Originally from southern California, Maryann moved to northern Colorado in 2006 to go to school at Colorado State University and to be closer to the mountains. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in Public relations. While she has always been an outdoor enthusiast, she didn't experience her first backpacking trip until 2010 where she went on a week long RMR Young Life trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. God placed incredible people in her life who taught and encouraged her to continue to backpack and to be involved in backpacking ministry. She has had the opportunity to backpack all over the country, particularly throughout Colorado. When she's not backpacking, she's working for the UCHealth care system as an Employee Retention and Engagement Specialist.True Elevation is stoked to have Maryann back for the 2017 season on trail!