Our Team

Mike Wolfe

Founder and Head Coach

Mike has been passionate, deliberate, and serious about training since he ran his first race–The Bridger Ridge Run–in 1996.  He has since dedicated his life to mountain sports pursuits and adventures, and the training it takes to perform at the highest level in the mountains.

Though known most for his mountain ultra-running prowess, Mike is a diverse mountain athlete who loves it all.  He has paddled 1,600 miles over a period of 90 days across Canada to the Artic Ocean, climbed first ascents on the 3,000-foot granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, raced 100-mile mountain bike races, climbed El Capitan in Yosemite numerous times in a single day, snowboarded first descents in Grand Teton National Park, raced collegiate Nordic skiing, and he has been a passionate big game hunter since a young boy growing up in Montana.

Mike has been racing competitively as a professional mountain ultra-runner for over a decade. As a Global Athlete for The North Face, Mike has competed in over 100 ultra-distance mountain races around the world. Among the many races he has competed in, he holds numerous course records, and has placed top-3 at the world’s most competitive and prestigious mountain races: the Western States 100, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, and the North Face 50-mile Championship.

 

Mike’s commitment to the mountain sport community is evidenced by The Rut Mountain Runs in Big Sky, Montana.  Mike created and designed the races along with Mike Foote.  The two now race direct one of the most technical mountain running race in world, and the only event in North America that is part of the International Skyrunner Federation Ultra World Series.

Mike has trained and worked at several gyms over the years with top coaches and athletes dedicated to training for mountain sport pursuits: Momentum Athletic Training in Missoula, Montana, and  Mountain Athlete in Jackson, Wyoming.

In addition to being a professional mountain athlete and coach, Mike loves spending time with his amazing wife Stephanie and young son, Colt. Mike is also a practicing attorney. Previous to taking a break from the full-time practice of law, Mike was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

EMILY KIPP

General Manager, Coach, Nutritionist

Emily’s quest for balance was born in a cabin in the woods. Hailing originally from the Green Mountains of Vermont, Emily first instilled her passion for the outdoors roaming the woods around her family’s home. The desire to live a life of outdoor pursuits brought her to Missoula, Montana, where she pursued a degree in Exercise Science. Here, Emily found her calling; the intersection of sport, training, and the mountains.

Following her passion for cycling, Emily then moved to Arizona to work as a cycling guide. She has been leading road and mountain biking trips for The Cycling House for the past six years. She has lead groups of serious cyclists training for competition in locales including Tucson, California, and North Carolina. At these camps, Emily is guide, trainer, cook, motivator extraordinaire, and teacher.

She has been coaching and training athletes in Missoula since 2013. She coaches individuals at the University of Montana, teaching classes in cycling and circuit training. She has been coaching private clients for sports and competition in ultra running, cycling, and triathlon. She previously worked for Momentum Athletic Training in Missoula teaching ski conditioning classes.

 

A serious mountain runner, cyclist, triathlete herself, she has competed to top finishes over the years in cross country mountain biking, triathlon, marathons, and ultra-marathons. Tough, wild-hearted, and playful, her motivation comes from time spent in wild places, and spending time adventuring with close friends and trusted partners. 

• BS — Exercise Science
• ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
• Precision Nutrition Licensed Nutritionist

Emily Kipp
COLLEEN SHIELDS

Coach

Colleen grew up in a small town nestled in the mountains of western Maine. After attending college in New Hampshire for two years, Colleen had the desire to experience the beauty, outdoors, and character of the west. Transferring to the University of Montana in Missoula to complete her degree in Exercise Science, she immediately joined a student led outdoor recreation group and fell in love with the outdoor culture Montana had to offer. Finding a close group of friends to backpack, run, ski and hike with, Colleen discovered she was happiest when running and playing outside.

After graduating in 2015, she completed her certification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as a way to integrate her passions for exercise physiology, performance training and mountain sports. Recently completing her first marathon, she plans to pursue her passion and fascination for endurance athletics by racing in many more marathons and ultra-trail races in the near future. Colleen hopes to attend graduate school to complete a dual degree in exercise physiology and nutrition. 

Kindhearted, competitive, and eager to learn, she is always excited to put her passion for outdoor play, running, and performance training to the test.  When not playing in the mountains, Colleen divides her time by working at both The Mountain Project and at Bozeman Running Company

-B.S. Exercise Science

-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist