Amanda is a North Carolina native and grew up on Lake Norman. She is an honors graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism. After graduating, she moved to Boulder, CO, to be an editor for Climbing and SNEWS magazines; she also reported for the Outdoor Retailer Daily at the outdoor industry’s namesake twice-yearly trade show.

Later, she moved on to work for a digital marketing agency and gained a certificate teaching Bikram yoga. Her passion for teaching, communications, and being in the outdoors collided when she found Adventure Treks and Camp Pinnacle in 2014; she is now the director of Adventure Treks. Amanda is a wilderness first responder and can be found trail running, mountain biking, and cycling in the beautiful western NC mountains in her spare time.