David Kallenbach, Executive Director
David first learned about the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in 1996, when he came here to work for the Voyageur Outward Bound School, introducing people from all over the country to backpacking adventures in the A-B Wilderness. Over a 13 year career at Outward Bound, he fell for Montana’s quiet living and wide open spaces! After working his way up the ladder at Outward Bound, David became the overall Program Director based in Red Lodge in 2002, and has been here ever since.
Always inspired by life and work in beautiful, mostly uninhabited places, David has ventured widely in his career choices–as a National Park Ranger & Naturalist in far-flung places like Denali and Death Valley, and as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea.
David grew up in Colorado, hiking, backpacking, and climbing mountains with parents who just loved the outdoors. Taking on this role as the Executive Director of the ABWF stems from a lifelong passion for the wildest of places, while learning everything he could about the natural world. His commitment to wilderness comes out of a love of solitude and a desire to see the beauty of our wild lands undiminished. His hope is that everyone has a chance to enjoy wild country in its natural state. He enjoys snowboarding and XC skiing, mountain biking and visiting all the National Parks, and truly loves frolicking with his dog Puck, shooting photographs, or reading by a fire at his home in Red Lodge, Montana.
Ben Daley, Programs Director & Trail Crew Leader
While leading a month-long backpacking trip in the Beartooth’s in 2016, Ben was inspired to return again to Red Lodge. Since then, he has been working as an overseas educator, primarily instructing semester abroad programs in Bolivia and Peru. Whether in the Andes or the Rockies, Ben works to understand the natural and cultural histories of mountain landscapes while connecting with the people that call them home. Since landing in Red Lodge this winter, he is excited to put down roots in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, cultivating stewardship through education and trail work.
Linus Metzler, Chief Technology Consultant
Linus is from Switzerland and has been working as a volunteer for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) since 2013. His work with the ABWF includes working on trails as well as developing and operating the ABWF’s donor and volunteer database. He has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and, among other jobs, works as a developer in his company, limenet.ch creating websites and developing custom solutions for clients. In his spare time, you can find him running or hiking on trails (preferably in the A-B), traveling, and horse riding.