Andres (he/him, Mancos, CO) is the Grassroots Engagement Director for the Conservation Lands Foundation and an avid climber, backcountry skier, and cyclist. Originally from El Paso, TX, his work in the field of environmental education and guiding, along with personal adventures and travel, has allowed him to travel the world and truly fall in love with our country’s vast public lands. His current work seeks to empower local grassroots organizations to act as stewards and advocates for our nation’s Bureau of Land Management public lands, many of which are home to some of the best bikepacking adventures in the West! When’s he’s not out supporting grassroots organizations or advocating for public lands, you can find him outside enjoying whatever opportunities the place and season allows. He brings to Bikepacking Roots his knowledge of the outdoor and conservation community, particularly in the world of philanthropy and capacity-building, a deep and passionate knowledge of Equity and Inclusion work and an endless passion and stoke for all things wild and fun. He’s generally a fan of Type II fun and believes that anything worth experiencing is also worth fighting for.