Date of Birth:
December 16, 1983
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
Ski mountaineering or touring and any other human powered travel! My ideal day involves a predawn start with a mountain bike approach to the snowline followed by a fast and light ski tour somewhere I’ve never been before.
Invent your dream adventure by combining five places, disciplines, pitches, peaks, environments, etc. and stacking them together into a combination. Why did you pick each part?
My dream adventure is always changing as I get new ideas from other adventures. Here’s what I’d do if I had unlimited vacation days and a robust travel fund… I’d start with a ski trip to northern Norway where I’d climb and ski from the ski lodges in Lofoten and the Lygden Alps. I would then travel to the Himalaya to climb and ski before heading over to New Zealand to do a hut to hut ski tour before heading back towards home with a stop in Colombia where I would plan a human powered bike, hike, ski adventure from the Caribbean Sea to the highest point in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest costal mountain range. Before returning home I would head to Alaska where I’d seek to climb and ski Denali and some other peaks. These are a few of the places on my bucket list where I’d like to combine my love for ski mountaineering with experiencing other mountain cultures, new views and perspectives of both the people and the places.
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- In 8thgrade, my school had a tradition of taking kids on an outdoor education trip that involved a point to point backpacking trip culminating in a 24 hour solo where you’re given a tarp, a rope, a water bottle, a snickers bar and a journal and have to fend for yourself in the mountains. This experience as well as a number of other outdoor education trips I went on in grade school and high school helped shape my love and appreciation for the mountains, group dynamics and pushing beyond my comfort zone.
- Making the US Ski Mountaineering Team in 2015 and traveling to Verbier, Switzerland to compete in the World Championships was an exhilarating and humbling experience.
- Traveling to Peru in college, my friend and I hired a guide to take us up Mt. Ishinka in the Cordillera Blanc which was the first glaciated peak and highest point I had been to.
- Winning back to back national championships in the teams and individual races in 2015 and 2016.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
A solo night in eighth grade, sleeping in the shelter I had crafted and trying to fall asleep before it was dark outside.
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
The threat of an avalanche in our Colorado snowpack.
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
I was a snowboarder for 15 years before I traded it in for a pair of backcountry skis.
What are your top 5 all-time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
I‘ve got to say the essentials are at the top of my list of favorites for racing.
- Speed 2.0 helmet
- My first camp racing pack the Rapid 290 – a black and yellow one. It’s gotten a lot of love and use in the couple of years I’ve been racing. It’s hard to trade it in for the newer versions when it still works great!
- My Crest Shovel and Carbon Fiber Avalanche Probe –love these basics – these things stick with me wherever I go!
- The G Comp Warm Gloves are my go to training and racing glove with the built in Warmit’N they suit my needs as I start cold and warm up.
- The Matrix Comp Via Ferrata – I wish I lived in Europe so I could use this more often.
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
CAMP’s ski mountaineering gear fulfills all of my needs from light and fast racing gear to more robust adventure gear for longer tours and objectives.
It meant a lot to me when I climbed:
- And skied my first 14er, Castle Peak in the fall and then followed by La Plata the following spring – now I’m hooked on skiing as my primary mode of climbing mountains since the decent is so much more fun!
- The Maroon Bells –These are the iconic peaks in the elk mountain range that I climbed back in high school with friends wearing bike helmets for protection.
The adventure, route or race I had to train the hardest for was:
The world championship ski mountaineering races – especially the sprint race.
The adventure, route or race that wrecked me the most was:
A self supported bike trip throughout Thailand to northern Laos with the tropical heat and humidity, pouring rain, heavy bikes and some of the steepest grades I’ve ever encountered. Riding from sunrise to sunset, we I was so exhausted at the end of each day it was hard to make it to dinner – which is really saying something!
I most want an all-expenses-paid trip to:
Around the world to all of the biggest mountain ranges.
My short list of climbing or adventure goals this year:
- The Grand Traverse race from Crested Butte to Aspen…would love to set a course record for the ladies.
- The Patrol de Glacier or PDG ski mountaineering race from Zermat to Verbier, Switzerland.
- Ski touring/mountaineering in Norway