her warm smile and constant friendly nature adds to beauty of the majestic places she will lead you to.
She’s as cunning as a paintbrush, and as charming as seal. She’s wears her green pajamas, and eats veal at every meal. Though some might find her mysterious and others slightly precocious, she’s really quite vivacious! Yes, indeed, Sarah Henderson is her name. Born in the land where the sun meets the sea and where the bridge meets the land—do not be deceived, for this is a real place you see. With a father of steel and a mother of iron, this Henderson is a force to be reckoned with. She learned the fine art of painting with her nose and left pinky finger at the bolstering age of 3.3. Don’t worry, she’s really advanced. At 7.6 Sarah was out frolicking with the whales on hay bales—yes, once again, do not be deceived. She is as classy as they come and as sassy as we like ‘em. With a keen eye for anything involving a green bean, Sarah has been known to run-off on jaunts with the Jolly Green Giant. By golly, he’s jolly, and so is Sarah’s sister Molly. Well, that’s all for now, at least until you meet Sarah out on the trail in a flurry full of watermelon sized hail.
Take a seat and listen to the wonderful myth of mischief, magic, and majesty that is the life of Brian Hundtofte. Brian “the Big, Bad, B-Ry” Hundtofte was born beneath a beautiful blue veranda in the verdant, vernal forests of Vermont. Since there were no doctors around, Brian had to assist in his own delivery. As word of this miracle spread far and wide, north and south, from the roaring rivers of Rhode Island to the rigid, rocky rocks of the Rockies, Brian’s fame grew faster than that one hair on the side of your neck that you have to pluck like every week because it grows so fast. In his hometown, a small fishing village in the arid air of antebellum Alabama, the prescient president had already praised his power by renaming Friday to “Briday.” As Brian grew up, he took up the hobby of walking around the woods and killing animals for sport. At this time, however, there was no name for such an activity. As more and more locals took up this pastime, they simply called the activity “Hundtofting,” to honor its creator. The locals, however, weren’t particularly adept at talkin’ words or writin’ their letters very good, so they quickly shortened the name to its current form: "hunting.” When Brian “The Giraffe-Strangler” Hundtofte finally decided to stop killing small animals and further his education, PLU, with its extraordinary Outdoor Recreation program, was the only logical decision. He came to the school many, many years ago, but legend says that he still haunts the campus even to this very day….
Son of Bear Grylls, Matt has grown up without the aid of any modern conveniences. Only weeks after his birth Matt was sent into the wilderness to survive weeks at a time, with only his camera crew to film his success. It wasn’t long before Matt surpassed the expectations of his father when at the age of 4 Matt left the family and went to live in the back woods of Minnesota alone. After years of hunting and gathering on his own he grew tired of simply surviving on nothing. In his free time he invented the sport of competitive wolf wrestling. His success in this new sport carried him higher and higher in the animal kingdom until all mammals east of the Rocky Mountains knew him as king. In his glory Matt tried to carry his success to the west coast. He picked the PNW to try and start his new reign, but never got the chance to start. He was distracted from his wrestling goal when he fell in love with a small school in Parkland Washington. This school was Pacific Lutheran University and is now the current home of Matt. He fell so deeply in love he chose to stay even after his four year commitment.
Once upon a time in the land of Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan, a child was born in a remote cabin in the back country of Minnesota. Being simple mountain folks, clothes made of small bits of furry woodland critters and lacking most of their teeth, a long time mountain man and his wife were expecting a child to born one stormy winters night. With howling winds and snow drifts the size of a full grown man piling up against the small one room cabin, James the newborn baby came into the world that cold and dark night. The newborn received the name of his father, like all first born sons in the family. James comes from a long line of mountain men, five previously before him to be precise.
One winter particularly harsh winter almost four years ago James the 6th set out for a few days to go on a hunting trip in search of food for his many siblings and “extended” relatives. He was in search for wild edibles and game that would be easy to consume like mushrooms and fish for his family because many of his family members have lost the ability to chew their food properly from the lack of teeth. One afternoon out searching for ground squirrels, James was caught in a tremendous snow storm becoming disoriented and losing his bearings. He walked for many miles, barely stopping for food or water just trying to get back to his tiny family’s cabin. His compass said that he was traveling due east, the bearing that would send him straight home. After the days turned to weeks, then months he started to take notice that his compass could quite possibly be taking him into the land of the setting Sun, West.
