Balloch, Rob-2

Rob Balloch

Gap Faculty

Prior to joining HMI Gap in 2020, Rob worked at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy since graduating from Colorado College in 2018. At CC, Rob earned a degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology while working extensively in the school’s outdoor program, leading peers and young adults on numerous trips, from wilderness backpacking to kayaking to rock climbing. Rob was attracted to HMI because of the program’s values relating to experiential learning, personal growth, and technical outdoor education. He believes that these practices are essential for living a happy, healthy and successful life.

In his role as a gap year instructor, Rob values the ability to empathize and connect with students. The reason he values this type of connection so highly is that he believes that without empathy, there is no way for authentic relationship to develop. And, without connection, it is much more difficult to impart knowledge on any student’s process here at HMI.

One of Rob’s greatest strengths lies in my high level of energy. Because he believes so strongly in the work HMI does and feels so passionate about the outdoors, he brings a great amount of energy, commitment, and excitement to the guide team. Rob’s love for this work is a contagious force out there.

Rob has a deep love of outdoor sports. Specifically, he spends most of his time off rock climbing, mountain biking, mountaineering, white water kayaking and rafting, backpacking or skiing. When he is not doing something outside, he might be cooking, wood-working, continuing his education or vegetable gardening.

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