Tyler Stuart Photo Member #: 101
Member Year: 2019
Tyler Stuart
Bio Summary
Community Activity Summary
Since returning to El Paso County after finishing college, Tyler Stuart has been active as a volunteer with the El Paso County Nature Centers, Aiken Audubon, and the U.S. Geological Survey, and he has previously volunteered for Catamount Institute and the Pikes Peak Bird and Nature Festival.
Occupation Summary
Tyler Stuart is a wildlife biologist and natural resources consultant for CORE Consultants, where he assesses the potential impacts and studies the actual impacts of wind and solar energy development on wildlife.
AdAmAn Service
Fireworks clean ups on Pikes Peak
Hiking, birding, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking, road cycling, skiing, swimming in lakes, camping, travelling, playing with my cats, cooking, and reading.
Climbing Experience Summary
Tyler Stuart has hiked and climbed 66 unique peaks over 13,000 feet in Colorado, and reached a total of 97 summits over 13,000 feet in the United States. He has summitted Pikes Peak 16 times, including 10 ascents in the winter. He also thoroughly enjoys exploring the lesser-known summits of El Paso County, and has stood atop 21 of the peaks in the county.


Bio Detail
Community Activity Detail
Tyler has been a volunteer for the El Paso County Nature Centers since 2012, assisting with special events and coordinating seasonal bird counts at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Regional Parks.

He has been a board member of Aiken Audubon, the local chapter of National Audubon Society, through which he has been the coordinator of the Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count since 2013 and the Secretary since 2020. Tyler also leads field trips several times a year for Aiken Audubon.

Tyler volunteered for environmental education programs at Catamount Institute from 2014 to 2017. He was a committee member for the Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival in 2018 and 2019, and has led field trips for the festival since 2016. He has also conducted annual breeding bird surveys for the U.S. Geological Survey since 2018.

Occupation Detail
Tyler Stuart has worked as a wildlife biologist and natural resources consultant for CORE Consultants since 2015. His work focuses on understanding the potential and actual impacts of wind and solar energy facility development on birds, bats, and other wildlife. Tyler has worked on projects across much of the Great Plains and Intermountain West, including in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Prior to CORE Consultants, from 2012 to 2014, Tyler worked as a contract biologist for the Institute for Bird Populations in the Sierra Nevada of California. The primary work focused on monitoring breeding bird populations of Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks with extensive backcountry and off-trail travel.

Tyler has also worked as a teacher at Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School and an environmental educator at Catamount Institute for school children within El Paso County, Colorado.

For several years after completion of his undergraduate degree, Tyler followed short-term and seasonal jobs around the western United States and beyond, including:

Tropical Ecology Research for Occidental College, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica (2008-2011)

Stream Ecological Technician, Takshanuk Watershed Council, Haines, Alaska (2009)

Biological Stockroom Assistant, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California (2009-2010)

Biological Technician, Bureau of Land Management, Lander, Wyoming (2010-2011)

Fish Biological Technician, National Fish Hatchery, Leadville, Colorado (2011)

Avian Technician for Cornell University, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming (2011)

Athletics Referee and After-School Program Facilitator, Parks and Recreation, Boulder City, Nevada (2012)

