Cozy Up, Learn a Backcountry Skill

This winter, join the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation for a series of monthly free, online workshops to help wilderness enthusiasts enjoy (and care for) our snowy backyard wildlands. Each month, we’ll introduce another outdoors person in the Greater Yellowstone and dive into a topic of their choice, giving attendees access to the presenter’s passions and experience. Expect a combination of recorded videos from the field, live explanations and insights, and time for Q and A. See schedule below:


Date and TimePresenterTopicRegistration On Zoom
December 15, 6 PMAsano OtsuBackcountry Pizza! Enough One Pot Wonders… Let’s eat real food outside! Register Here
January 26, 6 PMDouglas ReynoldsAlpine Habitats and Plant Adaptations Across The Beartooth Plateau Register Here
February 23, 6 PMLee Watson Experiencing the A-B Wilderness in WinterRegister Here

2021-2022 Webinar Descriptions

Backcountry Pizza! Enough One Pot Wonders… Let’s eat real food outside!

  • Backcountry Enthusiast Asano Otsu (owner of Everyday Foods) shares tips on how to cook simple and fun backcountry pizza on a camping stove.
  • Preparation is key – some simple tricks to eat well on your trips
  • No fancy equipment – Asano will be demonstrating on backpacking cookware and stove, everything you would take on your overnighter.

About Asano Otsu:

  • Born out of passion to create – Asano Otsu shares her life experiences through her creative original food. She came to Red Lodge as an Outward Bound instructor more than dozen years ago and has worked, served and thrived in our community ever since then.  Over the years, she wore many hats in the Outdoor Industry: educator, retail expert, technical specialist and safety auditor to name a few.  Nowadays you can find her slinging small batch Sourdough Breads with local retailers under the company she founded in winter of 2018, “Samurai Sue’s Everyday Foods.”

Alpine Habitats and Plant Adaptations Across The Beartooth Plateau

Driving above tree line across the Beartooth Highway, the tundra looks like a uniform, green carpet. On foot, however, it is a mosaic of plant communities, each adapted to different conditions, largely determined by snow accumulation and then water availability as the snow melts.

Let’s take a virtual walk from the windward side of a ridge, over the top, and down the lee side and describe the different plant adaptations that we see.

Doug Reynolds did his Ph. D. research on three rare plant species on the Beartooth Plateau. He then taught at several universities before starting a native plant nursery. Now retired, he volunteers for environmental groups and leads nature walks.

Experiencing the A-B Wilderness in Winter

Though most of the adventurers who use the AB Wilderness are summer people, wary of those occasional snow storms or cold fronts that can ruin a spring hike or an August camping trip, many locals and a few visitors thrive in such conditions. While thousands would rather ride the heated chairlift at Big Sky or retreat entirely to the tropics, some year round residents and a few hardy visitors relish the cold and quiet of winter as they shovel, plow, ski, snowshoe and ice climb into the snowy wilds of the winter wonderland. Whether for a job or an outdoor passion, dedicated winter users can be found throughout the A-B Wilderness. In this webinar, we take a glimpse into their worlds.

Living and working for the past 20 years at Snowy Range Ranch, nestled right into the western boundary of the AB Wilderness, Lee Watson is one of those people sharing what it is like to be lucky enough to have such an experience and introduces us to a few others like him who live, work and play in the snow. With almost 30 years of experience as a ski patroller at Bridger Bowl, Lee uses his avalanche education and snow experience to deal with the challenges of winter, deep into the mountains. He enjoys sharing that knowledge, teaching snow science for school field trips, training county search and rescue teams, or just meeting with random strangers, answering questions about local trail, and of course, snow conditions.

Winter Webinar 2021 Recordings

Trip Visioning and Planning Using Free, Online Resources (Recorded Webinar 2-17-2021)

Science in the A-B (Recorded Webinar 3-24-2021)

Upcoming Stewardship Opportunities (Recorded Webinar 4-21-2021)