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ABOUT US

Welcome to HAMTC!

The High Altitude Mountain Training Center (HAMTC) is a fully owned subsidiary of Tactical Solutions International, Inc., a global Private Military Company specializing in tactical training and security services in austere, high risk or war-torn countries. Formerly a specialty training division within TSI, the corporate leadership directed that all commercial training and operations outside of the core tactical and protective security realms, would best benefit our clients via stand-alone, specially focused organizations...thus the birth of the High Altitude Mountain Training Center.

 

TSI's Mountain Warfare Division was established in early 2003 to support the training requirements of US SOCOM and our warfighters who would be operating in high altitude, mountainous, snow & ice covered terrain.  The HAMTC was formally stoodup in early 2011 and has been continuing both the military training mission and the commercial training for local Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and civilians in mountaineering skills.

 

HAMTC is dedicated to helping mountaineers, alpinists, backpackers, climbers, outdoor enthusiasts, military members and others, raise their technical and/or tactical skills, protect the environments in which they climb, develop good judgment, and safely gain access to not only the Wind River mountains of Wyoming, but also to the great mountains of the world.

The HAMTC is teamed with the American Alpine Institute (AAI) and we serve as both their military training arm as well as serving as the AAI Wyoming element.  We are also teamed with the White Pine Ski resort in Pinedale, Wyoming and utilize their facilities, lodging, messing and training areas as required.  Our strategic teaming partners allow us to provide national and international credentialing for our clients when required as well as the provision of world class, professional training venues for our students.

HAMTC is locally well known for its advanced training, guided expeditions into the Wind River wilderness and our public service in the area of environmental protection, public lands policy and support to the local Search and Rescue organizations.  In military circles we are very well known for providing custom, realistic and mission oriented training and exercise support in the winter warfare and mountaineering realm.  Whether supporting a local college, a visiting family on vacation or our governmental clients, relevant, thorough, dedicated instruction (at all skill levels from beginners to masters levels), our high level of customer service/satisfaction and the outstanding skills of our staff are cornerstone to our success.

HAMTC Training Staff

The HAMTC staff is composed of some of the world's most accomplished climbers, skiers, and mountain educators. Together they have climbing, research, and expeditionary experience in every major range of the world and have one or more degrees in areas related to the physical or cultural aspects of the domestic and foreign environments in which they guide. Most are former Special Operations Mountaineering instructors with decades of real-world experience in high altitude, mountainous regions.  In addition to vast teaching and operational experience, they have received professional training in advanced guiding techniques and rescue. Collectively they have one of the highest levels of wilderness first aid training among the world’s international guide services. All have been certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, or the equivalent.

 

Our Service to You

From beginning to end, we are committed to giving you the highest level of customer service possible.  Unlike other outdoors or mountain schools in the area, when you complete a training course with us, you are no longer dependent upon a guide...there are no "introductory" courses here...our standards are high but your safety and competency are much more valuable to us than "just another weekend paying customer."

Areas of Operation

HAMTC operates year round.  If you need snow and ice, and we are in the middle of summer in Wyoming, we will connect you to our partner AAI who has climbing opportunities throughout the world. Most of our training programs and guiding tend to follow the good weather and temperate conditions. For example summer rock climbing programs are offered in Pinedale and Tensleep, Wyoming because the summer weather is good and it’s not too hot!   

Some areas have relatively short periods of stable weather.  Our teaming partner AAI uses the Alaska Range, for example, which is typically great for climbing in May through mid-July but subject to a higher risk for storm before and after that. The St. Elias Range has a longer dry season in the summer.  The Alps of France and Switzerland have a great climbing season from July through mid-September, but the one in the North Cascades of Washington is even longer, lasting from mid-May until the first week of October.  In the Andes the winter months find us climbing in the dry seasons of Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina, while in the summer we move to Peru and Bolivia.  Temperate conditions are not always what we’re after, of course. Winter weather and low temperatures give us great opportunities for cold weather climbing, survival skills, and avalanche training here in the Rockies.

Paul Rosser
Managing Director

Paul is a tenured guide and certified mountaineering instructor with the American Alpine Institute.  He currently guides in Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Paul's passion for adventure has led him to climb, guide, and teach mountaineering extensively throughout North America. His instructing and guiding experience has included Special Operations forces and Marine Corps mountain warfare instructors in Wyoming, the North Cascades and on Denali. After years of guiding, Paul served as AAI's Operations Manager until he was deployed on Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, following the 9/11 attacks. In the decade that followed, he guided part time between deployments. Now, as a senior officer in the US Army Reserve, Colonel Rosser serves as adjunct instructor to the US Joint Special Operations University and in his civilian capacity, he again works as mountain guide with AAI as well as the Managing Director for the HAMTC. From youth climbers, to intermediate alpinists, to seasoned veterans, Paul enjoys teaching leadership skills as well as climbing and rescue techniques at all skill levels.

