Meet Our Glacier National Park Guides!

Our Glacier National Park guides are highly trained in everything from swift water rescue to Wilderness First Aid to the history, flora, and fauna of Glacier National Park and its surrounding areas. Whether or not you “need” a guide for rafting, hiking, fishing, or biking, they’ll make your experience so much richer. Some of our guides have been with us since the mid 80s, and all of them take enormous pride in being Glacier National Park guides. Did we mention they’re incredible backcountry cooks, too?

ZACH ALLEN

Age: Born the same year that Tonya Harding was stripped of her figure skating title for the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
Hometown: Born and raised in Redmond, WA. Living in Bozeman, MT in the off season.
Description: I grew up hiking, biking, and playing in the woods of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors. I love being in the desert and up in the mountains. From a young age my father has taken me on hiking and backpacking trips all over the country. I love my job and having the opportunity to share the experiences of the outdoors and Glacier National Park with other people.
Favorite Quote:  “It is not enough to fight for the wilderness, it is even more important to enjoy it.” -Edward Abbey
Favorite Place: Heaven’s Peak!

JOHN ALLISON aka “JD”

Age: Born the same month that John Lennon died.
Hometown: Lawrenceville, IL
Description: JD hails from a small farm town in Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University and received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management. His outdoor guiding career started in Alaska and has become a life long pursuit ever since. He joined our crew in 2010 after falling in love with the area while spending his summers fighting Glacier’s noxious weeds. JD has a few surprises behind that humble exterior. At 14, he got his black belt in Taekwondo and says he dabbles in playing the banjo. He is also ordained so he can perform marriages in the backcountry, in case the need should arise.
Favorite Quote: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
Favorite Place: “Ahern Pass. It is a perfect place to sun bathe naked on the continental divide. I wonder if Joe Cosley did the same?”

MARK BARTELS

Age: Born the same month that McDonalds introduced the Happy Meal.
Hometown: Helena, Montana
Description: Mark is a Montana native and has spent over 15 years as a raft guide. We were lucky to have him join our team in 2010. When Mark is not rafting, he is working for Farm in the Dell, a non-profit that builds homes for people with disabilities. He also likes to ski, snowboard, kayak and raft. Sculpture of any medium is one of his biggest hobbies.
Favorite Quote: “Adventure today.”
Favorite Place: “The river…Bear Creek to Essex for the scenic views, the feeling of wilderness and fun whitewater.”
Favorite Trip: “Half day whitewater. It’s the rapids.”

BRANDON BATT

Age: Born the year Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand made the first transatlantic hot-air balloon flight.
Hometown: Born in New Orleans, LA, but raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
Description: Brandon came to us from Missoula, and is excited to be in Glacier! When he’s not working as a river or hiking guide, he’s exploring the park with friends and working on his mountaineering skills.
Favorite Quote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
Favorite Place: The Many Glacier area, especially the hike through the Ptarmigan tunnel into the Belly River Valley.

One of our longest standing Glacier National Park guides, Carolyn Beecher.

CAROLYN BEECHER

Age: Eisenhower was President when she was born.
Hometown: CONCORD, MA (Now lives in Ronan, MT)
Description: Starting in 1991, Carolyn is one of our most seasoned hiking guides. When she’s not in Glacier, she guides in Utah’s Bryce and Zion National Parks and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. She also manages a small map business and maintains acreage around her home in Ronan. Her favorite thing about guiding? “My office has a really big window!!!” Carolyn has been known to swim in natural bodies of Montana water any month of the year (yep, even in the winter).
Favorite Quote (She had a hard time picking so we will go with these two):
“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
~ John Muir
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~ Aldo Leopold
Favorite Place: “On the ‘Backbone of the World’, the continental divide, but I’m not going to tell you exactly where. Then I’d have to kill you.” Don’t believe her though, she wouldn’t hurt a fly.

STACEY BENGSTON

Age: Dan Akroyd shares her birthday.
Hometown: MINNESOTA (Now West Glacier, MT)
Description: Stacey is the sweetest person you’ve ever met! This hiking and rafting extraordinaire’s incredible attitude can’t help but make you smile. And if you just want to know what bird it is tweeting around the corner – you’ve found your girl. When not in Glacier, you might see a blur resembling Stacey teaching skiing on the Big Mountain or cycling throughout the Flathead valley.
Favorite Place: Granite Park Chalet. Why Granite? “Why the Granite Glow of course!” Glow on Stacey! How to get there: Stay on your own or let us do the cooking and hear our favorite Granite tales on one of our scheduled 3 day hut hikes.

