Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.


David Kallenbach, Executive Director

David began his association with the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness back in 1996, seeking a change from his job as a high school science teacher in suburban Denver. He came to Montana to work for the Voyageur Outward Bound School that utilized the A-B Wilderness for its alpine backpacking courses--and also for Montana's quiet living and open space!  He became the Montana Program Director for Outward Bound in Red Lodge, overseeing programs in the field and promoting Outward Bound's participation in trails and restoration projects on behalf of the wilderness.

At other times in his career he has worked as a Ranger/Naturalist for the National Park Service in far-flung places such as Denali, Alaska, and Death Valley, California—always inspired by life in beautiful places.

Growing up in Colorado, David began hiking, backpacking and mountain climbing at an early age. Becoming the Executive Director of the ABWF stems from a lifelong passion for wilderness activities and learning about the natural world, but also comes from a desire to see our wild lands remain un-impacted, their beauty unmarred, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy wilderness in its natural state. He enjoys hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing through Montana's seasons, but will also be found walking his dog, taking photographs or reading from his home in Red Lodge.



Jason Gollan, Programs Coordinator

Jason's passion for wilderness started when he attended a Wilderness Skills Institute as part of an internship with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where he was trained in traditional trail tools and wilderness first aid. After the Wilderness Skills Institute Jason joined Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) as a member of a wilderness trail crew. Over the course of the trail season he fell in love with wilderness conservation and non-profit work. He then went on to complete a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail and immersed himself in the wilderness. After completing his thru-hike he was even more inspired to give back and help protect our public lands. 

His position is paid for with an awesome grant from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA). 



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