Samantha Carney has been working for the Environmental Adventure Center at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire for the past three years. She began climbing her freshman year of college as a participant and was soon hired on as a rock wall staff member. Since then she has taken on the role of the Environmental Adventure Center Student Manager and has been certified as a climbing wall instructor as well as an outdoor climbing guide through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA). Sam has a passion for the outdoors, especially for the sport of outdoor rock climbing and ice climbing and she loves to share this passion through teaching and guiding others. She has guided a number of trips to locations such as Devils Lake, Palisade Head, Shovel Point, and Casket Quarry as well as Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas. Sam hopes to continue her growth as a climber, guide and instructor as she wraps up her last year as a student at UWEC studying French, Spanish and Business. Sam will continue her education at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse as the Graduate Assistant of their outdoor recreation program.
Lucas Kramer is a very active member of the midwest climbing community. Passionate about instruction and learning, he is currently pursuing his Masters of Environmental Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). Currently, Lucas is a board member of the Minnesota Climbing Association and President of the Duluth Climbers Coalition. In 2010 he began working as the climbing coordinator for the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program at UMD. Since then he has become a provider for both the Climbing Wall Instructor course and the Single Pitch Climbing Instructor course through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. Lucas has also passed both the Top Rope Site Manager (2002) and the Single Pitch Instructor (2014) courses through the American Mountain Guides Association. A single pitch ice and trad climber first and foremost, Lucas also enjoys riding around Duluth on his cross and road bikes in all seasons as well as convincing others of the value of skiing the American Birkebeiner in the classic technique in spite of the extra kilometers. Occasionally known to suddenly and unexpectedly break out in song with certain genres and generations of music while on road trips, Lucas is also full of many quality one-liners that he himself finds quite funny. Rounding Lucas out is his love of performing the trumpet with the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra a couple times a year. Lucas prides himself on being able to identify the learning style and needs of individuals on his trips and courses and then creating an individualized experience for each participant to create the best possible experience.
Anthony Ducosin has been a member of the Environmental Adventure Center at UW – Eau Claire for over 3 years. He started off as a ropes course facilitator, and has since become a certified climbing wall instructor and outdoor climbing guide through the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA). Anthony is an Environmental Geography major in his senior year, and is originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota. He has been hooked on climbing ever since his first outdoor climb, which happened to be on ice, in Sandstone, MN. His rock and ice climbing endeavors have taken him from all the way down in Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas up to Nipigon, Ontario. Some of his favorite local places to climb are Shovel Point, Palisade Head, Devil’s Lake, Necidah, Willow River, and Casket Quarry. Anthony continues to grow as a climber and as a guide. One of his passions is introducing new people of all ages and abilities to the “sport” of climbing who might not have thought they were capable of such an activity.
Al Wiberg has been working in the field of Outdoor Education for the past 25 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Environmental Adventure Center at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He received his Masters Degree in Recreation Administration (with an emphasis in Adventure Education) from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Al has a significant understanding and passion for educating students in the field of Adventure Education. While leading trips for UWEC, his responsibilities included teaching a wide range of skills and coordinating trip-related activities. He is a very well rounded Outdoor Educator with significant skills in teaching technical rock climbing, expedition tripping and outdoor leadership. Al has been a Climbing Instructor and member of the Professional Climbing Instructor Association (PCIA) for the past 10 years and is currently a Single Pitch Course Provider and Indoor Course Provider for the PCIA. He is also member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation Educators (AORE) and a Remote Wilderness First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross. Al currently resides in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin with his wife Michele and two children (Ty and Abby).
Vicente Delgado earned his Single Pitch Climbing Instructor through the PCIA, and recently earned his Climbing Wall Instructor Provider certification. He is currently the Student Manager for the Environmental Adventure Center studying Business Administration. “Rock Climbing has opened my eyes into the world of outdoor recreation! I plan to continue my education after UWEC at a graduate school studying Recreation Management with the intent on pursuing a career in Outdoor Education. His climbing experience has been developed all around the Midwest. He has frequented Devils Lake, Palisade Head, Shovel Point, Barn Bluff, Petenwell Bluff, and Interstate Park, but has also been on trips to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas, and Eldorado Canyon and Lumpy Ridge in Colorado.” Vicente appreciates the joy of instructing, as well as running, cooking, and backpacking in his free time.
Jake Brunnquell started his climbing instruction as the Student Manager for the Environmental Adventure Center at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and is currently the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He has guided numerous climbing trips to Devils Lake State Park in Baraboo WI, Barn Bluff in Red Wing MN, the North shore of MN, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas, Red Rocks Nevada and Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. While guiding these trips, he has gained valuable experiences as a guide and instructor and is currently certified by the Professional Climbing Instructor Association as a Single Pitch Climbing Instructor. Jake is passionate about getting others into the outdoors and introducing them to the sport of rock climbing. When he isn’t climbing or working, Jake enjoys exercising, playing the violin, and riding his motorcycle. Jake earned his Bachelor Degree in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and is currently preparing to enroll in a Masters of Business Administration Program at University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
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