Steph Kelly

Steph is an Explorer Chick Guide who is always ready for adventure, and the next cup of coffee. She grew up in the rural Midwest, surrounded by animals and nature in her own backyard which inspired her to be the creative and confident outdoorswoman she is today – except these days that “backyard” is endless!  

After years in corporate marketing, she transitioned her career to better align with her personal mission of living with purpose and traveling sustainably. She is a conservationist and advocate for localized, environmentally-minded tourism, and always wants to know where the locals go. She has worked and guided extensively in the Alaska backcountry and considers Fairbanks her chosen home.  

When she isn’t guiding, Steph teaches environmental education and works as a marketing consultant. She also loves to fly fish, ride horses, and take her dog Kesugi, who is named after a favorite backpacking trail on many adventures!


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