Kate Koons has worked in the field of outdoor education since 1995. She has over 20 years of experience leading expeditions around the world, guiding and teaching a variety of students and clients. She is a senior field instructor for NOLS with 270 weeks of field experience. Currently, Kate still works for NOLS in a number of capacities; she works as a program supervisor in the winter and summer backpacking programs at NOLS Teton Valley, as well as for NOLS Custom Education as a lead instructor on both expeditions and classroom trainings. Kate also continues to work for other organizations when not working at NOLS. She works as a backcountry ski guide in the winter in her home range, the Tetons, and occasionally travels south to Antarctica to assist science groups on remote scientific research expeditions. She has also spent many years cumulatively living and working in the Himalayas, a place she likes to call her second home. Kate lives in Victor, Idaho with her husband and two dogs where she can be found in her garden, running, or backcountry skiing.