Allison Bergh fell in love with the mountains and rivers of the Rockies during high school family adventures, moving west the day after she graduated from the University of Vermont. An instructor for NOLS since 1994, Allison has taught leadership and outdoor skills to participants ranging from high school and college students to Google executives. A favorite life moment is discussing risk management decision making with a NASA astronaut crew while perched on the side of a canyon in southern Utah. Her love for spending time in the wilderness is highlighted by several boating adventures to the Canadian Arctic with good friends. When she is not outside playing, Allison owns and runs a leadership development business that consults with local and regional non-profits, businesses and government agencies on individual and organizational change initiatives.
Justin Bowersock is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Previously Justin spent more than 15 years in the energy industry working in a variety of roles, from from building large-scale renewable power plants to working in electricity and natural gas commodity trading. He was a NOLS instructor and served on the school’s advisory board. Once, just once, Justin passed Andy Tyson on a ski tour. (Andy was sick and his ski binding was broken.) Justin and his wife, Dargie, and their two children split their time between Lawrence, Kansas, and Teton Valley.
Trevor Deighton is an accomplished mountain guide and science teacher based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He has spent two decades exploring, guiding and teaching in remote mountain ranges throughout the world. As a certified American Mountain Guide, Senior Instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Exum Mountain Guide and Field Mountaineer for the United States Antarctic Program, his numerous explorations and expeditions have taken him to all seven continents. He is a NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Fellow and currently a science teacher at the award winning Jackson Hole High School. His passion for mountains, mountain culture and mountain communities has cemented his commitment to furthering education and guides training for the amazing people who live in mountain communities throughout the world.
Scott Kane As co-owner of Creative Energies, Scott worked closely with Andy for 14 years as they guided and grew their business based on a shared commitment to the environment and healthy communities. Prior to Creative Energies, Scott was an instructor for NOLS for twelve years leading wilderness courses in Chile, Mexico, Wyoming and Alaska. Scott has served as a long-time board member of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, Wyoming’s leading state-wide conservation group. He and his wife, Michelle Escudero, and their young daughter frequent Wyoming’s high peaks and, when they can, some of the world’s great mountain landscapes.
Kate Koons currently works as a program supervisor and field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School as well as a backcountry ski guide in the Tetons in the winter. She has spent over 260 weeks in the field training and teaching instructors, students, Navy SEALS, Google executives and MBA candidates. Kate also has worked in Antarctica for four seasons assisting scientists on expeditions to remote parts of the continent. One of Kate’s greatest passions is being among the people of the Himalaya. Over the last 20 years, Kate has worked and traveled extensively through Nepal, India and Tibet. She speaks Nepali and can fool people into believeing she speaks Hindi. The people of this region have inspired Kate with their warm, generous spirits.
Ty Mack worked in river conservation for decades and now provides crusty artisan bread to the Teton Region as an owner of 460 Bread. Ty is also an accomplished rock and ice climber, known for his first ascent of one of the most difficult traditional climbs in the country – The Almighty (5.14b R). He lives in Victor, Idaho with his wife and son.
Toby Schmidt is a co-owner of Creative Energies. Worked with Andy from the frigged cold weather in Antarctica installing panels to the boiling heat of Mesa Verde and shaping the business along the way. Prior worked for NOLS in the office and in the field, primarily Patagonia Chile, Pacific Northwest and Rockies. He lives in Salt Lake with his wife, Natalie Kaplan and daughter Eva.
Chris Nance is from Texas, and beyond his wicked two-step, he loves climbing. Rock or ice, sport or trad, alpine or mountaineering; he loves climbing. He began climbing when he was 18 and after spending a semester in the Rockies with NOLS, he discovered his passion for alpinism and interest in guiding. Shortly after NOLS, Chris went to Alaska for the first time and has been going back ever since. After spending time guiding ice and rock in New England Chris began working in the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. He has also been guiding clients in Antarctica on Mt. Vinson Massif, Mt. Shinn and ski trips to the South Pole. His love for exploration, whether in the form of new routes or new locations, is a driving force for Chris. Plus, climbing…on anything or anywhere, is just plain fun. Chris spends most of his time these days exploring the desert southwest, climbing new routes, and planning multi-disciplined trips. Whether he is pulling down hard on some obscure boulder problem, destroying himself on heinous off-width cracks, or hanging on the side of a frozen cliff in Antarctica, Chris Nance loves it all.
Molly Tyson has amassed nearly two decades of experience teaching and guiding for a variety of the country’s top outdoor institutions including: Exum Mountain Guides, Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions, Alpine Ascents International, the National Outdoor Leadership School, Prescott College and the National Park Service’s Jenny Lake Rangers. These trips have led her all over the Western United States as well as international locales such as Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and to the top of several of the Seven Summits. Personal climbing, skiing and packrafting expeditions have taken Molly to China, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, the Arctic and most recently the first ascent of Southeast Asia’s disputed highest peak, Gamlang Razi (19,238 feet.) Many of these expeditions were with Andy, Molly’s favorite partner in adventure. Together, Molly and Andy volunteered for Teton County Search and Rescue, the Technical Climbing Club of Myanmar and Khumbu Climbing Center.