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Get Inspired! Kurt Kleiner's Aerial Photos of Western Montana

Updated: Jul 14

Kurt Kleiner was a Bitterroot big wall climber in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s who

shifted his focus to formation skydiving, paragliding, and flying airplanes and sailplanes.

He recently retired as a state/regional Aviation Manager and moved back to the

Bitterroot after a long career in wildland fire for NPS, USFS, and BLM. In addition to

being an amateur mountain aerial photographer, he is especially passionate about

teaching people to fly as an active, experienced FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

with over 4,700 flight hours logged. In the summer, he flies a Cessna 182 for a USFS

contractor performing aerial fire reconnaissance and detection missions for the

Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests. He enjoys hiking, skiing, and leading occasional

easy trad routes with a Silent Partner solo belay system.


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