ODP Student Staff
Skye is a wildlife biology major from Colorado who moved to Missoula to get closer to animals and farther from the city. Skye loves working at the Outdoor Program because she has learned new skills such as river guiding, kayaking and how to fix her own bike. Outside of school and work, Skye is the captain of her ultimate frisbee team, plays soccer and is a leader of the University of Montana Wilderness Association student club. Her favorite pastime is hanging out with her pet rabbit and bearded dragon.
Alex is far from a local resident of Montana. Being from Hawaii, he truly was a fish out of water. He hadn't even seen snow before moving here to attend the University to study international business and business management. But he had always been an outdoor-oriented person, and it was time to experience a different wilderness. He quickly fell in love with climbing during his first semester and has been addicted ever since. If I'm not at the Wall, you can probably find him in another part of the gym, training in martial arts or hanging out at the UC Game Room.
Amy is a born-and-raised Montanan, growing up in nearby Kalispell. She transferred to U of M after spending her freshman year playing soccer in Tennessee and is now pursuing a degree in business finance. Backpacking, rafting, climbing, skiing and hanging out on a ropes course are her favorite activities, and can be seen cruising down the Middle Fork or Lochsa all summer. Growing up with Glacier Park in her backyard, being on the top of a mountain is where she finds the most comfort, and she loves the amazing beauty the area has to offer.
Andrew moved to Missoula from Corvallis, Oregon, to attend the University of Montana and enjoy all that the state has to offer. Andrew likes to explore wild places on foot, bike and skis. He began climbing in Montana and has enjoyed sharpening his skills on the many crags near Missoula. Andrew works at the Outdoor Program as a bike mechanic, and he particularly enjoys teaching people how to maintain and fix their own bikes, from changing a flat tire to truing a wheel. When not working at the ODP, biking, skiing, or climbing, Andrew can be found studying biochemistry, making nachos or watching climbing videos.
Sawyer loves outdoor endeavors of all kinds; canoeing, backpacking, and rock climbing are his favorites. Mountains and Rivers always fill him with awe and energy. He also loves ultimate frisbee, walking on a slack line, getting his feet dirty and yo-yoing. His nerdy love of graphs, math and the outdoors have lead him to study watershed hydrology at the University. He came to Montana last year from New Hampshire, found an endless abundance of adventure here, and can't wait to explore more Montana wilderness.
Thomas is a second-year law student, focusing his studies in criminal and environmental law. A native of Seattle, Thomas completed his undergraduate studies at Pomona College in southern California before embarking on a seasonal guide career that rotated between Utah and Alaska. Thomas has worked as a sea kayak guide, whitewater raft guide, fishing guide, ski patroller and the in the heli ski industry. While Thomas's long-term dream of no longer renting and eating something other than ramen has driven him back to school and limited his time outdoors, he takes advantage of any opportunity to get outside and forget about drafting dreary legal memos.
Lili hails from the city of “subdued excitement,” Bellingham, Washington, known for roller derby, bikes and rain. Lili decided to try something new and moved to the landlocked state of Montana. Although she left the ocean, it wasn’t so difficult moving to Montana because of its mountains. Here she’s picked up useless activities such as climbing rocks, hurtling down snowy slopes with two planks strapped to her feet and running on gravel trails. Aside from testing gravity on a daily basis, Lili is working towards a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in wilderness studies. When she’s not outside or studying, she can be found listening to music, painting or knitting.
Harrison was born and raised south of the Mason-Dixon line in Memphis, Tennesee. Somehow he made his way up to Missoula for school and wound up in the environmental studies program. He is interested in sustainable agriculture and has been working farm jobs for the past few summers. After taking a rock climbing class his freshman year, he was hooked and spent the next year climbing as much as he could. After a short hiatus spent in Vermont and the Swan Valley in 2018, he's back teaching and working the wall. He loves good food (most recently sourdough), playing music and playing in the snow like a little kid. If you have trouble finding him, check Mill Creek. Good chance he's dangling up there somewhere.
Originally from Salt Lake City but maintaining transient roots around the western U.S., Libby is a graduate student in the Natural Resource Conflict Resolution certificate program. She works seasonally as a river guide, whitewater kayak instructor and environmental educator between summer-chasing stints in alternating hemispheres. She enjoys sand-free river excursions, peakbagging and Annie's white cheddar macaroni and cheese.
After searching far and wide for a place that had a little bit of charm similar to the southeast, a lot of grit like the Midwest and the radness of the Pacific Northwest, Sam found the perfect hybrid town of unrelenting stoke: Missoula, Montana. Just outside of town in the Bitterroot Mountains, a.k.a “GORGEOUS COUNTRY!”, you can find Sam climbing high up to fill his neverending stoke meter. Sam is always up for a good adventure, whether it’s paddling, backpacking, skiing or trying to pass a midterm. If he’s not enduring in some sort of type-2 fun, he’s nerding out about music after listening to music, watching music, reading about music, smelling music... you get the idea. What Sam has learned after one year in Montucky is that nothing is better than the music of the mountains.