Glacier Guide Jennifer Buls

JENNIFER BULS

Age: Born just after the Blues Brothers made the first appearance on SNL.
Hometown: GREAT FALLS, MT (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Jennifer joined us in 2002, and has been guiding us down the river and on the trails ever since. Jen is one of our most vivacious guides and has a true passion for Glacier Park. She has also guided in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the Cabinet Mountains, and on the Clark Fork River. Her education is in Forest Resource Management, and boy does she know her plants. When she is not guiding, you can find her rafting on other rivers or rippin’ up the slopes on her snowboard in the winter. She also works at our local gear shop and does she know her gear!
Favorite Place: Stoney Indian Pass. She loves the cool breeze after a good climb. Join us for a backpacking trip and you too could feel the cool breeze!

Hannah Callahan Glacier Guide

HANNAH CALLAHAN

Age: Born the day before President George Bush is televised vomiting into the lap of Japan’s Prime Minister at a state dinner.
Hometown: Born in Anchorage, AK but grew up in Minneapolis, MN
Description: Hannah joined us as a rafting guide in 2014 and is now a hiking guide. In the off-season, she works as an instructor at Whitefish Mountain Resort’s ski school. She loves to snowboard, fish, and bike. If she were to sing karaoke, it would definitely be Skater Boy. Fun fact: she would rather fight 100 duck sized horses than one horse sized duck. As a girl, Hannah wanted to grow up to be a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg to be exact!
Favorite Place: “The North Fork. It’s the most beautiful float and then you get to be in Polebridge.”

Glacier guides office manager Judith Christiansen.

JUDITH CHRISTIANSEN

Age: The Beatle’s album “Abbey Road” was released the year she was born.
Hometown: GERMANY (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Judith knows the answer! How, where, who, what, and when – if you need anything involving the office, Judith can help you out. Judith began working as a lead guide on the rivers and trails with her strength in geology. Over the years she decided she preferred the lively pace of the office and now manages the grand scheduling of all the guides. She still enjoys leading a few day hiking trips a year, especially if the group speaks German. Track her down for the answers, or do your best to catch this hiking, bicycling, and skiing ball of energy.
Favorite Place: Nyack/Coal Creek District: SW Glacier Park. Why? “It’s very secluded – nobody there, beautiful scenery, great spot to watch for mountain goats at the head of Beaver Woman Lake. The Nyack Loop makes for a great 3-4 day backpacking trip.” Maybe if one hikes like Judith you can complete the loop in 4 days, but it’s more likely that once in the Nyack you’re going to want to take your time and enjoy it. We explore the Nyack region from time to time on our 4 day and 6 day backpacking trips.

Jeremy Covert Glacier Guide

JEREMY COVERT

Age: Born just a couple of days after the song Hotel California was released.
Hometown: Louisville, KY. Home of the Kentucky Derby – the most exciting two minutes in sports!
Description: Jeremy is yet another interesting guide. He joined us as both a rafting and a hiking guide after spending several summers guiding on other NW rivers. He loves boating of every kind. He bought a sailboat with the goal of eventually sailing around the world. Jeremy is one of our best guides, most handsome, funniest, and sweetest. (Jeremy, you can make the check for that one out to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft). Other than boating, he likes camping, skiing, reading (non-fiction), fine arts and crafts (concentrating on photo realistic painting), cycling, cookery & fine cuisines, yoga.
Fun Fact: Jeremy is passionate about early Neil Diamond recordings – before ’72 (that’s a first for us). He also can ride the unicycle and play the mandolin (not at the same time–but he’s working on it.)
Favorite Quote: “Fish don’t contain the sacred liquid in cups. They swim the huge fluid freedom.” Rumi, Sufi Poet
Favorite Place: Anywhere away from crowds and cars! More specifically igloo camping at Marias Pass in early spring.

PEGGY DEES

Age: Born the same year Sesame Street debuted on PBS.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Description: Peggy “The Bees Knees” began guiding backpack and hiking trips for us in 1999.  After taking a few years off for her family, she just couldn’t bear to be away from us and now shares her time between the Pacific Northwest and Glacier.  When she is not out being one of our awesome Glacier National Park guides, she can be found playing chamber music, working as a volunteer in Yellowstone National Park, guiding in Olympic National Park, and sharing her outdoor happiness with her family.
Favorite Quote: The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the hearts of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love. -John Muir
Favorite Place: Boulder Pass – alpine larch and panorama pie – what’s not to love?

Emily Downing Glacier Guide

EMILY DOWNING

Age: Born during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Description: Emily joined the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft family in 2014 as a raft guide and is now both a river and hiking guide for us. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism. When she is not sharing her knowledge of the park with guests, she is writing, skiing, trail running, traveling, or practicing the mandolin.
Favorite Quote: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – JK Rowling (FYI: Emily says she can beat anybody at Harry Potter trivia)
Favorite Place: “Kintla Lake because I love how remote it feels up there. Plus a trip up there usually begins or ends with a trip to the Polebridge Merc for huckleberry bear claws!”

