WHAT IT IS:  A multi-day virtual summit centered on increasing inclusive practices in regard to Wilderness Medicine, Climbing, and Workplace Culture.

WHEN IT IS:  November 2nd-4th, 2021 | 11 AM - 4 PM ET; 10 AM - 3 PM CT; 9 AM - 2 PM MT; 8 AM - 1 PM PT

WHO IS IT FOR:  People who facilitate outdoor recreation and education programs.  If you guide, train or encourage people to get outdoors, this Summit is designed for YOU!

WHY ARE WE DOING IT:  AORE is hosting this three day summit to provide attendees with a wider recognition of exclusionary practices within outdoor recreation and education and to help them gain better understanding of how they can actively work to make change as leaders in the industry.  

WHERE IT WILL BE:  Online through Zoom!  We strongly recommend that attendees treat this professional development opportunity like they are participating at an in-person event by prioritizing the time for participation and by reducing distractions.


This agenda is tentative, as sessions are confirmed this agenda will be updated. 

Please note that times listed below are in the Eastern Time Zone.


DAY ONE
Tuesday, November 2nd

WILDERNESS MEDICINE

11-11:05 AMAORE Welcome
11:05-11:20 AM
In Through the Out Door
Presented by Jessica Evans-Wall, MD with University of New Mexico
Focusing on where we have been and where we are going with inclusivity in the realm of medicine. 
11:25-11:40 AM
The Forgotten Minority
Presented by Joe Stone, Teton Adaptive Sports
People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, the only minority that  anyone can join at any time, and the first to be forgotten. Even though most of us  believe that everyone is welcome, it usually doesn‘t play out that way.  
In this presentation Joe Stone will shine a light on the issues within inclusion by  sharing a bit about his own personal journey as a c7 quadriplegic, how disability is  left out of the conversation when it comes to outdoor programs, and how we can  all work together to invite people with disabilities to the table.
 
This presentation is designed to create curiosity, a comfortable place to ask  questions, and a moment to recognize how we can all play a role in challenging the  stigma against disability.
11:40 AM - 12 PMBREAK
12-12:25 PM
Questions About Genitourinary Issues within the Current WFR Scope of Practice Document?
Presented by Nadia Kimmel, Desert Mountain Medicine
The focus of this presentation is to answer questions about genitourinary issues  common to backcountry travel as taught within the current scope of practice document for the wilderness first responder course. 
12:25-12:35 PMBREAK
12:35-1 PM
Inclusive Skin Color, Temperature, Moisture (SCTM) Updates.
Presented by Gates Richards, NOLS Wilderness Medicine
This SNAP session will share the evolution of SCTM presentation utilized by NOLS Wilderness Medicine.
1-1:05 PMBREAK
1:05-1:30 PM
Technology in Adaptive Sports
Presented by Joe Stone, Teton Adaptive Sports
The world of adaptive sports has been progressing for a long time but is progressing at its highest rate now more than ever. The level of progression we see  today is due to both the doors that have been opened in the past and the  technology that is available. In this presentation you will learn about the  technology and the accomplishments within the adaptive sports world. This will  give you an idea of the situations you may encounter when working in the outdoor  industry. 
1:30-1:35 PM BREAK
1:35-2 PM
Gender Inclusive Wilderness Medicine
Presented by Colleen McHugh, City Kids Wilderness Project
A short discussion and tool share of gender inclusive practices in wilderness medicine practice and important considerations for the wilderness medicine training classroom.
2-3 PM

NETWORKING BREAKOUT ROOMS

  1. Important considerations when teaching and/or learning wilderness medicine when English is not your first language. Conversation Host: Jose Gonzalez, NOLS and California State University Northridge
  2. Is there a need for alternate (adaptive) medical (WFA, WAFA, or WFR) certification? What might this look like? Conversation Host: Paul Nicolazzo, Wilderness Medicine Training Center International
  3. Does wilderness medicine serve the outdoor industry effectively - how or how not? Conversation Host: Abby Rowe, Wilderness Medical Associates
  4. How are you identifying diverse candidates before they enter your hiring pool? Are you able to coach them through developing skillsets to become eligible to apply for work? Conversation Host: Gates Richards, NOLS
3-3:55 PM
Career & Training Opportunities in Wilderness Medicine 
Presented by Tod Schimelpfenig, NOLS Wilderness Medicine & David Johnson, Wilderness Medical Associates International
Experienced practitioners and educators share their memories of the history of wilderness medicine and thoughts on career and training opportunities in that field. 
3-3:55 PM
Do you need a Paramedic with Outdoor Leadership Experience on that Trip? One Practitioner’s Career Path in Wilderness and Remote Medicine
Presented by Julie Anderson, Wilderness Medical Associates
More than a recanting of a resume or CV (but not quite an allegory), this session will highlight how opportunities, perspective, humility, eagerness, and curiosity helped form a career in the niche intersection of medical care, remoteness, and outdoor leadership. The story starts in the southeast United States and travels to Arctic Alaska and around the world. Through this, we will discuss ideas of cultural competency versus cultural capability, leadership and followership, what it means to be mentored and be a mentor, and maybe a little bit about imposter syndrome.
3:55-4 PMAORE Closing

