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wilderness summer camp staff leader

Banana Split

Real Name: Anna L
Occupation: Alpenguide, Nanny, Student, Adventure Seeker
Aliases: Eelanna, Banana Anna, Anna Sun
Birthplace: Sierra Vista, AZ
Age: 24

Known Superhuman Powers: Is there any fruit that’s as universally loved as …a banana? Wrap it in foil, fill it with chocolate chips and brown sugar, and tuck it in the campfire, and you’ve got a really SPECIAL banana…a Banana Split! Bringing the approachability and adaptability of her namesake fruit, and creating the enthusiastic response that this campfire dessert incites in all who try it, Banana Split is impossible not to enjoy (and is willing to slip on a banana peel to make someone smile!)

Abilities: Banana Split has been almost everywhere bananas can be found: she moved frequently growing up, which exposed her to many different cultures and communities and made her openminded and adaptable (bananas foster, banana cream pie, banana fritters…she can do it all). She loves meeting new people, learning all about them, and impressing them with her enthusiasm. She is able to find a silver lining in any situation, and helps those around her empace positive change (Got brown bananas? No problem, let’s make backcountry banana bread!) Her favorite part of being a leader is introducing people to new experiences and skills (have you ever tried banana guacamole??) while encouraging them to surprise themselves with what they can do. She loves seeing people grow and connect with their bunch! 

History: Banana Split was lucky enough to explore many different parts of the US while growing up in a military family that moved every four years or so, but she didn't truly fall in love with the outdoors until moving to Olympia, Washington during high school. There she started hiking with friends on the weekends, which rapidly turned into backpacking, climbing and rediscovering her passion for skiing.

She spent her first college years at Western Washington University, but decided that Montana State University was the best of the bunch for business school (and the ability to go skiing or hiking between classes!) While at MSU, she worked and explored outside as much as possible, letting her restless spirit lead her to all kinds of great adventures: moutanineering, climbing, and backpacking, among others! She has delighted, befriended, and mentored youth in the outdoors through positions as a Youth Montana Conservation Corps Leader and as a High Ropes Course Rescue Guide. She was also deeply involved in the all-women’s outdoor club at MSU, Backcountry Squatters, and remains a support for this growing organization as their Rocky Mountain Ambassador. In her role with the club, she’s all about making sure women have equal opportunities in the outdoors, hosting fun events, clinics, and helping awesome outdoors women connect with each other. Banana Split holds Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications, and is currently working toward an EMT certification. 

Current Base & Operations: Bozeman, MT. She recently finished up a business degree from Montana State University and is excited to spend her summer evenings teaching Alpengirls the art of the campfire Banana Split. And like we mentioned, she won't hesitate to embarrass herself to improve someone’s day. For example:

“Knock knock”
“Who’s there?”
“Banana who?"
“Knock knock”
“Who’s there”
“Banana who?”
“Knock knock”
“Who’s there”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you glad I didn’t say BANANA again???”