Kelcey was born and raised in America’s first capital, Philadelphia. She was lucky enough to grow up in a family that loves the outdoors, whitewater and travel. From sleeping in the bottom of a canoe as a toddler, to rafting with family and growing into hardshell kayaks, she has been enthralled with being on rivers since she could form the words to tell you so.
Throughout much of her childhood, Kelcey was mentored by the former river guides in her extended family and spent her summers kayaking and rafting out of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Kayaking quickly stole her heart, and as soon as she could fit solidly into a kayak (around age 10), it became the center of her world. As a teenager, she attended the Keener Program on the Ottawa River to hone in her kayaking skills and to learn about big water rafting. Shortly after, Kelcey went off to the University of Pittsburgh to study Spanish and Portuguese–and to stay close to her beloved Ohiopyle. Over the next 6 years, Kelcey would work on various whitewater rivers in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia — with side trips to Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic in between.
For the last few years, Kelcey has lived in Oregon, working in the conservation world. After returning to guiding on the McKenzie River on weekends, she realized her passions were still deeply rooted in whitewater and in conservation. She soon left her nine-to-five position and hopped straight into a three week raft trip through the Grand Canyon. After this wonderful whitewater reset, she moved to The Gorge and began working for Mt. Hood Meadows in the ski school for the 2019-2020 winter.
These days you can find Kelcey skiing on Mt Hood, kayaking the gorgeous local runs, cooking up a storm, running with her dog, Otter, doing yoga at sunrise, and longboarding at sunset. Kelcey also deeply believes and continually works to bring the magic of outdoor recreation to all people. Kelcey continually pushes to bring the outdoors to people in safe, respectful, and exciting ways, because she believes that both the intense challenges and the serene peace nature can lead to some of the best experiences of your life.
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