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Born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina, Will Maness is a proud native of the Tarheel State, despite his many wanderings and travels. Will graduated from NC State in December 2016 with a B.A. in History. After working with the climbing program here at UNC for six months in 2018-19, Will decided to pursue a career in outdoor education, and in December 2020 he completed a Master of Outdoor Adventure and Expedition Leadership from Southern Oregon University. Will has climbed all over the United States and parts of Europe, from Yosemite Valley and Red Rock to the Wind River Range and Rocky Mountain National Park. Will is an AMGA-certified climbing instructor and spent the summer of 2020 guiding at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. When he’s not hanging off a rock face, Will enjoys spending time with his friends and family and listening to the Grateful Dead.