Monica began her backpacking adventures in 2006 with Wilderness Ranch guiding trips for several summers with high school students. She enjoys sharing her love for the backcountry with others. Monica was born and raised in Kansas City, spent 4 years in Oklahoma working for Young Life and moved to Denver, Colorado where the mountains are much closer! On the weekends and during the summer Monica enjoys adventuring, hiking, camping, backpacking around Colorado with her husband and friends. The other nine months of the year she is a middle school spanish teacher.