Friends of

Who We Are

Seeking New Board Members

Friends of Hyalite is actively seeking 1-3 new board members in 2017. If you believe in our mission and have the skills and experience we are looking for, we encourage you to apply. Please review our description of FOH Board Member Responsibilities and fill out our Application Form here. We will be reviewing applications in March and April, 2017.

Executive Director

Joe Josephson (Board President)

A native of Big Timber, Montana, Joe’s first trip to Hyalite was in 1984 when he made his very first climbing lead on a fifty foot route at Practice Rock. Joe went on to live in western Canada for over a decade where he became known internationally as an accomplished ice and alpine climber. Author of the seminal “Waterfall Ice in the Canadian Rockies” and award-winning “Winter Dance Select Guide to Montana and Wyoming” JoJo has been organizing the Bozeman Ice Climbing Festival since 2006 and in 2010 founded “Friends of Hyalite.” Joe lives in Bozeman and works in full-time conservation at the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.

Board Members

Greg Garrigues

Greg came to Bozeman in the mid ‘90s with his wife Betsy for his dream job and they immediately bonded with Hyalite. They, their two boys and big yellow dog can be found in Hyalite year round biking, hiking, ice-climbing, Christmas tree hunting, skiing and one of their favorites, foraging. One year they harvested a Christmas tree from the Bridgers, but immediately realized the err in their way and have never had anything but a Hyalite Tree after. Being the only board member with young kids at home, Greg has taken on the role of Friends of Hyalite’s Youth Coordinator and recently launched a special Hyalite Youth Conservation Award to acknowledge young people that engage with Hyalite. As a part of his mission to get more kids outdoors doing healthy good things, Greg also volunteers for local Scouting and is on the local District Committee. Greg designs and manufactures outdoor and bike equipment, as well as operates a specialty fulfillment operation that helps support and incubate small businesses based in Montana.

Hilary Eisen (Secretary)

Hilary first visited Hyalite Canyon while working on a Gallatin National Forest trail crew one summer during college but winter is her favorite season in the canyon. An avid ice climber, Hilary moved to Bozeman in part because of the world-class ice climbing in Hyalite. Hilary works as the recreation planning and policy manager for Winter Wildlands Alliance. She holds a M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.

Josh Fairchilds (Treasurer)

After moving to Bozeman 10 years ago, Josh immediately fell in love with Hyalite Canyon. From summer mountain biking to winter backcountry skiing, Josh can be found in Hyalite nearly every week of the year. Josh knows that Hyalite is an important environmental and recreational resource for the Gallatin Valley. As co-founder of Oboz Footwear, quality of life for his family and his employees is at the top of the list for reasons to live and work in Bozeman. Hyalite and the Gallatin Range in general are key components to that quality of life.

Teresa Larson (Vice President)

A native of Utah, Teresa studied geology at MSU in the early 1980s with the legendary Dr. John Montagne. She and her husband Robb (a Bozeman native) have two adult sons who grew up skiing at Bridger, backpacking, and floating rivers. She has been the Outdoor Programs & Outreach Coordinator at the Bozeman REI store since the store opened in 2010 and also owns a business called Snowcrest Environmental specializing in environmental assessments. Teresa has lived near the mouth of Hyalite Canyon since 2000 and has spent countless hours hiking, skiing, backpacking, trail running, and fishing in this special place. She previously served on the board of directors at Bridger Bowl and the MT Raptor Conservation Center.