Meet the Mountain Mamas


Erin Howell

Erin was born in North Georgia to a military family, with whom she moved a good majority of her childhood. At 15 she moved to Montana and knew this would always be her home. Erin is a mother of two, a daughter and a son, both born in Missoula. After high school she found her calling in the kitchen. She worked for several wonderful high-end establishments and enjoyed almost every minute of it, but the mountains called, and she stepped away from the kitchen.

When the prospect of starting a business was mulled over in depth she and Sierra decided a good route for her was in the rescue field, to complement the parts that Sierra was covering. After enrolling with Aerie Backcountry Medicine to get her certification as an EMT with a Wilderness emphasis, she came across an ad for volunteer firefighters. Being that EMT was something completely out of her realm, she decided to investigate, from which she found this was a great way to get experience before starting class. She fell in love with it and is currently a volunteer firefighter for the East Missoula Rural Fire Department and after getting her license to practice in the state of Montana, works for Missoula Emergency Services Incorporated.

She and her kids enjoy hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, art, good food, soccer, camping, and traveling. She loves God, her kids and her family, extended family, fire family, and her church family.

Sierra Lake

Sierra was born and raised in the Missoula area. She grew up going on outdoor adventures with her dad, mom and brother. She has continued to explore with her own kids who are now 14 and 13. Sierra is active on the First Lutheran Classical School board of which the kids go to school, as well as many extracurricular activities her kids are involved in, such as 4-H.

Sierra stepped out of her comfort zone when she made the decision to go back to school. Since her kids were now in school she thought that it was the right time for her to see where she could go. She received a B.S. in exercise science from the University of Montana. After graduation, she became a certified personal trainer through NASM. She is a feisty, kind hearted, loving soul and is very much for encouraging people to perform at the level that will lead them to their goals.

Sierra has a pure love for climbing and is happy when she is out scaling a rock. After a climbing accident, where she broke her foot, she learned how to honor her limits and slow down a bit to heal. Hula hooping was her saving grace along with her kids for all the support and love they showed her. She found movement, stability, coordination, and grace in working with a hoop. Although she endured a rough year learning how to sit still, she found peace and comfort in a different kind of movement and is excited to show others what she found in this form of art and movement. She enjoys hiking, camping, climbing, mountain biking, hula hooping, reading, and so much more with her family. She loves God, her family, extended family, friends, and church family.

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