406-920-2808 & 866-535 (OWLS) 6957 The Boars Head Charlottesville, Virginia erik.henyon@owlsinc.com

Open Daily

Year Round


Rock Climbing Guides & Kayaking Instructors

Robb Macgregor, has been climbing for 17 years and working in the climbing industry for 6.5 years. Robb was first introduced to climbing while attending US Army Ranger School. Robb immediately found a new passion. After ending his term in service Robb pursued climbing as his sport of choice. Robb’s climbing has taken him throughout the United States and Europe. Robb’s favorite climbing areas are the North Cascades, Yosemite, New England and Seneca Rocks. He has pursued his guides education through taking courses with the American Mountain Guides Association AMGA 2001 Rock Instructor Course & AMGA Top Rope Instructor Course. Robb is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Alain Comeau’s love of people and the natural environment are expressed in his dedication to teaching climbing. He has been working as an instructor and guide since the early 70’s, climbing from New Zealand to Africa, and extensively in the European Alps. Previously working for International Mountain Climbing School, Eastern Mountain Climbing School and founder of the Mountain Guides Alliance.

He is an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (A.M.G.A.)

Alain also develops and runs training programs for DOD military Special Operation Teams.

* A.M.G.A. Rock and Alpine Certified
* Wilderness First Responder
* Level II Avalanche certified
*Team Leader Mountain Rescue Service


Brett K. Henyon has been involved in Emergency Services for last 16 years and is a Nationally Registered Critical Care Paramedic. He attended the University of Virginia majoring in Biology and Sociology and The Medical College of Virginia to receive his Paramedic. Currently he is employed as a full time Flight Paramedic and Base Manager. He has experience in high angle rescue and is a member of the regional Technical Rescue Team and state competition team. He is also certified through Outdoor Emergency Care and works part-time for the local Ski Patrol. Brett also enjoys teaching SCUBA diving as an Open Water Scuba Instructor through PADI and is a member of the regional Water Rescue Team. He has training in Search and Rescue and Wilderness Winter Survival and briefly trained with one of his two German Shepherds for K9 Search and Rescue. In 2002 he received The National Ski Patrol highest honor – The Purple Star.


Johann Aberger WEMT, B.S. in Kinesiology, is a lead instructor for johann2DMM’s WFR courses. His full time occupation is as the Director of Climbing programs at Colorado Mountain College. He is also working towards a Masters in Social Justice from Prescott College in his spare time. An accomplished mountaineer and rock climber, Johann has left chalk marks and first ascents all over the western United States.

Nadia Kimmel WEMT-IV, M.S. in Recreation She is the President of Desert Mountain Medicine. Frustrated by her initial classroom bound “wilderness medicine course”, Nadia envisioned a more experiential nadia2 wilderness medicine curriculum based in the field, drew up a business plan, and christened it Desert Mountain Medicine. Outside Magazine voted her one of “25 Goddesses Who Rule” in 2003 for her inspired vision in starting the business.
Nadia has worked as an outdoor educator for numerous organizations since 1991, spent many long nights working in the ER in Summit County, Colorado, and has inspired countless Wilderness First Responders and Wilderness EMT’s through her dynamic teaching since 1996. She has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management, a Master’s Degree in Recreation, and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Wilderness Medicine. She is fluent in French, has borrowed countless climbing racks to go to Indian Creek, and has left graceful telemark tracks all over the western United States, Canada, and South America.

Karen Lapides WEMT, B.S. in Human Physiology Karen has 15 years of experience teaching in the field, including 11 years as a mountaineering nadia2instructor and staff trainer for Colorado Outward Bound School and stints with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Babes in the Back country, The Women’s Wilderness Institute and the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. She has worked internationally at medical clinics in a number of developing countries as well as done a couple tours of duty at Summit County Emergency Rooms as an EMT. When not teaching for DMM, Karen is a passionate alpine aficionado, carving elegant telemark turns and running, riding and climbing throughout the western US.