Montana Raft Carter Eash

CARTER EASH

Age: Born the same day that Alice Cooper fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs.
Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado (now residing in Columbia Falls)
Description: Carter was new to the company as a raft and hiking guide in 2011. He spends the rest of his year inspiring and teaching our youth as a middle school teacher in Columbia Falls. In his free time he plays guitar and likes to travel. New Zealand and the Grand Canyon are among some of his favorite trips. His favorite quote? “Be kind. Tell the truth. Eat good food.” Sounds good to us Carter!
Favorite Place: “Many Glacier because of the grand peaks and pristine lakes.” Join us on a custom day hike or on our Glacier Challenge trip and explore this great valley for yourself.

Sarah Edwards

SARA EDWARDS

Age: Born the day the world-wide web first began.
Hometown: Davidsonville, MD
Description: Sara grew up back east and when she finished school she headed out west. She graduated from University of Maryland with an environmental studies degree and a Spanish minor. Sara has been rafting with us since 2012. When she is not on the river, you can find her climbing peaks in Glacier, eating cookies from Polebridge, and exploring foreign countries on a shoestring budget.
Favorite Place: The Two Medicine area because of “the fall colors, emerald lakes, and views from on top of Rising Wolf Mountain.” Her favorite trip is our “overnight raft trip because you are able to experience Glacier National Park from a unique perspective.”

Allison Egan

ALLISON EGAN

Age: Born the same year that Margaret Thatcher was the first woman elected prime minister of the United Kingdom (girl power!)

Hometown: The grass seed capitol of the world.

Description: Allison joined us in 2005 as a rafting guide and over the years has transitioned into a full time hiking guide. Allison is a big fan of time spent in the wild, mountains under her feet in both summer and winter, and the connection to time spent in the wilderness and health … ask her about her doctorate degree to get the full story! Allison loves sharing her passion for Glacier with guests to create lifetime memories, and she’ll cook for you too! She used to cook professionally and is quite the culinary genius on a one burner stove.

Favorite Quote: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Fun fact: She can pedal start and ride a 1977 Motobecane moped
Favorite place: Lunch at Red Gap Pass! Allison loves being in the alpine, and the views from Red Gap won’t disappoint.
Jeff Garretson

JEFF GARRETSON

Age: Born the same year of the 8888 Uprising in Myanmar (Burma).
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Description: We were lucky to have Jeff stop his travels long enough to join us as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2014. He graduated from Colorado State, and then taught 6th, 7th and 8th graders Spanish in Philadelphia for 2 years. He has since circumnavigated the globe by bicycle, bus, plane, train, and boat, teaching English alongh the way. Honestly, he has traveled too many places to list here. He is talented too. He speaks Spanish fluently, plays guitar, mandolin, bass, and drums and loves to hike, juggle, skateboard, bike, and snowboard.
Favorite Place: “The shore of Lake McDonald, right in front of the Apgar Village Inn. My grandparents used to run the Inn, and I learned to skip rocks there as a young buck.”
Favorite GG/MRC trip: “The 2 day rafting trip because the river is so exciting, and then once you get to camp, it’s just straight chillin’ till the cows come home!”

Randy Gayner owner of Glacier Guides Montana Raft

RANDY GAYNER

Age: Same year the Detroit Lions beat the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Championship.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Randy is our fearless leader. After first working in the area as a backcountry ranger based out of the Polebridge Ranger district, Randy founded the company in 1983. When he’s not holding his trusty clipboard, you can find him floating the rivers, ski patrolling up on Big Mountain, or scouting for another fun adventure!
Favorite Place: Many Glacier Valley. Why Many Glacier? “All the great day hikes (Grinnell Glacier, Iceberg Lake, Ptarmigan Tunnel) and wildlife viewing opportunities for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, and grizzly bears.”

Teal Gayner Montana Raft

TEAL GAYNER

Age: Born the same day as Erin Sanders from the movie “Big Time Beach Party.”
Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
Description: Teal grew up chasing her parents down the river and on the trails of Glacier Park, but she officially started working at Glacier Guides in 2006 in the kitchen. After a few years of helping make food for all our trips, she decided she wanted to work outside and has become one of our rockstar raft guides. Speaking of rocks, go ahead and ask her about them, she currently attends the University of Montana as a geology major. As a local to this area, her fondest memories are of “working” up at Granite Park Chalet as a kid for weeks at a time when we operated it in the late 90’s/early 00’s.
Favorite Quote? “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land in the stars.”
Favorite Place: Granite Park Chalet/ Swiftcurrent Pass area. “I used to love exploring the hidden hanging valleys as a kid.”

