Having just completed his B.S. in Recreation Parks Tourism Resource Management at West Virginia University, Seth is excited to join Austin Adventures for the summer season. A West Virginia boy at heart, he is anxious to share his sense of hospitality and enthusiasm for the natural world with AA’s guests. He grew up in an outdoor adventure paradise, Pocahontas County, WV. Never having taken much advantage of the outdoors in his time there, it’s a personal mission of Seth’s to show everyone how to live life to the fullest wherever you may be. After graduating from a summer program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (N.O.L.S.) in Palmer Alaska, he is convinced of the powerful effects nature can have on people. He carried this conviction through to a successful period working with WVU’s freshman outdoor orientation program, Adventure WV. Seth likes to think of himself as an uphill person, always working towards a goal. Whether that goal is a new summit, a P.R. for big climb on a road bike ride, or a guest’s enjoyment on trip, he promises to give it his all!Trips Guided by Seth Mitchell:
Seth's Guide Survey:
What’s your favorite hike?
In the Southwest corner of Utah lies the Cheesebox Canyon. While descending the canyon is a technical adventure, hiking along the Northwest rim was one of the most interesting paths I’ve ever hoofed. Combining the beautiful views of the canyons with the added challenge of navigating and preserving sea of “living” soil gives a sense of place that is hard to find on an everyday walk in the woods.
What's your favorite bike ride?
Hopping on the single lane road right out of my parents driveway, I’ve always had a few options for scenic road biking. In the sparsely developed country that is Pocahontas County, West Virginia, bike loops are pretty big. The shortest of the accessible loops comes in around 30 miles. That loop stays mostly on single lane pavement and weaves throughout both the Monongalia National Forest and Seneca State Forest. It’s a great way to get into the woods after work without ever leaving the pavement.
Favorite Movie: Trainspotting
Favorite Book: Pieces of the Frame by John McPhee. This book is a worldwide-teleportation machine disguised as a paperback
Favorite Song: Traffic Jam by Yonder Mountain String band
What are your hobbies?
I love to climb rocks (big faces and small boulders), as well as ride bikes on the road and in the dirt. Skiing and snowboarding swallow my time in the winter. When I can’t be outside, daydreaming about that stuff occupies most of my time!
When did you first catch the travel bug?
Early in college, traveling around the East to different climbing destinations really got me wondering about what else was out there, I haven’t stopped wondering that, (or wandering there) yet!