Walkabout Faculty

Perry Key –  Science teacher/ Baylor graduate '81
Walkabout Guide Focus – rock climbing

•Thirteen years experience guiding for Walkabout

•Over ten years guiding experience as a rock climbing guide

•Seventeen years rock climbing experience including ascents in Red Rocks, Zion, Squamish, Looking Glass, Devil's Tower, and the Shawangunks

•Director of Walkabout 1994–1998

•One of the creators of the Jim Pearce Leadership Trip

•National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educators Course Ð Tetons 1998

•Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

•Historical and climbing guide for Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso Texas

Kurt Emmanuele –  Math teacher/volleyball coach/dorm parent

Walkabout Guide Focus – backpacking, photography

•23 years experience guiding backpacking for Walkabout

•Multi–day Walkabout backpacking adventures in Arizona, Utah, and Texas

•Skilled photographer whose images have been used by Baylor, Backpacker Magazine, The Sierra Club, Appalachian Trail Conference calendar and magazine cover, and the Tennessee Plant Society book of wildflowers

•Guided wildflower trips for The Tennessee Aquarium, The Tennessee Plant Society, and the Georgia Botanical Society

•Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

Tim Laramore –  English teacher/ Baylor graduate '99


Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking and foreign travel

•16 years of whitewater kayaking experience. Rivers in Chile, Costa Rica, India, and Panama.

•10 years of surfing experience. Surfed in Panama, South Africa, Oregon, California and Baja Mexico.

•Experience trekking in the Rocky Mountains, Morocco, and India.

•Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

•Experienced in raft-supported river trips on the Snake River and the Grand Canyon.

  1. Well-traveled in Baja Mexico and Panama.

  2. Director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservency

 

Tim Williams – Director of Walkabout/Eastern Religions teacher

Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, rock climbing, foreign travel

•25 years experience guiding for Walkabout

•33 years kayaking experience

•Kayaking guide experience in Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Chile, and Panama.

•25 years experience as a rock climbing guide

•Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

•Whitewater Rescue Technician certification from Rescue Three International

•Guide for religious/cultural study and treks  in the Himalayas of north India - Sikkim and Ladakh

  1.          travel and study in China, Korea, Borneo, and Japan

  2.          Executive Director of the Taraloka Foundation - a non-profit organization supporting a girls home in north India

Stephen Jackson - Associate Director of College Counseling


Walkabout Guide Focus – afternoon Walkabout

  1. experienced marathoner and trail runner

  2. 17 years experience rock climbing in the USA and Wales

  3. rock climbing guide/instructor for Camp Wayfarer, Saluda, NC

  4. Yoga enthusiast and father of three!

Heather Biebel History teacher/cross country coach
Walkabout Guide Focus – backpacking, ski/snowboarding trips

• 12 years experience guiding a variety of trips     for Walkabout

• Guide and group leader for Cottonwood Gulch (trekking in Utah/Colorado)

• Experienced marathon runner – Boston, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego, NYC

• Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA (Wilderness Medical Associates)

•Mountaineering and trekking in Africa, Ecuador, Wyoming, California and Colorado

• 11 years of experience guiding ski and snowboarding trips to Austria, Utah, Colorado and West Virginia

Chas Dickas - graduate

temporarily retired to Nashville - hope to get him back soon!


Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, afternoon Walkabout, rock climbing

  1. 12 years kayaking experience throughout USA, Costa Rica, and Panama.

  2. Whitewater Rescue Technician cert. from Rescue Three Int.

  3. 12 years experience climbing and guiding throughout the Southeast, Colorado, Wyoming, and West Texas.

  4. Experience trekking/backpacking in the Appalachia, Rocky Mountains, and Himalaya.

  5. Experiential travel through India, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

  6. Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

Bett Adams - Director of Summer Walkabout Camp, Director of Middle School Walkabout, Baylor graduate ’02


Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, Middle School Afternoon Walkabout

  1. Whitewater Rescue Technician cert. from Rescue Three Int.

  2. 16 years experience kayaking including first descents in the Southeast, Pacific Northwest.

  3. Experience trekking/backpacking in the Appalachians, Rocky Mountains, Australian Outback, and Himalayas of Sikkim.

  4. Kayaking experience in India, Costa Rica, California, and British Columbia

  5. Integral part of 2006 scouting trip for Walkabout kayaking in India.

  6. Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)


Lindsay Deslauriers Mies – soccer coach, dorm parent

temporarily retired to Trinidad - hope to get her back soon!

Walkabout Guide Focus – afternoon walkabout, backpacking


Certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid from WMA

  1. experience trekking/ backpacking in the Appalachia, White Mountains, and New Zealand

  2. Experiential travel through the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and Australia.


Ben Mies – graduate, math instructor

temporarily retired to Trinidad -  hope to get him back soon!


Walkabout Guide Focus – afternoon walkabout


Certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid from WMA

  1. experience trekking/ backpacking in the Appalachia, White Mountains, and New Zealand

  2. Experiential travel through the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand and Australia.


Maggie Shipley - graduate ‘07


Walkabout Guide Focus – rock climbing, kayaking, afternoon Walkabout

  1. 8 years kayaking experience throughout USA, Costa Rica, India, and Panama.

  2. 8 years experience climbing throughout the Southeast, Colorado, Wyoming, Shawangunks, and North Conway NH.

  3. Experience trekking/backpacking in the Appalachia and Himalaya.

  4. Certified as a Wilderness First Responder from WMA(Wilderness Medical Associates)

Lalit Prakash - our travel guru in India


Walkabout Guide Focus – trekking, travel in India

  1. 10 years experience guiding for Baylor Walkabout in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Hampi

  2. 19 years organizing treks in the Indian Himalaya

  3. experienced cultural and religious tours in India

  4. guide and organizer for trekking and motorcycle tours in Ladakh with   Ladakh Trekking/Ladakh Moto Tours.

Gelek Gyatso - our travel guru in Sikkim


Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, rafting, Sikkim travel

  1. 9 years experience guiding for Baylor

  2. 9 years experience guiding and organizing treks and tours in Ladakh and Sikkim

  3. India Director for the Taraloka Foundation

Fritsl Butler - Spanish Teacher


Walkabout Guide Focus – afternoon Walkabout

  1. 8 years experience guiding for Walkabout

  2. experience organizing and guiding international travel in Spain, Ecuador, and Panama

Jen Clemmer - Assistant Director of Student Activities, dorm parent, soccer coach, Learning Center Staff, graduate ’07


Walkabout Guide Focus – afternoon Walkabout

  1. 3 years rock climbing experience in Wyoming, South Dakota, California, Nevada, and India

  2. 3 years experience as a rock climbing guide on the Baylor Senior Trip

  3. trekking experience in the Appalachians and Indian Himalaya


Ashlee Osteen - Director of Student Activities, Assistant Director of Walkabout Summer Camp, Baylor graduate ’00


Walkabout Guide Focus – kayaking, afternoon Walkabout, India Hippo guide, Assistant Director of Summer Walkabout Camp

  1. 12 years of kayaking experience in USA, Costa Rica, India, and Ecuador.

  2. Happiest human being on the planet

  3. experienced raft guide/manager