Known Superhuman Powers: Like a tree’s intricate root system connecting it to the whole forest, Skyelander is connected to those around her. Her superhuman empathy helps her to lift others up and sense when a group member needs more support. She loves seeing people come out of their shell and helps to make groups more connected.
Abilities: Skyelander’s abilities include always having a snack easily accessible, pointing out every fungi that the eye can see, and enjoying cold water swims. If there is a body of water that she can be in, she will be in it. Skyelander loves to celebrate the little wins, and what better way to celebrate than taking a swim!?
History: Skyelander was raised in rural Virginia around the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. She played in the woods with her siblings, and would spend hours building forts out of fallen trees.
She attended an all girls boarding school where she learned the power of community and support from her peers. She grew into her independence, leading her to take a gap year after high school. She drove from Virginia to California. There she lived in a tent for three months studying sustainability on small scale farms in the central valley. In California she began rock climbing, and found a love for big rocks. Once she returned to the East Coast, she began working at a rock climbing gym and coaching young children.
After her gap year, Skyelander began her studies at the University of Virginia. As she works towards her degrees in Sociology and Youth & Social Innovation, she takes time to play outside in Shenandoah National Park and practice hot yoga at her local studio Hot Yoga Charlottesville. She loves being outside and sharing her passion for nature with others. She is currently Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified.
Current Base & Operations: Charlottesville, VA. Skyelander is currently a rising senior at the University of Virginia. In school she is a Research Assistant, Vice President of Internal Communications for a local chapter of a professional environment fraternity, and a member of the Public Service Pathways Student Advisory Council. When she isn’t working or studying, she is playing outside, practicing yoga, or reading a book. She is excited to share her love of nature and community with others this summer through Alpengirl.