Summer 2015 will be Mareya’s third year working for the Colorado Outward Bound School. She was an Intern and an Assistant Instructor in years past. This year, she will start as an Assistant Instructor for her first course and then will serve as a Lead Instructor for the remainder of the season. Mareya instructs mountaineering and alpine backpacking courses out of the Leadville Mountain Center. Mareya’s current certifications include: WFR, CPR, AMGA SPI, AMGA CWI, AIARE 1, and PSIA Alpine 1. She is also trained in Rock Rescue.
Mareya attended Colorado College and received a degree in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. While at Colorado College, she led numerous backpacking and rock climbing trips for the Outdoor Education department, and was the head monitor at the school’s rock climbing gym. Aside from leading trips for Colorado College and Outward Bound, Mareya was also a Corps Mentor for Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs. For personal recreation, Mareya has climbed over 150 pitches in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Canada. She has backpacked into the Wind River Range and the Cirque of the Unclimbables to find alpine rock to climb. She has summited numerous 13’ers and 14’ers in Colorado. In addition, she has recently begun to backcountry ski around Summit County. This past offseason Mareya was a ski instructor for the Keystone Adaptive Center at Keystone Resort. She taught people with disabilities how to ski and snowboard. She also spent a lot of her winter both resort skiing and backcountry skiing around Summit County.
Mareya came to the promised land of Colorado from California’s Bay Area for college and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. She loves being outside climbing, backpacking, skiing, hiking and wandering around. Mareya has a strange love of math and numbers and actually enjoys preparing people’s tax returns during the tax season. She wishes this was a joke, but it simply is the truth. If you are ever on a course with Mareya you will quickly learn that she eats an unnaturally large number of snacks, has some mean dance moves, and knows a staggering number of terrible pop songs. Mareya discovered what the outdoors has to offer when she was 18. Realizing that she could live by her own means with only a backpack on her back gave her a huge sense of accomplishment and confidence which extended into her everyday life. Mareya works for Outward Bound to bring about this same development in her students. She believes that backcountry adventures will help you to realize who you are at your core and that at times you need to be pushed to your limit to see what you are truly capable of.