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About Obsidian Expeditions

Obsidian Expeditions is a minority and women-owned (MWBE) tour operator based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our mission is to create lifelong memories of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for our valued guests, their families, and their friends.

Our family-oriented tours are designed to help our valued guests see and experience the region’s most iconic wildlife and scenic landscapes and experience the must-do activities from the comfort and safety of one of our luxury vehicles.

For the more adventurous, we offer horseback rides, fly fishing tours, rock climbing, and exhilarating whitewater rafting trips down the wild and scenic Yellowstone or Snake Rivers through our partners.

Seasonal half, full, and multi-day tours are arranged daily from Big Sky, Bozeman, Jackson Hole & West Yellowstone.

The Obsidian Cliffs of Yellowstone National Park

Stacy Noland

Managing Partner & Tour Director

Stacy is a managing partner and tour director for Obsidian Expeditions, a professional snowboard instructor, recovering technophile, and 90’s grunge music aficionado.

Born in Alabama, Stacy spent his youth hiking, rappelling, and orienteering in the foothills of Appalachia. After graduating from college, Noland heeded the words of the American author Horace Greeley to “go west, young man,” and moved to Seattle, where he quickly found his passion for youth development and environmental sustainability.

Lisa Heslop

Co-Managing Partner & Operations Director

In addition to the titles of Operations Director & Tour Guide, Lisa proudly takes on the role of Chief Vehicle Detailer, and she’s a firm believer in the transformational power of the month-long road trip.

Lisa was born in a small British Columbia Mountain Town at the confluence of the Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers, but her family relocated to Vancouver before she could walk or learn to ski. She spent her youth cycling to nearby seashores, exploring regional parks, and discovered a love for Alpine and Nordic skiing on the North Shore Mountains and at Whistler/Blackcomb.

Tessa Waddle

Reservation Specialist

Meet Tessa Waddle, a Certified Call Center Manager (CCMA) from Huntsville, Alabama, serving as the Reservation Specialist at Obsidian Expeditions. With over 20 years of customer service and management expertise, she stands as the gatekeeper for the company, ensuring every customer’s travel needs are met with utmost care and dedication.

Tessa’s journey in the customer service industry began at Delta Airlines, where she managed customer calls with finesse, earning a reputation for her exceptional communication skills and ability to resolve even the most complex inquiries.

Ted Jackson

Lead Tour Guide & Resident Rock Nerd

Born and raised in Summit, New Jersey, Ted Jackson has dedicated his life to studying all things outdoors and helping people. His passion started at a very young age when he regularly attended camps and outdoor adventure programs. His outdoor experiences continued to evolve as he grew up.

Ted attended St. Lawrence University and graduated in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, specializing in Volcanology, Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, and Structural Geology. Ted spent most of his class time observing geological features in the Adirondacks.

Jordan Epstein

Tour Guide, Photographer & Retired Aviator

Hailing from the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, Jordan’s love for water and mountains was ignited during summer camps in the Sierras. Canoeing, sailing, hiking, and backpacking around Yosemite fueled his passion for the great outdoors.

While pursuing his studies at UC Santa Barbara, he delved deeper into the outdoor industry, working with renowned brands like The North Face and Patagonia. Eager to expand his outdoor leadership skills, he volunteered for the UCSB Outdoor Recreational Department, where he taught sea kayaking and led backpacking and canoeing trips.