DAY TWO
Wednesday, November 3rd

CLIMBING

11-11:05 AMAORE Welcome
11:05-11:20 AM
State of Inclusivity in Climbing
Presented by Mitsu Iwasaki, American Alpine Club 
A point of view on diversity and inclusion, past and present, in American climbing. 
11:25-11:40 AM
The Crux to my Climb Shouldn't be Getting to the Site
Presented by Ty Wiberg, Student at Montana State University
Creating access to a sport so that everyone can enjoy all the natural wonders.
11:40 AM - 12 PMBREAK
12-12:25 PM
Leading vs. Managing:  How to Get the Most Out of Your Team
Presented by Paula Horwitz, Climbing Wall Association
No matter the size of your team or the depth of projects, understanding how to lead and when to manage is vital to the health of your team and the success of your organization’s goals and objectives.  Join for an enlightening discussion on the key differences between leading versus managing and walk away with a new perspective on how to engage with your team.
12:25-12:35 PMBREAK
12:35-1 PM
Adaptive Climbing: Concrete Considerations for Building Accessible Climbing Communities
Presented by Dom Pascariello, Paradox Sports
We will review adaptive climbing best practices for your gym or facility; including facility preparation, importance of having staff trained in adaptive etiquette and skills and introduce the adaptive climbing initiative curriculum.

1-1:05 PMBREAK
1:05-1:30 PM
Climbing Jargon: Semantics and its Importance for a Broader Instructional Reach
Presented by Lucas Kramer, University of Minnesota Duluth
Climbing jargon can be fun, functional, and well, fitting. It can also introduce impediments to the learning process when used blindly and unquestioningly. This presentation will focus in on some of the most commonly used jargon in the climbing community and how as an instructor, practicing critical word choice may set us and our current/future students up for success. Specific attention will be given to commonly used terms that may be derogatory or otherwise have undesirable impacts that may be less commonly known.   
1:30-2 PM BREAK
2-3 PM

NETWORKING BREAKOUT ROOMS

  1. How do you know if certification is the correct path for you? Conversation Host: Lucas Kramer, University of Minnesota Duluth
  2. What does it look/feel like when inclusion is not a euphemism for assimilation? Conversation Host: Cody Kaemmerlen, American Alpine Club
  3. Should all climbing gyms be required to know how to support adaptive climbing to operate? Conversation Host: Dom Pascariello, Paradox Sports
3-3:55 PM
Influencing Culture Through Certification
Presented by Garnet Moore, Climbing Wall Association
When you learn to climb you have to know more than how to get up a wall. And, when you teach someone to climb you have to teach more than how to belay. And, when you teach someone how to teach someone to climb you have to teach even more than that.
The CWA has been hard at work reimagining its Climbing Wall Instructor certification to answer some of the hard questions about how to provide better training while advancing the sport of climbing. The new CWI program aims to increase the professionalism of all instructors and clearly communicate the joys of risk management to new climbers.
3-3:55 PM
Leveling the Outdoor Leader Playing Field
Presented by Tom Vogl & Becca Polglase, The Mountaineers 
Becoming a leader in outdoor education shouldn’t be about opaque criteria and decision-making done in smoky rooms. There should be no secret handshakes. But change is sometimes difficult, and the way things have been done for decades can create a lot of inertia to overcome. Learn what some of the leading, volunteer-led outdoor education organizations are doing to implement more consistent, transparent, and standards-based leader development programs to create more equitable and higher-quality outcomes. Tom will share examples of both programs within The Mountaineers as well as work being done to implement national standards for climbing educators through the Mountain Education Alliance (MEA), a collaboration with the American Alpine Club, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Colorado Mountain Club, the Mazamas and The Mountaineers. 
3:55-4 PMAORE Closing

