Joe Moerschbacher


Ohio University, Athens, OH Graduation, June 2006

-Graduate Assistantship: teaching courses in orienteering and rock climbing

– Additional 16 Graduate level hours in Coaching Education

-Cumulative GPA: 3.80

-Master’s degree: Recreation


Brevard College, Brevard, NC Graduation, May 2003

– Cumulative GPA 3.9

– Bachelor of Arts: Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education

– Bachelor of Arts: Integrated Studies, Emphasis on science and philosophy


Past Employment and Professional Experience:

Owner, Pura Vida Adventures, Professional guide service and Instructional Outdoor programming Jan 2007- present

Pisgah Forest, NC


Race Director Primal Quest Sprint Series, Management 2008-2009 Primal Quest Certification Program


Pura Vida Patagonia, Guide and Instructor, Bariloche, Argentina Nov./Dec 2005

-Assisted in instruction at the first comprehensive sea kayaking course in Argentine history

-Assisted in guiding sea kayaking tours


Brevard College, Instructor, Brevard, NC Fall 2004-Fall 2009

-Instructor of Outdoor leadership: outdoor business administration, mountain biking ,

climbing, whitewater, navigation and sea kayaking.

– Co Instructor of 21 day Immersion expedition Spring of 2007

– Head Instructor Immersion Semester ; courses included: Leadership and Group Fall 2008

Dynamics in Outdoor Pursuits, Wilderness First Aid, Environmental Ethics and Skills in Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits Education: Water-Based, Outdoor Pursuits Education: Land-Based, Wilderness Expedition

– Interim Cross Country Head Coach Fall 2009


Hemlock Center for Outdoor Education, Facilitator, Clifton, VA Spring 2004

– Facilitator for team development courses and environmental education courses


Odyssey Adventure Racing, Head Instructor, Virginia Beach, VA 2002 – 2006

– Provide instruction in navigation, mountain biking, climbing, whitewater reading and paddling

– Provide instruction in team development skills and adventure leadership training

– Worked as a safety boat in the ocean and on rivers

– Designing and Logistics for race courses, designer of the 2003 Beast of the East Course


Mountain Adventure Guides, Trip Leader, Hot Springs, NC Summer 2003-2007

– Trip Leader for rafting trips on the French Broad River, Nolichucky River

– Climbing Instructor, Head Climbing guide in 2005

– Backpacking Trip Leader

– Corporate Teambuilding Facilitator

– Directed adventure racing whitewater certification program


Nantahala Outdoor Center, Raft Guide/Instructor, Bryson City, NC Summer 2000,-2002

– Guided raft trips on the Nantahala, French Broad, Pigeon, and Nolichucky Rivers

– Took part in courses on rafting, water reading, and swift water river rescue

Field and Professional Experience:

-Expedition member of Jan. 2013 16 day raft assisted kayak descent of the Colorado River.

-Expedition Leader for 10 Day program in Patagonia Bariloche, Argentina activities included open water lake kayaking, backpacking, canyoneering, and climbing Dec 2011.

-Instructor half day ropes workshop and canyon guide at 2011 and 2014 American Canyoneering Conferences in Utah

-Speaker at Active Professional Conference for Nurse Anesthetists, topic “Where to Exercise?”

– First commercial canyon guide service east of Mississippi River

-Lead instructor for numerous American Canyoneering Association beginner and technical canyoneering courses 2011-present

– American Canyoneering Association co instructor and participant for 5 day fast track program Feb 2010

– American Canyoneering Association co instructor and participant for Canyon Leader Course Puerto Rico Dec. 2010

-Recreational and professional canyoneering experience in North Carolina, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Dominica and Argentina.

-Multiple trips to Costa Rica doing site evaluation for peers, as well as setting up programs.

– Mountaineering expedition to 18,000 ft peaks in Mexico Dec 2008

-Attended AEE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Oak Hill, WV

Presented on Adventure Racing’s place in Adventure Education March 2006

– Attended Conference on Education in the Outdoors, Bradford Woods, IN January 2006

– Completed a solo summit of 22,800 ft Cerro Aconcogua, Mendoza, Argentina January 2005

– Finished the 2003/2004/2008 Subaru Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race in 18th,19th , 11th place Fall 2003,04,08

– Participated as a member of the Brevard College Voice of the Rivers Expedition Team Spring 2001

Spent 80 days paddling and conducting field studies in Patagonia, Argentina

– Completed an internship with Odyssey Adventure Racing Company Summer/Fall of 2002

– Attended the International Conference on Outdoor Recreation and Education 2002

Presented information on UTM coordinates, Voice of the Rivers Expedition, and

Adventure Racing’s place in Outdoor Recreation

– Completed courses and/or assisted in instruction in backpacking, sea kayaking, canoeing,

whitewater kayaking, rafting, river rescue, rock climbing and navigation courses

– Participated in the Brevard College Runner’s Camp as trail leader/climbing wall facilitator Summer 1999, 2000

– Served on trail maintenance with Student Conservation Association Summer of 1999



– American Canyon Guide Association, Certified Canyon Guide

– American Canoe Association Swift water Rescue Instructor

– Wilderness First Responder

– Certified CPR and First Aid

– Past Certified American Red Cross Lifeguard

– Past Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

– Taken AMGA TRSM course (yet to take exam) April 2006