Claudia discovered NOLS in 1974 as a teenager on a Wind River Wilderness course. Three years later, she came back to work in the Gulch as an intern and then as a full-time employee. Claudia graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Outdoor Education, and is an avid mountain biker, horseback rider, and hiker. One of her favorite NOLS memories, though there are many, is the time she led a limping horse for three weeks across the Wind River Range in her red cowboy boots. Her spirit animal is the seahorse.