Meet The Dream Team

Meet Explorer Chick Nicki Bruckmann

Nicki is the Founder of Explorer Chick, a breaker of American Dreams, and the Head Instigator of SHE-nanigans. She did that whole Adult thing for a while – bought a house, got married, worked a promising corporate career. Turns out she didn’t fit that mold very well, so she broke that American Dream in 2014...

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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 gear head, a 50 state high pointer, and an avid cyclist. She co-authored our Backpacking Workshop Field Guide, and holds her Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR certifications. Lynsey calls Dayton, Ohio, home and loves...

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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 Amy Mixell

Amy is the Operations Manager for Explorer Chick. With her knack for organization, detail, and customer service she is the point-woman for communicating with you, your guides, and our partners. If you have a questions about a trip, Amy is your gal! She calls Cincinnati home and loves to explore with her husband and...

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Meet Explorer Chick Katie Jones

Katie is an Explorer Chick Guide, with a passion for adventure in…well ANYWHERE. Katie was born in Georgia, but has lived in multiple states and overseas before making her way to her current home in Arizona. She graduated from Auburn University in 2009. In her former life she was a Project Coordinator for a...

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Meet Explorer Chick Cassie Likens

Cassie is an Explorer Chick Guide who is always chasing the next adventure. After earning her B.A. in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management, she hit the ground running! She has earned her Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Master Educator, and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. Cassie has...

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Meet Explorer Chick Kimberly Brookshire

Kimberly “Legs” Brookshire is an Explorer Chick Guide who craves long distance hiking, traveling abroad, and anything that gets her adrenaline going. She has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Marketing and Management but discovered that her true passion and happiness is found in nature. In 2016, Kimberly...

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Meet Explorer Chick Sarah Mallory

Sarah is an Explorer Chick guide hailing primarily from Cincinnati, OH. Having worked previously as an industrial designer, Sarah discovered a passion and talent for guiding outdoor adventures in 2016 when she began running whitewater rafting trips in the backcountry of Idaho. Today, she leads multi-day wilderness...

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Meet Explorer Chick Kirstie Mullikin

Kirstie is an Explorer Chick Guide who loves scrambling up mountains and dancing on top of them. Hailing from May’s Lick, Kentucky, she’s a graduate of the University of Kentucky carrying a B.S. in Horticulture, Plant, and Soil Sciences. She developed her love for the outdoors and hiking by spending most of her...

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