Meet The Team

Meet Explorer Chick Nicki Bruckmann

Nicki is the Founder of Explorer Chick Adventure Co., a Certified International Tour Director, and holds both her Wilderness First Aid and Adult First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. She was the little girl who tended to get into trouble seeking adventure and following where her curiosity led her. As she got older, her...

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Meet Explorer Chick Lynsey Harmon

Lynsey is an Explorer Chick Guide, an AT Section Hiker with over 200 miles of the trail completed, a wife always adventuring with her husband, the mom to 3 horses, 2 dogs, and a baby human boy, a gear head, a 50 state high pointer, and a cyclist. She co-authored our Backpacking Workshop Field Guide, and holds her...

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Meet Explorer Chick Hannah Hackman

Hannah is an Explorer Chick Backpacking Guide, an avid outdoors woman, and your go-to girl for gear tips and tricks. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hannah is now a Chicago, Illinois resident. She comes to Explorer Chick as the former director of the backpacking department for an all girls camp in the northwoods...

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Meet Explorer Chick Becca Foss

Becca is the Adventure Mastermind curating and developing unforgettable journeys for our Explorer Chicks. For the past 5 years she has been roaming the Western United States and South America in a small RV exploring the mountains, deserts, oceans, and beautiful landscapes in-between.  Her time and experience in the...

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Meet Explorer Chick Lauren Beatty

Lauren is an Explorer Chick Guide, with a passion for adventure ‘in the great wide somewhere’. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren has also lived in Georgia, Louisiana, and Kentucky- she loves exploring new places and meeting new people! Lauren graduated from Georgia State University with her degree in...

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Meet Explorer Chick Mandi Smith

Mandi is the director of our Explorer Chick Mini Adventures. She and her family of four spend their warm weather weekends in the outdoors at their camp in Indiana nestled next to the Muscatatuck River. She loves hiking, kayaking, and fishing with her two very active boys. She is also magic in the kitchen capable of...

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Meet Explorer Chick Heather Vargas

Heather is the Explorer Chick Director of Social Media. Home base for Heather is in the mountains of southern Colorado, but she travels with her husband and two dogs in their 38-foot 5th wheel 6-8 months out of the year throughout the US. Her love of the outdoors did not come in full force until a few years ago....

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Meet Explorer Chick Amy Mixell

Amy is the Agent of Adventure for Explorer Chick. With her background in social services and knack for organization and detail, she is the nerve center for all of operations communicating with you, your guides, and our partners. She’ll be your point-woman with all trip-related concerns and questions. She calls...

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