Climbing Experience Detail

Handies Peak, CO (14,058) - July 1994

Pikes Peak (14,115), CO - 16 summits from Jun. 1996 to Dec. 2020

Mount Cameron, CO (14,238) - Aug. 1997, Aug. 2003

Mount Lincoln, CO (14,293) - Aug. 1997, Aug. 2003

Mount Democrat, CO (14,155) - Aug. 1997

Grays Peak, CO (14,278) - Jul. 1998, Aug. 2010

Torreys Peak, CO (14,275) - Jul. 1998, Aug. 2010

La Plata Peak, CO (14,336) - Jul. 1999, Jul. 2007, Jul. 2020

Quandary Peak, CO (14,271) - Sep. 1999, Jul. 2006

Mount Belford, CO (14,203) - Aug. 2000

Mount Oxford, CO (14,160) - Aug. 2000

Castle Peak, CO (14,279) - Jul. 2001

Conundrum Peak, CO (14,060) - Jul. 2001

Mount Sherman, CO (14,036) - Jun. 2002, Jun. 2019

Mount Bierstadt, CO (14,060) - Jun. 2003

Mount Bross, CO (14,172) - Aug. 2003

Mount Shavano, CO (14,231) - Sep. 2003

Mount Tabeguache, CO (14,162) - Sep. 2003

Mount Antero, CO (14,276) - Jul. 2004

Mount Evans, CO (14,265) - Jul. 2004

Mount Elbert, CO (14,440) - June 2005, May 2018

Missouri Mountain, CO (14,074) - Jul. 2005

Longs Peak, CO (14,259) - Aug. 2005

Mount Yale, CO (14,200) - Jul. 2006

Mount Harvard, CO (14,421) - Aug. 2006

Mount Columbia, CO (14,077) - Aug. 2006

Huron Peak, CO (14,010) - Jun. 2007

Mount Lindsey, CO (14,042) - Jul. 2007

Wetterhorn Peak, CO (14,015) - Jul. 2007, Jul. 2020

Mount Eolus, CO (14,083) - Aug. 2007, Jul. 2020

North Eolus Peak, CO (14,039) - Aug. 2007, Jul. 2020

Windom Peak, CO (14,082) - Aug. 2007, Jul. 2020

Sunlight Peak, CO (14,059) - Aug. 2007, Jul. 2020

Turret Peak A, CO (13,835) - Aug. 2007

Uncompahgre Peak, CO (14,321) - Jul. 2008

Mount of the Holy Cross, CO (14,009) - Aug. 2008

Notch Mountain, CO (13,237) - Aug. 2008

Crystal Peak A, CO (13,852) - Aug. 2008

Peak 10, CO (13,633) - Aug. 2008

Slate Mountain, CA (9,302) - Oct. 2009

Mount Whitney, CA (14,505) - Nov. 2009, Aug. 2012

Dyer Mountain, CO (13,855) - June 2011

Mount Hope A, CO (13,933) - Jul. 2011

Mount Sheridan, CO (13,748) - Jul. 2011, Jun. 2019

Peerless Mountain, CO (13,348) - Jul. 2011

Mount Massive, CO (14,421) - Jul. 2011

Cameron Cone, CO (10,707) - Dec. 2011

Challenger Point, CO (14,081) - Aug. 2012

Kit Carson Peak, CO (14,165) - Aug. 2012

Redcloud Peak, CO (14,034) - Oct. 2013

Sunshine Peak, CO (14,001) - Oct. 2013

Grayback Peak, CO (9,348) - Jun. 2015

Tenney Crags, CO (10,093) - Jul. 2015

Mount Arthur, CO (10,807) - Jul. 2015

Mount Garfield, CO (10,930) - Jul. 2015

Mount Baldy, WY (11,857) - Jul. 2015

Cookstove Mountain, CO (9,782) - Aug. 2015

Sentinel Point, CO (12,527) - Sep. 2015

Mount Cutler, CO (7,231) - Oct. 2015

Mount Arkansas, CO (13,795) - Aug. 2015

Mount Sneffels, CO (14,150) - Aug. 2015, Sep. 2017

Mount Princeton, CO (14,204) - Aug. 2016

Almagre Mountain, CO (12,367) - Aug. 2017

San Luis Peak, CO (14,014) - Sep. 2018

Crestone Peak, CO (14,294) - Sep. 2018

Crestone Needle, CO via Crestone Traverse (14,197) - Sep. 2018

Cheyenne Mountain, CO (9,570) - Oct. 2018

Gemini Peak, CO (13,951) - Jun. 2019

Capitol Peak, CO (14,130) - Aug. 2019

French Mountain, CO (13,940) - Aug. 2019

El Diente Peak, CO (14,159) - Aug. 2019

Mount Wilson, CO via El Diente-Wilson Traverse (14,246) - Aug. 2019

Wilson Peak, CO (14,017) - Sep. 2019

Mount Muscoco, CO (8,020) - Oct. 2019

Mount Kineo, CO (9,478) - Oct. 2019

St. Peter's Dome, CO (9,690) - Nov. 2019

Cascade Mountain, CO (9,387) - Mar. 2020

Humboldt Peak, CO (14,064) - Jun. 2020

Ellingwood Point, CO (14,042) - Jun. 2020

Pyramid Peak, CO (14,025) - Aug. 2020

Maroon Peak, CO (14,163) - Aug. 2020

North Maroon Peak, CO via Bells Traverse (14,019) - Aug. 2020


Memories From First Climb
I remember my first AdAmAn hike of Pikes Peak in 2005 as among the easiest of the Pikes Peak ascents I have made with the club. I cannot say for sure whether this is based on fact or is the product of three or four snowy, windy, and sub-zero ascents in the years immediately following, but I recall a sunny day with very little snow. The joy and warmth that Neal and Teresa Taylor brought to their care of Barr Camp and those who visited shone through as a highlight of my first hike with AdAmAn. After setting up the fireworks on the summit on New Year's Eve, I remember walking over to the southwestern side of the summit with four or five other hikers. I know Sean O'Donnell and Dave Hunting were there, and unfortunately I cannot recall who the other two or three were. We stood there, overlooking Cripple Creek and Victor and the rolling forests beyond, for 20 minutes or more as the earth turned us away from the sun on that last day of 2005. And then, of course, I remember the first-time feeling of awe while standing beneath the midnight fireworks atop the mountain that looked over me throughout my childhood.