DAY THREE
Thursday, November 4th

WORKPLACE CULTURE

11-11:05 AMAORE Welcome
11:05-11:20 AM
Breaking Auto-Pilot: Making Work More Equitable, Effective, and Enjoyable
Presented by Hannah Malvin, Hannah Malvin Coaching & Consulting LLC
Hannah will frame opportunities to make workplace culture more equitable, effective, and enjoyable, rooted in 10 years of community organizing, 5 years of leading equity initiatives in the environmental sector, and a certification in positive psychology, the scientific study of wellbeing. This presentation will set the tone for a day of reflection and reimagining of how we do our work and how to help cultivate growth, vitality, and life satisfaction along the way.

11:25-11:40 AM
Reinventing Workplace Culture - Seeing the World Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Presented by Rachel Hailey, Rachel Hailey & Associates Consulting
Diversity, equity, & inclusion is culture work."- A call to action for DEI as a driver in workplace culture.
11:40 AM - 12 PMBREAK
12-1:45 PM
Apex Beta - Action Steps to Foster Welcoming & Belonging
Presented by Rachel Hailey, Rachel Hailey & Associates Consulting
In this session, participants will learn the principles of creating a learning culture, basic bystander intervention techniques, and practices for discovering and eradicating biases both personally and within the workplace.
1:45-2 PMBREAK
2-3 PM
So What/Now What Breakout Sessions
In this session, participants will be in breakout sessions with facilitation questions which will create new action steps and accountability measures to immediately foster diversity and workplace culture within your organization.
3-4 PM

CAREER RESOURCE HIGHLIGHTS
Our guests will share about their resources, then attendees will have the opportunity to connect with them deeper in breakout rooms. 

  1. The Bridge Project. Highlighted by Hannah Malvin, Greening Youth Foundation
  2. Diversify Outdoors. Highlighted by Shi-Lynn Campbell, Diversify Outdoors
  3. Basecamp Outdoors. Highlighted by Ali Carr, Basecamp Outdoors
  4. AORE Mentorship Program. Highlighted by Sam Albert, AORE's Professional Development Committee Co-Chair

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Registration fees are necessary in order to fairly and equitably compensate speakers and to offset administrative costs.

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We are looking for "Breakout Room Hosts".  These volunteers will assist attendees in the networking sessions each day.  Training will be provided in October (several dates/times). If interested, please complete the form to the right. We'll be following up with interested volunteers soon with more information. 


Sam Albert

Virginia Commonwealth University

Sam Albert is a second generation adventure programmer. Sam began his career in the camping, retreat center, and challenge course industry by working with his father (Pete Albert). Sam later went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Adventure Education from Messiah University and a Masters in Science in Kinesiology, Recreation Leadership from James Madison University. Sam has had the opportunity to work for large outdoor organizations such as NOLS, multiple non profits, and several schools with the intention of inspiring and empowering others through the use of outdoor recreation. Sam holds multiple certifications in climbing, paddling, and challenge course facilitation / management. Sam is also actively involved in the Virginia Adventure Education Conference and serves on the Board of the James River Outdoor Coalition. 

Julie Anderson

Wilderness Medical Associates

Julie lives in Haines, Alaska with her husband and two dogs. Her biography spans concurrent experiences in prehospital and remote medicine and outdoor leadership. The intersectionality of wilderness medicine suits her interests well; she began teaching for Wilderness Medical Associates in 2002 and continues to teach for them internationally. Julie has been a career paramedic since 1997, including three years as a Flight Medic in Northwest Alaska and Southeast Alaska. She transitioned to a role of Flight Nurse in 2013 and has since worked with Airlift Northwest in Juneau. Julie also works as a Rural Registered Nurse and volunteers as a Paramedic and EMS Director for Haines Volunteer Fire Department.  She teaches custom remote medical and EMS courses for high-reliability organizations and remote clinical sites throughout Alaska. Her outdoor leadership resume includes day and expedition leadership and safety staff, challenge course facilitation, youth and adult program leadership, and risk management consulting. She was privileged to serve on the AORE Board of Directors from 2005-2007.

