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Meet the Guides

Get to know our close knit community of trained and experienced student staff. All of our Wilderness Outing Instructors have over 10 days of back country training and an additional focus on technical activities to provide you with the safest, most competent wilderness experience possible. All our staff are an equal mix of trained medical practitioners, cooks, drivers, outdoor educators, and fun facilitators culminating in pretty incredible outdoor professionals.

  • Jon Acuna

    Jon Acuna

    Looking for a one-of-a-kind guide to show you the way? Look to the stars! Jon has a passion for astronomy that is matched by his love for pushing his physical limit. Let Jon guide you on a mystic night hike, then pull up a chair by the fire and listen to the story of our universe through the eyes of a star speaker. Our resident astrophysicist hopes to use his army experience and CSUN degree to someday work for NASA designing telescopes. To hunt for the best night skies, Jon has wandered the Sierras. When he is not backpacking or canoeing, you can find Jon strolling around Comic Con with his signature grin.

  • Jefferson Barstad

    Jefferson “JB” Barstad

    JB is coming back for his second year as a guide for Outdoor Adventures. Rumor has it he summited Mount Whitney at age 7 and has been hooked on crisp mountain air ever since. JB hopes to become a doctor one day, but until then he is more than happy to share his favorite places across California with folks. JB describes his perfect weekend as backpacking around Lake Tahoe with a backpack full of Nutella and a kindle full of Game of Thrones.

  • Wayne Borromeo

    Wayne Borromeo

    Wayne is a fourth year CTVA major here at CSUN. When Wayne isn’t on an excursion down one of the many canyons of Pasadena, you’ll find him drawing or practicing photography. Wayne grew up with a love of the outdoors living in Washington. After traveling to Thailand and the Philippines, he decided to pursue an education in the entertainment industry and wandered his way to Northridge. If there is rock climbing or rappelling going on, Wayne will be sure to show up with a helmet and a camera.

  • Peter Chagnon

    Peter Chagnon

    Peter has been working for Outdoor Adventures for 4 years and has led trips to Big Sur, the Colorado River, numerous day hikes in LA, Yosemite, and Joshua Tree. When he is not studying puns of the English and French language, he works on finishing up his CTVA degree with a French minor. Peter is a natural teacher whose passion for introducing people to the wonders of the outdoor world is unparalleled. Peter also has 80 hours of wilderness medicine training. After one trip with Peter, you will have all the skills and knowledge to camp anywhere and everywhere.

  • Cole Christie

    Cole Christie

    Cole Christie has been a trip leader for Outdoor Adventures for 4 years, an EMT, and adrenaline junkie; if it’s an Outdoor Activity, Cole has done it — probably twice. When he is not leading OA trips or working as a supervisor in the office, you can find Cole riding his motorcycle, hanging out in natural hot springs, and generally doing awesome stuff day in and day out. Cole's trips cover a lot of ground and have a lot of fun, so be prepared to be moving from sun up until sun down as you explore the woods with him.

  • Ariana Cortes

    Ariana Cortes

    Ari Cortes is a third year trip leader of Outdoor Adventures. She is a certified food handler and trained in Wilderness First aid. Expert backcountry chef, and prone to giggling, Ariana has worked and laughed her way across California. Her favorite trip was snowshoeing in Yosemite National Park, with backpacking through the Southern Sierra coming in a close second. During her free time, she works at the OA Rental Center, drives her mini cooper, and plays with her cat “Milkshakes.” One of the nicest people you will ever meet, she puts on a pretty great trip when you go into the backcountry with her.

  • Celeste Ghottschalk

    Celeste Ghottschalk

    Come say hi to Celeste in our Rental Center and sign up to go out into the woods with our resident Ultra Light Backpacker. Celeste is currently studying Recreation Tourism Management and hopes to run her own summer camp some day. This past summer she hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail throughout the East Coast and worked as a camp counselor in Pennsylvania. Celeste has her Wilderness First Aid Certification, and is also a Leave No Trace and TREAD Lightly instructor. Celeste’s favorite outdoor experience has been doing off trail navigation throughout Joshua Tree National Park.

