After a decade of designing leadership courses for the University of Idaho, leading expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and co-developing the McCall Outdoor Science School Gary decided to start sharing his experience with others. Redfish | Bluefish is the culmination of years of practical experience supported by sound academic understanding, transforming theory into practice. 


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Gary S Thompson III


Brevard College
B.A., Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education

University of Idaho
M.S., Conservation Social Science

Since 1999, I have been working as an educator, expedition leader, and university instructor. My career highlights include co-developing the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School, co-leading a semester expedition to Patagonia, and instructing a leadership expedition for the United States Naval Academy for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Recently, I co-created the West Central Mountain Leadership Academy for the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce.

I believe that opportunities to lead are abundant and that anyone can participate in affecting change.                        


Service & Affiliations

  • McCall Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President
  • McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • McCall Rotary Club, Board of Directors
  • The Alzar School, Risk Management Committee
  • The Valley County Extension Service, Advisory Committee
  • University of Idaho - McCall Outdoor Science School, Leadership and Marketing Coordinator

When I am not working with clients I and fortunate enough to spend my time as the Leadership and Marketing Coordinator for The University of Idaho's McCall Outdoor Science School or as a guide with Canyons, INC and Payette Powder Guides