Katie Ledermann, 22
Cyclist – Surly Long-Haul Trucker
Growing up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, Katie developed a love for the outdoors at a young age. Katie graduated in 2017 from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in Environmental Studies and Financial and Organizational Management. She spent the summer leading wilderness trips from Northern Minnesota for YMCA Camp Menogyn. Katie’s favorite public-lands memory is hiking up the Coronado Peak Trail at Coronado National Memorial in Arizona at age two. She fell while hiking up and was quite upset about her scraped knees, so her grandpa told her, “Katie, dirt is not a problem.” And the rest of the way up the mountain she hiked and chanted, “dirt is not a problem.” Katie continues to live by this motto today.
Hannah Scout Field, 22
Cyclist – Specialized Dolce
Hannah is from Mahtomedi, Minnesota, where she grew up making lots of music. She graduated from Macalester College in 2017 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. She spent the summer delivering bread around St. Paul on a bicycle, and playing with her band, The Scouting Report, around the Twin Cities. Her favorite public-lands memory is biking up and over the Rocky Mountains on Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park last summer on her bike trip from Minneapolis to Seattle.
Alex Benjamin, 22
Cyclist – Jamis Renegade
Alex grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota before moving to Mahtomedi, Minnesota. She graduated in 2017 from Montana State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. She spent the summer raft guiding on the American River in Coloma, California. Alex’s favorite public-lands memory is from one of her many trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota she took as a young child. While she doesn’t remember all of the trips, she remembers one special night when she and her dad decided to ditch the tent, despite the pesky swarms of mosquitos, to sleep under the stars. That night Alex saw the most spectacular display of northern lights.
Ariana Amini, 22
Cyclist – Salsa Vaya
Ariana is from St. Paul Minnesota, and graduated in 2017 from Macalester College with a degree in Biology and Religious Studies. She spent her summer as a trail guide for YMCA Camp Menogyn, leading groups of young women on wilderness trips through northern Minnesota and southern Ontario. Ariana’s favorite public-lands memories are the ones in which she has gone canoeing along the serene and clear lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. She remembers fondly canoeing on one particular lake, Mountain Lake, along the Canadian border.
Peter Kvale, 23
Part-time Cyclist, Honorary Woman – Specialized Tri-Cross
A Duluth native, Peter graduated in 2016 from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. He joins the WOWFWL trip in mid-October, after finishing up this year’s fire season in Driggs, Idaho where he worked on a Fuels Crew for the US Forest Service. Peter’s favorite public-lands memory is walking along the old logging roads with his dad while grouse hunting in the Cloquet Valley State Forest in Minnesota.