Guides and Staff
Experienced, safe, and lots of fun. The climbing guides every young climber deserves.
Originally from the East Coast, Karynne moved to Montana to join a chainsaw trail crew with Montana Conservation Corps in 2013. After 2 years living in the woods and protecting our public lands, Karynne pursed a Masters in Public Administration degree at MSU. Karynne comes with several years working in local nonprofits in Bozeman. Her background is in international/domestic program development, grant management, and organizational development. Karynne is on the board of directors for three local nonprofits and provides consulting to several organizations.
Karynne loves being outside in any form: climbing, running, hiking, or just sleeping in the trees. Her love for climbing is pure and hopes to provide an opportunity for youths to explore climbing and their leadership potential.
This native Montanan and now recently, Californian, has been climbing for more than 15 years and has loved every second of it . . .(OK, there was that one time in an offwidth . . .!) Leigh lives and breathes all things climbing - from bouldering to ice climbing and everything in between. By training and education, Leigh is an ecologist, but she decided many years ago to dedicate her life to climbing and climbing education.
Leigh's spent more than a decade coaching, instructing and guiding children and adults both indoors and outside. She loves coaching and instructing for performance climbing, and she is also passionate about teaching technical systems for rescue, caving, multipitch climbing and canyoneering. She says she hasn't met a type of climbing or a rigging system she did like!
Leigh has extensive experience and several certifications with Search and Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Helio Rescue, Alpine/Backcountry Rescue and Incident Command. She is also a nationally registered EMT.
Affectionately know as B, Brandon has been working for Touch the Sky since 2003. He's been on most of our trips and has coached the Bozeman Climbing Team since 2002. We think Brandon has the perfect combination of patience, grace, and masterful rock craft. He's made the commitment to being an educator and mentor, and takes both very seriously. B is the lead guide and coach for The Climbing Academy.
Brandon also works at Spire Climbing Center and makes awesome paintings.
Joe Manlove has been a volunteer guide with Touch the Sky for the better part of a decade. Normally, he's a professor of mathematics at Columbia College, but during the summer, he brings his enthusiasm for learning and climbing to TTS youth.
After 15 years climbing, Joe not only adds passion and drive to our trips but a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has yet to find a type of climbing he doesn't like! Joe also has extensive experience with Search and Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, Helio Rescue and EMS.
Taylor Fragomeni grew up near the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where she got her start climbing during her senior year of high school. She escaped to the west a few months later to attend Montana State University, where she earned her B.S. in Earth Sciences and subsequently decided that the preferred career path involved coaching youth and guiding climbing.
Taylor has dabbled in several forms of climbing, but most thoroughly enjoys technical sport climbs and alpine bouldering. She has been routesetting since 2012, instructing and guiding since 2014, and currently spends most of her time coaching the Bozeman Climbing Team and managing the routesetting crew at Spire Climbing Center.
Aaron started his climbing career on his high school’s climbing team but very quickly ventured outside to the cliffs of Colorado’s front range. Since moving to Bozeman, Aaron has been able to dedicate most of his time to climbing, training, coaching, and dreaming about climbing. He currently is the Head Coach for the youth team at Spire Climbing Center as well as the program coordinator. Most of Aaron's free time is spent bouldering or sport climbing on a rock somewhere, though he can occasionally be spotted at a local competition.