Eric Riley WFR, B.S. in Recreation and Outdoor Leadership, or “Riley”, as he is known, is the River Rescue Coordinator and an ACA Swift water instructor. He Eric Riley teaches Swift water Rescue for the River Professional, Open Water Rescue, and WFR’s. When not traveling around the country in his vintage VW bus ‘Stevie’, Eric can generally be found in the rivers of the West, gainfully employing his former professional throwing arm rowing dories for OARS Idaho. He possesses a gift for jerry-rigging anything mechanical and a wicked dry sense of humor.


Betsy Webb
Is a contract facilitator with 25 years of experience in experiential training and Betsydevelopment. Betsy has delivered corporate adventure programs for OWLS, Outward Bound Professional, Peak Experiences, and other training organizations. She is the former Human Resources Director and Program Director for the Colorado Outward Bound School. Betsy holds masters degrees in Social Work and Administration of Parks and Recreation. She served as the Executive Director for Kids Voting Massachusetts and as Program Manager for the Institute for Public Strategies. She is currently the Parent Liaison for two Bozeman Schools, in addition to facilitating programs for OWLS.

Betsy is an avid outdoors woman who handpicked and loves her home base in Bozeman, Montana. She enjoys skiing, hiking, mountaineering and canoeing Montana’s rivers. Betsy rode her bicycle cross-country from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in 1978. The Rocky Mountains and the desert southwest are her favorite places to explore.

Jacobus Saperstein
Has been providing OWLS programs since 1999. He brings to OWLS 10 years of experience leading adventure recreation, jacobusservice learning, and leadership development. When
he’s not facilitating with OWLS you might find him in the Pacific Northwest restoring our environment or leading extended (35 day) service learning wilderness expeditions. In addition to being a Wilderness First Responder Jacobus holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon, and an Outdoor Instructor certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Bob Houseman
Bob HousemanClimbing, kayaking, and Ropes Course instructor Associate Degree. Piedmont Virginia Community College. ACA Certified, EMT-B First Aid, National Ski Patrol.


Josh Tracy
josht Biking, climbing, kayaking instructor B.S. Recreation/ Biology University of Virginia. ACA Certified, EMT-B First Aid.

Alejandro C. Stella

Graduated cum laude with a B. S. in Microbiology from stella
James Madison University, he also became certified with the National Ski Patrol (currently Senior Level) and began working as an instructor for OWLS. His love for the environment, the outdoors and sports has led him on many adventures after graduating from college. Alejandro spent a ski season in Chile and Argentina, where he gained another ski patrol certification with the Association Argentina de Pisteros Socorristas in Las Lenas. He then worked in Ghana, West Africa, spent time skiing in Switzerland and lived in the back of his truck while driving across North America into Canada and Mexico. In between his traveling, time was spent climbing the fantastic rocks of Virginia! Alejandro is currently a first year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and makes it a habit to get out every week to climb, ski, or bike. His up coming projects include skiing in Utah, and a summer in the Himalayas. Certifications: Senior Level Outdoor Emergency Care Senior Lever Ski Patroller of the National Ski Patrol (member for 6yrs) Argentina Ski Patrol – Association Argentina de Pisteros Socorristas.

Tim Molinero –
Tim comes to OWLS with an MBA from Western New England College and a B.S. in Electrical tmolinero
Engineering from Tufts University. He has worked for several companies in different capacities as an engineer and manager. Tim has over 14 years of climbing experience and is an avid mountaineer, backpacker, back-country skier, ice climber, kayaker, and educator. He has summitted Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. Tim has completed the AMGA Rock Instructor Course and is a Wilderness First Responder. Tim conducts OWLS courses in New England and throughout the United States. Tim now lives in New Hampshire.


