Leader Profile – Emily Weir


After leading our Cape Cod & the Islands and New England Mountains & Coast trips in 2009, and our Coast to Quebec trip in 2010, Pennsylvania native  Emily Weir is excited to return to Apogee for her third summer.   This time, Emily is leading the biggest

Leader Profiles – Anna Minckler & David Cutler

Veteran leaders (NEMC ’10) and Apogee superstars, Anna Minckler & David Cutler, return in 2011 to lead our Montana Service Adventure and Northwest Explorer trips.

Anna, a rising junior at Lafayette College, was born on Kauai, Hawaii and has loved the outdoors from day one.   After stints in California and Michigan, her family settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she has now lived for seventeen years…

Leader Profile – Nick Smith

Nick Smith


In a word, Nick Smith is  intense. After his first summer leading our Northwest Explorer and Montana Service Adventure trips in 2008, Nick returned to lead our America Coast to Coast trip  twice. This summer, he and his outstanding co-leader, Cait Bradley, have been tapped

2011 Trip Leader Profiles

As we’ve said many times, getting the right trip leaders on board is one of the most important elements to running a successful program.  Chad and I spent over four full weeks this past winter interviewing prospective leaders and hiring staff.  We visited 13 small liberal colleges in the Northeast.  Schools like Bowdoin, Colby, Trinity, Hamilton, Franklin & Marshall & Bucknell.  We received over 130 applications for only 13 new trip leadership positions.  It’s a lot of work, but in the end, we know it’s all worth it.  And with 50% of our leaders back in 2011, we’re darn proud of the team we’ve assembled for the coming summer.