People
Forrest Coots
Climbing Ranger

Forrest was raised in Mount Shasta and while his ski travels have led him around the globe, he has returned home every summer since 2006 to work as a climbing ranger for the US Forest Service.  While earning a degree in Political Science from University of Nevada Reno, Forrest joined the Forest Service fighting fires as a helicopter crew member and hotshot.   Forrest was also a competitive ski racer and a big mountain athlete thereafter.  He now spends his winters as a professional ski mountaineer for Arcteryx and Dynastar, splitting time between trips in Mount Shasta, CA and Chamonix, France.  Featured in several publications and industry films, Forrest has ski descents from local stashes in the Trinity Alps and as far as the exotic mountains of Kashmir.            

Andrew Kiefer
Climbing Ranger

Andrew Kiefer graduated from Prescott College in 2013 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Wilderness Leadership.  He has professional experience guiding in Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho, including guided ascents of Rainier and Denali as well as numerous guided ski adventures in the San Juan Mountains, the Mountains in Central Idaho, and the Teton Range.  In addition to guiding, he has worked as an avalanche educator teaching courses for Prescott College and for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).  Andrew is a Certified Ski Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), has an AIARE Level 3 Certification, and is a Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association.

Nick Meyers
Climbing Ranger

A Northern California native who grew up in Graeagle, CA, Nick Meyers was appointed Lead Climbing Ranger and Avalanche Forecaster in 2010.  His career on Mount Shasta began as a summer internship back in 2002 while attending Feather River and Western State College for a degree in Recreation Leadership and Business.  Nick’s mountain sense and technical skills have developed and evolved much from his own personal climbing and ski missions.  Nick has scaled the Dolomites, skied Colorado’s 14ers and motorcycled the deserts and mountains of the Western United States on his dirt bike.  His adventurous spirit and fearless leadership commands our team of rangers in the high stress and high risk operations of Search and Rescue on Mount Shasta. Nick is also the Director of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center, issuing avalanche advisories and teaching awareness and companion rescue courses for the winter months.  

Recently, Nick somehow landed the front cover Popular Mechanics! From that a couple articles ensued. Click on the links below to check them out and learn more about Nick!

http://www.fs.fed.us/faces-of-the-forest-service/meet-nick-meyers

http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/05/07/lead-climbing-ranger-thrives-on-his-job/#more-58299