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South Dakota Guide: Kristi ScottBack to Guide Pages >>
Guide: Kristi Scott
|Short Bio: Kristi was born in Missoula, Montana and much of her childhood was spent playing in the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Rocky Mountains with her family. After high school and a stint in the art department at the University of Montana in Missoula, Kristi spent several seasons as a ‘ski bum’ in Big Sky, MT and began guiding for Austin-Lehman Adventures during the summer of 2001. Kristi has years of guiding experience in both of Montana’s National Parks- Glacier and Yellowstone. She has also guided in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, and Bryce, Zion and Escalante National Parks in the Southwest.
In 2006, Kristi completed her bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Anthropology and Museum studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT (MSU), followed by a Masters in Native/Museum studies in 2011. Kristi served for several years as the curatorial assistant at the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT for the then upcoming permanent exhibition, The Bison: Heart of Plains Indian Culture, American Icon. After teaching undergraduate courses in Native American Studies at MSU, she was one of twelve candidates selected in 2009 for the Smithsonian’s Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA). Kristi’s research has since earned her several grants and awards and she has presented her work nationally at conferences such as the American Anthropological Association and American Indian Art Studies Association. Kristi plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology or Art History in the very near future.
Kristi’s interests in natural and cultural history are facilitated by her work with Austin-Lehman Adventures. Guiding for ALA allows for diverse and exciting vacation destinations where there is always something new to learn. This, combined with a passion for adventure travel including skiing, hiking, biking, boating and fishing, horseback riding and more, culminate in an ALA Adventure! I am fascinated by art, history, culture and enjoy reading, researching and traveling in order to learn more about the world around me.
- South Dakota- Black Hills to Mt. Rushmore
- Washinton- San Juan Islands
- Utah- Bryce/Zion
- Yellowstone Family - Geysers & Grizzlies
- Yellowstone - The Serengeti of the American West
- Yellowstone/Teton Family - Bull Moose to Bucking Broncos
- Yellowstone/Teton National Park - Best of the West
- Wyoming/Grand Teton – Valley Floors to Jagged Peaks Adventure
- Montana - Big Sky Family - Cowboys, Canyons, & Campfires
- Montana - Canyons, Calderas, & Cowboys
- Alaska - Best of the Greatland
- Alaska Family - Glaciers & Wildlife
More About Kristi:
What’s your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere outdoors! The mountains, a lake, the beach. In recent years I have done several amazing multi-day rafting trips and have many more rivers to explore!
What’s your favorite hike?
What’s your favorite bike ride?
What’s your favorite trip to guide?
What do you do that makes a guest’s vacation special?
Favorite Movie: Goonies, Princess Bride, Beetle Juice – I’m a child of the 80's!
Favorite Book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Favorite Song: Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
Describe the most amazing experience you’ve had while guiding a trip:
Another “Alaska moment”…..while on the all day private boat cruise with ALA, we found ourselves in the middle of a mega-pod of Orcas. They were communicating with each other (we lowered a microphone into the water to hear their sounds) and showing off for one and other - jumping into the air, raising fins, slapping the water surface, etc. It was breathtakingly incredible! Everyone on the boat was speechless and many of us had tears of joy in our eyes, marveling at the amazing spectacle of nature that we were witnessing. It was incredible and unforgettable!!!!
When did you first catch the travel bug?
One of my earliest childhood memories is of camping in the mountains of western Montana. I remember looking up at the big dark sky full of tiny bright stars while the big fire flickered and the coals glowed - I was hooked from there forward on being in the mountains and any outdoor adventures! I have continued to travel to destinations such as Europe (Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland), Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico, British Columbia & Alberta, the great American deserts, the Eastern Sea Board including Nantucket and Maine and I hope for many more adventures to come!
What are your hobbies?
I love to be outside biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, horseback riding and observing the environment around me! I am an avid plant lover and enjoy identifying wildflowers and their medicinal and cultural uses. I am fascinated by art, history, and culture, and enjoy reading and researching in order to learn more about the world around me.