Katelyn is a Backcountry guide and social worker. She served 4 years in the USAF which took her all over the world to include multiple deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After her honorable discharge, she worked in the Emergency Room of San Antonio as a crisis counselor for victims of violent crime. She volunteered in India and Nepal in undercover brothel investigations working to release kids from sex slavery. To avoid burn out she leaned into the wild, rode a broken bike across Cambodia, trekked the Balkans, and hiked the Everest 3 high passes, all in all exploring and living in over 40 countries.
In January of 2015, Katelyn realized that time in wilderness was the foundation of her wellness. So she took her social work outside, wanting to help people find their passions, not their prescriptions. Katelyn is a Senior Expedition Leader for an amazing nonprofit No Barriers where she guides veterans with disabilities on back country expeditions (at no cost to them). She also guides internationally for 2 youth global leadership and conservation organizations and for her own consulting and guiding contracts.
Katelyn is an all-around outside gal. She ice climbs, rock climbs, trail runs, kayaks, backpacks, and mountaineers all over the world. On her first hunt, she was afforded the opportunity to harvested an awesome Blacktail Sitka deer on Kodiak Alaska. She’s hunted whitetail in Montana, Wyoming, and Virginia. She learned to fly fish on the Kanektok River in the Togiak Wilderness of Alaska. She’s filled her freezer with Salmon and Halibut closer to home in the Matanuska Valley.
"I love showing folks that suffering is resilience in the making. That wild terrain can teach us to find perspective within ourselves, and our tribes. I’m stoked to mentor folks, especially women, on finding joy in their wild lives- in wild places.”
Follow Katelyn threw a world of adventure on her Instagram page @katelyn.sheehan.