Adventure Missoula receives a slew of applications to work with our company every year and become an Adventure Missoula staff member. We work hard to accept a handful of amazing people to outfit our company full time during the river season. This allows us to give travelers and visitors the best authentic Montana experience on our area’s rivers that we can provide. Knowledge, enthusiasm, thirst for changing the human’s impact on our environment, and conservation lead our team. Great personalities and humor encourage us to want to come back year after year; as small family of outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy the break from our rat race ‘real jobs’ to enjoy the bounty the earth provides and share that feeling, that connection we all crave to make life meaningful.
While our company was closed during the stay at home orders throughout the coronavirus pandemic, our staff remained positive and working their incredible jobs and experiences; waiting for the opportunity to gather together and once again share the river with you.
Here is what they have been up to:
Trevor Smith: Trevor has been using his time off to get outdoors as much as possible and enjoy fishing around Missoula. Springtime fishing has been really productive so far, with several great days on the water and fish rising for skwala dry flies. In a few weeks he’s excited to head to Colorado for a month, to work on an elk calf capture project. This research will help biologists monitor declining elk populations and track survival of newborn calves. Afterwards, he’s looking forward to getting back to Montana and enjoying some of the states’ best whitewater and fishing with the Adventure Missoula crew!
Jessica Raty: Jess was born and raised in Montana and grew up splashing around in the Yellowstone River. She just graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Resource Conservation and a B.A. in Political Science and is excited to put her degrees to good use as a raft guide at Adventure Missoula. Jess hopes to eventually attend graduate school for something related to environmental policy, but she’s pretty happy staying on the river for now. When she is not running the Clark Fork as an Adventure Missoula staff, Jess can be found trail running or playing jammin’ tunes on her recorder.
Kyler Tingey: Kyler has skied more than 100 days and counting this winter! At the beginning of the season, Kyler set a goal to ski 100 days and he reached that goal last week. With the warmer weather Kyler has also been getting out on the mountain bike and rock climbing (at a safe distance from others of course). He and his wife have taken quarantine as an opportunity to clean up trash from popular areas in our local mountains. (Thank you Kyler!!!)
Jared Forsythe: Jared is gearing up to train and implement safety precautions for post COVID19 operations with his wife, Sara. He teaches high school Biology, Wildlife, and Forestry when not taking clients down the water. Virtual high school has been difficult. Jared spends long hours on the computer scanning paper handouts and creating new interactive educational experiences for his students that include answering questions mid presentation and interactive video conferencing. Jared has been painting, burning slash piles on the property, and spearheading our spring construction projects on the weekends!