Megan Bates

Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut
College: Hamilton College

While I was a student at Hamilton College, I paddled in the three-day, 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic twice; the first time, I was in a four-person canoe, and my second time, I sat as the pace setter at the front of an eight-person voyageur canoe.

Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, I graduated from Hamilton College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. At Hamilton, I led multiple climbing, backpacking, and canoe racing trips with the outing club. I was an AMGA climbing wall instructor and worked on staff at the Hamilton climbing wall. Currently, I am an experiential educator at the Leadership School at Kieve, where I work with middle school students on building social and emotional competency. During the winters, I spend 10 weeks working with the guidance counselor at Medomak Middle School, holding weekly classes with every homeroom, mentoring students and hosting an outdoors club. I love traveling, rock climbing, and canoeing.

In 2018, I led Yellowstone Adventure, and in 2019, I led Rocky Mountain Explorer. I love leading for Overland because I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors. This summer, my students’ excitement about our hikes in the Rockies inspired me.