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MSWAT - Wilderness School
(Dates TBA)

Montana Summer Wilderness Adventures for Teens (MSWAT) is the newest adventure offered by Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc. MSWAT is a comprehensive summer educational program that challenges teenagers to become confident and capable in a wilderness environment and facilitates teamwork and leadership development. We believe these lessons apply not only to the wilderness but to the challenges teens face growing up in our modern urban world. And what better setting for experiential education than the most magnificent landscape in North America – the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness?

Designed by educators who have a passion for the wilderness and are dedicated to the growth and well-being of young people, this adventure promises to be fun, yet challenging for each participant. Instruction in wilderness survival, horsemanship, conservation education, and “leave no trace” camping are just a few of the lessons students will experience.

Our trained mountain guides will serve as MSWAT instructors. They are all licensed guides for the State of Montana and certified as Wilderness First Responders. As instructors, they seek to inspire in participants a love for the wilderness and an enthusiasm for challenge.

We have a very limited number of spaces available, so the written application is very important. Please take the time to fill it out carefully, and feel free to call or email with any questions.

Eric Morton
Program Director

*Please direct inquires to:  Sarah Mayo 210-722-3817 sarah@aboadventures.com

MSWAT Faculty


Eric Morton

Eric graduated from Montana State University with a degree in secondary education. His teaching background and love of the wilderness inspired him to work with Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters to create MSWAT as a way to integrate education and outdoor adventure. He has worked as a licensed guide for ABO for the last nine years and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.



Rick Hafenfeld

Rick has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and an M.S. in Range Management. He served as adjunct professor in the forestry program at Bakersfield College for 15 years. He is qualified as an Incident Commander in the wildland fire Incident Command System. He is a certified wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Society.  He is recently retired from the Forest Service Smoke Jumper Base in Missoula, MT and from the US Navy Reserve as a Commander.


Cameron Mayo

Cameron owns and operates Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters. He is a licensed outfitter, skilled outdoorsman and educated in wilderness first aid.  Through his work with MSWAT, he carries on the invaluable training in wilderness survival he received at Skinner Brothers Wilderness School as a teenager. He has hunted and fished all over the United States and in Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and New Zealand. He is our very own “Survivor man.”


Lonny Allestad

Lonny grew up in Montana herding sheep with her family in the summers in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. As a result, she knows the area and has years of experience in backcountry camping and horsemanship. She is a mother of three and has mentored many young people in the FFA of Sweet Grass County. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and is a licensed guide for the State of Montana.


Sarah Mayo

Sarah, the business manager and marketing director of ABO, has a Masters Degree in Education. She has been developing experiential education programs for young people for over twenty years. She is excited about fusing her educational background with this new opportunity to create wilderness awareness.



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Application [PDF]

Program Details [PDF]


What's Included?

Deposit Policy
A deposit of 50% of the trip is required to book your reservation. This deposit is non-refundable.

The balance of the cost of the trip is due 60 days prior to trip date and is non-refundable. Trips not fully paid by this date will be considered cancelled. Trip Cancellation Insurance, which we recommend, is available at: MOGA

We accept credit cards (Visa/MasterCard only) and checks.

Make checks payable to Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc.


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