Friends of

Who We Are

Executive Director

Josh Fairchilds

After moving to Montana in 2005, Josh realized that his search for home was over. An avid cyclist and backcountry skier, he has spent countless days in all seasons exploring Hyalite Canyon and most of southwest Montana. After 2 decades working in the outdoor industry, most recently as co-founder and senior manager at Oboz Footwear, Josh has moved into the next arc of his career – which includes cooking and baking, more skiing and cycling, and working to maintain and protect Hyalite. A staunch defender of public access to public lands, Josh believes that our rights come with responsibilities.

Board Members

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.

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.

Hilary Eisen (Secretary)

Hilary first visited Hyalite Canyon while working on a Gallatin National Forest trail crew the summer following her freshman year of 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 and has since discovered that it's also a wonderful place to ski. 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.

Joe Schmitt (Treasurer)

A native of Helena, MT, Joe moved to Bozeman in 2001 to attend MSU. After graduating with a degree in Business Management, Joe went to work in the insurance industry and helps non-profits and small businesses with their insurance and risk management needs. As a backcountry skier, peak bagger, and trail runner Joe appreciates having a place as special as Hyalite that is so accessible from town. Hyalite Canyon is where he honed his ski mountaineering skills and where he has his “season pass”.

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.

Julie Nelson

A native of the Mid-West, Julie moved to Southwest Montana after college and has been a resident for almost 15 years. Julie studied Natural Resources Management at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin prior to moving to Bozeman. After moving to Montana Julie worked for several years as a grant writer and program director for the Federation of Fly Fishers. She later moved into the business world serving as the VP of Business Development for Printing for Less in Livingston, MT. She now works remotely as the Director of Business Development for a company in Virginia.

Julie is an avid rock climber, Ice climber, trail runner, hiker, and photographer. She enjoys spending time outdoors throughout the seasons with friends and her two children in Hyalite canyon and throughout the Mountain West.

Suzette Castillo

Suzette moved to the Gallatin Valley in 2014 with her husband and 3 young boys. They have never felt more at home than here. You can find their family playing or volunteering in the outdoors, anywhere from Huffing for Stuffing, Bridger Ridge Run, BIF, or Hyalite Clean up Days. Suzette is a homeschool mom which affords her and her boys plenty of time outside.