Tom Orchard is a Neuroscience student at Georgia Tech, having recently switched from Aerospace Engineering after becoming interested in a medical career. Born and raised in the UK, Tom was introduced to hiking through his grandfather, who has walked many of Britain’s longest trails. Before moving to the US for college, Tom completed his Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, planning and completing a multi-day off-trail hike through Exmoor.
After arriving in the US, Tom has been heavily involved with Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech, where he has had the opportunity to further his backpacking skills and experience a variety of new outdoor sports. After certifying as a Wilderness First Responder, Tom became fascinated by wilderness medicine and will be completing an EMT course at Nantahala Outdoor Center this Summer. As a keen photographer, he is looking forward to capturing the experience of the expedition, from training on day one to reaching the summit at the end of the year.
In the future, Tom hopes to complete some ropes and swiftwater rescue courses, move back to England, pursue a medical degree, and hike through the European Alps.
- Planned and led multi-day map and compass hikes over Dartmoor and Exmoor
- Hiked through Denali State Park
- Staffed 10+ instructional trips with Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech