Meg and Peter Gag
Taylor Wilderness Research Station
College of Natural Resources
Gary Thompson

Gary Thompson

Leadership Coordinator, McCall Outdoor Science School

Since 1999, I have been working as a wilderness educator, expedition leader, and university instructor. My career highlights include leading a semester length expedition to Patagonia, proctoring the Brevard College Immersion Semester, river guiding in Peru, and working with the United States Naval Academy. Professionally, I am interested in risk management, snow science, decision-making, and expeditionary learning.

I believe that anyone can become an effective leader. I am currently exploring Ronald A. Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership model and its application and connection to the theories of Outdoor Leadership. When not working for the University of Idaho, I work as a river guide, instruct for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and NOLS PRO. Since moving to Idaho I have become an avid backcountry skier, and I volunteer with the local avalanche center and the local ski patrol. My current certifications include Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness Program Risk Management, Whitewater Kayak Instruction and Avalanche Level 2.

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