Meet Terrie, founder of Peak Skills

Racing to a code blue or paddling across a placid, blue lake - dual passions for saving lives and absorbing the outdoor world have driven my course. Peak Skills is a vehicle for merging years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a lifetime of commitment to safe exploration of wilderness. 


​19 years of serving both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord and brain injured patients at Davies Medical Center(later California Pacific, San Francisco)sharpened my assessment, physical intervention and communication skills. Throughout those years I also raised my 3 children, leading in the Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs. Our family hiked and backpacked regularly, dealing with the non-emergency first aid issues common with children in the back country.


​After leaving Cal Pacific I led a team of 30 nurses at the Kaiser Foundation Rehab Center for 9 years. I served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of our professional nursing association, the ARN, for a year, and was then elected to lead as president, two years in a row.

During that time I remained active in the outdoors, organizing and leading hikes, backpacks, climbing outings, and snowcamping trainings for the Sierra Club, Meetup groups and Sierra Mountaineering Club(where I serve on the Board of Directors).  I developed both Beginning and Intermediate Backpacking curriculums for teaching through the Parks and Recreation in my community.


​In 2013 I earned certification as an instructor in CPR for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association, and through American Safety and Health Institute I became certified as a Wilderness First Aid/First Responder, First Aid/Advanced First Aid, CPR and CPR Pro and AED instructor.


Allow me to share skills and techniques for surviving emergencies, both in the backcountry and in urban environments.