DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES
Augustus KilgoreReed Outing Club Intern
My name is Augustus Kilgore, but Gus works fine. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and have loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember. Since elementary school I've been hiking and backpacking, and I took up climbing in middle school. In high school I started doing technical vertical caving, and I've been in caves and climbed all over the United States and Mexico. Since coming to Reed, I've taken up whitewater kayaking, which has become my typical outdoor pursuit while school is going. A balance between academic and non-academic life is important to me, and I manage to get out on the water several times a week. When school isn't going, I spend most of my time either in the backcountry or planning out how to get there. At Reed I'm a bio major, and I'm also learning how to ski this year with the ski PE, which I'm stoked about. "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view" --Ed Abbey
Tally LevitzReed Outing Club Coordinator
I’m Tally, a junior biochem major and one of ROC’s student interns. Originally from Massachusetts, I fell in love with the Northwest during a visit in high school and haven’t looked back since. I grew up waiting for winter, when I could cross-country ski to school, and have tried to keep that love for everything outdoors to today. In addition to skiing, I’m an avid backpacker, runner, and orienteer-er, and am excited to share my passion for the outdoors with the rest of the Reed community.
Alex LedgerGray Fund Intern
I’m Alex Ledger, a freshman and prospective Math-Economics major. I’m from Springfield, Missouri and I grew up playing competitive tennis. Recently I have become more involved in outdoor sports, namely rock climbing. Last year my best friend got into more seriously together. Every available weekend in the spring, we would take a trip down to our local crag. Over the next year, I hope to share my passion for competition, self-improvement and outdoor activities with others.
Neenah Aguirre-WongBackpack Co-Op Manager
Born in Miami, I am a Biology major who loves to spend my free time outdoors. I was a girlscout for 12 years, a dancer for 13 years, and am an avid runner and rock climber. Between camping trips, hiking, skiing, tennis matches, biking trips, nature walks, and backpacking trips, I enjoy taking part in every new outdoor experience I encounter. I am a strong supporter of living a healthy lifestyle with appropriate nutrition and exercise, and of “leaving no trace” while exploring what the great outdoors has to offer. I value open-mindedness, the desire to try something new, and a passionate love for nature. Here at Reed, it’s easy to get sucked into the stress and rigor of academic life, spending endless weekends in the library, and generally staying trapped in the “Reed bubble.” While I believe it is important to maintain a balanced academic and social life, I’d like to encourage Reedies to stop by the Backpacking Co-Op and be inspired by the amazing opportunities Reed has to offer for students willing to venture off campus and explore the natural wonders that Oregan has to offer.
Ivan RiveraBackpack Co-Op Manager
I was born in San Diego. In middle school, I went to a camp in Colorado for 4 consecutive summers. My favorite activity by far was riding on horseback, although I also climbed some of the 14,000ers in Estes Park, including Long’s Peak. After that, my parents bought a horse, which we kept at the family’s ranch in Sonora, Mexico. Though I rode around the trails nearby my ‘hometown’ in Mexico for the better part of high school, I only began to develop a serious interest in outdoor activities after graduation. I went on a long, 45 day backpacking trip with a small outdoor company out of Utah, and immediately afterward spent 11 months in Idaho, practicing wilderness survival and animal tracking. Since then I have been deeply involved in the outdoor leadership industry, leading backpacking trips in Oregon. I am mostly a fan of land-based sports, including trailrunning and mountaineering, though I also like to do sea-kayaking and rafting. In the near future I hope to join a search-and-rescue team, in order to put my outdoor skills and first responder certification in the service of people in need.
Aaron Cholden-BrownBackpack Co-Op Manager
Hailing from New York City, I'm a Physics major who eschews my native urban environment in favor of wilderness and the opportunities for adventure and peace it affords me. I am primarily an alpinist and spend much of my time poring over maps and trip logs of the places I dream of going. Spending most of the year prior to coming to Reed in the Patagonian Andes, I gained an appreciation for the importance of introducing people to similar magnificent places in the hope that they will be able to grow and benefit, as I have, from their experiences in the 'backcountry', and come away recognizing the importance of maintaining and protecting what wilderness we have left. My goal at the Backpack Co-Op is to provide any and all support and assistance that I can to my peers who are trying to get outside and to help educate people on the opportunities in the outdoors afforded to us by our prime location in the Pacific Northwest.