Our Story

Since its inception in 1985, Pacific Challenge has been hosting over 4000 students, graduates, and faculty on our uniquely experiential travel programs. We have earned the respect of numerous universities and outdoor agencies from around the world. Our programs carefully blend adventure, personal development, leadership training, environmental awareness, and cultural immersion.

Philosophy

Participants learn the intricacies numerous outdoor skills, including but not limited to: rock climbing, mountaineering, white-water rafting, SCUBA diving, backpacking, and many more practical outdoor skills. Soft skills learned include: group development, conflict resolution, confidence, decision making, and people's sensitivities. We achieve this by creating a climate of trust, positive group dynamics, and self-reflection.

We take the best elements of adventure/challenge and combine these with relevant college classes. This provides a valuable, rewarding, and unique international educational experience.

Our Amazing Team

We’ve selected a dynamic team of supportive, resourceful, and experienced educators to lead our trips. Our leaders understand the importance of balancing needs of individuals with positive objectives: facilitating a high level of group cohesion. Our leaders seek every opportunity to provide a life changing experience.

Mary Holmes

Leader

Mary has been an integral part of the Pacific Challenge leadership team since 2012. She began her adventure as a participant on the Classic program in 2011, where she changed her career path and finished her undergraduate degree in Recreation and Tourism with a minor in Adventure Tourism. Her organization skills, enthusiasm with people and passion for international travel make her an exception fit for the Pacific Challenge programs. She is furthering her education by pursueing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

Noah Hoback

Leader

Joined the team in 2008. He earned a B.S at Winona State University in Recreational Tourism and his M.S in Outdoor Education and Adventure Leadership. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D at Indiana University in Leisure Behavior and Tourism. He has been a rafting guide in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and currently has his A license for skydiving and advanced open water scuba certification.

Dave Wright

Faculty

He brings his love of the outdoors and vast experience to the program and trips he leads. Dave's background in Environmental Studies and Tourism provides a strong interpretive emphasis to our time in the lands down under. With his approachable, outgoing nature, he makes friends the world over.

Crockett Roberts

Leader

Has been involved with Pacific Challenge for 15 years, and currently lives in his homeland of Australia. As a PADI dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, Crockett has over 6,000 hours under water. He has taught Scuba Diving courses in many countries around the world. He holds an Australian Certification 4 in Teaching, Training and Assessment (TAE) and is a Level 2 Coach. As a Medic First Aid Instructor (St John's MFAI) he is very experienced in medical emergencies.  His classic Australian personality and sense of humor is unforgettable and makes him an exceptional leader.

Jinny Reitmann

Leader

Jinny has been with the Pacific Challenge Escape Program since its inception in 2003. She was a participant on the classic Pacific Challenge trip in 2000 and has been working with the program ever since. Jinny is an enthusiastic and organized leader and has a love for the outdoors and a thirst for adventure. She has extensive experience in the outdoors and adventure travel. She currently has a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Recreational Therapy, along with a minor in Adventure Tourism. She also has a masters of Science degree with an emphasis in counseling.