Shi-Lynn Campbell

Diversify Outdoors

Shi-Lynn is the current Social Media Coordinator for Diversify Outdoors. Originally from Plainfield, New Jersey, Shi-Lynn has been a long-term resident of Las Vegas, the ancestral lands of the southern Paiute. He is a nature photographer and part-time Ranger with the Southern Nevada Conservancy currently assigned to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

Ali Carr

Basecamp Outdoors

Ali Carr is the Founder and CEO of Basecamp Outdoor, the place the outdoor industry (and those looking to join) come to network, find jobs, get career advice, and talk all things outdoor industry — including how to make it more inclusive and diverse. She is also a content strategist at Rivian. Most recently, she was the Head of Content & Community within Nike‘s start-up lab working on a project advocating for women‘s realities in pregnancy and postpartum. She is an award-winning writer and editor with 15+ years experience in the outdoor industry, most notably at Outside magazine, The New York Times, Gear Patrol and more. In 2018, the feature story she wrote about her dad‘s disappearance at sea in Outside won a gold medal from the Society of American Travel Writers. She founded Basecamp in 2017 when she identified that the outdoor industry could use a more dynamic, interactive place to job-hunt — so, naturally, she tapped her network and built one. Ali‘s career has not always held one trajectory. She‘s also spent time at Microsoft building an editorially-driven app and in public relations for the outdoor industry. Ali is a firm believer in encouraging people to listen to what resonates with them to create a fulfilling career path and life. She‘s also a firm believer in lunchtime runs, office dogs, and advocating to get young girls outside, including her three daughters. 

Jessica Evans-Wall

MD, University of New Mexico

Jess is in her final year of residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of  New Mexico. She came to medicine through a circuitous path that included over a  decade of commercial guiding on rivers in Idaho and Arizona. She has been teaching  Wilderness Medicine courses for the since 2013, and continues to feel inspired in  teaching out of hospital medicine. Her goal is to specialize in rural Emergency care and  pre-hospital systems. 

José H. González

NOLS and California State University Northridge

Dr. José H. González is an assistant professor at California State University Northridge. He is a Boricua, born and raised in Puerto Rico. José started his outdoor education professional career in the 90's working for major organizations including Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Thompson Island Outward Bound Center, Sail Caribbean, Dartmouth College Outdoor Programs, Plymouth State University, SDSU Mission Bay Aquatic Center and NOLS. At NOLS, José teaches Wilderness Medicine and Risk Management for Administrator courses.

Rachel Hailey

Rachel Hailey & Associates Consulting

Rachel is the Owner/Transformationalist at Rachel Hailey & Associates Consulting, a firm which deals directly with the outdoor industry to foster DEI in organizations. Her main objective is to transform the outdoor industry into a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible space. Rachel is committed to creating an industry where anyone can experience, thrive, and lead in the out of doors no matter their circumstances, and has a focus on underserved and underrepresented communities. She has served and inspired over 100 organizations in the creation of actionable systems aligned with creating diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoor spaces. She is a frequent writer for industry publications like Adventure Park Insider and Ski Area Magazine, and has given talks on DEI & Social Justice on international platforms. Outside of her endeavor to bridge the gap between racial and ethnic diversity in the outdoors and social justice, Rachel can be found magical creatures in the woods with her daughter and German Shepherd.

Paula Horwitz

Climbing Wall Association

Paula serves as the Executive Director with the CWA, partnering with the board of directors to strategically meet the needs of the indoor climbing industry.  With over 15 years in management and executive leadership, Paula has built and lead diverse teams on the grounding principles of building strong relationships, respect, and individualized support.  As an E.Q. 2.0/360 certified coach, Paula aims to build awareness and value of the role emotional intelligence plays in team dynamics and organizational success at all levels.

Mitsu Iwasaki

American Alpine Club

Mitsu Iwasaki is Chief Executive Officer at the American Alpine Club. He was born near Tokyo, Japan and immigrated to Seattle, Washington at the age of 6. Spending his teen years in Alaska working on commercial fishing boats sparked an enduring love for adventure and exploration of both the natural world and his impulse to see what‘s possible. The natural extension of this love was a decade well-spent living out of a van climbing, boating, and skiing across the American West. After selling his van, Mitsu led the operations of Big City Mountaineers, as Executive Director of Northwest Outward Bound School, and Executive Director of the Mazamas before settling into his role at the American Alpine Club.

Mitsu is fueled by memories, love for people, and life-long adventure partners and when he is not behind a desk, he can be found running, climbing, and skiing throughout our wild places.

David Johnson

Wilderness Medical Associates International

David Johnson has participated in a variety of outdoor pursuits over a lifetime.  His background includes over 40 years of medical practice (retired), wilderness travel, consulting, curriculum development, and teaching focused on remote and low-resource environments around the world.  He currently serves as the medical director of Wilderness Medical Associates International. 

