Our Staff

These rad people are the cogs that make the club tick!

This club is 100% run by volunteer staff who are dedicated to getting out members stoked, whether that means running office hours, taking care of gear or leading super sick trips!. 

 

If you are interested in becoming a staffer yourself, scroll to the bottom of this page! 
 


Please DO NOT contact anyone with solicitations or items not related to The Excursion Club.

 
Board Members
Sylvan Ludewigt
Executive Director

Kayak STL, Co-Snow STL

Hi, I am Sylvan. I am kind, gentle, and tall, similar to the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, classic).

I L.O.V.E. kayaks and skis. Only the objects, not the act...Duh (TM).

"This little piggy went to market...wee wee wee all the way home".

Email me if you want to admire my height, kayaks, or skis.

Sylvan@ExcursionClubUCSB.org
Milly Chi
Co-Snow STL, Co-SUP STL

Howdy, my name's Milly and I like to get wet and wild!

Other things I enjoy: snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sunrises, mashed potatoes, and dropping in.

"Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride." - Anthony Bourdain

Milly@ExcursionClubUCSB.org
Zana Balarin
Studies (done by me) have shown (in my opinion) that food tastes best right after you exit a body of water and are still in a wet swim suit.

"Are you silly? I'm still gonna send it"- Denim Danger


Sauna@ExcursionClubUCSB.org
Garret  Galea
YO WUDDUP YA DODGEY DAWGS IM GARRETT

I LIKE TO GET MAD SENDY WITH ALL THE DANKEST OF TRIPS OTHER THAN CLIMBING CUZ THAT SHITS FOR REALZ

WOMBATS POOP IN CUBES

FROGS ARE JUST BIG MOUTHS WITH LEGS BIG ENOUGH TO THROW IT AT BUGS
David Twohig
Greetings and salutations! I'm Tor but also Pond Scum and my passions include but are not limited to: backpacking, climbing, kayaking, photography, debaucherous merrymaking, biking, Lord of the Rings, snowboarding, and making spaceship noises.

"If you think about it, we're really all just skeletons driving meat suits."
Andrew Scoffone
Sasha Smith
What's up everybody!
My name is Sasha Smith and I'm a 4th year child. As a student, I spend most of my time doing things that scare my and your parents. Hit me up if you want to get weird outside! Interests: Rock observation, web surfing, and high level topology. "It's not an adventure until I shit my pants." -Bryson Smith
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Staff Members
 
Prospective Staff Members
Kabir Lubana
Hello! My name's Kabir and some of my outdoor interests include: walking uphill, walking downhill, rocks and bodies of water (all shapes and sizes) and capturing a moment or two of it in photos. I like to snowboard, surf, skate and do pretty much anything under the sun.
Mikayla Gordon
Hello, my name's Mikayla and I like to get stoked on the outdoors!
Some of my favorite outdoor adventures include hiking, anything involving a body of water and just being in the sunshine. Let's get stoked!!
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Staffer Emeriti
Kim Ultrich
Former Club Director Extraordinaire

Activities I'm into: rock climbing, backpacking, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, snowboarding and general shenanigans.

"If I’m gonna do something, it’s gonna be sick, and it’s gonna be so cool…" - Alex Honnold

Kim@ExcursionClubUCSB.org
Bryson Smith
Former Director

What's up everybody!

My name is Bryson and I’m 2nd year adult who graduated in 2017 with a double major in Philosophy and English. While I was a student I spent much of my time rock climbing and doing things that scare your parents. Now I do the same thing minus classes so hit me up if you want to get weird outside.
Interests: Rock/Aid Climbing, Surfing, Backpacking.

"It's not an adventure until something goes wrong." - Yvon Chounaird
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How to Join Staff

Being a staffer is an experience unlike any other. Not only does it feel incredible to lead awesome trips, but you will also be welcomed into a community of outdoor enthusiasts with open arms while gaining valuable leadership experience. To make sure your a good fit have that though, we do ask that you tell us about yourself first (see questions below), and after we've approved over your application, you'll become a prospective staff member. This means you'll be able to join our staff meetings, help out on other staffers' trips, and see what we're all about before you take the plunge to full staff.

  1. Are you already a member of the club? For how long? What sort of trips have you gone on?

  2. What previous outdoor leadership experience do you possess if any (no worries if you don't)?

  3. What sort of trips are you interested in leading?

  4. Regarding those activities, do you feel confident in your ability to teach others how to do them safely and effectively?

  5. Have you ever found yourself in an intense or emergency situation in the outdoors, and if so, how did you handle it?

  6. If needed, are you willing to volunteer your time for other activities including but not limited to, party planning, large trip planning, member sign up, flyering, and staff meetings?

  7. 3 staffers who are willing to vouch for you

  8. The most important question: how stoked are you to join staff

 

You can copy and paste these questions into an email addressed to info@excursionclubucsb.org, or you can answer them in some other creative form, and then email that application to info@excursionclubucsb.org. 

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