About Us


Yve Bardwell

Yve Bardwell


Yve Bardwell, co-owner, grew up in Montana where spending time in the outdoors was a big part of spending time with her family. This practice became a passion once she left home and began discovering the outdoors for herself.  It has helped inform much of her life. She received a degree in hydrology from the University of Montana and has had the opportunity to center the majority of her work in field science. This has included such things as doing rangeland inventories for the Farm Service Agency, to tracking wolves in the Italian Alps, surveying for Lahontan Cutthroat in the High Sierras, to guiding river trips on the White Cliffs of the Missouri.  She met her husband while working in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and he has been responsible for teaching her the ways of the horse and using them as a means of backcountry travel and a way of life at their home in Choteau. She has been fortunate to follow her dreams as closely as she knows how.  She looks forward to continuing to explore our big backyard and this beautiful state as well as learning from the people, the places, the flora, and the fauna.

 

Maggie Carr

Maggie Carr


Maggie Carr, co-owner, grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front where her family has lived for over 100 years. Hiking, riding, and exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness has been an integral part of her life since an early age. She left Montana to participate in an AmeriCorps program in Washington D.C., but soon realized that Montana was where she belonged. Upon completing her degree in Rangeland Management at Montana State University, she moved back to her hometown of Choteau.

In recent years, Maggie has worked for the United States Forest Service in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, packing and working on trail crew. This was a great opportunity to explore the seldom seen areas of the “Bob”.  She also has worked for the Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Guest Ranch as a wrangler/naturalist. Here, she enjoyed showing folks the Rocky Mountain Front, one of the most ecologically intact landscapes in the United States. In the fall, she works for Mills Wilderness Adventures on hunting trips into the Bob.  She has also spent a bit of time working in the sheep industry both in Montana and New Zealand. These jobs have influenced her desire to share these magnificent places with others and to continue working in the great outdoors. There is nothing she enjoys more than guiding folks to places they have never been before.

In her free time, Maggie likes to play with her dog, work with her horses, read, ski and laugh at good (or bad) jokes.

 

Bill & Polly

Bill & Polly


Bill & Polly are our mentors and we are fortunate to continue to operate our business with their help and guidance. The Cunningham’s previously operated this business as High Country Adventures and are responsible for building a strong relationship with the Forest Service, other outfitters and the public that we continue to grow from.  Bill Cunningham has outfitted hiking trips for over 30 years, and had been a partner of High Country Adventures for over 20. Bill’s wife, Polly joined the business in 2005.

Bill has a long history of environmental involvement as a staffer with The Wilderness Society, Montana Wilderness Association, and American Wildlands. He too has backpacked in Europe, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, and throughout the West. He teaches wilderness courses through the University of Montana, has written several wilderness guidebooks, and writes a Wild Country column for Montana Magazine.

Polly Cunningham assisted on the trips in addition to designing menus and planning logistics for High Country Adventures.  She and Bill have co-authored several hiking guidebooks. Bill and Polly live in Choteau, MT, where they enjoy this wild country year-round.