Rachel Sapp

Jennifer Morgan Photography

Professional Career

  • Risk Management

  • Outdoor Leadership

  • Experiential Education

  • Nonprofit & Program Development

  • Graphic Design & Marketing

  • Mountaineering/Rock/Ice/Mixed Climbing Guiding

  • High Angle Rope Rescue

  • Mountain Search & Rescue

  • Fire & Rescue

  • Adult & Pediatric Emergency Departments

  • Intensive Care Units

  • ASHI BLS, ACLS, PALS Instructor

Being adopted from Chile, the mountains have always been weaved into the fabric of her DNA. Rachel's serotonin levels spike from the clanking of trad gear, torquing of stein pulls, pretty anchors, and killer views. Oh, and don't get her started on clouds.

Rachel is a certified AMGA SPI and was recently awarded the Rock Guide Scholarship from First Ascent and the American Mountain Guides Association. She is a National Registry Advanced Life Support Provider and is on the final stretch for receiving both the Diploma in Mountain Medicine and the Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine which is regarded as the "highest level of widely-recognized achievement in the field of wilderness medicine." 

Rachel's unconventional trajectory to the outdoor industry started ten years ago while pursuing a degree in Music Therapy & Music Composition. She took an EMT course to deepen her knowledge of the health care system and gain direct patient care experience. Unexpectedly, this process re-routed her career path. Rachel started volunteering with Fire & Rescue, Search & Rescue agencies and working in the Emergency Department of a Level 1 Trauma Center. Following an inspiring Wilderness EMT Upgrade and Technical Rope Rescue Course, her affinity of alpine, mixed and ice climbing was born.  A dear friend kindly informed her that if she wanted to make climbing a year-round thing, she better start throwing some chalk on her hands. So, she begrudgingly swapped out screws for cams and learned to equally love climbing without crampons. 

Rachel spent the next several years blending professional roles in emergency medicine, education, outdoor leadership, and program development. She values being an experiential educator who cultivates the space to propel others forward, finds the importance in acknowledging vulnerability, and is constantly inspired by the resiliency of others. 

Rachel enjoys mountain life at 8,500' in Nederland, CO with her wonderfully wild six-year-old twin daughters. You can find her singing soulful melodies and crafting bluesy tunes on the mountain dulcimer at venues around Colorado's Front Range. She is perpetually searching for that next alpine start or finding a way to squeeze in as many mountain running miles as her lungs, legs, and daylight will allow.

contact rachel: 

rachel@backcountrypulse.org


Rachel's certifications & memberships

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