Student Bios

Freddie Munoz
Born and raised in San Angelo, Texas with my mother and sister I grew up attending San Angelo Catholic School, Cornerstone Christian School and Central High School. I loved living in Texas with all of my great family and friends but realized that I needed a change. In the Summer of 2007 I moved to Yakutat, Alaska, after my family who lives in the village invited me. It was a huge culture shock going from over a hundred thousand people to less than a thousand people with no cell service and no roads out. After working hard the summer of 07 I fell in love with the outdoors and a new world opened up. I decided that I should attend the high school for my senior year. I graduated from Yakutat High School and became an Alaskan resident and soon after enrolled at the University of Alaska in Juneau. So far since I have attended the University I traveled to Peru, through an anthropology and Spanish class, and now I am attempting Denali with the Outdoor Studies Program. I am very excited, this is the most challenging thing I have ever attempted and am looking forward to the challenge. We are a very strong group and I know we will all do great.

Acacia Edmiston
I was born and raised with my six siblings in East Tennessee. I graduated from Maryville High School in 2007, where I was involved in many different athletic programs. I am in my third year at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Ecopsychology. I am currently on National Student Exchange at the University of Alaska Southeast and will return to UT in the fall. I have always had a passion for the outdoors especially hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and rafting. Most of my outdoor activity has been in the Appalachian Mountains, so when I was presented with the opportunity to live and study in Alaska I was extremely excited to say the least. After our climb I plan to return to Tennessee this summer and work as a guide hiking, backpacking, and rafting. 

Sammy Becker
I was born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska.  I graduated from Wasilla High school in 2009.  Before enrolling in the Outdoor skills and Leadership program I was an avid athlete.  I have always loved the outdoors, and I am very passionate about environmental ethics.  Denali will be my first big mountain and I hope to continue climbing.  After this climb I will be working in Juneau during the summer, and in the fall I will return to UAS to continue my bachelors degree in Outdoor Studies.

Travis Haskin
Travis Haskin was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska. He completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Montana State University in 2004, then took a respectable job as a process engineer for AMI Semi Conductor. After two years he decided that he was not designed for the cubical environment. After leaving, he volunteered for 10 months in Americore, where he was placed on the Wildfire Team with the National Forest Service. During the three years prior to his attending UAS, he rambled and worked seasonally on trail crews and at ski resorts. He plans on continuing his career in the guiding industry.

Yosuke Sano
Born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan, close to Mt.Fuji. After graduating high school, Yosuke decided to study abroad in the United States, and spent 3 semesters at State University of New York at Plattsburgh, studying English and Environmental Science. Yosuke decided to transfer to the University of Alaska Southeast in 2009 to Outdoor Leadership,and to continue Environmental Science. His best hobby is outdoor
photography, he really likes taking picture of the beautiful nature in Juneau. He is really excited to take a lot of pictures in this trip, and wants to share them with members, family, and friends!!