Meet the Backcountry Unlimited Team

Backcountry Unlimited employees are knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts who are seasoned industry professionals.  Our team members have made connecting young adults to the outdoors their lives (OK, we’re outdoor nerds). Backcountry Unlimited Trip Leaders are trained in outdoor adventure travel, natural history & ecology, team building, teen leadership wilderness medicine and much more.  

Backcountry Unlimited participants gain the benefit of over 25 years of collective experience. Our Trip Leaders and Adventure Partners are experienced top notch professionals.  Experience, passion and high quality diverse adventures are what sets Backcountry Unlimited apart!!!

Adam Yarnes

CEO

Adam has had a love for the natural world & adventure for as long as he can remember. He credits this to playing outside as a child on his family’s land in Western New York. Prior to founding Backcountry Unlimited, Adam was the Executive Director of several outdoor schools and summer camps in Arizona and Northern California. Throughout his tenure Adam has become adept at providing exciting safe adventure activities for all ages. Adam graduated from Prescott College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies while emphasizing in Environmental Education. Adam’s passion for traveling and educating about the natural world has taken him to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Wyoming and back to Arizona. Adam is delighted to use his years of experiences to provide others with inspiring outdoor experiences. As Dr. Seuss said “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

Travis Kapp

COO

Travis grew up roaming the forests and deserts of the Desert Southwest. His parents founded and directed summer camps near Prescott, AZ and instilled in him a passion for introducing others to the beauty of the natural world.  During his college education, Travis worked as a summer camp instructor, leading students on day hikes, overnight backpacking trips and teaching ecological improvement programs. Travis graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry.  He has worked as a rock climbing instructor, logistical coordinator and cook for school groups in Pinnacles National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park.  Travis is an avid enthusiast of many outdoor sports and has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Southeast Asia rock climbing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and backpacking.

Jenny Hill

Trip Leader

Jenny has a deep routed passion for spending time in the outdoors and for traveling. This stems from her determination while growing up to find adventure even in your typical New England suburb. Prior to joining the Backcountry Unlimited team, Jenny worked as a teaching mentor at Einstein's Workshop STEM Camp in Burlington, MA and as an equipment manager for the Wake Forest Football Team. Jenny is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in architecture studies at Wake Forest University. She spent a semester studying abroad in Prague, CZ where she was then able to travel to 11 different European cities. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, hiking, and surfing. Jenny's love for finding personal growth in herself and others through time spent outside drives her every day life. For this reason she tries to live her life based around the great quote by Terry Tempest Williams that "Its the small things that loom the largest".

Cody Bauman

Trip Leader

Cody is originally from Kutztown Pennsylvania but has spent the last 10 years working within the outdoor adventure community all over the country. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock University in 2009 and a Masters in Recreation and Sport Science from Ohio University In 2015. She has worked for a variety of outdoor camps and expedition programs as both an instructor and in a logistics role for both youth and young adults and truly enjoys getting to see the individual and group growth that can take place in an outdoor setting. Most recently she has been working seasonally in McMurdo Station, Antarctica providing logistics support for the science community with the United States Antarctic Program. Cody is thrilled to be working with Backcountry Unlimited and can't wait to embark on an amazing summer with great students!