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Alex Johnson

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

Language abilities:

English: Native language

Russian: Basic

Kyrgyz: Basic

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.