Rental Shop Manager

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 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.  She also 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 12 years, and has paddled all over the northeast, as well as in Ontario and British Columbia and in the northwest.  She is a WFR, an ACA Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor, and has her CWI certification, as well as her Avalanche Level I certification. 

In addition to overseeing rental shop operations, she also manages the OP Bike Shop, supports the Scrambles program, advises the Whitewater Kayak club, and teachs Beginning Rock Climbing and Beginning Whitewater Kayaking.  She also holds the unofficial title as 'Baking Specialist' and greatly enjoys sharing her love of baked goods with the students and visitors to the rental shop on a regular basis.  She is passionate about using outdoor adventure and personal challenge as a means to build confident and thoughtful leaders and stronger communities.  Lish loves working with students, and is grateful for the opportunity to impact them in a positive way through their experiences with the Outdoor Program.