Cody Kaemmerlen

American Alpine Club

Cody is the Director of Climb United for the American Alpine Club and a passionate climber with nearly two decades of corporate leadership experience. Based in Salt Lake City, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance where he also sits on the committees for communications and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Nadia Kimmel

Desert Mountain Medicine

Nadia founded Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) in 1998 under the premise that wilderness medicine education should not be limited to an indoor classroom. She is an active contributor to the field of wilderness medicine education as an instructor, curriculum writer and as a founding member of the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative (WMEC) established in 2010. The WMEC is an ad hoc group which writes scope of practice levels for WFA, WAFA, and WFR certifications. Over the last thirty years, Nadia has worked as a guide, SAR volunteer, outdoor educator, EMT, and emergency room nurse throughout the American West. Today, she devotes herself full time as DMM's Executive Director.

Lucas Kramer

University of Minnesota Duluth

Lucas Kramer (He/Him) is the climbing coordinator at the University of Minnesota Duluth. In his work, he focuses strongly on climbing instructor training and development. He is a board member of the Minnesota Climbers Association as well as a founding member and first president of the Duluth Climbers Coalition. His instruction is founded in a style that encourages engagement, intentional critical thought processes, and inclusiveness while valuing each individual‘s dignity.

Hannah Malvin

Hannah Malvin Coaching & Consulting LLC / Greening Youth Foundation

Hannah is a coach and consultant dedicated to making work more equitable, effective, and enjoyable with over a decade of experience working in Congress, nonprofits, community organizing, and consulting. She has delivered equity trainings at NASA, Amazon, NOAA, Fidelity, and more. Hannah serves as project manager for The Bridge Project, a new public-private partnership and equitable hiring pathway for the environmental sector focused on people of color and underrepresented communities founded by Greening Youth Foundation and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. She is Founder and Director of Pride Outside, the main hub for LGBTQ outdoor inclusion initiatives with Congress, federal agencies, and conservation nonprofits. She served as Senior Representative for Partnerships at The Wilderness Society, leading a strategic planning initiative to root relationships in equity by designing new systems of staff learning, knowledge sharing, and coordination. She was Legislative Assistant to Congressman Mike Doyle, covering health, foreign affairs, immigration, and more, and was Staff Director of the Congressional Autism Caucus. She is Vice Chair of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards Board of Directors. Hannah has a BA in Political Science from Brown University and certifications in coaching and applied positive psychology from The Flourishing Center.

Colleen McHugh

City Kids Wilderness Project

Colleen McHugh is the Director of Programs for City Kids Wilderness Project, serving as an organizational leader in program management, staff training, risk management, and curriculum development. She is also a Wilderness EMT and teaches wilderness medicine for NOLS. 

Garnet Moore 

Climbing Wall Association

Garnet Moore is the Director of Operations at the Climbing Wall Association. Garnet brings more than a decade of experience in the climbing industry, serving gyms, manufacturers, and many climbing friends and partners.

Paul Nicolazzo

Wilderness Medicine Training Center International

Paul is the Director of the Wilderness Medicine Training Center International and part of the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative (WMEC). He began his outdoor career in 1978 as a river and climbing guide. In subsequent years he worked for numerous outfitters including 22 years with Outward Bound as an instructor, course director, staff trainer, and program director. He has numerous first descents by kayak, canoe, and ski—and a few first ascents of chossy climbing routes that no one in their right mind should ever repeat—in his resume. He is the author of numerous books and articles on wilderness medicine and outdoor program risk management.

Dom Pascariello

Paradox Sports

Dom was first introduced to climbing while working at a YMCA during high school. Running programming on the high ropes course, and basalt crags of aptly named Camp Sloper, he became hooked on the adventure of climbing. His experience on rock, and within the industry developed as he sought a business degree at University and worked at the local climbing gym, City Climb in New Haven. From there, Dom has worked the past 4 years managing and assisting in the development of climbing facilities in Boston, Providence, and Denver areas.

A Paradox Adaptive Climbing Initiative course in 2015 opened a new realm of opportunity to share his passion for climbing. Since then, he has been working with climbers and facilitators to better the industry‘s standards in regards to Adaptive Climbing. In 2018 Dom joined the Paradox team as the Front Range Climbing Club Coordinator and Program Lead for Adaptive Climbing Initiative courses. Dom is certified as a CWI provider through the Climbing Wall association, and an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. When Dom is not climbing or traveling, he is trail running with his dog Louie who you may see around the office, or your next local program.

