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About Gaby Pilson

Gaby Pilson is a professional outdoor educator and climbing instructor with 10+ years of experience delivering high-quality outdoor experiences. A world traveler and life-long learner, Gaby is always ready for the next great adventure.

Title: Outdoor Educator, Climbing Instructor, Antarctic & Arctic Expedition Guide, Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Expertise: Camping, Backpacking, Mountaineering, Climbing, Wilderness Medicine

Education: MSc Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh

Highlight
  • 10+ years of professional outdoor educator experience, including 4+ years guiding expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic
  • Works as a field instructor and guide for multiple outdoor and environmental education programs
  • Certified as a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness EMT, and Polar Guide

Experience

During her high school years, Gaby moved to New York’s Adirondack Mountains and soon found herself rock and ice climbing nearly every day, heading off into the mountains as often as possible. A few years later, she began working as a climbing guide in Alaska while finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Environmental Studies.

Her love for the outdoors also led Gaby to pursue a Master of Science in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh. While living in Scotland, Gaby discovered an affinity for travel that inspires her to explore new places and cultures at every opportunity.

These days, adventure often takes Gaby to the polar regions where she enjoys introducing travelers to everything the far-flung landscapes offer as an Antarctic & Arctic expedition guide. In addition to polar guiding, Gaby also works as a Wilderness Medicine Instructor with SOLO Schools and a Climbing Wall Instructor Course Provider with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

Most at home in the outdoors, Gaby has an affection for penguins, glaciers, meteorology, and wildlife photography, which she loves to share with polar expedition guests. When not she’s not scaling a peak or out on the water, Gaby can often be found drinking espresso, reading philosophy, or creating engaging content about the outdoors, travel, education, and finance.

Gaby Pilson showing thumbs up while climbing up during an outdoor climbing practiceGaby Pilson practicing bouldering with a crash pad on the groundPhotograph of Gaby Pilson during an expedition to Antarctica with an icy landscape in the background

A Word from Gaby Pilson

“I’ve always been on the go – moving from one town to another, traveling the world, or seeking out new adventures in the mountains…To me, the sheer vastness and remoteness of the Antarctic, the culture of the Arctic, and the wildlife of both poles inspire me to introduce others to some of these wild and beautiful places... I love educating others on the outdoors so they, too, can experience all that jagged peaks, dense forests, and vast oceans have to offer.”

My Life Motto

Pourquoi Pas? (Why Not?) Antarctic explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot’s fourth ship was named Pourquoi Pas? And it embodied his spirit of adventure, something I strive for every day.

Education

Gaby Pilson holds a Master of Science in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh, a Certificate in Weather Forecasting from Penn State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Environmental Studies from Hamilton College.

Certifications

In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Gaby has expanded her outdoor expertise through multiple certification programs, including:
  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor - Lead
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 2
  • Leave No Trace Master Educator
  • Wilderness EMT
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS)
  • NOLS Risk Management Training for Administrators
  • PTGA Certified Polar Guide
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Day and Night
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Keelboat Level 3
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
  • ​RYA Sea Survival
  • STCW Basic Training
  • STCW Security Awareness
  • STCW Crowd Management

Associations

Gaby is also a member of the following professional associations:
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Polar Tour Guides Association (PTGA)
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL)
  • Wilderness Medical Society (WMS)

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