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

Brooks Range

Frank has been Assistant Coordinator of Outdoor Adventures since January 2010.  He is a twenty year Alaska resident who has had many great adventures all over the interior.  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, Beginning Rock Climbing, 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, USSA Club Level Coach, Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner.

Adam McComb - Student Assistant

Angel Rocks

Adam began working with Outdoor Adventures in 2012. He is currently studying Geology. Adam is enthusiastic about everything outdoors and has experence in rock climbing, biking, skiing, backpacking, rafting and kayaking. Any day he spends in the wilderness, with a good challenge, is a great day for him.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, Level 1 and Level 2 Avalanche, Swift Water Rescue, PCIA CWI-L

Conrad Chapman - Student Assistant

Canwell Glacier - Alaska Range

Conrad is a student at UAF studying Geology and he began working for Outdoor Adventures in 2014. Being born and raised in Alaksa has given him a passion for the outdoors. Conrad especially enjoys the snowfilled winter months and is under the impression that there is no such thing as too much snow. Some of his favorite activities include cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering but he enjoys any day spent outdoors. 

Credentials: Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, PCIA, Level 1 Avalanche, Level 2 Avalanche, and Level 3 Avalanche, 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!

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