Outdoor Adventures Staff
Sam Braband-Outdoor Recreation Manager
Sam got his first taste of Alaska in 2007 while on a student exchange at at the University of Alaska Southeast. It was then that he realized Alaska was the place for him. After a brief stint back down south he ended up here in Fairbanks managing the climbing facilities for the Department of Recreation Adventure and Wellness (DRAW). He currently is the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator overseeing the Outdoor Adventures program with DRAW, and is teaching various courses for the university including wilderness leadership and rock climbing and ice climbing. Sam’s favorite things are hanging out with his wife and two kids, climbing and thinking about climbing.
Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-Provider, Swift Water Rescue, Level 1 Avalanche, AMGA SPI
Frank Olive - Assistant Coordinator
Frank has been Assistant Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures since January 2010. He is a twenty four year Alaska resident who has had many great adventures all over the state. Climbing and skiing are his passions, and through these passions he has explored many of the mountains ranges of Alaska. Riding his bicycle beautiful places around the world has been a big part of his life too. He is the instructor for Intro to Mountaineering, Intro to Winter Camping, Intro to Arctic Backpacking, Advanced Wilderness Leadership and Intro to Expedition Kayaking courses at UAF. His kids take up all his time that is not spent instructing or in the Mountains. Frank loves sharing his knowledge and passion for the wild places of Alaska with the students of UAF.
Credentials: Level 1 Avalanche and Level 2 Avalanche, Wilderness First Responder, AMGA SPI, AMGA CWI-L, PCIA CWI-L, Swift Water Rescue, ACA Canoeing Level 1-3, USA Climbing Level 1 route setter, USSA Club Level Coach, Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner.
Luke Rollie Rogers - Student Assistant
Luke began at Outdoor Adventures as an intern for the 2014-2015 school year. Now an employee at OA, he specializes in whitewater rafting while also having a love for hiking mountains and downhill skiing. Luke studies wildlife biology at UAF and plans to continue to make Alaska his home while advocating the preservation of Alaska's natural landscape and its abundance of wildlife. He also hopes to continue developing his skills in whitewater rafting while learning new ones such as backcountry skiing and mountaineering.
Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI, Swift Water Rescue
Kelly Eagan - Student Assistant
Kelly started working for Outdoor Adventures during the summer of 2015 as an Adventure Camp counselor. She is studying Biology at UAF and loves living in Fairbanks, where the adventures are grand and the snow is plentiful. Some of Kelly's favorite outdoor activities include cross country skiing, backpacking, and rafting, and she thinks that any adventure is better when you can bring your dog along.
Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, PCIA certified Climbing Wall Instructor
Brian Reggiani - Student Assistant
Brian started working for Outdoor Adventures during the summer of 2015 as an Adventure Camp counselor. Brian is a junior studying Earth Science and Secondary Education at UAF. As a lifelong Alaskan, outdoor recreation has a great influence in his life. He is an avid backcountry skier and loves all things outdoors. Brian’s favorite activity is chasing grouse around the interior with his specially bred husky bird dog Olive in tow.
Credentials: Wilderness First Aid, American Red Cross Life Guard, Level 1 Avalanche, PCIA certified Climbing Wall Instructor, HAZWOPPER Hazardous Material Training
Kiersten started working as a student employee at Outdoor Adventures fall 2016. She is an undergraduate student in the chemistry program at UAF. Kiersten has experience rock climbing, ice climbing, cross country skiing, mountaineering, and downhill skiing.
Credentials: PCIA certified Climbing Wall Instructor and Wilderness First Aid Certificate
Adam McComb - Student Assistant
Adam has worked with Outdoor Adventures since 2012 and studies Geology. He enjoys exploring the Alaskan backcountry and learning new outdoor sports. He currently has experence rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, backcountry and nordic skiing, whitewater and packrafting, mountain biking, and many others.
Credentials: Level 1 Avalanche and Level 2 Avalanche, Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-L, Swift Water Rescue
Ethan the Adventure Duck
A lonely and wayward rubber duckie, Ethan was rescued by OA staff on the upper Chena River when they found him bobbing forlornely amongst the branches of a log jam. Freed from his watery prison, Ethan (he came with that name) is now enjoying all the great adventures that Alaska has to offer. He enjoys participating on Outdoor Adventures trips, and you can follow some of his adventures on the Outdoor Adventures Blog. Come sign up for a trip, and you might even get to enjoy your outdoor adventure with the Adventure Duck himself!