Outdoor Adventures Staff

Christian Mogensen - Assistant Coordinator of Climbing Programs

Silvertip Peak, Delta Mtns

Christian has worked as a member of the climbing wall staff since the spring of 2013. Hailing from Denmark, Christian has been living in Alaska since January 2012. He is a graduate student in the Northern and Arctic Studies program and is conducting research on optimal experience (Flow) in outdoor recreation activities. Christian loves spending time with his family, and spending time outside rock and ice climbing and mountaineering.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-L, Swift Water Rescue Technician, ACA Canoeing Level 1&2, USA Climbing Level 1 route setter, Avi 1


Frank Olive - Assistant Coordinator for Education

Frank worked as a staff member for Outdoor Adventures from 2010-2017 and after 8 months as a stay at home dad is back with the program.  Frank has lived in and played in Alaska for 25 years, and loves exploring the mountains on skis or on foot.  Climbing and skiing are his main passions when he is not hanging out with his kids.  Frank also enjoys exploring Alaska's rivers in a kayak and packraft as well as doing bike tours around the world. 

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-L, AAA Pro 1 Avalanche, Avy 1 and Avy 2, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, USA Climbing Level 1 Route Setter, ACA Level 1-3 Canoe, AMGA SPI and CWI-L (expired 11/17)

Danielle Bessent

Danielle and Kiana at the Root Glacier

Graduate Assistant

Danielle is the current Graduate Assistant at Outdoor Adventures. She moved to Alaska from Florida in June of 2017. She is passionate about student growth and developmet through the endless classroom that is the wilderness! She assists with the tripping program, our Wilderness Welcome program, and some of our academic classes. This is a pic of her and her favorite little dog. Anyway, shes always around in the office if you have any questions- thanks for reading this bio!

Joel Ballou

Institute Peak

Student Employee

Joel Ballou has been working with Outdoor Adventures since the fall of 2018 after taking several of the classes offered by the department. He is majoring in business administration and is planning on joining the graduate program in 2019. Outside of work and school he enjoys mountaineering, ice climbing, and groovy dancing at the local band's events.

Andy Tunnell

Student Employee

Andy has been working at Outdoor Adventures since the summer of 2018. After coming to Alaska in the fall of 2017 on exchange from Pennsylvania, he transferred to UAF to major in Natural Resource Management. 

Sean Marble

Student Employee

Sean has been working at Outdoor Adventures since January of 2018. He is from Washington State, but now calls Fairbanks home. He is studying Geological Engineering and enjoys spending time outdoors. His favorite activities include ice and rock climbing and snowboarding.

Credentials: Wilderness First Responder, PCIA CWI-L, AIARE Level 1

Anja Maijala

Student Employee

Anja began working at Outdoor Adventures the fall of 2018. She came to UAF to be on the Cross Country Running and Nordic Ski teams and would love to teach you how to ski on the beautiful campus trails. She is a Wildlife Biology and Conservation major and Outdoor Leadership minor. Outside of school and college sports Anja enjoys backpacking, backcountry skiing, and playing her ukulele.

Brian Reggiani - OA Instructor

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 

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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