Denny Gignoux owner of Glacier Guides Montana Raft

DENNY GIGNOUX

Age: Born the same year we first landed on the moon.
Hometown: Whitefish, MT
Description: Denny knows Glacier! Denny started here as a guide in 1993, and has since become one of our owners. We challenge you to stump one of our best naturalists. In addition to knowing his stuff, you’ll love Denny’s entertaining tales and savvy cooking. When not in Glacier, you might spy this backpacker in South America, Nepal, guiding polar bear viewing trips in Canada, helping his wife Caeli with Climate Ride, or working as a ski patroller at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Denny also works to make sure each backpacking trip runs smoothly.
Favorite Place: Summit of Iceberg Peak.
Why Iceberg? “All of it – closer to the elements, weather, touching the sky!” How to get there: Join us on one of our 3 day chalet treks and we’ll get a close up view of this peak from the trail.

ANDREA GOODRICH

Age: Born the same month Thelma & Louise was released in theaters.

Hometown: Freeport, Maine

Description:A true New Englander! Andrea was born and raised in Maine and graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Public Health and Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps in Peru where she was the highest volunteer in the world — above 13,000 ft. After traveling around South and Central America, Andrea wanted to see if the west really was the best. She moved to Whitefish, Montana, at the end of summer 2016 after a friend told her he lived 35 miles from Glacier National Park. Since then it’s been a dream come true. She really enjoys ‘getting after it,’ as they say. Whether it’s skiing, running, biking, scuba diving or her favorite, rollerblading, Andrea tries to do it all. Andrea feels very lucky to be able to spend every day outside.

Favorite Quote: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” Lance Armstrong

Favorite Place in Glacier: The Two Medicine Valley because there are lots of awesome peaks to summit, the history behind the valley, the connection with the Blackfeet Nation, and it’s usually the least crowded. Join us on our weekly hike to Scenic Point to experience the magic of Two Medicine!

BILL HARTMAN

Age: Boris Leonidovich Pasternak won the Nobel Prize in Literature the year he was born.

Hometown: New Market, Iowa (pop. 193 on a busy Saturday night)

Description: What can we say about Bill? He started here in 2004, and has been our Chief Getitstartedkeepitgoing Guy. He is certified in a plethora of things that most of us have never heard of. We just know that he’s great at maintaining vehicles and ski lifts. When he is not working hard in the shop, he spends as much of his time near the river as possible. Bill returned to school after 30 years and completed a degree in English/Creative Writing. Nice job Bill!

Bill’s Favorite Quote: “A road diverged in a woods and I, took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Favorite Place: As close to the river as he can get.

Ryan Heflin

RYAN HEFLIN

Age: Born the same month that Super Mario Brothers was released for Nintendo.
Hometown: Issaquah, WA. Currently lives in Whitefish, MT.
Description: Ryan joined us in 2014 after returning to the country from teaching english in Asia. He is currently a hiking guide, but there is not a whole lot Ryan hasn’t done. He has traveled all over the world (50 countries), taught ESL, climbed Mount Fuji, sailed down the Nile, and has even served lunch to the Queen of England. He is also a soccer coach and an ordained minister (in case you want to get married on your trip). You’ll have a hard time not smiling if Ryan is your guide.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t compare your achievements to others’, compare your achievements to your goals.”
Favorite Place: “Hole-in-the-Wall/Boulder Pass because you have to earn it.”

Irv Heitz fishing Guide for Montana Raft

IRV HEITZ

Age: Born the same year the CIA was created.
Hometown: Whitefish, MT
Description: Irv has been showing us where the fish are since 1996. In addition to the Flathead, he has guided on the Smith, Clark Fork, and the Blackfoot rivers. Irv is retired from teaching high school English. When asked if he speaks any other languages, he answered, “Sometimes English is hard enough, don’t you think?” Since his retirement, Irv spends his off season in the North Fork and gets to play grandpa. His biggest accomplishment? “Living the good life in Montana comfortably all my life.” Nice job Irv.
Favorite Quote: “Are we having fun yet?”
Favorite Place: “Anywhere in the North Fork looking up at the peaks of Glacier.” Favorite place for hiking: “Dawson/Pitamakin Pass.”

