Katie Cronk, Reservationist
is a first generation Alaskan.
parents' story starts with, "We just came up to Alaska to spend the summer" and ends with, "and we never left.
grew up in Girdwood, between Turnagain Arm and the Chugach Mountains.
A world without the midnight sun in the summer and dark tunnels of snow in the winter is foreign.
Hiking, rafting, kayaking and fishing are her
usual summer activities.
In the winter, she
is either out Nordic skiing or curled up reading a book.
Highlights of life in Alaska include: backpacking the Chilkoot Trail, rafting the Gulkana River, and her
"Grand Slam" on all five species of Pacific salmon (the King was 40 pounds).
Katie attended Dartmouth College, where she studied Art History and Italian.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008.
has enjoyed studying in Italy, tramping around in Scotland and Ireland, and hiking in Peru.
most recent adventure has been walking El Camino de Santiago: over 600 miles across northern Spain on the French Route and 200 miles on the Portuguese Route.
Every time she
returns home, she
is awed anew at the incredible place she
isn't describing Alaska to AWA guests or detailing the fine art of Alaska packing, she
paints anything she
can get her
hands on and hops onstage with the local theater group.
was amazing - so friendly and enthusiastic!
made the trip for us and our entire group - such a family environment, she
truly cared that everyone had a fantastic time and did all she
could to ensure as much.
We didn't have to worry about even the smallest of details - she
had everything covered.
I could not have asked for a better guide on such an amazing adventure!