Introducing our newest team member, Elliot Frei!
Growing up just below the Wasatch Mountain Range near Millcreek, Utah you have one of two choices: to live life indoors fearing the elements and hide away from Mother Nature, or you can become a part of the reason why Utah is so incredibly cool –– you can embrace the surroundings.
As you may guess, I chose to opt outside. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed isolating myself in nature to journal or to write a poem in the elements and to smell the fresh mountain air.
Being able to access the beautiful places that are quite literally 10 minutes from my backyard is a blessing of its own and here's why. There was a point of my childhood when I wasn't even sure if I would be able to walk or talk again. When I was in 5th grade I had a brain aneurysm that hospitalized me for months and it caught everyone, including doctors, by surprise. After 2 emergency brain operations, month after month of speech, physical and occupational therapy I was discharged and sent home a few weeks before Christmas of 2000. Muscular Atrophy is the aftermath result of my brain injury and is the current condition that I live with on the daily basis.
After relearning how to live again I focused on education and after graduating high school I enrolled at Salt Lake Community College where I obtained my Associate's Degree, which then helped me transfer to the University of Utah. During my time at the University I spent over 1000 hours interning and volunteering with some incredible nonprofits. It was at Wasatch Community Gardens where I got my first taste of outreach. At Save Our Canyons I was fortunate enough to work alongside the campaigns coordinator and focused on public opinion and event planning and at Seven Canyons Trust where I dedicated my efforts to development and marketing. It was at the U where I made valuable connections, genuine friendships and overall earned my Bachelor's Degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism in the fall of 2017.
With all that has happened, I am very thankful to be here and to still able to get out and enjoy life. In my leisure time you can find me outside hiking with my dog and friends, going on road trips down to Southern Utah to Zion, Moab and Escalante, hitting the gym, going to concerts and snowshoeing the Wasatch in the winter.
I chose to be involved with Elevated Mountain Guides because I want to be a part of an organization that lives to enrich the lives of others by encouraging outdoor activities and outdoor lifestyle. From where I came from, I know how important it is to be active in the outdoors––in natures therapy. I am beyond thrilled to start this new journey as I walk into this new chapter of my life with Elevated Mountain Guides.