Brian Hiner rafting guide for Montana Raft

BRIAN HINER

Age: Born the same year that Iron Maiden was formed.
Hometown: Crawford, Nebraska (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: Brian became one our Glacier National Park guides in 2011, and has a lot to offer guests. He is an EMT and one of Whitefish Mountain Resort’s trusty ski patrollers in the winter. In the summer, he is an enthusiastic raft guide. He is an avid fisherman and likes playing guitar, going to concerts, writing, and hanging with his wife of 20+ years — and his two adorable little girls. Quirky facts: he loves to mow the lawn, he has been to over 350 concerts all over the US, and saw the ocean for the first time in 1997.
Favorite Quote? “Be well in all that you do.”
Favorite Place: Brian loves getting off the beaten path and up to alpine lakes to fish, but North Fork trips are some of his favorite because of the views … and the silence.

Corrie Holloway Glacier Guide

CORRIE HOLLOWAY

Age: Born just before the Ramones formed.
Hometown: Bedford, NH (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: Corrie has been a hiking and backpacking guide for us since 1997. After finishing college in Northern Arizona she headed north to spend a summer in Glacier Park, and she hasn’t left since. When she is at home in Columbia Falls, Corrie loves to ski, paint, cook, and spend time with her husband, daughter, and son. Her love of travel and the outdoors has brought her to all 50 states and a handful of other countries.
Favorite Place: Belly River Valley.
Why Belly River? “Because it’s unlike any other place – wild animals, spectacular views, and no roads.”
How to get there: Join us on a 4 day or 6 day backpacking trip and there’s a good shot we’ll be traversing this spectacular region of the Park.

Ryan Hudson

RYAN HUDSON

Age: Born the same month that the movie Field of Dreams was released.
Hometown: Douglasville, GA
Description: Ryan joined us as a hiking and rafting guide in 2013. Super sweet and excited about the park, he loves sharing Glacier with guests — when he is not running, mountain biking, cross-stitching, and SUP’ing across Glacier’s longest lakes. In his off-season he has coordinated climbing expeditions for young people and been a surf instructor in New Zealand. Ryan is the star of our group. When he was young, he was the star of a Purity Dairy milk commercial and a speaking role in a made for TV movie, ” The Brooke Ellison Story.”
Favorite Quote: “I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, or else, I am awake for the first time and all before has been a mean sleep.” Walt Whitman
Favorite Place: “That’s a secret, but I will say Boulder Peak has great views towards my favorite place.” Anyone have a guess?

SARAH KAELIN

Age: Born the same year that Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Hometown: Woodbury, CT. Now Bozeman, MT.
Description: Sarah started as one of our rafting Glacier National Park guides in 203, but soon turned her attention to hiking and backpacking. After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2015(.5), she moved to Montana, where she guides hiking and backpacking trips in the summer and works in a microbial ecology research lab in the off season. Sarah is interested in studying microbes that live in icy environments and the role they play in glacial retreat and climate change. Fun fact about Sarah: she has synesthesia, meaning her senses blend together sometimes  – in short, she can see music!
Favorite Quotes: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” Shakespeare
Favorite Place: Lake Francis! I like to float around on my sleeping pad there, listening to the cascades from Dixon Glacier. Plus you can either hike in or out through Polebridge and load up on huckleberry macaroons.

Ross Klein fishing and hiking guide

ROSS KLEIN

Age: Born just after Sunny Bono became mayor of Palm Springs.
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Description: After graduating from the University of Montana with a Recreation Management degree, Ross became one of our rafting Glacier National Park guides in 2010. In the years since then, he has also become one of our fishing guides. Ross is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet and the kids around here love him. He loves to travel and be in the woods, and his love of life is contagious. His most memorable trip was hitch-hiking 1,300 miles through southern Chile and Argentina. We hear that he even plays the harmonica and dijeridoo.
Favorite Place: “On top of Rising Wolf Mountain. Along the way we saw a grizzly playfully slide down a steep snow field to reach rocks that it flipped over and then ate ants and moths off of.”

CHERI LEBLEU

Age: Born the same year as Woodstock.
Hometown: Upstate NY (Now Whitefish, MT)
Description: Cheri started as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2001 after working at the Glacier Institute. Her knowledge of botany makes her a great gal to have around when hiking through one of the many flower filled meadows. She is also known for her culinary and coffee brewing skills, which come in handy now that she runs our kitchen. When not in Glacier, Cheri might be home visiting her native Adirondacks, teaching herbalist classes at our local community college, or hanging out with her two adorable children.
Favorite Place: “Hole-in-the-Wall” backcountry campground.
Why Hole-in-the-Wall? “The wildflowers, gushing waterfalls – it’s just the most amazing alpine cirque!”
How to get there: We love to visit the Hole-in-the-Wall on our backpacking trips.

HALEY LEISHMAN

Age: Haley ws born the year the move Fargo premiered.

Hometown: Whitefish, Montana

Description: Haley would karaoke to Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations. At 10, she was nerdy and unathletic – now she hikes for a living! If she had to choose between fighting 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck, she would choose the duck sized horses.