S. Jessica Bewley
Executive VP - legal 

Originally from BC, Canada, Jessica grew-up on skiis.  An avid outdoors enthusiast, Jessica has been providing the TSI group of companies with legal and contracting oversight since 2003.  As a plankholder for TSI, Inc.  Jessica has served as the Operations Manager for TSI (Middle East) 2003-2009 as well as the Security Program Manager for TSI (Middle East) for the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior 2010-2011.  Jessica returned to Wyoming in mid 2011 and continues to serve as the TSI group's senior legal advisor and counsel.

Tim Hettich
Senior Instructor 

Retired US Army SF MSG (E-8). Former SF Communications, Intel & Team Sgt for various SF High Altitude Mountain Teams tasked with conducting all SOF missions in mountain/snow/ice/high altitude environments.  Served as a primary instructor for the USASOC Mountaineering Course, a guest instructor for the US Marine Mountain Warfare Center, Bridgeport, CA and is a current Master Mountaineer Instructor, Alpine Skiing Instructor, Avalanche Lvl 3 instructor and has conducted military mountaineering operational tasks in Argentina, Nepal and Afghanistan.  He is a current backcountry guide and High Altitude Rescue Specialist, and serves as a senior tactical instructor in mountaineering for the HAMTC

Nate Mastin
Instructor 

Nate is a currently serving 11B Infantryman with the Wyoming National Guard as well as a trainer with HAMTC.  Nate is a subject matter expert in winter warfare, back country skiing and mountaineering and provides all students with top-notch experiences and skills.  He can be found in the back-country of Wyoming honing his skills when not on the instructional platform.

Brian Bewley
President/CEO

Brian is the President/CEO for the TSI, Inc. group of companies and is an avid outdoorsman.  Growing up in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California provided an opportuity for climbing, skiing and similar activies that paved the way for Brian's pursuit of high altitude adventure.  Having served in the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) for 21 years allowed him to work and live around the world and hone his skills in outdoor survival, back country medicine, climbing and alpine operations. Since 2003, Brian has been instructing elements of the US Special Operations Command and friendly foreign nation personnel in Pack Animal Combat Operations (PACO), mountaineering and winter warfare operations.  

Kevin Underwood
Director of Operations

Retired US Army Special Forces SFC (E-7).  Former SF Communications, Intel & Team Sgt for various SF teams to include High Altitude Mountain Teams tasked with conducting all SOF missions in mountain/snow/ice/high altitude environments.  Kevin serves as the Director of Operations for the TSI, Inc. group of companies and is the primary focal point on government contracting within the Mountain Warfare realm. 

Bryan Christensen
Winter Warfare Program Manager

Retired US Army Special Forces SFC (E-7).  Former SF Communications, Intel & Team Sgt for various SF High Altitude Mountain Teams tasked with conducting all SOF missions in mountain/snow/ice/high altitude environments.  Served as a primary instructor for the USASOC Mountaineering Course and is a current Master Mountaineer Instructor, Alpine Skiing Instructor, Avalanche Lvl 3 instructor and has conducted military mountaineering operational tasks in Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan and multiple 16,500’+ ascents on Denali and Mt. Rainer.  He is a current backcountry guide and expedition leader, and serves as the Winter Warfare Program Manager and tactical instructor in mountaineering for the TSI HAMTC.

Chris Hybolt
Senior Instructor 

Retired US Army Special Forces MSG (E-8).  Former SF Communications, Intel, Medical & Team Sgt for various SF High Altitude Mountain Teams tasked with conducting all SOF missions in mountain/snow/ice/high altitude environments.  Served as the Master Mountaineering/Lead Climbing SME for 1st Special Forces Group, an instructor for the USASOC Mountaineering Course and is a current Master Mountaineer Instructor, Alpine Skiing Instructor, Avalanche Lvl 3 instructor and has conducted military mountaineering operational tasks across Asia.  Also during his tenure in Special Forces, he served as a Senior Instructor for USASOC Medical Course and Live Tissue Lab (Goat lab) NCOIC.  He is a current EMT-Paramedic, member of the Washington State Ski Patrol, a backcountry guide and medical/survival/mobility instructor for the HAMTC.