While Jan Van Barriger is an avid paddler, her contribution to the Yukon Journey expedition primarily will occur as organizer, support crew, and documentary producer. She’ll use her project management background and skills to assist with the trip’s organizational needs, a serious benefit when coordinating a 2,000-mile journey with as many moving parts as this one. She’ll also fly into Anchorage at the end of the trip to coordinate transport and shipping issues.
A scoutmaster’s daughter, Jan spent her formative years hiking and camping throughout the upper Midwest. She added kayaking to her list of favorite activities over a dozen years ago, and backcountry paddling/camping was the logical next step. To date, her favorite trip was two weeks in the backcountry of Lake Superior Provincial Park, outside of Wawa, Ontario, in Canada.
A lifelong animal lover, Jan has adopted numerous shelter dogs and volunteered on their behalf over the years. She also trained one of these adopted dogs as a certified pet therapy animal and the two spent years visiting patients at the local hospital.
Jan earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and has furthered her education with project management training from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business in Madison.
Jan divides her spare time between outdoor activities and creating gorgeous wire-wrap jewelry and glass lampworking projects.