Favorite Quote: Why be a dad when you can be a fun uncle? – Michael Scott

Favorite Place: Cracker Lake – it’s so unique! It’s a 1 mile round trip from Many Glacier, or you can see it from above by hiking Siyeh Peak out of Siyeh Bend. You can book a custom hike with us if you’re interested in seeing this turquoise lake.

TOM MATELICH

Age: Born the year Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch’s song Good Vibrations was a number 1 hit.

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Where You Live Now:  Where I live now varies by season. This past winter, I was in Sandy, UT. This is my second summer in West Glacier.

Fun Facts About Tom: Like most people, I was born a baby. I was the youngest of four boys in a household consistently headed for the great Montanan outdoors every weekend. Camping, fishing, and hiking with the fam really kindled my fire to be outside, especially when my brother pushed me in the fire pit because I was winning tag. But alas, that’s a story for another time. I worked for MT DNRC for two and a half years straight out of college before trading in the big boy pants for a pair of Chacos and hiking sticks.

Fun Facts: I’ve never broken any bones and my first cup of coffee ever consumed was last year on a Glacier Guides and Montana Raft trip.

Favorite Quote: No one told me to do it, it just needed to be done.

Favorite place in Glacier: Going to the Sun Road on bicycle before it opens in spring.

Keith Meehan hiking guide

KEITH MEEHAN

Age: Born during the Watergate scandel
Hometown: Weymouth, MA (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: As one of our river and hiking Glacier National Park guides since 1996, Keith loves Glacier. When not exploring, Keith is out there teaching our local 5th graders. We need more teachers like him! When asked about how he feels about Glacier: “On the river or on the trail, I Glacier, therefore I am!” is all he says.
Favorite Place: Summit of Mt. Stimson (Southwestern/Nyack region). Why Stimson? “Glacier’s 2nd highest mountain has been taunting me for 6 years now. I see this gorgeous, elusive, and remote peak on the river every day during our full day and overnight rafting trips, as well any time I’m up in the high country looking its way. Been turned around by bears climbing it once, but someday soon I’ll be sitting on the top with the most amazing view. Half the beauty of experiencing a favorite place is the giddy anticipation of getting there.”

Pete Metzmaker hiking guide

PETE METZMAKER

Age: Shares a birthday with Roseanne Barr
Hometown: Whitefish, MT
Description: Whether he is rafting or hiking, Pete knows Glacier! He became one of Glacier National Park guides in 1986, and boy are we happy to still have him around. He studied forestry back in the day, and now teaches science at the local Jr. High School.
Pete’s Favorite Quote: “Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want.”
Favorite Place: “Any place I haven’t been.”

Colin Nolan

COLIN NOLAN

Age: Born a week and a half before the world’s first test tube baby.
Hometown: Duxbury, MA, but now Columbia Falls, MT
Description: Colin is an avid outdoorsman. He loves to hike, raft, fish, and hunt. Before starting as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 2012, Colin guided in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Alaska. He also worked on Glacier Park’s trail crew. In his off time, Colin can be found snowboarding, building stuff out of wood, or catching big fish. In 2013 he got his Coast Guard Captain’s license. Way to go Colin! When asked what cool things he’s done, he said “marry Courtney.” She is one of our former hiking guides! He might look tough, but he’s really a softie.
Favorite Place: “Lake Isabel because there are tons of fish and no people.” Join us on a four or six day backpack trip and we might just visit this little known gem.

Tarek Penser hiking guide

TAREK PENSER

Age: Born one month after Justin Beiber.
Hometown: Born in London, but living in Stockholm, Sweden, when not in Glacier Park.
Description: Tarek is no stranger to Glacier National Park. He worked several summers for Glacier Park Boat Company and hiked as much as he could when he was not guiding on the historic wooden boats. He joined the ranks of our Glacier National Park guides in 2015. Tarek’s sweet demeanor and love of sharing knowledge of Glacier Park are an asset to any trip. Tarek lives in Sweden during the off-season and is in school for engineering and design. He is an avid traveler, and once traveled around the world for over a year. His next goal is skiing the Vasaloppet (a 90km cross-country race). He loves running, hiking, climbing, biking, and anything involving adventure.
Favorite Quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Favorite Place: “Two Medicine at sunrise. Red mountains all around you!”

