Directors

 
 
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Erin Mcbride

FOUNDER

This is my life.
Mother of two and friend to many. I'm a surfer and a dreamer. A soul searcher, climbing over tall peaks & through expansive valleys to reach clarity.
I come from alpine loving parents. At the age of three I moved to a place that my heart never left, Kirkwood. In my youth, being held and comforted by her strong & majestic beauty, I guess you could say my blood runs thick with the back country. It's home. I have a deep rooted dream to open the eyes of my own kids as well as those less fortunate. My hearts' desire is to help guide each participant through the healing whispers and shouts of the great Outdoors

 
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Sarah hughen

CO-FOUNDER

Sarah Hughen was born in rural Wisconsin. Her upbringing was deeply rooted in nature, and this draw to wild places has led her all over the world. A desire to connect, and not merely move through places found her on numerous extended expeditions including a 100 day kayak and first ascent mountaineering trip in Southern Patagonia, a 90 day paddle across Northern Canada, and a photography expedition down the Mackenzie River for 1,000 miles documenting local villages in the Arctic. Sarah received a formal Degree in photography from Montana State, and currently lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea with her husband of 15 years and two young boys Oliver and Evan. Living in Cardiff Sarah made a deep connection to the wilderness and lessons that surfing brings, and is hopelessly addicted. Her most recent project (A Wave A Day) involved an awareness campaign for breast cancer in which she vowed to surf every single day for a year, and document her inspiring personal challenge. Sarah is excited and honored to be a part of Foster the Earth, and hopes to bring all facets of her life experiences to the Program and continue to inspire the youth of our world.

 
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Ryder England

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Ryder England was born and raised In Southern California. He spent five years living in Lake Tahoe where he decided the mountains was something everyone can heal and grow from. When not working with Foster the Earth he is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker. He just spent the start of the New Year cycling through southern Mexico climbing the highest peaks of the Mexican Alpine and documenting the family values and Mayan traditions of the Yucatán Peninsula.

The trails have always been a place of security for me. Something about the melodic rhythm of one foot in front of the other allows you to tune out the worlds distraction and open yourself up to the natural world around you. My first backpacking trip was in high school and from that first day I’ve been hooked. It is now a priority of mine to share the values of minimalism and the importance of setting aside time to reconnect.