Alison Wiley is a Stanford University graduate with an MBA from the University of Toronto. A world-class athlete and Live Out Loud Adventures’ personal fitness trainer, Alison won the silver medal for Canada in the World Cross Country championships in 1983. She currently competes in triathlons and finished in 4th place at the 2010 and 2011 World Triathlon Age-Group Championships.
Alison has led LOLA treks in Africa, South America, New Zealand, and Canada and guided climbers to the top of Kilimanjaro for eight years. She is also the founding president of Friends of Amani Canada, a charitable organization that supports the efforts of the Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania. Alison is a qualified WFR guide having recertified her medical training with the Wilderness Medical Associates International.
Angus Murray is an accomplished outdoor educator and guide and has guided expeditions throughout North America, and in Africa, South America and Europe. He has been working in the outdoor industry for the past 30 years. Angus is the past Director of Outdoor Education at Rosseau Lake College and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School.
On May 21, 2008, Angus was the 50th Canadian to summit Mt. Everest! Angus has spoken about his Everest experience at numerous schools and organizations since his successful climb in 2008, earning him the reputation as not only an accomplished climber but a highly engaging motivational speaker.
Angus is on his way to completing the seven summits (the highest mountains of each of the seven continents), having successfully climbed 5 of these mountains to date.
Lauren Chu has always loved the outdoors, but found a deeper passion for trekking while living in New Zealand in 2015. Having graduated from Queen’s University with a mechanical engineering degree, Lauren prefers mountains over mechanics and has hiked thousands of kilometres around the world. She was the top female rookie tree planter at her company in 2013 (once planting 7000 trees in one day), has cycled the length of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and has been on a 23-day, 500km hike through the Appalachian Wilderness.
In the summer you can find her on canoe trips or hike & bike adventures; in the winter, playing shinny on outdoor rinks or flying down a mountain on a snowboard. Lauren loves planning trips for friends to encourage them to be present in the moment and get outside, and embraces this as part of the Live Out Loud Adventures mission.
John Terry climbed his first mountain in Garibaldi Park in British Columbia when he was five years old and, ever since, prefers to look up rather than back. He has guided for Live Out Loud Adventures in Africa, and scaled the highest – and possibly coldest – peak in North America (Mt. Denali in Alaska), climbed the highest summits in the Rockies, gone on solo climbs in South America, and climbed with mates in France, Bali and Borneo. He has also completed that hard-core New Zealand invention, the Coast to Coast race, which requires cycling, mountain climbing and white water kayaking across NZ’s South Island.
John can be found in all seasons in the wilderness, paddling, biking or skiing, and thrives on introducing people to unexpected pleasures in the outdoors, including polar bear swims and snowshoe treks under the full moon. When not outdoors, he practices law based in Toronto, specializing in litigating high-profile public, human rights and international disputes.
Dr. Kate Wiley is a Family Physician currently practicing Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta. She is an avid outdoors woman who enjoys the back country of the Canadian Rockies for running, hiking, camping, and cross country skiing. She is a previous competitive runner, competing for Harvard University in the 1980s in both Cross Country Running and Track and Field.
Kate has been involved with LOLA for many years, first as a member of the 2008 team that summited Kilimanjaro, then as a west coast trail hiker in 2011, and most recently as a member of the first LOLA team to hike Everest Base Camp in 2013. She loves the journey that the LOLA trips embrace.