Ian C.P. Godwin
IanAfter graduating from the University of Washington, Ian served as an Officer in the United States Marines Corps. Upon resigning his commission, Ian moved to Bozeman, MT to pursue a master’s degree in the Earth Sciences. He subsequently moved to the greater Washington, D.C. area to teach middle school science for two years. Regaining his geographic sense he returned to Bozeman and served as the Assistant Headmaster of a small independent school for a year prior to beginning work at Montana State University. Ian is currently the Assistant Director of the Northern Plains Transition to Teaching program and the Western States Certification Consortium program in the College of Education, Health & Human Development at MSU. Since 1992 Ian has also worked for the past 13 years as an instructor and course director for Outward Bound USA (formerly the Colorado Outward Bound School) in the mountaineering, semester, professional and community programs.

When he is not taking pleasure in the company of his family and friends, working, enjoying the whitewater kayaking, ice climbing, skiing, mountain biking, etc. in the region, or contemplating his next house project, Ian is nearing completion of a doctoral degree in education (Higher Education Administration).


Gary Tublin – Gary is an Organizational Development consultant and Experiential-Based Training and Development practitioner with over 15 years of experience helping individuals, teams and organizations excel.Gary holds a graduate certificate degree in Organization Development from Georgetown University. He is an ACA Whitewater-Kayak Instructor and has been leading adult and teen wilderness expeditions for many years. Gary lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Dian. When not working he can be found fishing on streams far and near or bounding along mountain trails.



We review all applications and keep them on file for future employment. You must have your EMT-B, OEC, or WFR as an entry-level requirement. ACA cert., AMGA cert., and a NORBA license helpful. We usually hire Outward Bound and NOLS, Grads. Send your resume to: OWLS, Inc. 510 South 23rd Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59718

Open Position: Part Time Climbing Instructor
10 years Experience, AMGA Tope Rope or Rock Guide
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia Wintergreen Resort
$13-$17 Per Hour
Call 434-325-8166 for prerequisites

Open Position: Part Time Kayak Instructor
10 years Experience, ACA Swift Water Rescue
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia Wintergreen Resort
$13-$17 Per Hour
Call 434-325-8166 for prerequisites

Open Position: COO
15 years experience in management, sales and marketing of a successful company. Must have knowledge of both organizational development and adventure programming.
Location: Bozeman Montana
Call 406-920-2808 for prerequisites


Erik Henyon
OWLS Executive Training Centers
510 South 23rd Avenue
Bozeman, Montana 59718

Program Director and CEO

Erik Henyon
Owner of the Outdoor Wilderness Leadership School was once on track to become an environmental attorney. He then switched directions: first becoming an elementary school teacher, then an environmental consultant before founding OWLS in 1996. Mr Henyon has also worked since 1996 in the field of management training and consulting. He has designed and delivered hundreds of training programs for corporations, schools, and government agencies.

Mr Henyon was a presenter at Perdue University’s School of Engineering CEPDS 18 Conference in 2003 speaking on behavioral job match. Mr Henyon also presented at the National Convention of PSMA and SPMS in Phoenix Arizona in 2003. He additionally has presented workshops for the business community of Bozeman through the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Henyon’s colorful 18-year climbing career started with the Colorado Outward Bound School. Erik enrolled in the COBS Alpine Mountaineering Course and earned his certification and pursued climbing throughout Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, California, New York, West Virginia, and Virginia. In 1996 Erik received his EMT and in 1999 he earned a certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School as an Outdoor Instructor.

Erik has participated on international mountaineering expeditions as a logistics coordinator, and climber. In 2002 he summitted Mt Kenya in Africa. In 2006 Erik attempted the pedzolt direct route on Grand Targheee. His expertise has helped his teammates to arrive on the summits of frigid Colorado, Wyoming and Montana Peaks.

Erik ran for public office in 2005 and was appointed by the Mayor to the City of Bozeman’s Planning Board for a two year term in 2006.

Mr. Henyon obtained a BS in Environmental Science from University of Wyoming and is a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School. In addition, he holds certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Association for Experiential Education, and is a ropes course instructor as well as a professional mountain biker, kayaker, skier, and climber. Erik lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife Pepper, sons Walker and Porter, and his two labs Jake and Targhee. Contact 406-920-2808