university of vermont

who we are

our story

Backcountry Squatters at UVM was founded in 2019 in Burlington, Vermont with the intention of creating a network of women enthusiastic about the outdoors. Our goal is to promote confidence, friendship, and knowledge in the outdoors while allowing women at UVM to enjoy the wonderful state of Vermont.

As a freshman, I had a hard time finding opportunities to meet other women who loved
to be outside. I am so happy that Backcountry Squatters is at UVM. Now it is so easy to find
other awesome ladies to go adventuring with! This club provides an inclusive and supportive
environment for women of all levels to try new things and make new friends.


2019/2020 Executive Board

Hannah Lukes

Heyo! My name is Hannah and I’m from the little ski town of Girdwood, Alaska. Growing up in Alaska, I had the awesome opportunity to ski, hike, bike, run, climb, and walk my dog in the mountains right outside my backdoor. I moved to Burlington to get a degree in Microbiology which I hope will allow me to go to medical school down the road. In Vermont I enjoy ski touring, riding my mountain bike, and a good maple creemee after a fun day in the mountains! My goal for Backcountry Squatters at UVM is to encourage women at UVM to feel confident pushing themselves in the outdoors in the company of other hard-charging ladies!

Karin Rand

Hi! My name is Karin Rand! I am from Richmond, Vermont, just outside of Burlington! I grew up playing with my parents and sister in the wonderful hills of Vermont! Being pulled along on family nordic days and local hikes I have grown to appreciate our little state in all of its colors! At UVM, I am a biological sciences major with an interest in ecosystems ecology as well as how the natural landscape supports life. It has been great to meet new friends at UVM who help me challenge myself in the outdoors and expand my knowledge of Vermont’s natural playground. My goal for Backcountry Squatters at UVM is to increase the network of girls challenging themselves in the outdoors as well as help them gain a sense of place in Vermont!


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