Date of Birth:
April 28, 1982
I was born in Evanston, IL but got out of the Midwest as soon as I could. I’ve called Durango, CO my home for the last 15 years.
What is your primary means of adventure, AKA what gets you most psyched?
I go back and forth between skiing and climbing. Come fall, I can’t wait to get into my ski boots and find some San Juan powder. Come spring, after over 100 days in my boots, I ‘m ready for some rock.
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?
An endless climbing and skiing road trip with my wife, kid, cat, and our 1990 Airstream Van. The trip would cover everything from the canyons and towers of the desert Southwest to powdery peaks and summits and everything in between. It would not end until we had gone through at least two sets of good tires.
Describe 5 climbs, trips, or moments that have defined you as a mountain athlete:
- Passing my AMGA Rock Guide Exam
- Ski guiding big terrain in the San Juan Mountains of CO under my own company and permits that I started from the ground up.
- Rock guiding trips in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison under my own company and permits that I started from the ground up.
- Guiding classic ice climbs around Silverton, CO under my own company and permits that I started from the ground up.
- Seeing a light at the end of the AMGA tunnel.
Describe your most memorable night in the mountains:
Hmmmmm…….There is no way I could pick just a single night.
What has scared or intimidated you as a mountain athlete?
Getting injured. I use my body for work and if I’m broken, I’m done. That freaks me out.
What would your adventure partners be most surprised to learn about you from before the time when they met you?
That I used to own and sell Harley Davidson’s.
What are your top 5 all-time favorite pieces of CAMP equipment?
Why are you a CAMP athlete?
I like the simplicity of Camp’s products and style. I also like their light is right moto. FPM (forward perpetual movement) in the mountains!!
It meant a lot to me when I climbed:
Guided Denali for the third time successfully to the summit. Guiding on Denali is some of the absolute hardest work a guide can do.
The adventure, route or race I had to train the hardest for was:
My short list of climbing or adventure goals this year:
- Pass my AMGA Alpine Exam
- Everything else.