As a kid, Katie wore mom-made, whale-covered jumpers (the uniform of the cool kid, right?!). In high school, she developed a study abroad program so that she could travel to Spain and see what more of the world was like. In college, she spent six weeks on a tall ship, sailing from Massachusetts to the Caribbean using a sextant. Through these experiences, she started to piece together the planet from a cultural and environmental perspective.
Katie earned a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where a yearning for adventure in higher latitudes implanted itself in her imagination. She blames it on library procrastination, where she stumbled upon a book about the ecological impact of decaying ships. The feature article was about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, The Endurance
, which was beset in the Antarctic sea ice in 1914. And thus, her journey began.
In 2014, Katie sold her home and hit the road. Starting in Antarctica, she traveled from 68 degrees south to 82 degrees north—just 500 nautical miles from the North Pole. Her modes of transport included a 400-foot-long Russian research vessel and a converted Toyota Matrix car-home, which she drove to Alaska with her dog as co-pilot.
When she isn’t chasing higher latitudes, Katie seeks higher elevations at her home along the Cascades in Hood River, Oregon, where she lives with her dog, Mollie. She finds ice wherever possible, and works as a porter for glacier cave research expeditions around the Pacific Northwest. She is eager to share Greenland's northern reaches with her guests, and looks forward to exploring more of the polar planet.
Upcoming Adventures with Katie:
Polar Bears of Churchill