Julie VanTilburg went from athlete to explorer when she moved from Indiana to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998, and began developing her love for the outdoors. She is a financial planner and analyst by profession. As much as she enjoys her vocation, communing with the wilderness, land, and sea feeds the soul, and she looks forward to offering the joy, solitude, and camaraderie of such special places with the Sierra Club. Her explorations have included Grand Canyon, Mt. Lassen, Yosemite, and Zion National Parks, Ansel Adams and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wildernesses, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Na Pali Coast in Kauai. Julie is a Wilderness First Responder, certified by Wilderness Medicine Institute.