My name is Phill VanKessel and I am originally from the great state of Minnesota. While studying geography at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse I had my ﬁrst SCA opportunity as a Trail Maintenance Intern at Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire. That experience helped spark my need for adventure and after college I worked as an SCA Intern in Yellowstone National Park as a Backcountry Geothermal Data Collection and GIS Intern. That position was probably one of the greatest jobs ever invented.
Since that time I have the fortunate opportunity to work as a Trail Crew Leader for the SW Conservation Corps in Tucson, AZ, an Outdoor Environmental Education Instructor for the YMCA in Washington and as an SCA Crew Leader at Mt. Rainier for both the high school program and CLC-School Year program in Seattle.
When Im not working and camping I really enjoy seeing live music, cooking, food dehydrating, golﬁng and road tripping.
Living,exploring,working,and hanging out with the marmots in the Cascades is something I am extremely excited for. I am also looking forward to getting some great and beneﬁcial work done and seeing some amazing places with great people!