Age: Born the same month George Michael released his iconic Faith album.
Hometown: LaPine, Oregon / Homer, Alaska / and now Martin City, Montana
Description: Kristal is one of our hiking Glacier National Park guides – and a fun-maker. She’s traveled to 45/50 states, makes jewelry, sews, skis, snowboards, rides snowmobiles and dirt bikes and climbs mountains, too.
If Kristal won the lottery, she would travel to see all of the geological wonders of the world, collecting rocks where permitted – although of course not in national parks…not cool. She would also try to learn several languages and learn how to cook really good Asian food. Currently in the off season, Kristal works at ski areas so she can get free tickets all over; collects rocks from all over Montana; and continues to perfect her mushroom fried rice recipe, extra ginger. She’s hoping to visit the Chinese Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness this summer, and find some time volunteer at our local farmers markets, too. In the fall, Kristal hopes to visit southeast Asia.
Favorite Place: Grinnell Glacier trail.
Why Grinnell? A few years ago, my mom and I saw a moose straight line book it across the lower lake. It was amazing how quick it was!
How to get there: Sign up for a custom day hike – in January or February, we’ve been selling out early these last few years.