Tim & Lena Conlan founded Crossing Latitudes in 1995. Over the years we have promoted responsible enjoyment of outdoor pursuits all over the world while instilling an appreciation of different cultures and lifestyles. Our trips have always been an outdoor and a cultural experience wrapped into one.
We have been camping for a living for a very long time. Tim since he took his NOLS instructors course 1978 and Lena her NOLS instuctor course in 1986. We have done some fantastic paddling and hiking around the world but now it is time for a new chapter. Today Crossing Latitudes hosts NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses in both the US, Scandinavia and Europe. Lena who is an WEMT teach many of these courses and Tim enjoys winter skiing in Montana and wood work in the summer.
If you would like some one to guide you in Scandinavia please contact us – we will gladly connect you with Adventure companies in Scandinavia with extensive educational backgrounds and expedition experience.
Crossing Latitudes is an affiliate of NOLS Wilderness Medicine, a member of ATTA – The Adventure Travel Trade Association, a member of WMS - Wilderness Medical Society and a member of Swedish Nature and Ecotourism Society.
Lena Conlan, Co-Owner and Co-Founder
Lena is from Sweden. She has been active in outdoor related activities since childhood. Her family operated Camp Sparreviken – a YMCA sailing and canoeing camp on the Swedish west coast.
Lena has a teaching degree from the University of Umeå. Her love of travel and adventure drew her to the U.S. 1985 – where she ended up teaching for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School). After years of travel covering four different countries as co-ordinator of NOLS sea kayaking program, it seemed only natural to return to Scandinavia and start her own adventure business. Lena is the master planner behind the wide variety of activities and outdoor education Crossing Latitudes has offered the last 20 years.
Now a days Crossing Latitudes and Lena is sponsoring / hosting NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses all over the world. Lena is a Wilderness EMT and part of the Bozeman Search & Rescue team. Lena has been teaching for NOLS Wilderness Medicine since year 2000.
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Tim Conlan, Co-Owner and Co-Founder
Tim is from the U.S. He’s lived near the Rocky Mountains most of his life. Tim met Lena in 1986 while teaching sea kayaking expeditions in Baja California, Mexico for NOLS. He had been working for NOLS as an outdoor educator since the late 70’s. During that time he’d taught just about every skill type they offered, from caving and climbing to kayaking and skiing. He developed the NOLS sea kayaking Instructor course and authored their instructor manual.
Tim also helped to create materials and teaching practices for the Federally sponsored conservation program “Leave No Trace”.
After guiding for most of his life Tim is now happy by spending more time in Bozeman. He loves skiing and biking in the mountains. Bridger Bowl Ski Area is his second home. He is also creative in his wood shop. Visit his web site: http://timconlanwoodworks.com
Åsa Hultman Pape
Åsa grew up on a YMCA camp on the west coast of Sweden, along with her sister; Crossing Latitudes founder; Lena Conlan. Åsa has a degree in Physical Education and Swedish Language and worked in Swedish high schools for many years. When not out back country skiing Åsa can be seen working as a Landscaper in and around Bozeman, Montana. Åsa has worked with Tim and Lena since they started Crossing Latitudes in 1996. She has paddled in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Alaska, Honduras, Greece and Mexico. Åsa married Jay Pape in Bozeman in December 2007 and is calling Bozeman, MT her home. Åsa also teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine both in Europe and the USA.
From the forest and lakes of Värmland (Wermland) she moved to Östersund in Sweden to be close to mountains and creeks. Being outdors is an essential part of Malin’s life and the she likes paddling, tour skiing, randonée, snowmobile, caving, tour riding etc. Malin is studying to become a nurse and take great interest in the wilderness medicine. Her goal is to combine professional nursing with teaching wilderness medicine and guiding in the outdoors. Malin became a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor in 2015.
Roope has been teaching and guiding mountain activities in Europe, Himalaya and Greenland for the past 30 years. He’s other passion is to guide and teach sea kayaking – which he’s done in 15 different countries! Finland is his home base but the world is his play-ground. Roope is a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor and teaches courses in both Swedsih and Finnish. Roope has a WEMT certification – Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. Roope owns and operates his own guiding business Moln. Roope speak fluent Swedish, Finnish and English as well as good Norwegian and Spanish.
For great trips please visit: https://moln.fi/en/start/
Elias Sjöberg has taught NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses for several years. Elias lives outside Eksjö in Småland, Sweden – not far from the farm he grew up on. Elias is a ski patroler in Säfsen during the winter where he unfortunately accumulate lots of first aid experience. He is a graduate of the Älvdalen Utlbildningscenter Outdoor Ed program. Elias have some cool back country experience – like crossing Madagascar by foot – and leading NOLS Expeditions. Elias is a Wilderness EMT and he is teaching both WFA, WAFA, WFR-R and WFR courses all over the world.
Elias also owns and operates KBK Adventures.