Memories From First Member Year
I remember my year leading the Club as the new member beginning notably easier than many previous hikes. On the first day's hike and nearly to A-Frame on the second day, there was minimal snow to contend with. These portions of the hike were sunny and fairly calm too, as I recall. After news at Barr Camp of no one having summitted from the east in many days prior to our attempt, we figured we would have a tough second day of hiking. Yet, by lunch on the second day, we still had relatively easy conditions. The chickadees, nutcrackers, nuthatches, and ravens were more active and noisy than any previous AdAmAn ascent I could remember.

But in my experience, Pikes Peak never spends a New Year's Eve without at least a little surprise and challenge for those on the mountain. As we began the long traverse, two miles from the summit, the wind surged and we spent much of the remainder of the hike in a constantly-shaken snow globe. By the 16 Golden Stairs, we were breaking trail in snow above our knees, doing what we could to stay true to the route of the trail hidden beneath the snow. I remember having to yell to be heard over the wind at times. And then, I was giving high-fives and hugs as each hiker reached the summit. It wouldn't feel quite right to grace the summit without having had some challenge from the weather conditions, be it snow, cold, wind, or all three.

Memories of Family
Each year of the AdAmAn ascent which I have been able to hike with my dad has been memorable. He has graciously carried the massive weight of a volleyball in his pack for many years now, ensuring the continuation of a relatively newer AdAmAn tradition: volleyball at Barr Camp. Or something like volleyball anyway. I look forward to volleyball at Barr Camp with my dad and the devoted group of others who play each year. Whether he's a switchback in front of me and down through the woods behind during the hike, I can always catch his eye for a smile, and I see his pure joy in being on Pikes Peak to close out each year.
Favorite Memories from Climbing Fourteeners
I remember Cindy Bowles' enthusiasm to have me along as a guest on my first hike with the AdAmAn Club. I have also thoroughly enjoyed fireside stories from the Graham and Lindeman brothers and others at Barr Camp, whose time with the Club reaches back decades. I fondly remember sharing a good laugh and thought-provoking discussions on the trail with Sean O'Donnell, who was a friend long before we hiked together with the AdAmAn Club. And I remember Mark Szabo's determination while leading us through the 16 Golden Stairs on his new member hike in 2007. That was, in my opinion, the most difficult AdAmAn hike of which I have been a part, with thigh-deep snow, 60+ mph wind gusts, and a temperature of 20 degrees below zero.
Memories from Favorite Mountain Climb
I can't pick a favorite, but Mt Eolus stood tall in my memory since a 2007 summit with my dad, and a return with Jessica in 2020 was equally memorable. With no train in 2020, we hiked the extra 15 miles from Purgatory, and loved each beautiful mile. Wildflowers in the basin above Twin Lakes were more stunning with every step. Scrambling on the summit face and endless mountain views in every direction are unforgettable. We received a grand sendoff as we left Chicago Basin: an hours-long monsoon soaking.
Memories of Favorite Gear
While I appreciate the functionality and comfort that the gear I have provides, I do not hold "things" in high enough regard to consider any gear my favorite.
Memories of Worst Gear Failure
My wife and I spent two weeks of the summer after we married roaming the wilds of Gates of the Arctic National Park, which is larger than nine U.S. states and has no established trails. On the morning of our fifth day, we forded the most difficult river crossing of the trip. Moments later, we crossed a side creek not more than a few feet wide. I slipped on a rock and broke the hip buckle on my pack. With eight more days of tussocks and mosquitos, I was thankful for the versatility of duct tape.