Staff

Montana Mountaineering Association has a talented and dedicated core staff.

Kt Miller

Executive Director

Growing up in Bozeman Kt was fortunate to be a student in Montana Mountaineering Association’s Junior Mountaineering Team program in 2008. That experience opened her eyes to the amazing experiences & life skills that can be learned in the Mountains— perserverence, team work, problem solving, efficiency, hard work to name a few. After her life-changing experiences on the Junior Mountaineering Team, Kt volunteered as an instructor from 2009 - 2013. In 2013 Kt lost a friend in a tragic skiing accident and took time away from guiding to gain more experience on her own. She has since built a career in the media realm as an adventure photographer, writer, and storyteller. In 2015 Kt started slowly guiding and teaching again for Yellowstone Ski Tours, Beartooth Mountain Guides, and the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. Kt's specialty is backcountry skiing & ski mountaineering. She spent a handful of years as a sponsored athlete and participated in expeditions to Alaska, Bolivia, Canada, France, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Romania, and Slovenia. Her favorite place to ski however is Southwest Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Region. From good ‘ole powder skiing, to alpine skills, to women’s specific courses, a day in the mountains with Kt is sure to be a wonderful experience.

After a short hiatus, Kt looks forward to getting the Junior Mountaineering Team program rolling again in the fall of 2018.

Training & Certifications:
AMGA Alpine Skills Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course
Avalanche II Certification
Wilderness First Responder
Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association

Awards & Honors:
``Best Environmental Film Award`` Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival 2015
Adventure Athlete Award, SHIFT Conference 2016

Nadav Oakes

Program Director, Lead Instructor

Nadav was born and raised in Israel. Prior to moving to the US, he guided climbing, mountaineering, and canyoneering throughout the region. He taught and trained rescue units and military rescue and special ops teams, and he worked and taught industrial rope access and rigging.
Nadav spent a large portion of his free time during those years exploring new areas for climbing and canyoneering in Jordan, adding yet another region to his guiding repertoire and ultimately writing a guidebook to Moab, Jordan.
Since coming to the US, Nadav has instructed climbing and mountaineering for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and he has guided for Alaska Mountaineering School (AMS), Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (JHMG), and Montana Alpine Guides (MAG).
Nadav enjoys doing anything in the vertical realm, from industrial rope access work to scaling granite big walls in Yosemite. Nadav’s personal climbing trips and work have taken him across the globe; he has worked and/or climbed in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. He is currently based out of Bozeman, Montana, and is available for guiding locally and abroad.

Training & Certifications
Wilderness EMT
Pro 2 Avalanche
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Ice Instructor Course
Leave No Trace Master Educator
NOLS Instructor
Rigging For Rescue
Military High Angle and SAR Trainer
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Christopher ``C.J.`` Carter

Board Member

Lucky enough to grow up in Southwest Montana, C.J. took to skis at a young age and found alpine climbing as a high school student in the Junior Mountaineering Team program. This led to an early career in mountain guiding in the greater ranges of Alaska, the Himalayas and the Andes, but ultimately a lifelong and personal dedication to skiing and climbing big mountains. Christopher has logged technical alpine ascents and ski descents on 6 of the 7 continents, ranging from the Altai Range of Mongolia to the Alps, the Canadian Rockies and High Atlas of Morocco. In 2016 he completed multiple solo and self-supported alpine ascents and ski descents of Denali, the highest peak in North America. Professionally trained as a documentary filmmaker and regional planner he is dedicated to the people and futures of the world’s mountain regions. He is a contributor to working groups at the United Nations on climate risk and works with indigenous peoples, governments and organizations in the Northern Rockies to address land, water and flood risk planning. A passionate alpinist and teacher, Christopher enjoys sharing skills, tea and a laps on rock, ice, or powder. He looks forward to days out with the next generation in the Junior Mountaineering Team program and sharing the mountains with guided clients.

Training & Certifications:
Avalanche II Certification
Wilderness First Responder
Masters in Science,Urban and Regional Planning
ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager
American Institute of Certified Planners, Urban and Regional Planner

Awards & Honors:
Member on the United Nations University / Munich Re Foundation Resilience Academy working group on the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage
NSERC Canada, Graduate Fellowship Award in Science Communication, University of British Columbia
Best Documentary Short, American Indian Film Festival
Boren Award Nominee to Kyrgyzstan, US State Department
Mountain Exploration Grant, Hans Saari Ski Mountaineering Foundation
Mountain Fellowship Award, The American Alpine Club
Daniel Voyich Award for Native Community Involvement, Montana State University-Bozeman
Khumbu Climbing School Mentorship Award, Alex Lowe Charitable Fund

Kevin Brumbach

Advisor, Board Member

Hailing from Idaho, Kevin Brumbach currently resides in Bozeman, MT. Known throughout the community as the most humble bad-ass you’ve never met, Kevin can be found spending time outside with his kids, saving lives at Bozeman Deaconess, or gracefully moseying up that dry tool route you can’t even top rope. Although he looks really good in spandex, we value Kevin most for his teaching skills and dedication to our Junior Mountaineering Team program. Kevin has spent two spring seasons in Alaska, and has climbed throughout the United States. Kevin was the executive director of Montana Mountaineering Association from 2012 - 2016.

Training & Certifications:
BS Nursing, Montana State University
Certified Wilderness First Responder
Level II Avalanche

Erin Taylor

Founder, Advisor

Erin has a rich mountaineering resume with climbing and skiing trips to South America, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Of note, he has skied every line in Tuckerman’s Ravine, NH; and has made telemark turns at 17,000 feet on Piramide Blanca, Bolivia. Erin is a professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association; member of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue Alpine, Hasty, and Heli teams; and a professional ski patroller at Bridger Bowl. Erin is the founder of Montana Mountaineering Association and served as the Executive Director for over 10 years.

Training & Certifications:
Level I AMGA Alpine and Ski Guides Course
Certified AMGA Top Rope Site Manager
Level II Avalanche
Selkirk Mountain Experience Ski Mountaineering Guides Course
Rigging for Rescue
Certified Wilderness First Responder
Certified Outdoor Emergency Care
BS Criminal Justice, John Jay College