Anna Banks

Anna is an Explorer Chick Guide who is fueled by adventure sports! She calls the Appalachian mountains her home, settling down in Boone NC. Anna studied Outdoor Education and Sustainable Development at Appalachians State University. She also spent time in New Zealand at ARA Institute of Canterbury studying Outdoor Education. Throughout her studies Anna has worked towards getting her field certification such as her Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, Leave no trace, and New Zealand outdoor instructor certification. Before coming to work for Explorer Chicks Anna spent her summers working as a Wilderness Therapy backpacking instructor and her winters as a snowboarding instructor. She also lived in Yosemite for a season, exploring and working in the national park.

Anna never turns down a challenge. She’s competed in navigation and adventure races across New Zealand and backpacked sections of the PCT and AT. She spent several years as a competitive rock climber and snowboarder. When Anna isn’t out searching for the next adventure she is at home picking the banjo, floating the river, and hanging out with her two dogs!

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