Areas of Expertise: Hiking, camping, LA, cliff jumping, beaching
Hobbies/Interests: Writing, obscure Los Angeles, water, native plants, elephants, reading
Erin Rode is a current sophomore studying Environmental Engineering, considering a dual major with Journalism or some sort of major combination that allows her to match long hours in the lab with long hours toiling over essays. Last year, she wrote a column for Daily Trojan profiling weird places in Los Angeles. She grew up along the Angeles National Forest, and as such becomes very defensive when out-of-staters complain about Los Angeles lacking green space. As a guide, she hopes to combat this stereotype. Although the majestic Mount Baldy towers behind her childhood home, she didn’t see the mountain’s peak until her junior year of high school. She owes her love of hiking to her high school English teacher, Mr. Eichen, and his phonetically pleasing club, “Hikin’ with Eichen.” Erin’s prized possession are her hiking boots, which she bought three years ago from WalMart for $19.99 (a steal!!).