Malnourished and dehydrated James collapsed in what is now an area just outside of Leavenworth, WA. The next part of the story James does not fully remember and is mostly a blur, but according to OR legend a small group of guides and Lutes came upon him half naked in the woods passed out and gripping onto life, the perform WFA and nursed James into a stable condition, taking him back to PLU where he remains to this day.
Ryan Page. What is there to say about this young lad? Interactions or just mere conversations seem to create more questions than answers. Well let’s start from the beginning. Baby Page was created, not birthed, from hair follicles from his older brother Nathan. Some might say test tube baby but it is much more complex than that. Soon Little Page grew up, feeding mostly on a vegetarian diet of mathematics and paper giving him the brilliance and intellect in which we are festooned today. This diet, as said by Little Page himself, “gives me the brain power and strength needed for any large task, equation, problem, derivative, etc. etc., but such a diet does have its downsides… hiccups become convulsive and my lungs have a tendency of collapsing…”. These side effects, however, are well worth it. With Ryan’s bag-o-tricks, loving nature and being an outdoor guide became second nature. Some say he has even figured out the “wild” in “wilderness” but is too modest to explain. Others say he is a young Nathan Page, while others see more of a gentle Kevin Bacon. You decide!
A young female known for her dazzling antics was gnoming around the spectacular isles. Her seahorse glistened like popcorn. Once there waz seahorses living partly beneath her hair. Wow what a snapchat! Then, sleepily, seahorses took Savannah’s life raft away because she gasped jello.
A seasoned veteran in the arts of tai chi and mollusk harvesting, there is no doubt that this wonderful guide will always provide for an excellent time. Whether it be climbing Mount Rainier or kicking it with the A-list celebs after the red carpet showing of her most recent film “Oops I Did It Again, Yesterday and Forever” A James Bond/Brittany Spears combination romance-dance-thriller, you will always have a good time with this energetic young lass. Be sure to watch for her on campus, as she is always looking for a good “Holla!” You’d be a fool to miss out on any trip lead by this wonderful guide!
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the sculpted Roman God body of OR Guide Doug Smith is a testament to the hard work and finesse that goes into that kind of construction. A man with a smile that is sure to turn heads, Doug has been referred to as the “PLU Ryan Gosling”. He conquers tabling with class and leads the kind of trip that makes Lutes swoon. Doug is a descendent of George Washington, and he leads Lutes into the outdoors with the same conviction it took to cross the Delaware in 1776. When he’s not climbing mountains, you’ll find Doug taking pictures with cats in glasses, eating gourmet cupcakes, and uploading one of his many contemporary piano compositions onto his website, www.dougsmith.com . You won’t find another man nicer West of the Mississippi, and probably not East either. Rumor has it he’s the one who’s leading OR (trips).
Riley Swanson was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1984. He was a very athletic child, leading to him being picked up by the Arizona Rattlers arena football team as an undrafted free agent directly out of the womb. After a few years though, his intellect was too great to be satisfied with being incredibly strong and good looking, so he started a dental clinic in the greater Atlanta area where his practice focused on preventative care and good dental hygiene. While doing a routine cleaning on a great philosopher named #believeNu, the great man asked him to do a quick clean out of his arteries. Riley was confused and told him that was not in his skill set. The great man replied, "It's not about having the skill to do something. It's about having the will, desire & commitment to be your best." Well who can argue with that? So he completes the surgery beautifully, but the patient sadly doesn’t survive. In the resulting lawsuit, which he lost terribly because he attempted to do heart surgery as a dentist, he found himself at PLU. He quickly became infatuated with Wiz Kalifa, Jersey Shore, and the great athlete Taylor William Bear. He fell in love, later confiding to the rest of the OR guides that his dream wedding included a dress by Mori Lee, and his bridesmaids will wear purple. And he runs the bike co-op.
Brianna Walling started her journey within the crevis of a sunflower. Mother Earth painted her wings and long golden hair within the landscape of a beautiful forest setting. Her fairy God mother loved and cherished every moment spent with Bri until the day she was granted three wishes for three special gifts to strengthen her in the face of adversity. Brianna chose bravery, a free spirit, and communication with the animals. Little did she know, at the age of 6, the exhilerating journey of her new life as a fairy, attempting to coexist within the human world. Brianna continues to merge the two worlds and bring peace to the nations.