Meet your instructor!
Stephanie Daniels is a Chicago transplant who moved to Tucson almost three years ago.
Growing up in the Midwest, she spent a lot of time outside with her family, riding my bike to the local park, playing baseball and soccer in the backyard, and exploring the local trails. When she moved to Tucson, she had her sights set on the mountains but knew almost nothing about the outdoors of the Southwest. She wanted to learn as much as she could so she got a job working at Summit Hut and jumped into the outdoors with both feet.
In the time she's been in Tucson, she's progressed from hiking easy three-mile trails to tackling multi-day backpacking trips. She backpacked by herself in Zion National Park, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up again, climbed Baboquivari Peak, explored Aravaipa Canyon, hiked countless miles in the Santa Catalina, Tucson, Rincon, and Santa Rita Mountains, and received her Wilderness First Responder’s certification.
Her proudest outdoor achievement is hiking the John Muir Trail in August and September 2019, hiking 235 miles in 24 days.
She still remembers what it felt like to be a beginner, overwhelmed by the gear choices and knowledge needed to get outside.
She's passionate about sharing what she's learned with others, empowering you to go after your own adventures. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting scenes from her hikes. She share both her artwork and her hiking adventures at www.brushesandboots.com