Becca Polglase

The Mountaineers

In her role as Director of Programs and Operations at The Mountaineers, Becca supports volunteer leaders on everything from permitting to leadership development. She is a career outdoor educator with a master‘s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership. She‘s a deep believer in the impact of volunteer-led outdoor education, and has been inspired by the depth of experience and creativity offered by volunteers and the partnership with other organizations to improve transparency and access to outdoor recreation.

Gates Richards

NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Gates Richards has been involved in outdoor education and EMS since the early 90's. Over the years he's worked outdoor programming throughout the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He's worked urban EMS in DC, WA, CO and WY. Gates began teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in 1998 and has been awarded the Wilderness Medical Society's Warren Bowman award for contributions to wilderness medicine by a non-physician as well as the National Collegiate EMS Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. He is currently the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Education Director. Gates, his wife and their children live in Lander where they can be found running, biking, skiing and fishing. But not at the same time.

Abby Rowe

Wilderness Medical Associates

Abby is the President of Wilderness Medical Associates. Abby is committed to continuing the company’s mission of providing high-quality curriculum and programming. She is passionate about program and curriculum design, the inclusivity and accessibility of wilderness medicine, place-based education, the transformational power of wilderness experiences, and the power of offering peer leadership experiences.

As a lifelong educator, she has over twenty years of experience leading domestic and international expeditions and teaching outdoor leadership and technical skills. Prior to serving as the President of Wilderness Medical Associates, Abby was an instructor and Course Director for Hurricane Island Outward Bound and served as the Director of Colgate University Outdoor Education for 10 years. During her time at Colgate, Abby served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE).

Abby lives with her partner on Mount Desert Island in Maine where she also works as an Advanced EMT, volunteers for Search and Rescue, and occasionally moonlights as a rock-climbing guide.  

Abby holds a BS from Cornell University and an MA in Higher Education from Boston College.

Tod Schimelpfenig 

NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Tod Schimelpfenig retired as the Curriculum Director for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in April 2021 after a 48 year career in wilderness education, risk management, EMS and Search and Rescue. He continues to work occasionally as NOLS faculty.  

Tod began work as a NOLS Field Instructor in 1973 and in emergency medical services in1974. He served as the NOLS Risk Management Director for eight years, the NOLS Rocky Mountain Director for six years, and three years on the board of directors of the Wilderness Medical Society, where he has twice received the WMS Warren Bowman Award for his contributions to the field of wilderness medicine. Tod is a founder of the Wilderness Risk Manager’s Committee, has spoken at conferences on pre-hospital and wilderness medicine, has taught wilderness medicine around the world and has received the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award for his contributions to wilderness risk management. He has written numerous articles on educational program, risk management and wilderness medicine topics, and currently reviews articles for the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Additionally, he is the author of NOLS Wilderness Medicine and co-author of Risk Management for Outdoor Leaders.

Joe Stone

Teton Adaptive Sports

Joe Stone has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast. On August 13th, 2010,  everything came crashing down when Joe had a Speed Flying accident in Missoula,  Montana that rendered him an incomplete c7 quadriplegic. As an avid smile chaser,  he knew what he must do next. Following his injury, he has found himself seeking out  the same activities that he loved some much before. Only now as a wheelchair user.  Paragliding, speed flying, mountain biking and endurance sports play a huge role in  his life, but he is also on a mission to help others along the way. Joe is a public  speaker, a peer mentor and the Director of Mission at Teton Adaptive. His goal is to  help bridge the gap between people living with and without disabilities.

Tom Vogl

The Mountaineers

Since 2016, Tom has served as the CEO of The Mountaineers, one of the leading outdoor education and conservation organizations in the US. He currently serves on the board of directors of Outdoor Alliance, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and has served on the board of directors of The REI Foundation and the Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America. Prior to joining The Mountaineers, Tom had more than 25 years of general management, e-commerce and marketing leadership with organizations such as REI, Dell, Redfin and The Clymb. In addition to being an avid climber, backcountry skier, and cyclist, Tom volunteers with The Mountaineers as an avalanche education and climbing instructor. 

Ty Wiberg

Montana State University

Ty grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI.  His family has been very active his entire life. Ty was introduced to climbing at a young age by his dad. He enjoys bouldering the most and is always trying to challenge himself. Ty is currently a Sophomore at Montana State University studying Exercise Science.