Rental Shop Manager

lish riley

Whitman College Outdoor Program
Rental Shop Manager
(509) 527-5965

Alicia ‘Lish’ Riley joined the Outdoor Program as the Rental Shop Manager in January of 2008. Lish hails from the east coast, where she attended college in central Pennsylvania, and was highly involved in the Quest Outdoor Adventure program there as Staffing Coordinator and also as a Trip Leader.  Her simple love for the outdoors was given an outlet for further development as the Quest program was instrumental in her growth and development as an outdoor leader.   

Since that time, Lish has worked in Montana as a Trail Crew Boss, and for the Outdoor Program at Fort Lewis College in Colorado as the Program Intern.  She has lead trips in a variety of course areas including winter ascents up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, a coast to coast mountain bike trip across Costa Rica, and a week long mountain bike trip through Canyonlands in Utah.  Last summer, she completed a month-long NOLS outdoor educator course in mountaineering and rock climbing in the North Cascades.

In her personal life, she is an avid mountain and road biker, and has enjoyed exploring the riding and racing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. She has been a whitewater kayaker for 8 years, and has paddled all over the northeast, as well as in Ontario and British Columbia and in the northwest.  She is a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Trainer, and recently received her ACA Whitewater Instructor certification.  

As the Rental Shop Manager, she oversees rental shop operations, supervises student employees, serves as advisor to the Whitewater Club, helps organize the Scrambles Program, and helps with Open Kayak sessions.  She is passionate about using outdoor adventure and personal challenge as a means to build confident and thoughtful leaders and stronger communities.  Lish loves her position as rental shop manager, and looks forward to more trip leading and teaching opportunities.