Director of Outdoor Leadership
Andrew Jillings has been an outdoor educator for 25 years and has worked at Hamilton as Director of adventure programs since 1997.
He holds a Master’s degree in exercise science, with a professional focus on outdoor leadership and adventure education. He has completed the Instructors’ Course at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and was a Certified Trainer with Project Adventure, the world’s foremost organization for facilitator training and ropes course installation. He is also an ACA-certified Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer, Swiftwater Rescue and Canoe Instructor.
Andrew brings the philosophy of Challenge By Choice to the trips he leads and directs. Challenge By Choice is a leadership practice that allows people to choose when and where they want to stretch their comfort zone. Its goal is to provide a safe and effective learning environment, both mentally and physically.
Andrew grew up sailing on the east coast of England, and has a long-standing love of the outdoors. He spends his spare time kayaking (whitewater and marathon racing), mountaineering, ice climbing, throwing the frisbee for his dog Indie and taking his daughter Hadley on outdoor adventures. He spent part of 2007 competing in the Yukon River Quest, then the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race.
Sarah Weis Jillings
Assistant Director of Outdoor Leadership
Sarah grew up playing and paddling in the woods and lakes of Northern Wisconsin. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has since been working in the field of outdoor education. While not advising the Hamilton Outing Club or teaching students to belay at the Bruce Climbing Wall, you can find Sarah in the Adirondacks hiking, ice climbing, or Telemark and cross-country skiing.
Sarah is a Wilderness First Responder, a PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) Level II Telemark Instructor, and a member of the Northeast Regional Advisory Council for the Association of Experiential Education. She is an Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and has completed their Winter Instructor Course, living for ten days in a snow cave in the Teton Range of Wyoming and Idaho. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in adventure education with Prescott College.
Sarah’s favorite trips to run with Hamilton students are the Winter Camping Seminar for HOC leaders, ski tours through Avalanche Pass in the Adirondack High Peaks, Tuesday afternoon climbing trips to Little Falls, Winter Break Ecuador Mountaineering, and Spring Break hiking and climbing trips to the Southwest. She also loves that she is able to hang out with Hamilton students on a daily basis at the climbing wall and enjoys four-season hikes in the Glen with Indie and her daughter Hadley.