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Staff Post: Welcoming Kenzie to AK Huts

Kenzie Barnwell

My name is Kenzie and I am excited to be a part of Alaska Huts Staff as Operations Manager. My position manages day-to-day operations of AK Huts, including social media and upkeep of Manitoba, general fundraising and event planning. I joined AK Huts late this past summer, and love the Huts community!

I was born in Anchorage, spent my early years in Dutch Harbor, and most of my youth in Seward. My family, and the wild places I grew up frequenting fostered a deep love of Alaska in me. I visited Manitoba as a kid and spent some of my first day’s back-country skiing on Manitoba Mountain. I feel passionate about sharing Alaska and the special places it has to offer with others. My family has been involved with Alaska Huts for a long time; they passed on the appreciation for the organization and its mission to me.

I went to Macalester College in Minnesota, and have spent the years since then traveling and working seasonally – guiding out of Valdez, Seward, and New Zealand. I made the move back to Seward this year, where my heart is most content. I spend my time working on my family’s 40-foot trawler, mountain running, skiing (of any variety!) and keeping an eye on Manitoba – making sure all is running smoothly.

What inspires me most about AK Huts is our mission to connect and include all sorts of different outdoor users to Huts. People involved in Alaska Huts range from retired folks to toddlers, from people who rarely camp to folks who are always in the back-country. Alaska Huts strives to create outdoor spaces that appeal to everyone. In turn, it creates a caring, diverse community that I am happy to be a part of!

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