Our instructors bring a level of technical mastery and savvy for the environment that comes from years of experience conducting rescues and patient care far from the reach of urban EMS systems. Our instructors have decades of experience and are some of the most dynamic and entertaining educators in the field.

They all bring the perspective of years of high level instruction and getting after ambitious objectives on their "off time".

Steve Achelis

Steve is an instructor for RRT in rope and alpine rescue. His experience base is huge, having spent many years as commander of the SL County SAR team and also as a member of Brighton Ski Patrol. Steve also has a vast resource of technical knowledge, he created the Vrigger rigging software and also runs

Mike Ditolla

Mike spent 10 years in "remote" circumstances as an instructor and care provider before coming to the University of Utah Center for Emergency Programs. While his specialty is wilderness medicine, he has spent years instructing caving, climbing, canyoneering and skiing. He has spent time working and playing in the mountains of almost every state in the nation. He has worked in urban EMS, as a ski patroller, and with various search and rescue operations. He is currently a Wilderness EMT-Paramedic and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Mike devours research in wilderness medicine and technical rescue. He shares a passion for staying up to date with recent curriculum developments with all of the RRT Instructors. Mike can be found looking for the best snow in exotic locations... ok ok Mike can be found in his office at the U of U.

Matt Haberman

Matt has been a river guide for almost 10 years, as well as spending time as a NPS River Patrol Ranger. He's also been teaching and coaching in different formats for the same. He is a graduate of our program, with a BS in EMS, specializing in wilderness rescue, and has helped build the RRT program. He is also an AEMT and WEMT. Matt teaches in many of the programs in the department, including First Aid, EMT, AEMT, and all of our rescue courses. His long experience teaching, rescuing, Park Rangering, and guiding in river environments has translated very well to our swiftwater courses.

Renny Jackson

National Park Service climbing ranger, mountain rescue and helicopter short-haul rescue specialist (Grand Teton and Denali National Parks) for 34 years. Recipient of three Department of the Interior Valor Awards. Guide for Exum Mountain Guides since 2010. Forty-four years of climbing and alpine experience. Co-authored A Climbers’ Guide to the Teton Range with Leigh Ortenburger. Numerous first ascents and first winter ascents in the Teton Range including the first winter ascents of the Direct South Buttress on Mt. Moran, the Northwest Chimney on the Grand Teton, and the Grand Traverse. Ski descent of the Grand Teton in 2007. Extensive climbing experience in the western US including Yosemite, Alaska, and the southwest desert. Climbs include ascents of 8 routes on El Capitan, an early alpine-style climb of the Cassin Ridge (1979), and many sandstone towers. Participated in six Himalayan expeditions including two to Mt. Everest (1983, 1987), the first ascent of the North Face of Cholatse (1984), and an ascent of the southwest ridge of Ama Dablam (2010). Instructor at the Khumbu Climbing Center in Nepal in 2009, 2011 and 2014. Ski patrolman at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for 14 years.

Nate Ostis

Nate has a BS in Education with a teaching certificate and focuses in Adventure Programming, Coaching, and Health. He has taught at the elementary, junior high, high school, and university levels as well as worked as a Division III Head Men's Lacrosse Coach. He has taught for many outdoor programs including the National Outdoor Leadership School, Rescue 3 International, the American Canoe Association, and the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Nate began his guiding career over 16 years ago and since guided on many Class V sections of whitewater throughout the country including Cherry Creek in California, the Russell Fork in Kentucky, the West Branch of the Penobscot in Maine, and the Gauley River in West Virginia.

He has taught and guided courses in India, China, New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Alaska, and all over the United States in wilderness first aid, swiftwater rescue, rock climbing, and whitewater kayaking/rafting. In addition to working for the University of Utah Department of Emergency programs, Nate is also a Firefighter, Wilderness EMT-B, NADS Open Water SCUBA Diver, and ropes team leader and body recovery specialist in his county region. As an Idaho State EMS Instructor, Swiftwater Rescue Technician Instructor, and ACA Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer, Nate finds himself working with a wide variety of professionals and organizations. Nate also works as a risk management consultant for professionial response units and departments as well as outdoor programs. Nate ran a first descent of a 160-mile section of big water Class V whitewater on the Yalong River in the ethnographic Tibetan Himalayas. Nate's passion for teaching is fueled by audiences that strive for their best and are always hungry for more.

Andy Rich

Andy has been guiding and teaching in the outdoors for over 15 years. He started working as a whitewater rafting and kayaking guide during the summers and has worked his way through just about every aspect of outdoor education and guiding - kayaking, rafting, mountaineering, rock climbing, alpine climbing, adaptive skiing, avalanche courses, ski mountaineering, and even founding an ad-hoc river advocacy group. Andy's professional resume includes many of the most reputable outdoor education and guiding companies in North America with years of experience at each. Andy's also has an impressive list of kayak descents in Honduras (Pico Bonito National Park- Rio Cangrejal, Sambo Creek and Papaloteca), Mexico (Chiapas- Rio Jatate), New Zealand, Ecuador and all over the western United States. Climbing expeditions include the Cordillera Blanca (ski descent down the Graganta Route of Huascaran Sur), Ecuador volcanoes, and the Yukon Territory Coast Mountains. Familiar terrain where Andy has racked up ambitious ascents include the Alaska Range, Yosemite, the Tetons, and the French Alps. Guided climbing ascents range from multi-pitch in Red Rocks and Devils Tower; to mixed alpine routes on Mt. Waddington, BC and San Lorenzo, Patagonia; to the big mountain adventures of Denali and Aconcagua. Andy is a certified Rock Guide and Alpine Aspirant Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. With so much time in technical environments Andy has racked up extensive hands–on experience with wilderness rescues in whitewater, mountain and winter environments as both improvised first responder rescuer and on organized rescue team efforts. In recent years Andy has specialized in rope access and rescue for industrial projects in remote and rugged terrain.

Dave Weber

David Weber has worked as a rescue technician, firefighter, and instructor for the past decade. This experience has given him a strong background in professional urban and wilderness rescue and a working knowledge of a variety of rescue systems. He currently divides his year working as a Denali mountaineering ranger, a lead guide for the Khumbu Climbing Centre, and a lead instructor at Remote Rescue Training. Dave fills in his shoulder season gaps as a lead guide for Alpine Ascents International, a senior field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and a lead instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute. A common theme connecting all of these various pursuits is the opportunity for Dave to spend large portions of his year treating injured patients in remote and technical settings. Dave is passionate about Remote Rescue Training Courses and the opportunity to incorporate a variety of his interests into one course syllabus.