Don Peterson

DON PETERSEN

Age: Born the day after the first test flight of the Concorde.
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois but now lives in Kalispell, MT
Description: We love Don! Starting as one of our Glacier National Park guides in 1996, he has become the “jack of all trades.” Whether he is backpacking, rafting, or helping out at our Lodge (or with just about anything asked of him), he always has a smile on his face. When Don is not working for us, he is teaching and entertaining local 6th graders, skiing, listening to baseball, or hanging out with his beautiful daughters. His goal is to keep getting older and when asked about his greatest achievement he relishes a 1st place win in a pumpkin carving contest … in 1977.
Favorite Place: Stoney Indian Pass because it’s “super cool.” Join us on a 4 or 6 day backpack trip to get the chance to head over this gorgeous pass.

Don Peterson

JEREMY PRIMMER

Age: Born the summer the movie Jurassic Park was released.

Hometown: Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Description: Jeremy is one serious mountaineer! Most people are content climbing one daunting peak in Glacier in a day, but an average trip for Jeremy involves reaching the summit of 3, 4, or 5 mountains in a single day. His summer goals include running the entire width of the northern part of Glacier in a day. During the winter months, Jeremy travels, backcountry skis, and climbs as much as he can. There’s more to Jeremy than climbing skills though! He worked in our kitchen for 2 seasons, and is an excellent chef, so if you’re lucky enough to be on one of his backpacking trips, you’re in for a real treat at mealtime!

Favorite Place: The North Fork, because “the mountains feel bigger, the lakes are awesome, and you can always go to the Merc in Polebridge to get a huckleberry bearclaw.”

Favorite Quote: “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.” – E.O. Wilson

Vince Roubitchek hiking rafting guide

VINCE ROUBITCHEK

Age: Born in March the year that Pedro Delgado of Spain won the Tour de France.

Hometown: Mt. Prospect, IL

Description: Vince is one of our rafting and hiking Glacier National Park guides – he loves being outside. This Eagle Scout does not do a whole lot of sitting. In his time off he likes to snowboard and travel – he has been know to bike across whole countries.

Fun Facts: he played the baritone in the 5th grade and he is really good at catching food in his mouth.

Favorite Quote: “Seize the carp.”

Favorite Place: Lake Francis. “Go check it out and you’ll understand.”

Favorite Glacier Guides Trip: Granite Park Chalet!

MELISSA SCOTT

Age: Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was recorded the same week she was born.

Hometown: Seymour, IN

Description: Melissa is one of our most experienced hiking and backpacking Glacier National Park guides. She started working for us in 1992 after years of exploring Glacier on her time off from the Park Cafe. When not guiding for us, she has guided in Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, Canada, and Mexico. She loves to play too: biking, reading, running, skiing, hiking, and traveling the world. A trip with Melissa is an amazing learning experience filled with fun, great cooking, and a few really bad jokes.

Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t having what you want, but wanting what you have.”

Favorite Place: “Anywhere off trail and as high as I can get.”

Jordan Smith, one of our hiking Glacier National Park guides.

JORDAN SMITH

Age: Born the same year that the best sitcom ever – “Friends” – came out.
Lives: Seattle, Washington / Whitefish, Montana
Fun Fact About One Of Our Favorite Glacier National Park Guides: The only thing I love more than hiking is playing Spikeball!
Favorite: Quote: “Fries before guys.”
Favorite Place in Glacier: The ice cream shop in Apgar village. The ice cream shop in Many Glacier is a close second 🙂
Jeff Butte Soyland

JEFF ‘BUTTE’ SOYLAND

Age: Born the day after the Concorde’s first supersonic flight.
Hometown: BUTTE, MT (Now Columbia Falls, MT)
Description: Behold the River God! Jeff co-manages our river operations and is always ready to pitch in. Whether behind the oars or driving the bus, this savvy veteran gets the job done. When not here in Glacier, you can find Jeff floating the Grand Canyon, exploring Costa Rica, saving injured souls via the Ski Patrol in nearby Whitefish, MT, or chasing one of his two boys around. Butte is a busy guy!
Favorite Place: Floral Park near Sperry Glacier. Why Floral Park? “Because it’s rarely visited, very recently glaciated, and pristine!”

Courtney is not one of our Glacier National Park guides, but she does love being our Marketing Director!

COURTNEY STONE

Age: Born just before Margaret Thatcher’s famous “the lady’s not for turning” speech.

Hometown:  A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Courtney has lived in Montana since she was old enough to make that decision without parental input. But when she goes “home,” she generally goes to Birdsville, Georgia.

Description: Southern expatriate. Montana devotee since 1989. As Marketing Director for Glacier Guides and Montana Raft, Courtney strives daily to meet our mission of providing exceptional active travel vacations and experiences in and around Glacier National Park, while preserving and protecting Glacier’s unique ecosystem using the best available ecologically sound practices. Otherwise, you’ll find her hiking, backpacking, rafting, skiing, or cleaning up the trail of glitter her kids leave in the wake of their own daily adventures.

