Certifications: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), WFA, CPR/AED
Areas of Expertise: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering
Hobbies/Interests: Surfing and Kayaking
Ian Ritchey is a senior pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration. Born and raised in Portola Valley, California, he grew up hiking and mountain biking throughout northern California in the summers and skiing in the Sierra’s during the winters. Ian was a spring admit at USC and chose to study at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland his first semester, where he first picked up climbing.
During his time in Switzerland, he had the opportunity to climb in Italy and Switzerland and explore the nearby mountains, lakes and rivers. The summer following his freshman year, Ian started Bay Area Adventure Camp, a summer camp in his hometown for young boys searching for adventurous outdoor activities from their local summer camp. Ian found hiking, kayaking, and climbing with kids to be an incredibly rewarding experience. He likes to spend his free weekends traveling to the Sierras or wherever else he has the chance to do some backpacking, climbing, or fishing. In the next couple of years, he hopes to improve his climbing and mountaineering skills. This summer he hopes to hike the John Muir Trail with a couple of his close friends and Kayak the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest.
In becoming a guide, he hopes to spread his his excitement for the outdoors with the USC community and explore more of the surrounding nature in Southern California. In the words of Ian’s favorite country singer, Jason Aldean, “Life is short so let’s go live it.”