Donna and her family moved to Leadville in 2009 from Austin Texas after falling love with the area while attending the LT100 Run Training camp. Donna and husband Dave successfully completed the 2009 LT100 Run, holding hands, and decided they had to make Leadville home.
Donna earned her BBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Oklahoma where she was part of OU’s collegiate cross-country and track team. Her professional career includes time with KPMG’s Business Consulting practice, and she is still an active managing partner with an executive search firm, DDi Executive Recruiting, in Houston, which she co-founded in 1998.
Donna began her running career at the age of 15. She has since trained with elite, nationally ranked coaches and has honed her skill in ultra races ranging from 50k-100miles. She holds several buckles on the LT100 run and continues to compete. When she isn’t running, Donna is chasing 3 daughters around, volunteering, teaching fitness classes in Studio225, skiing, mountain biking, swimming, and honing her culinary skills.
B.S. Wildlife Science, WFR, AIARE Level II
Heather first came to Leadville in 1995 and immediately fell in love with the unique geography of the Arkansas Valley. After biology field work took her from tracking threatened lizards in the Sonoran desert, to monitoring and sampling commercial fishing operations in Kodiak and the Aleutians in Alaska, she made Leadville her permanent home.
Before opening Leadville Outdoors with Donna Chapman, Heather spent 17 years in the outdoor industry. She thrives on the energy and interactions with folks she has met through this channel that combines both work and recreation.
Heather also loves backcountry skiing, hiking up high, reading, trail running with her partner in crime Zool, and running rivers. She has loved winter and mountains as long as she can recall.
BS in Forestry/Ecosystem management
Megan’s pursuit of a forestry degree led her to the discovery that wandering in the woods equals peace and happiness, and to a love of thru-hiking. After college she completed the AT and PCT, which resulted in finding her wonderful husband Kevin.
Already a road marathoner, Megan found that trail running combined her love of covering distance and spending a great deal of time in the mountains. Trail running also allowed for brief spells of employment without sacrificing peace or happiness.
After working as a bartender, pedicab fleet owner/operator and forester, Megan made Leadville her home. She has completed the Leadville Trail 100 three times, once as a Leadwoman, and has run numerous other ultramarathons.
When Megan isn’t holding down the fort at LO, scheming plans for its future or helping tired thru-hikers find their way, she makes homemade wine, brews beer, or can be found wandering somewhere in the mountains.
Certified AMGA Rock Guide, Aspirant AMGA Alpine Guide, Trained AMGA Ski Guide, AIARE Level II, WFR
Kip graduated from the University of Oregon where he studied Sociology, Special Education, Adventure Education, and Wilderness Leadership. In 1999, he headed to Leadville, CO to work for the Colorado Outward Bound School, eventually becoming the Course Director, Program Manager and Trainer. After thirteen years of dedication to the school, Kip continues to be a technical trainer for the rock and mountaineering programs.
In 2004 Kip began teaching for Colorado Mountain College where he helped to develop the curriculum for CMC’s Mountaineering, Ice and Rock Climbing, Mountain and Canyon Orientation, Avalanche Level I and II, High Angle Rescue and Multi-pitch Climbing Management courses.
When he is not teaching or guiding, Kip enjoys climbing and adventuring all over the world. He has explored the peaks of Europe, Canada, South America, and much of the United States. Kips favorite climbing areas continue to be Chamonix in France, and his backyard of Rocky Mountain National Park. We are happy to have his expertise and good-natured presence between courses when he moonlights for us at LO.
RN-BSN, WEMT, B.S. in Natural Resources Mgt., M.S. in Recreation
In 1990 Nadia left her hometown of Montreal, Canada for Crested Butte, CO. She obtained her Masters degree in Recreation and went on to teach outdoor education for numerous universities, colleges and private organizations. Frustrated by her initial classroom bound “wilderness medicine course”, Nadia envisioned a more hands on and realistic environment and became the driving force behind Desert Mountain Medicine, an experiential wilderness medicine an education company based in the field. She has inspired countless Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMT’s through Desert Mountain Medicine and her dynamic teaching since 1996.
Nadia has also earned her a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Regis University in Denver, CO. and is a nutritional consultant for endurance athletes with a focus on whole-food nutrition.
Nadia splits her time between Jackson, Wyoming and Leadville. When in town she teaches yoga upstairs at Studio 225, moonlights on the sales floor and lifts everyone’s spirits with her effervescent attitude. During her free time Nadia enjoys riding bikes and laying down graceful telemark tracks somewhere in the mountains.