Narinda Heng has worked in experiential education since 2014, starting with GirlVentures as a volunteer climbing mentor and then as a backpacking and rock instructor. She’s also worked with National Outdoor Leadership School, Dunn School, and Eagle Rock School. She appears in the film All Who Dare, a documentary about Eagle Rock School’s 24-day wilderness orientation trip.
She is an instructor at the Stanford Adventure Program, where she also works on community engagement.
She joined the board of Banteay Srei in 2018.
Prior to 2014, Narinda worked in the nonprofit sector and Asian American arts community in Los Angeles. She co-produced and stage managed TNP’s Tuesday Night Cafe shows. She joined the Public Allies Los Angeles Class of 2012 and was an S. Mark Taper Fellow, serving low-income and homeless seniors in Downtown Los Angeles. She also co-created and co-produced a queer Asian American web series called That’s What She Said.
From rock climbing trips to extended wilderness expeditions, she values group outdoor experiences as opportunities to grow self-awareness, learn effective communication, and practice interdependence.
As an instructor, she emphasizes reflection and curiosity around the complexities of history, place, and identity.
Narinda is a certified Wilderness First Responder and PCIA Top Rope Climbing Instructor.
Aside from teaching rock climbing and backpacking, Narinda spends her time making pottery, baking with wild yeast, and writing.
Most recently, Narinda co-created Lonely Together, a zine exploring climbing through the lens of [q]BIPOC.