Favorite Quote: We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ―Joseph Campbell

Favorite Place in Glacier: Many Glacier … the most gorgeous day hiking in the world, and it all leads to the most fabulous porch in the world, at the Many Glacier Hotel … where coincidentally they serve huckleberry margaritas. Best place ever after a hike to Iceberg Lake!

Demi is one of our favorite Glacier National Park guides - she specializes in rafting adventures.

DEMI SULLIVAN

Age: Born the year Robin Hood: Men In Tights took the world by storm.

Hometown: Whitefish, Montana

Description: Demi was born a river rat, and she never misses an opportunity to get on the water. She is passionate about teaching guests about wilderness, ecology, and conservation. Demi plays just as hard as she works, and somehow finds the time to be our Pro Deal Coordinator, too!

Favorite place in Glacier: The Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River, of course. And Bowman Lake.

KIANDRA WAGGONER

Age: Born in August of the year that Guy Lafluer won both the Hart and the Art Ross trophies.

Hometown: ANN ARBOR, MI

Description: Kiandra has been one of our Glacier National Park guides since 2002. Her positive, cheerful attitude is enjoyed by all, and everyone looks forward to doing a trip with her. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a focus on sports management and communication. During the wintertime, Kiandra usually works in ski resorts, but also likes to keep her options open. In her off time she loves going on canoe expeditions with her family. Kiandra also enjoys photography. Most importantly, she tries to maintain her hockey addiction in a state that has very little. Kiandra is definitely our resident hockey fanatic–Go Blue!

Favorite Quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Place: “It changes every time I go into the Park. There are too many beautiful places to just pick one. Try any of them and you will see.”

Kenn Waggoner

KENN WAGGONER

Age: Born just one week after Richard Simmons.

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Description: Kenn came to us in 2012 from Michigan. His main goal was to explore the rivers and lakes around Glacier Park and be around his daughter, who is one of our Glacier National Park guides. When Ken’s not driving guests to and from the trailhead or river put in, he is out exploring. Or maybe watching Michigan hockey! Kenn graduated from Eastern Michigan University with majors in earth science and coastal environments. He has been to all 50 states and canoed over 10,000 miles of Canadian rivers.

Favorite Quote: “There’s a land where the mountains are nameless, and the rivers all run god knows where. There are lives that are erring and aimlesss, and deaths that just hang by a hair.” -Robert Service

Favorite Place: The Canadian border on North Fork River…it’s a small river with good isolation and great wildlife. Join us on our Wilderness Float to see this beautiful area.

Glacier National Park guides

BRIANNA WALLING

Age: Born the year “Baby Got Back” was a hit single by Sir-Mix-a-Lot.
Hometown: Kalispell, MT. Now I’m living in West Glacier!
Description: I grew up hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, and playing in the outdoors. Then, I studied political science and Spanish at PLU in Tacoma, WA. Next, I lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year. I taught English there. In 2016, I applied to become one of Glacier Guides and Montana Raft’s Glacier National Park guides. Even though I have lived and travelled many places, I keep coming back to Montana and Glacier and learn to love it more every time. Random/surprising fact about me: I competed at the World’s Debate tournament in Manila, Philippines in college! In Fall 2017, I’ll be moving to Minneapolis to start my first year of law school.
Favorite Quote: “There is just one hope for repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every inch on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom and preservation of the wilderness.”  -Bob Marshall
Favorite Place: Two Medicine Valley

BEN WOLFF

Age: Born the same month that Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, aboard Space Shuttle Challenger.
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA
Description: 2007 is the year that Ben decided to join the Glacier Guides and Montana Raft family. He is one of our rafting and hiking Glacier National Park guides. In addition, Ben is a River Manager. He works hard for us during the summers and is doing his best to play hard in his off season. His biggest achievement so far is rafting 98 miles in one day! He loves climbing mountains and snowboarding whenever he gets the chance (sometimes in that order).
“If you’re going to be dumb, you’ve got to be tough.” – Vince (co-Glacier Guide)
Favorite Place: Atop Mount Stimpson, because “it’s so remote and you feel like you’re on top of the world.”
Favorite Trip: The 6 day backpack trip because you get away from phones and computers and experience Glacier at it’s best.

DAN VOERMANS

Age: Boomer Age

Hometown: Tomahawk, WI

Description: Originally from Northern Wisconsin but came to Glacier National Park to work trails. When Dan found he just couldn’t stay off them, he joined Glacier Guides and Montana Raft in 1997. He loves sharing his knowledge of the park with guests.

Favorite Place: Belly River, Two Medicine, Hole-In-The-Wall, Northern Tier Traverse, etc, etc, etc…