ODP Student Staff
Bryson grew up in Washington state, where he spent his summers hiking and kayaking around the Olympic peninsula. He moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in wildlife biology to combine his passion for the outdoors with his curiosity for scientific inquiry. He started climbing in his first year at UM, and he’s loved it ever since. He started at the outdoor program at the end of his sophomore year, and has enjoyed teaching others how to get out climbing and backpacking, and seeing their excitement as they discover new ways to travel and live among the mountains.
Alan is from Kalispell, and is the Outdoor Program's bike mechanic and rental shop student manager. He has over 4 years of bike mechanic training, along with a lifetime of taking care of his own bike. Alan is very big into sports (of all kinds) and the outdoors. He has also done TaeKwonDo for 14 years and won the AAU Nationals in 2009. Alan is currently going to school for a masters in Athletic Training and would like to work for a sports team of some sort after graduating (Seattle Mariners). He is an avid traveler and would like to go to the six major continents in his lifetime.
I'm an undergrad student here at the University of Montana majoring in resource conservation and minoring in Spanish and climate change studies. Although I grew up in the deserts of Southern Arizona, I feel comfortable and at home here in Missoula. When I was younger, my dad would take me hiking and camping in the mountains outside Tucson. At the time it seemed like torture but those weekend adventures were where I first began to fall in love with the outdoors. It took me some time to adapt to the (relatively) cold Montana winters but now I'm always out skiing or hiking whenever I get the chance. If I'm not climbing in the Bitterroots, you'll more than likely find me working or training at the rock wall here on campus!
Riley Butler is a born and bred Pacific Northwester, hailing from Seattle, Washington. Though she loves the city, she came to the grand state of Montana searching for a little more solitude and even more mountains. Riley loves backpacking, maps, climbing, type 2 fun, glaciers, and the infinite majesty of the universe. Montana has all of these things, so she is pretty happy. Currently Riley is getting her bachelors in resource conservation with a focus in climate change, and is passionate about educating the next generation to be conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.
Taylor is originally from western New York and moved out west for her junior and senior years of undergrad at Idaho State University. She completed her Bachelors in Outdoor Education and Sociology in and has begun her Masters in Recreation Management here at the University of Montana. Taylor loves hiking, backpacking, and cross country skiing. If she's not studying or working, you'll find her out happily exploring the Bitterroots with her dog, Banjo.
Kenley is a a lifetime resident of Montana. Any day without some sort of outdoor adventure is not quite a normal day for him. Most afternoons after hisshift at the Outdoor Program include either rippin' down some mountains on his bike or trying to keep his chonies clean while following Andrew up some trad climb. When he's not adventuring, he's probably making pancakes at home.
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.
Aurora hails from the smallest state, Rhode Island, where the highest point is the landfill. She eventually moved to the mountains because they moved her, and she has not been able to leave since. In the past few years, she has worked with many different conservation and land management organizations in some of the most special places in the U.S. She is currently working towards a master's in education at UM and is psyched to spend time climbing, biking and exploring the Missoula area. She loves digging in the garden, backyard botany and hiking. She's am grateful to be living in a world full of incredible complexity and mystery, where wild spaces are valued and public.
Ian is one of those Coloradans who came to Montana for the wild and quickly got told who is boss. Since then, he's enjoyed a outdoor robust education in some of the most beautiful places in the country. Skis are his tool of choice, with ice tools and rock shoes around whenever he can squeeze them in. Ian currently teaches indoor rock climbing, backcountry ski camping and belay clinics and can be found working"'the wall" a couple times a week.
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.