  • Sara Mcgillewie

    Sara Mcgillewie

    This girl lives and breathes outdoors! She lives out of her tent on a sustainable co-operative farm, picking berries and hosting the occasional music festival. When she is not tilling the land, Sara can be found relaxing in a hammock with a Biology textbook, novel, drawing pad, or harmonica. Passionate about human and animal rights, yoga, ethnobotany, herbal teas, and rock climbing, Sara hopes to apply her hobbies to a career in Wildlife Ecology. Take a trip with this girl, and you will certainly not forget it. Just don’t forget to pack your tie dye!

  • Emma Millard

    Emma Millard

    OA’s resident super athlete Emma hails from Finland. Emma is a third year Recreation Tourism Major, who is also a member of the CSUN Track Team where she crushes hurdles in her spare time. Emma loves backpacking and road tripping. Her favorite place to be is backpacking in the Sierra (ideally Sequoia). Emma once hiked 27 miles in one day along the California Coast. Just a little marathon through the sand… no biggie.

  • David Montero

    David Montero

    You might not see David around campus, because every free moment he gets is spent exploring the green spaces of California and Arizona. After hiking every trail in Santa Barbara he could find, David and his family would camp and explore throughout the Sierras from Yosemite to Sequoia and everything in between. David is a swiss army knife of skills, knowing how to canoe, kayak, rock climb, slack-line, backpack, canyoneer, go caving, and wilderness first responder. Be ready for adventure on a Montero trip.

  • Cristina Moreno

    Cristina Moreno

    Once a traveler, always a traveler: Cristina is a seasoned world-trekker. In between global humanitarian work and personal camping trips, Cristina manages to find time to dedicate herself to family, friends, and Outdoor Adventures. From her humble beginning as an OA participant, she was managed to broaden her outdoor career from coordinating summer camps with the YMCA to leading trips with OA. If you are lucky enough to get a trip with Cristina, we guarantee that her infectious smile will be there too!

  • Ian Navarro

    Ian Navarro

    A senior graduate assistant at CSUN Outdoor Adventures, Ian identifies himself as a climber who is trapped behind a desk. After working at REI’s across the country for 7 years, Ian decided to bring his many talents to CSUN OA. Aside from managing the SRC Ridge rock wall, teaching classes and clinics on climbing and advanced backpacking, and guiding trips, Ian also loves to slack line and mountain bike whenever he can gets the chance. After getting his masters in Recreation Tourism Management he hopes to open a sustainable eco tourism hotel/farm nestled in the foothills of the Sierra; until then he wants to share his passion and knowledge of the outdoors with anyone and everyone.

  • Connor Reeves

    Connor Reeves

    Baptized in the waters of rock climbing, Connor has become one of our most talented climbers. When he isn’t lead climbing in his off time, he can be found furthering his passion on the SRC wall. A true lover of the arts, Connor spends his down time looking for the best music and preparing his next film project. With a camera in hand, rest assured Connor is ready to document the world through the eyes of a mountain strider.

  • Jessica Rivas

    Jessica Rivas

    Have you ever wanted to meet Indiana Jones in real life? We have the next best thing; Jessica Rivas. She is our resident explorer, Anthropologist, hiker, adventurer, and pizza enthusiast. She has recently discovered her love for trying new things; and thus can be seen climbing in her trademark reversible pants. Stop on by the Office to say hey, get some gear rented out by Jessica, and ask about which trips she’s attending!

  • Jack Trager

    Jack Trager

    Jack is a fourth year trip leader veteran and is our Day Trip master. If it’s within a 60 minute drive from CSUN, Jack has climbed, hiked, and paddled it more times than you can count. After getting his degree in Religious Studies, Jack hopes to travel the globe. His favorite color is purple, and his least favorite color is anything that is not purple. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, amateur stand up comedian, and expert conversationalist. Going on a trip with Jack guarantees lots of laughs.