Valley To Summit
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Deborah Krabbendam

Wilderness Guide, Assistant Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder,
Colorado Trail Thru Hiker, Attorney


Deborah is a lawyer by vocation, an outdoor adventurer by avocation. She has always enjoyed hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. She first tried a two night backpacking trip in 2000 on Pennsylvania’s AT with her two sons (then aged 5 and 8), a seven week old puppy and a 50 pound pack filled with car camping gear. Totally hooked and inspired by this experience, Deborah has since logged hundreds of backpacking miles on Pennsylvania and New Jersey trails (including the Delaware Water Gap, Black Forest Trail, Old Loggers Path, Allegheny Front Trail, Pinchot Trail) and trails farther afield (Grayson Highlands, VA, Adirondacks, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV, Shenandoah National Park, VA, Roan Mountain, NC, Three Sisters Wilderness, OR). Her next big adventure planned: hiking and climbing in the Alps this summer.

With Valley to Summit, Deborah hopes to inspire people of all ages who are generally fit, but wary of the backcountry/wilderness setting, to try something new. For her, age is no barrier. Since turning 50, Deborah has backpacked with her now-grown sons in New Zealand and Patagonia, learned to rock climb and ski black diamond moguls in Colorado, flown in a hang glider, rafted the Grand Canyon, been certified as a Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School, tried singletrack mountain biking in Crested Butte, CO (not too successfully…), solo thru-hiked the 486.4 mountainous miles of the Colorado Trail, and joined a trail crew to repair one of the trail’s most challenging sections.

Her backpack now weighs in at about 20 pounds (base weight), including at least two pounds of books. Speaking of books, Deborah envisions a Bookworm’s Backpack trip, where the participants read a literary classic in advance and talk about it on the trail or around the campfire.

When she’s not in the wilderness or at work, Deborah plays soccer, reads, hikes with her friends, and frequents Philadelphia’s great theaters and music venues.