A mountaineer at heart, Rep. Mat Erpelding moved to Pocatello, Idaho in 1993 to attend Idaho State University. He currently serves as the House Minority Leader for the caucus.
Mat moved to Boise in 2006 and lives with his wife, Elizabeth near Camel’s Back Park. He is a small business owner, outfitter, educator, and retired high-altitude mountain guide.
Mat is the owner of Experiential Adventures LLC, and co-owner of Idaho Mountain Guides and Saga Consulting. He specializes in leadership development, group facilitation, and teaching collaboration using experiential education as its foundation.
EA has grown and expanded over the years to include a host of different clients including the military, higher education institutions, and corporations who want to improve their organizational culture.
Prior to being elected, Mat was an instructor at the College of Western Idaho where he specialized in training teachers to use experiential education in the classroom. As a young professional, he worked in the Division of Student Affairs at several different colleges and universities including Boise State University, California State University, Chico, Evergreen State College, and Texas Tech University. Most recently, Mat co-edited a text for outdoor leadership programs called Outdoor Program Administration.
An accomplished high-altitude mountain guide, Mat has reached the summit of Denali (20,320 ft) four out of five attempts while helping more than 20 clients to achieve their goal of standing on top of North America.
Mat’s passion for the wilderness and the unique experiences it offers has solidified his view that civic engagement is essential to living in our community.
In 2012, he was awarded Activist of the Year by the Idaho Democratic Party at the Frank Church Banquet. He is the Past President of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and was awarded the Wilderness Education Association’s Instructor of the year award in 2010. Mat is a passionate and dedicated leader committed to making a difference in every organization he works in, and he makes a difference in the House of Representatives.