Adrian grew up near a tidal river in Rhode Island which started his connection to the natural world. Teaching at Sterling since 1991. Married to Allison Van Akkeren. He enjoys the connection to the world that building and living in a small off-grid solar homestead provides. Also adventuring and commuting by foot, bike, ski or canoe. Currently, orienteering on cross-country skis or foot keeps him busy training and competing. These values show up in his teaching of hand-tool skills, outdoor travel, forestry, trail work, renewable energy and environmental science classes
|M.Ed. Environmental Science||Plymouth State University|
|B.A. Engineering Sciences + (Environmental Studies minor)||Dartmouth College|
Interests:Building with logs is enjoyable. This summer completed a timber framed shed addition to last summer's hand-hewn timber framed garage/barn.
Ski-Orienteering – Named to U.S. World Championship Team since 2008 – 3rd place – Long Dist. at World Masters Ski-O Championship 2015
U.S. Ski-O National Champion 2016,14,12, 10
Bitter Pill 12 hr-Adventure Race (1st place 2005, 2006,2009,2010,2013 ) (2nd place 2011) Usually racing with Allison
After over 2 years of preparation, March of 2018 saw the Ski-Orienteering World Cup race week and World Championship for Masters age groups come to Craftsbury from 19 countries. Adrian was the main event director and dedicated hundreds of hours to crafting dozens of miles of new trails.
ACA Level 4 Whitewater Canoe Instructor since 2007
Wilderness First Responder since 1997
Catamount Ski Trail trail chief for Craftsbury/Eden section since 2001
Three Books You Recommend?
- Radical Simplicity by Jim Merkel, is a keystone part of the Environmental Science class.
- Dirt Works, by Christine Byl – can be eye opening in Tools and Their Applications.