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 & Mountain Market, 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 and cherishes the way that the business has allowed her to more deeply know the Leadville community.
Heather also loves backcountry skiing, hiking up high, reading, cooking and messing about in the mountains with her partner in crime Zoolie the husky. 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 was a fantastic use of her time. 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 and hiking 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 five times, once as a Leadwoman, and has run several 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 can be found wandering somewhere in the mountains, often with her dog Merle, who helps out at LO in the winter.
Owner- Sawatch Guides
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.
Owner-Desert Mountain Medicine
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 splits her time between Jackson, Wyoming and Leadville. When in town Nadia teaches DMM classes, moonlights on the sales floor at LO and lifts everyone’s spirits with her effervescent attitude. Nadia is pretty wicked in the kitchen and enjoys traveling, hiking, riding bikes and skiing.