Guides

Our guides are the finest around; they are all certified Yellowstone Park guides with both first aid and CPR training. Let’s face it, the virtually untouched backcountry of Yellowstone Park can be somewhat unpredictable, but have no fear, what might seem quite dramatic to you is old hat for these folks and they are able to calm most any situation while still showing you the excitement of the old west. The local knowledge and experiences they have gathered through the years will give you a feeling of the utmost security.

Matt C. Henningsen attended the Montana Guide Training Center in Northwest Montana in 1995, where he confirmed his true passion for the mountains and horses. Matt then moved to Big Sky, Montana in 1996, where he turned the next 15 years into a successful career as a professional wilderness guide in and around Yellowstone Park. In 1998, Matt traveled to Alaska to apprentice under world-renowned Master Guide, Dennis Harms. Matt spent the next five years guiding fishing, hunting, and pack trips during the short arctic summers, returning to Montana to guide elk hunts each fall and drive horse-drawn sleigh for local ranches during the winter months. He eventually settled back in Montana full-time, where, starting in 2004, Matt spent the next five years as the Manager of Outfitter Services for The Club at Spanish Peaks –leading pack trips into Yellowstone during the summer and operating a sleigh ride dinner program through the winter. Henningsen has received national recognition for the outfitting programs under his direction, and has been featured in publications such as: Cowboys and Indians, 2006; Forbes, 2007; and Western Horseman, 2008. Matt is a Wilderness First Responder, certified by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS; and is Montana Guide #6556, licensed by the Montana Board of Outfitters.

Brenna Kelleher in Yellowstone, back country toursBrenna Kelleher has worked on and off for the past 5 summers with Rockin’ HK Outfitters. Brenna grew up in the Big Sky area where she learned her appreciation for the wilderness. Through her father’s encouragement, she learned to kayak the swift waters of the Gallatin River, which translated into her winning the World Junior Kayaking Championship of 2003. Brenna worked at the Yellowstone Club for many seasons guiding families downhill skiing and is currently a ski instructor at the Big Sky Ski Resort. Brenna grew up in the saddle, riding and guiding with some of the infamous old-school cowboys of the Gallatin Canyon. Brenna is a trusty-worthy guide, CPR certified and carries a YNP guide card.

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