Name: Alex Johnson
How long have you worked in tourism?
I have been traveling for years and I have been working at EcoTrek for about a year
How long have your worked at EcoTrek?
About one year
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Platteville, Wisconsin;Bachelor of Science; Major: Business Administration; Emphasis: International Business
English: Native language
Where are you from?
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin United States
What are your responsibilities at EcoTrek?
As a Peace Corps Volunteer I’m responsible for developing the long-term plan for EcoTrek and increasing the amount of tourists coming to Karakol each year.
What do you like most about your job?
I enjoy trekking and seeing some the remote places in the Karakol region. There are a few treks that only locals know and I really enjoy seeing them. I plan on bagging one 5000 m peak this summer!
What do you do in your spare time?
I don’t have a whole lot of spare time, but I enjoy going to the mountains as much as possible to camp or Ski.
What would be your first thought if you were lost in the mountains?
To relax and make a plan according to the amount of daylight and food / water I have available.
Your advice to tourist:
Plan ahead for all types of condition, in the middle of July there can be a 30 CM of snowfall over night.
Do as the locals do, eat with them and drink with them.
List any 3 golden rules of behavior in the mountains? (Without hesitation)
- Leave no trace!
- Knowing your self and your teammates in the high mountains is essential to have a safe trek.
- Share what you have with other trekkers / locals.