My name is Alyssa Hartson and I was born and raised in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (high-fives to anyone who can pronounce that on their first try!). I graduated with a degree in Conservation and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then decided city life wasn’t for me. Since 2009, I’ve worked in the outdoor adventure industry, guiding on the Matanuska Glacier and assisting on multi-day trips in the Prince WIlliam Sound, and the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountains in Alaska. Of all the amazing activities that I took part in, my favorite was always the 3 day ice climbing camps we offered to teenage students.
I’ve also spent seasons guiding on glaciers in Norway and New Zealand. Recently, I have returned from McMurdo Station, Antarctica where I spent the austral summer playing with penguins and working as a communications operator for the United States Antarctic Program. When I’m not working, my husband and I are often cycle touring, traveling, climbing, mountain biking or eating. I LOVE to knit, and if it’s a beautiful, sunny day, you can often find me on the porch trying to knit a sweater with a strong cup of coffee.