Despite a childhood spent in the woods of the Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts, Kaylan never considered a career in the outdoor industry. She studied Writing, Literature and Publishing and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emerson College and graduated with a BFA. She wandered bewildered across the stage to accept her degree and kept on wandering until she arrived at the NOLS New Zealand base as a semester student. After those 77 days, she emerged from the backcountry ready to stop rambling aimlessly and start walking purposefully. As an outdoor educator she worked both as an environmental science instructor and as a backpacking guide on the Appalachian Trail, and co-founded a summer backpacking program for middle schoolers. She currently lives in Lander, Wyoming with her husband and spends her time hiking, rock climbing, cooking, eating, and plotting to adopt and train an adventure cat.