Meet the team:
Willie has been fortunate to climb, hike, and run around in the outdoors since age 10 (at a birthday party in 1st grade he tackled a kid who was stomping on a young tree, making quite clear his love of nature and his mother’s influence as a landscape architect.) He headed West as soon as he was able and has since climbed mountains and run trails on numerous continents, having many stunning and life-changing adventures along the way. Since 2005 he has increasingly focused on trail and ultra-marathons, ski mountaineering, "fast"packing adventures, and his greatest passion of all: sharing his infectious enthusiasm for these activities and the outdoors with others.
Willie received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing at Colorado College and is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute in Portland, OR. He is a Wilderness First Responder and certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Visit our Press page to read some of his writing and learn more about his adventures!
Yassine’s love and appreciation for the outdoors was instilled at a young age. While growing up, Yassine’s mother would disconnect the cable TV in the summer months and take the family and friends on camping adventures. In his early twenties the unquenchable thirst for exploration propelled Yassine to Colorado and then to the Finger Lakes Region of New York state where he met his wife and was transformed into a trail ultra-marathon runner. Since 2008 Yassine has made his presence felt in the competitive ultra-running scene but has realized there is much more than trying to clock the fastest times. He still loves the camaraderie and laid-back enjoyment of experiencing nature with friends and sharing stories around camp, like he did with family and friends early in his life. He resides close to the trails in Portland, OR with his wife Erica and daughter Farah.
Yassine holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies: Physical Activity/Exercise from Portland State University. He is a Wilderness First Responder and is certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Visit our Press page and YassineDiboun.com to learn more about his ultra running and racing.
Sam, as an infant, would kick and scream if he every came near a blade of grass. Nature was entirely too foreign as he was born and raised in New York City. As reason became prevalent in his development, so did his love for mud, water and mountains. As Sam turned 7, his father left for Nepal for months to create the documentary based on the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. As a way to connect with Sam back home, he would send drawings of Sam on top of Everest via fax. Images became reality. The two most prevalent gifts upon return was a set of prayer flags which hung in his bedroom for over a decade as well as a trip to the Explorers Club to meet the legends. Soon after, adventures ensued in the mountains of New England. A longing for freedom and exploration was apparent. As soon as Sam graduated high school, he could not leave for the west coast fast enough. His passions for mountaineering, triathlons, trail running, skiing and rock climbing ignited with vigor and without haste. He is now a competitive ultra trail runner.
Sam received a B.A. in Journalism at The Evergreen State College and became Pre-Med at Northeastern University six years later. He is a Wilderness Paramedic and is certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Sam also worked with the incarcerated youth as a mental health coach and mentor for many years.