My Story

I grew up in Delaware with a connection in the outdoors, inspired from my parents’ love for nature, the mountains and wild animals. I was active in the Girl Scouts as a youth and loved playing sports. This was my avenue to Appalachian State University where moving to the high country of NC got me closer to the outdoors and dipped my toes into rock climbing. I grew as a person in the outdoors, working at camps, wilderness therapy programs, and eventually found my way to the NC Outward Bound School where I continue to work. I found that I really like working with college aged students and feel fulfilled watching them connect to the wild trails, streams, mountains and cliffs I love too.

Michelle Tuday stands smiling


  • B.S. in Outdoor Experiential Education, Appalachian State University
  • American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder, SOLO, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

Research Interests

  • Outdoor Experiential Ed and its relationship to build stronger, more resilient community members
  • Fostering compassion in others
  • Traditional Rock Climbing

Courses Taught

  • ODL 1250/2350 Intro and Intermediate Rock Climbing
  • ODL 2100 Back Country Skills
  • ODL 2270 Top Rope Site Management

Crews and Other Activities

  • Assistant Crew Supervisor for Adventure Programs

Contact Professor Tuday

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